Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Summer Skincare Essentials

Summer Skincare Essentials

It is hot. I am hot. And I'm also very much an autumn/winter person so this heatwave is not for me! Overly dramatic intro aside, like most of us I've been forced to re-evaluate my skincare routine and really define my summer skincare essentials. My skin is a delicate wee flower and although it's quite dry it doesn't tolerate thick, heavy products. So with that being the case, I thought I'd share my heatwave skincare essentials in case you need a helping hand in the heat.

THE LIGHT LAYERS METHOD

My summer skincare routine is very much focused on light, effective layers which I find to be the best way to nourish my sensitive, dry dehydrated skin without causing and irritation or breakouts. I always kick off my day with a hyaluronic acid based serum and Caudalie has a great affordable option at £29. The Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum* does sound inviting enough to drink (although I don't advise that you do) and my skin is lapping it up. Formulated for dehydrated skins, this light serum starts things off with a burst of hyaluronic acid and grape water which attract and seal moisture into the skin. As an oil-free product it's also suited to all skin types so no matter how oily or sensitive your skin happens to be this little guy will slot nicely into your routine.

I've been following my serum with the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet* and it's the perfect pairing. It's a light whipped cream - almost a lotion, which again sinks in very quickly and surprisingly packs a fair amount of hydration. I would probably reserve this just for the summer months but it is more than enough for me in this heat. The Vinosource range is perfect for summer and for dehydrated skins all year round as it's designed to kick your skin into diffusing water and keeping hydrated whilst reducing sensitivity. Oh and if you fancy a cute pink Caudalie branded reusable water bottle you can grab one for free when you buy two products from the Vinosource range which is pretty cool - I love mine.

Summer Skincare Essentials

Summer Skincare Essentials

DAILY SUN PROTECTION

I obviously have to include an SPF in my summer skincare essentials - we all should. I'm much better at protecting my skin now than I did a couple of years ago. I'm borderline obsessed with SPF and antioxidants at the moment. I'm also looking into anti-pollution products too so if you have any recommendations please let me know. The problem with a lot of SPFs, and specially physical ones, is that they feel horrid on the skin which in turn makes us so much less likely to wear them and so we're not protecting our skin at all. I'm so glad the Glossier Invisible Shield exists because it's unlike any other SPF I've tried before it. It's a chemical formula which is almost clear and feels like a light hydrating serum so it fits perfectly into my light layers routine. It's pleasant to use, factor 30 and provides a great base for makeup so I want to use it every day.

TREAT

My skin still likes a treatment in these warm summer evenings, albeit something lighter and definitely not potentially pore-clogging. One of my all time favourite moisturisers which doubles up as a treatment is the Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair. I feel quite bad sharing this actually as its impossible to buy this in the UK at the moment. This is coming to the UK apparently but they're having to have their entire product range EU approved which is a lengthy process. Hopefully it won't take too much longer as I'm about to run out! It's deeply hydrating, yet light and silky. It does a little bit of everything as it hydrates, firms, restores elasticity and softens wrinkles - a real powerhouse. It's the one thing I will forever be badgering friends travelling to the States to bring back for me. Yep, it's that good folks.

Summer Skincare Essentials

Summer Skincare Essentials

THE EMERGENCY SOS KIT

The lack of air con on public transport and fresh air in my office will forever haunt me but I have a couple of summer skincare essentials that combat this quite nicely. A facial mist is a given in warm weather for me, but this little dinky Caudalie Grape Water pops neatly into my bag and comes out quite frequently actually. The mist is very fine so doesn't tamper with your makeup - however it's a perfect refresher should things be looking a little dry and worse for wear. Incredibly cooling and soothing for sensitive skin in the heat, it also makes a great hydrating toner.

My last little summer skincare essential is pretty tiny actually, and I must admit I wasn't 100% sure what it was for when I picked it up in New York earlier in the year, but this sample size of the Milk Makeup Cooling Water intrigued me. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be skincare or perhaps a primer but I use it to refresh my under eyes when I'm not wearing makeup and it's also good if you have a SULA situation going on... Yep, it's perhaps a little bit gimmicky but this balm-like stick is refreshing on the skin and is meant to de-puff under your eyes. I haven't used it consistently enough to see any long-term results but it does feel nice to use and its teeny and we all like minature things, right?

What are your summer skincare essentials?

Laura

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