Lisa’s Summer Skincare Routine

April 30, 2021 (updated July 11, 2024) — Written by

Say hello to my current skincare routine. I update this post quarterly so it continues to reflect what I am currently using and loving—be sure to check back! Here’s what’s saving my skin this summer.

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By: Lisa Fennessy


What’s up with my skin right now

Basically my current summer skincare routine is: avoid getting more sun. After touring the south for the past 6 weeks (courtesy of summer travel baseball) my skin is EXPOSED. Doesn’t matter how much SPF you slather on, try being in Charleston in late June with temps of 100 degrees and humidity also at 100%—SPF doesn’t stand a chance. 

So now that I’m crispy…I’m working on hydration, repair and protection like it’s my job…oh wait, it is lol. 

Anyways, what I really want to tell you about is my new body care routine. I’ve been dying to share this with you. 

I got home one weekend after spending 72 straight hours in a dust bowl of red clay, that Training Legends was calling a baseball field in Dacula, GA, and was jonesing for an exfoliation. I had clay between my toes, in my ears, up my nostrils and all over my face. It was dis-gus-ting.

So I busted out the NERRĀ body care set that had been sitting untouched in my office for the past few months. IDK why I didn’t try this sooner because let me be the first to say, I’VE BEEN MISSING OUT—and you have too. 

This set oozes Moroccan Hammam and comes complete with a pre-exfoliation foam and the best exfoliation mit I’ve tried. (The only thing missing from this set is someone to wash and scrub you down). 

The set comes with 4 products and I’m obsessed with the Dry Body Oil. This is a dry oil that (get this) SPRAYS out. It’s super moisturizing without being greasy and is giving old school Skin So Soft but in an elevated I-am-the-chicest type of way. 

Not to be outdone by their custom Exfoliating Body Glove which is the shiz. It’s super, super, super THIN and dries almost instantly so it doesn’t mold or smell bad or retain water…like ever. Also the material has a gritty mesh texture to it that helps scrub off dead skin cells like a freggin’ boss. The set includes two mitts.

This set also comes with a Body Wash and a Pre-Exfoliating Foam (which sounds excessive but trust me, you need this too). 

Guys. My skin has never felt so soft and SO CLEAN. 

The only downside is now I am hyperventilating a little bit because my Dry Body Oil is almost gone 😭

I love, love, love this set for myself but honestly, with the packaging and presentation, this makes an amazing gift. 

I’ve been trying to get in touch with NERRĀ so I can hook you up with a sweet deal but they haven’t responded to my messages yet. Either way, you have to try it. (*Update, they responded! 🙌 😉)

RELATED: Have sensitive skin? Check out Nicolle’s sensitive skincare routine.


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Morning & evening routine 

Cleanser: Kambiio Chief 4-in-1 Cleansing Balm – First of all, love the name lol. Second, this cleansing balm (slash mask, slash exfoliator) is an oil-to-emulsion transformer that’s packed with hydrators and protectants like African Macidamia seed oil and Dragon fruit seed oil and…it’s RED! I love everything this brand makes and this latest release is no exception. 

Mist: Live Botanical Frankincense Hydromist – This is one of the most legit brands out there when it comes to plant-powered skincare. Not only does Carolyn McRory source organic / wild ingredients but regional ones on top of that. This mist is a gd joy. Grounding. Calming. Soothing. Effective. The list goes on and on.

Serum: Kambiiio Stellar Brilliance Concentrate – Just got a refill of this and now nothing else matters. I finished my first bottle and it’s just a matter of time before I finish this one too. This liquid serum has antioxidant and AHA-rich hibiscus and rooibos extracts to help protect and hydrate as well as wild carrot to help rejuvinate the skin. Smells amazing and I love the liquid form.

Moisturizer: Maysama Green Rooibos Bioferm Facial Oil – Got hooked on this because of the thicker viscosity of this oil but beyond the feel, we see Daemonorops draco (a bright red sap resin known as dragon’s blood) which studies have shown has wound healing properties so I’m dousing my face in it to see if it can heal my crispy skin. 

SPF: Le Prunier Plumscreen because nothing else compares

Mask: Laurel’s new Cornflower Mask. Whenever Laurel comes out with a new creation, I’m all ears. This pre-mixed honey and balm-based mask is the prettiest periwinkle color, featuring blue cornflower which is packed with antioxidants. I’ve been using this whenever the mood strikes to restore moisture and soothe inflammation. 

Body care: This set is like nothing else I’ve ever tried. 

Makeup prep: Still 1000% obsessed with Iris&Romeo’s The Reset either under or over makeup. With 4 different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid this gem turns dull skin glowy faster than you can say Who the hell am I going to vote for?!


