Summer Vacay Skincare Routine

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Why hellllloooo there, Bagel Babes. First off I am so sorry I’ve been a little absent around these parts. I was doing so well posting Tuesdays & Thursdays but totally fell off the bandwagon last week. If you follow me on Instagram you saw I was exploring Los Angeles!

So I’m basically horrible at managing an editorial calendar while traveling, but one thing I’m amazing at is planning my on the go summer skincare routine. I feel like as soon as I turned 25 my focus shifted from makeup to skincare.

Don’t get me wrong I’m still super passionate about makeup, but I’m definitely on the hype of healthy skin. Having healthy skin actually makes your makeup look better.

Take some time off, girl. You deserve it. But Skincare doesn’t take vacations.

Today I’m actually blown away to be saying I’m partnering up with my ride or dies over at Neutrogena® (!!!) to talk tips and tricks for that perfect summer vacation skincare routine!

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

My Summer Skincare Routine

★ Cleanse the day away…gently

I have super sensitive skin. I suffer from hormonal breakouts, but my biggest concerns are sensitivity to products (…and the sun…and everything), dryness, and dullness. After a full day of exposure to pollutants in the air + my full face of makeup, my skin is dying for a good cleanse. My go-to is the Neutrogena® Ultra Gentle Cleanser. This bad boy gets my skin nice and clean without drying me out.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by a drying facial cleanser.

★ Hydrate the skin

Alright fair warning I’m about to get REALLY EMPHATIC UP IN HERE. I kind of can’t talk about Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisture Sensitive Skin without freaking out. Reason being – I’ve literally been using this moisturizer since high school. This is one of those staple products that’s been in my beauty bag for years – and not just for the summer – it’s been my ride or die moisturizer all year round since my sweet 16.

Why? Because it’s a bomb product at a bomb price point. And it’s made for sensitive skin. Ding ding ding we have a winner.

After a gentle cleanse it’s crazy important to keep the skin hydrated. The summer sun can be so drying (especially for those of us with already dry skin) so moisturizer is key.

★ Reduce redness & puffiness

Summer heat leaves my face swollen. I’ve been packing my handy ice roller into my beauty bag for all my trips (…and admittedly just using it while laying around the house) because it’s an instant de-puff miracle.

★ Give the shoulders & back a little TLC

Let’s stop for a moment and have a moment – you’re probably neglecting your skin that isn’t on your face. I’m only saying that because for the longest time I did too.

This spring and summer I’ve been focusing on total body skin health. Off the shoulder and bardot style tops are like THE thing to be wearing right now. As a former “backne” sufferer I’m hyper vigilant about keeping the skin on my back and shoulders pimple free.

Seriously guys I have this horrible childhood memory of wearing a spaghetti strap leotard in dance classs and catching the girls behind me pointing and laughing at all the zits on my back. Like don’t get it twisted – that’s rude. Kids can be cruel. But “backne” is a real problem and it’s no fun to deal with when you’d rather be out wearing that off the shoulder dress or a bathing suit worry free.

I’ve been incorporating the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Scrub into my summer skincare routine. This handy dandy scrub helps keep acne at bay. Neutrogena is the #1 dermatologist recommended facial skin care brand which is exactly why I turn to them for my acne fighting faves.

★ Stay organized

I like to pack up all my summer skincare essentials into a convenient carrying case. I’ve been so busy that the ability to just grab it, pack it, and go has been a total game changer. I don’t like to spend a ton of money on my skincare beauty bags only because if I ever have any product leakage I don’t want to be in a fit over my damaged bag. I picked up the one shown in this post for – wait for it – $10. Just pull a Kelsey and dig through the clearance bins and I swear you’ll find a treasure.

★ Grab a good deal

I said it once and I’ll say it again – in the top three reasons for why I love Neutrogena is that you can grab amazing products at an amazing price. I picked up my Neutrogena faves at Target because they have an unbelievable promo going on right now! Head over to Target in-store and online from 5/21 – 6/10 & 6/25 – 7/1 and when you buy 3 select Neutrogena products you get a $5 Target GiftCard!

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

Also fully cracking up over here because Popcorn would not get out of my photos. She saw me packing my stuff up and was super curious where I was headed. Lolz. Crazy cat mom over here.

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

My summer skincare routine with Neutrogena! #ad

I want to take a moment for some serious gratitude. This time of year marks three amazing years since starting Blondes & Bagels and I’m just so floored at the amazing community we’ve built together. If you had told me three years ago I’d get to meet people from all over the world, travel to Fashion Week, and work with brands I love – I straight up wouldn’t believe you.

I’m so thankful for every single message of love and support – I’m seriously obsessed with you guys. You’re the best!

How do you keep your skin clean and hydrated during the summer? Tell me your summer skincare tips and tricks in the comments below!

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  • I have been wanting to give an ice roller a try! And congratulations on three years – that’s amazing!

    Zelle | Southern Style

    • Blondes & Bagels

      It went by so quickly! And if you try one let me know how it goes 🙂 I’m so obsessed with mine!

      xoxo Kelsey

  • Kasia Jaworski

    I LOVE Neutrogena! I’ve been using the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Scrub for years & I’m addicted. I also loved your tip on the ice roller! I have the same problem with puffy/redness–definitely going to give the ice roller a try!

    xo,
    Kasia // ampersandblog.net

    • Blondes & Bagels

      Oh my gosh you HAVE to get on Amazon and order an ice roller right away! Paired with our Neutrogena faves I swear it does the skin wonders. Plus it’s SO relaxing.

      xoxo Kelsey

  • Cathy McInnes

    Really great products for fresh summer skin and I love how you shared your story too! {client}

    • Blondes & Bagels

      Thanks so much, Cathy!

      xoxo Kelsey