Jul 7, 2016

Seattle summer skincare trifecta

Despite that fact that I'm a total beauty junkie when it comes to cosmetics, it turns out I'm somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to skincare. Sure I love serums and luxurious under eye creams, but when it comes to the holy grail products that I can't live without, there are only three. Add these to your summer beauty bag ASAP.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest your chances of being vitamin D deficient are pretty much 100%. Supplement your daily dose topically with Tone Well by Seattle esthetician Susan Grace. A quick spritz after cleansing your face makes for an easy application, no cotton balls required. 
Product: Partly Sunny Skincare Tone Well Vitamin D toner
Cost: $29 
Uses: Tones, tightens and refreshes skin 
Use it: After cleansing your face and to refresh your make-up throughout the day 
Available locally: Susan Grace Skincare 5425 Ballard Ave. NW. Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98107


The girls at Sugar Sugar on Greenlake turned me on to Serious Serum a few years ago and I've been hooked ever since. Originally developed by Portland-based Urban Waxx founder Shannon Conley to prevent and eliminate ingrown hairs after waxing, Serious Serum also works as a facial exfoliant to soften fine lines and make your skin glow. I like to use it banish blemishes and I've heard other girls use it to get rid of bumps on the backs of their arms. It's basically a miracle product and it's all natural. 
Product: Serious Serum
Cost: $25
Uses: blemishes, prevention of ingrown hairs, exfoliation, red bumps
Use it: Nightly as part of your skincare routine
Available locally: Sugar Sugar 510 NE 65th St. Seattle, WA 98115


I've used many makeup setting sprays to help control mid-day shine but this one is by far my favorite because it has hyaluronic acid, green tea, and broad spectrum SPF 30. It's certified organic and soothes skin with aloe vera and cucumber. Coola is the final step in my skincare routine and it really does help my makeup last all day long. Just shake the bottle and give yourself a spritz. 

Product: Coola SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray 
Cost: $36
Uses: set make-up, sun protection
Use it: Every morning 
Available locally: The Spa at Four Seasons 99 Union St. Seattle, WA 98101

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