The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Summer Skin


I get it. It’s hard at the best of times to find a skincare routine that you’ll stick to, and your skin will love you for it, let alone in the summer months when oily skin seems to take over. Well today I’ve made it easy for you, with what I like to call The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Summer Skin.

I’ve stripped back a standard skincare routine to the most basic for summer, with the bare minimum needed to get that sunshine glow.

Trust me, if you simply follow these tips specifically designed for summer skin, along with cleansing and moisturising morning AND night, you will see results in as little as two weeks. Promise!


Cleaning your skin: 
There is nothing wrong with using a cleansing wipe to clean your face (it’s better than doing nothing), but make sure you’re rinsing your face afterwards. Why? They are filled with chemicals to remove makeup and grime, and that shouldn’t stay on your face. Read more on that here.

Sunscreen or moisturiser: 
Unless you’re using a moisturiser with at least SPF35 (and reapplying throughout the day) always choose sunscreen over moisturiser. Why? In winter an SPF15 moisturiser is great, but in summer it’s not going to cut it.

Hydrate oily skin:
The best thing for oily skin during summer (which seems to be inevitable) is gel based products. Yes, instead of skipping on the moisturisers, find a gel based moisturiser. Why? It won’t clog and overwhelm your pores with the lightweight, water based formula. Read more about my favourite Shiseido gel products, and WIN some for yourself below.

Fitting in facemasks: 
If you’re a lazy girl when it comes to looking after your skin, face masks may be your saviour… You just need to find the time to do them. I suggest setting a reminder in your phone for once a week. Why? Simply remembering is not enough sometimes.

Antioxidants are your friend: 
At the end of all of this if you still feel that summer glow is missing, antioxidants are your friend. Give your skin a boost of Vitamin C. Why? This vitamin is amazing for anti-aging along with giving you brighter, healthier looking skin all summer long.


This summer I’ve found the perfect gel products to help with hydrating my skin, and I think you’re going to love them for how easy they are to implement in your chilled out lifestyle.

In the day: 
The NEW Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist is heaven on earth for those hot, sticky days rushing around. This gel mist offers instant moisture while toning down on shine with the Anti-Shine Complex – bye bye oily skin. I’ve found that it soaks up oil instantly, while keeping my skin hydrated and bouncy.

It evens out and balances my skin from an oily forehead, to sometimes dry cheeks, making this my favourite multi-purpose product in my handbag right now (and that includes my iPhone in the running).

My favourite part of the always beautiful packaging is the flat sided bottle design, meaning you can put this in your desk drawer and have it stay there or simply carry it discreetly with your laptop and notepad.

I’ll use this pocket-rocket twice throughout the day, and spritz it on after the gym too.

At night: 
The NEW Shiseido Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask is the ultimate face mask for my lazy girls out there, and I’ll tell you why. This gel contains condensed capsules of Vitamin C and E so you’re getting a hit of antioxidants while you sleep.

Yes, this is a LEAVE-ON mask that simulates the effects of a deep state of sleep (meaning your skin recuperates from the external stresses it endures all day long – and this summer, that’s a lot of stresses). I love this product a lot! My skin is plump, dewy and super bright from the moment I wake up – Looking like I got eight hours of sleep when maybe I had two… Whoops!

I use this at the end of my nightly skincare routine, but you could use it just as well right after taking off your makeup without anything else used.

Thanks to Shiseido for this post. The views expressed above by the author(s) are 100% honest and to the best of their knowledge at time of publication. 

Christine Stucki