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xo, lisa in cursive

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By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of The New Knew. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!

53 Comments

  1. Reply

    Tracy DeFreitas

    Le Prunier is the best, and their packaging, it should cost more just for that alone and the smell, no words.

    1. Reply

      Lisa

      Tracy knows!!! I’m so glad you are loving it. I sometimes use it on my boy’s face’s too and they always say, “MMMMM, is this the plum one??” It really smells amazing.

  2. Reply

    Valerie

    Great post! I love reading about other women’s skincare routines!

    1. Reply

      Lisa

      Thanks Valerie! I’m loving this current routine! Have you tried anything here! xo, Lisa

  3. Reply

    La’Tasha

    Love the blog! I basically am going to copy and paste this to my vanity!!

    1. Reply

      Lisa

      Ha ha! Hi La’Tasha! Awesome! So glad this was helpful! xo, Lisa

  4. Reply

    Naomi

    Huge fan of yours and I am constantly buying your recommendations!!! Do you like Le Prunier better than True Botanicals Radiance Oil? I am torn😬

    1. Reply

      Lisa

      Hi Naomi! I get this question quite a bit actually! I like them both for different reasons. Le Prunier is ONE INGREDIENT skincare where True Botanicals is several ingredients. It’s like eating an apple vs. eating a salad. Which one is better? Depends, right? I have seen beautiful results with both oils. Le Prunier is a bit more moisturizing for my skin and I really like that. Pure Radiance delivers a totally different set of skin fortifying vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Honestly, I would say pick one, try it and in three months, try the other! See what you think. Maybe save the Le Prunier for the winter. You really can’t go wrong! xo, Lisa

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    Megan

    Hey,

    I know you said that you ran out of your Straight A Serum, but where in this lineup would you use it? Before the Moth Bean Mask, in lieu of it?

    Thanks!
    Megan

    1. Reply

      Lisa

      Hi Megan! TSA is an oil so you can use it in two ways. You can sub it for your serum and then apply a cream over it. OR you can use your fave serum and sub it for your face oil as I find it to be moisturizing enough on its own. Very versatile! Hope this helps! xo, Lisa

  6. Reply

    Yoanna Gerwel Federici

    Hi Lisa, thank you for this great post!! What do you think of Marie Veronique Gentle Night retinol serum? Thx, Yoanna

    1. Reply

      Lisa

      Hi Yoanna! I’ve tried that formula too. Fantastic ingredients and I love recommending that line because it is essential oil free which a lot of people value. As far as the retinol goes, it’s just not as strong as say The Straight A or the retinol in African Botanics for example. In The Straight A you will see retinol listed as the second ingredient where as MV lists it as the very last. We know that proper labeling means ingredients are listed from highest percentage to lowest. And this correlates with my experience too. I didn’t see results with MV like I did with The Straight A. More here! https://thenewknew.com/retinol-in-organic-skincare/

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    Yoanna

    Thank you, Lisa. Very, very helpful! Take care, Yoanna

  8. Reply

    Lisa

    Last month, I finally threw away my Curology and started looking for a replacement. I purchased Maya Chia’s The Straight A for Christmas based on your recommendation, and now I’m obsessed. I’m still searching for a good exfoliant, so maybe I’ll try the one you suggested.

    Also, I’m not sure if I can make a manuka honey mask. I’d eat it! I supplement with a tsp a day for gastro issues. Works great.

    If you haven’t tried it yet, Mad Hippie is an amazing budget-friendly brand. The most expensive product is $34.99. And most importantly, products last a long time. I’m still using the face cleanser and toner I bought on October 1 at Whole Foods. And I just ran out of the moisturizer a week ago.

    1. Reply

      Lisa

      Hi Lisa! So glad your are loving The Straight A. I am a LIFER! lol. Thanks for the recs! xo, Lisa

  9. Reply

    NLFord

    Hi there…I always want to but everything on your lists! Such amazing recommendations and most of the ones I have tried are staples.
    Question about the Odacite’s Blue Aura Cleansing Water…you said “It’s a natural version of micellar water”. Is micellar water not natural? Thanks, nlford

    1. Reply

      Lisa

      Hi NLFord! Some micellars can contain fragrance or questionable preservatives…it’s always worth a look at the ingredient label before buying ; ) xo, Lisa

  10. Reply

    William

    Good Lord that’s a lot of stuff! And money.

  11. Reply

    Julia

    Hi Lisa,
    What is the strongest Vit C that you have tried and felt has worked? Thanks!!!!

