my skincare steps

my skincare steps

I take very good care of my skin. My mom was the first person to teach me this and I’m so grateful for it. I can’t even remember the last time I didn’t wash my face before bed or wear sunscreen (even in the winter)! I’ve definitely struggled with acne and sunspots, but I’m getting to the point where I’m a lot more comfortable in my skin (get it?).

Skincare differs from person to person based on what your needs and concerns are, but there are 4 steps that are mandatory in my book:

1. Always wash at night
I always, always wash my face at night. No matter how tired (or slightly intoxicated) I may be, it makes me feel so much better to scrub the day’s grime off. And it really helps to keep your skin clear.

2. Try glycolic acid
I use glycolic acid wipes a few times a week and it’s been very helpful in keeping my skin clear. Make sure it’s from a professional though! I use my dermatologist’s line, Di Morelli. You don’t want to mess with acids on your face…

3. Moisturize
I have combination skin (with an oily t-zone) so I tend to under-moisturize. Which can actually be really bad for your skin (and can make you age faster! Eek!) I recently tested my skin’s moisture percentage with the Lise Watier Hydra-Detect and found it was low so I’m vowing to up my moisturizing game.


It can get so cold and dry in some parts of Canada (especially when I’m over in Ontario with the boy), which can damage the skin’s protective shield, making it more prone to dehydration and a loss of that summer glow (wahhhh). I’ve been using Lise Watier’s Hydraforce creme gel (with Gaspé Algae Extract) to protect my skin and keep it soft + smooth. I find in the summer, it’s better to use a lighter moisturizer (hence the creme gel) and then in the winter, I use a thicker, more concentrated cream.

my skincare steps with lise watier hydraforce

4. Use sunscreen
I know I’ve said this a million times before, but seriously… I use sunscreen every day. Even when it’s dark and rainy. The UV rays can still damage your skin, regardless of whether you can see the sun and I would rather have beautiful skin than a good tan (I do love a little sun, though…)

Do you guys follow similar steps? What do you do to keep your skin on point?

Photos by Marissa of Design Love Co.
Shot in collaboration with Lise Watier 




  1. 04.10.2016 / 12:14 pm

    Wow glad I have found myself pretty diligent here! Same skin as you, same under-moisturize tendency :b Got to work on that to get ready for the summer..what sunscreen do you use normally?

    • August Diaries
      04.10.2016 / 3:23 pm

      Ya, I’ve found that using a moisturizer at night helps keep the oiliness at bay, but still moisturizes! I use Di Morelli sunscreen, I would say just make sure that yours is 30+ spf! 🙂

  2. 04.12.2016 / 8:26 am

    I love reading other stylish ladies skin regimens. Yours is similar to mine, except that I haven’t done any glycolic acid…but perhaps I should!
    Have you tried the Josie Maran argan spf moisturizer? I love it…it has SPF 47, is super moisturizing and I feel like it gives my skin a nice glowy look with or without make up. The other thing I’ve found that works wonders is using a couple of drops of lavender oil mixed in with a carrier (like neem or jojoba) at night.
    Thanks for sharing your tips!
    XO, Gina

    • August Diaries
      04.16.2016 / 12:15 pm

      Glycolic acid has honestly changed my skin… it’s been so helpful in fighting my acne. I haven’t tried Josie Maran, but I’ve heard amazing things… will definitely check it out!

  3. S
    04.12.2016 / 2:07 pm

    Love your blog! So happy I found it. I live in Norway and post pregnancy my skin went from fab to quit bad with cystic acne. Obagi saved me. A combination of ZO Medical and Skin health. My routine are now (after a winter on a very strict regime) more or less the same as yours, but also includes daily exfoliating (scrub). I only use serum and sunscreen during day and have learned that before I used to overmoisterize. Now I don’t need heavy moisterizers any more 🙂
    XO from Norway

    • August Diaries
      04.16.2016 / 12:16 pm

      Aw thank you love! Glad to have you here… I think over-moisturizing is pretty common and you just have to find the right moisturizers (like a gel or something lighter) 🙂

  4. Elana
    01.04.2017 / 10:27 am

    Thanks for all these awesome tips! I live in a similar climate (except dryer – Colorado!) but Lise Watier doesn’t seem to ship to the US – any other suggestions for a concentrated, extra-hydrating winter face cream? Ideally a brand that doesn’t test on animals 😉

  5. 03.24.2017 / 10:00 pm

    Thanks for thee tips! Any other products that have helped with your acne? Your skin is beautiful! Will look for glycolic acid wipes…

  6. Karen
    05.17.2017 / 8:32 pm

    I’ve recently started following you and I am so happy I found you!! You’ve got amazing style and you’ve inspired me to pick up my makeup game. Loving the no makeup makeup look. So excited to see you talking about the importance of good skin care and I love all of your great advice. I’ve spent a lot of time undoing my years of sun damage and would give anything to turn back the clock and start wearing sunscreen religiously in my twenties. I do exactly what you do and have found that using retinol daily has made a huge difference in my skin as well. Skinceuticals has a great product that’s 0.5%. Looking forward to your next post!

    • August Diaries
      05.24.2017 / 11:51 pm

      Thank you so much Karen, what a sweet comment. I am looking for a great retinol, so I will definitely check out Skinceuticals 🙂

      xx Jill

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