healthy, glowing skin for summer

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AfterDifferinJourney #CollectiveBias

Living in the desert will make you acutely aware of skincare. While the “dry heat” makes for a more comfortable yet burning hot summer, it zaps your skin of all moisture. Dry climates wreak havoc on skin and hair, it’s true, but you can fight it and maintain a healthy glow all year long.  You just need a few products.

Before you pick up the moisturizer, you need to treat your skin’s condition. You need to heal, buff and exfoliate first. Here are the products you’ll need this summer to achieve smooth, even and polished skin:

Choosing the right cleanser is step one. Clean skin is happy skin, but make sure to choose a cleanser that is right for your skin type. My skin is on the dry/sensitive side, so I prefer oil cleansers that not only cleanse and purify, but also hydrate and nourish.
I cannot stress exfoliation enough, especially when it comes to the desire for glowing skin.  Dead skin cells and environmental build-up dull skin the most, leaving you looking lackluster.  Show your glow by exfoliating daily with your preferred exfoliator. There are many types, not just gritty scrub varieties, so shop around and find what works best for your skin. I prefer brightening exfoliators.
I think of toner as an extra cleanser. I wear makeup every day, so I like the extra cleanse that a toner gives. It is really great for those who have oily skin and/or are prone to acne breakouts. I’ll use a toner post-exercise or after an afternoon working in the yard as well, not just in my skincare routine.
acne treatment
If you are having trouble with breakouts, then you need a treatment after you cleanse. I steer clear of spot treatments, as they only help solve the problem, not prevent future pimple problems. An all over product, like Differin® Gel, works deep in the pores where breakouts start. It will not only clear breakouts, but also prevent them from happening, um yes please. As a result from using this product over time, you will notice a more refined texture and tone to your skin. Make sure to use it once a day, every day for best results.
moisturizing sunscreen
Moisture, moisture, moisture. Once your skin is clean and clear, it is time to apply a nice layer of moisturizer that is right for your skin tone. Since I have dry/sensitive skin, I prefer facial oils, but it is important to find what works for your skin. Make sure to either find a moisturizer with SPF or apply a sunscreen product separately. The key to glowing skin is damage prevention and protection, so sunscreen is really important (especially here where the sun is unrelenting).

Back in May, I first mentioned that I had added Differin® Gel to my skincare routine. I usually experience mild breakouts, mostly during hormonal shifts. My breakouts are exclusive to my chin mostly, but you never know when something might pop up in other places. Rather than treat problem areas only, I love to apply a thin layer all over my face. Differin® Gel is not a spot treatment.

I have been using Differin® Gel for a few months now, and I’ve never had clearer skin on a day to day basis. I’ve noticed my monthly hormonal breakouts are milder, and they don’t last more than a day or two. Praise! I mentioned before that my skin type is dry and sensitive. I have to be extremely careful with the products I choose because of this. I never know if a product will agree with my skin until I try it.

So how did Differin® Gel, the first and only prescription-strength retinoid now available over-the-counter, leave my skin? I could notice a little drying and itchiness after using the product habitually for a couple of weeks. It was no big deal, I just upped my facial oil applications. I was surprised to see that I did not have any redness or burning sensation (which is really common for me, even with “gentle” products). The relief set in after a couple of months using the product; Differin® Gel works for me!

It seems the acne category can’t top Differin® Gel as it is still the newest advancement and ingredient in the OTC acne category in over 30 years and works to clear and prevent acne!  Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation.

Find Differin® Gel at Target in the beauty section with other skincare products. Go to to get $2 off Differin® Gel and use it on your next shopping trip to Target!

This product is dermatologist developed and tested. Please call 1-866-735-4137 for any questions you may have concerning the product. However, should you experience any problems while using the product, please discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.

Previous post

a thrilling summer read

Next post

how to organize school and fall sports schedules