  12. Reply

    Brooke Ellison

    This list is so helpful, although long and a little on the pricey side for all 10 products, I’m excited to incorporate

  13. Reply

    Amie

    Thank you so much for this! Have you ever tried Pratima’s products from NYC?

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Amie! I haven’t…are they worth a try? xo, Lisa

  14. Reply

    Leianne Burge

    Hi Lisa! I’m new here, just found you and love all your info. At 60 and slightly oily, I still tend to breakout. I’m very diligent to clean and hydrate, and various other steps morning and evening, but oils are scary for me because of my breakout issues. A little history, I tried the Clinique balm and loved the texture but I broke out. I even took a break and gave it a second try but it doesn’t work for me. Any suggestions for the older, but oily and still acne prone?

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Leianne! So glad you are here! Okay first I would ask what you are cleansing your skin with. I would recommend shying away from anything foaming or stripping and replacing that with a cleansing oil (these are my faves). This will help regulate oil production as stripping the oils during cleansing can cause skin to overproduce. After cleansing, make sure to mist your face so you are applying your moisturizer over damp skin – this helps to actually hydrate the skin. For a moisturizer I would recommend Prima’s Afterglow (ORGANIC20 will save you 20%) – it’s a cream so I think you will love it more than an oil. If this routine works for you, be sure to come back when you are ready for a refill and I can recommend a beautiful oil to try..you will be ready by next time! xoxo, Lisa

  15. Reply

    RJ

    Which Face oil do you like more- maya chia super couple or true botanicals pure radiance?

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi RJ! This is like choosing which child I like better – lol. I say if you have tried one of these, go ahead and try the other. You really can’t go wrong with either but your skin might like one better than the other and they are truly both worth a try. If you haven’t tried either then I would say try The Super Couple first ; ) xo, Lisa

  16. Reply

    Lora

    Wow! I’ve been researching organic skin care for mature skin for weeks. It’s very stressful, so I appreciate all your suggestions! I don’t see a Vit C serums? Are there any you’d recommend….. or do you feel it’s not necessary?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Lora! I love a good Vit C serum and I rotate them in and out—mostly because there is so much I want to try but I only have one face, lol. I would recommend this one and this one. xo! Lisa

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    Leianne Burge

    Hi Lisa! We last corresponded on November 11-12 but I wasn’t able to link into that thread so I’m starting a new one. You ask about my cleansing. I was using Clinique mild foaming cleanser until reading your reply and researching from there. I switched to maya chia oil cleanser which I LOVE! I never imagined I could use an oil being sensitive to breaking out but it is amazing! Then I also switched to osea cleanser that I also love. I actually started with this one and saw immediate results. Very impressive. Then purchased the maya chai. Both are lovely! I’m now ready to move to a moisturizer day/night/eye etc. I think you mentioned Prima Afterglow which I haven’t yet purchased. I currently use dermalogica day which I’m not dissatisfied with but I feel there could be something better, and exuviance night which has really been a blessing in settling my skin down at the end of each day. Again I feel there could be a better choice. I love hearing your suggestions and they have been perfect so I’d love to hear more. Thanks again!

  18. Reply

    Kelly Liddell

    Hi Lisa! I currently use true botanicals chebula serum and then add vitamin c powder to my renew oil. If I used maya chia’s ARC would i still need to use true botanicals chebula oil? Where would the arc fit into my daily face care routine? Thanks!

  19. Reply

    Patti

    Hey Lisa,

    To say I’m overwhelmed is an understatement. I love your blog and everything I’ve read so far. I’m 55, never was a big fan of wearing a lot of make up nor have I ever had an extensive skin care routine. I find myself getting lost in what’s best for MY skin vs what everybody else does. Currently I rinse my face with just water, apply a serum, then moisturizer. If I happen to wear makeup, I do use a make up remover towelette, rinse and so on. I find that you don’t get a straight answer from the dermatologist either. I have been looking for more clean based products, which is what brought me to your page. I am very intimidated by all the steps that’s been listed in your skin care routine. And confused with what should be applied and when…. I live in central Illinois climate, so dry in the winter and humid in summer. Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Patti! Yes! A basic skincare routine for day or night would be: cleanse, tone or mist, serum, moisturizer. That’s it! This order will prioritize small molecule before larger molecule, add hydration and help to lock in moisture. xo, L

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    Regina

    Thank you for all the work you’ve put in! I find this post very helpful. By the way, I read in one article (https://yarishmd.com/4-keys-to-longevity-of-a-facelift/) that retinoids can be very effective in resisting skin aging. But I also heard that they are quite harsh. What do you think about this?

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      Totally! There are several different kinds of retinol at varying strengths and compositions. I break it all down in this post with a recommendation and before + after pics for my top rec. Hope this helps! xo, L

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