Hello everyone! It is officially summer and the UK has been enjoying some glorious weather recently! Everyone’s skin is unique and requires a different routine. Some people have 10 steps, cleansing, exfoliation, moisturising, using serums, lotions and potions, and others simply splash clean water on the face every morning. Finding what is right for you can be tricky, especially as it can change, so once you settle on a routine, don’t expect it to stay the same for too long! The seasons of the year also affect your skin! In winter skin dries out and more moisturising products may be used. But what I always forget is that the summer sun also dries out your skin, and one of my biggest problems with my summer skin care is that I forget I need moisturiser!
So am I going to share some summer skin tips, not only to keep your skin healthy and fresh but also for that gorgeous summer glow that everyone loves in the summer!
Cleansing can be frightening if you don’t understand what it consists of, and you can be tricked into buying special ‘cleansers’ that do essentially the same thing as a simple face wash. I personally only use a face wash if I feel my skin is particularly dirty, for example if I have spent time in a city where pollution is higher. My personal favourite is the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap. This comes in a Mild, Extra Mild and Oily Skin type variations and if you go to a Clinique stand in any department store, they will help you identify your skin type for free.
Another cult classic is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, which I haven’t personally tried, but I will be testing it out in the near future. It has won multiple awards and has been popular in the beauty community for years. The product description calls it the ultimate and gentle cleanser and suitable for all skin types. I am very excited to see how it works!
I only exfoliate when I feel my skin needs it. Sometimes that is everyday, sometimes it is only twice a week, it really depends on how my skin has been. I think the ‘rule’ for exfoliating that everyone talks about should be changed to, only exfoliate when you need to. Yes, if you over-exfoliate then you will end up damaging new and fresh skin on your face, however if you let dead and dry skin build up, this is a hot spot for spots, black and white heads.
I use the Clinique 7 Day Scrub which is a formula with a creamy base and micro exfoliants that aren’t too big and harsh on your skin, ensuring you don’t over-exfoliate and damage the newer skin underneath.
The other exfoliant I use if I am not using the Clinique is the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Glow Scrub, which I have found to be the budget version of the Clinique. This has a mixture of 3 clays and red algae to clear your pores and draw out the dirt from black heads. And, it’s in the name, it makes your skin visibly glow after use. As I said, don’t overdo it and damage your skin, but exfoliating is a really nice way to get rid of dead and dry skin cells.
I like to use the Nivea Micellar Sensitive Cleansing Water after washing/exfoliating my face. I find this clears my skin really nicely of any remaining impurities and creates a really lovely base for my moisturiser to sink in. I like the coolness of the Water on my skin in the summer too, as it refreshes your face before applying makeup or just at the beginning of a long, hot day. Equally, it can be a really nice relief in the evening after a hot day!
Surprise surprise, but I use the Clinique Moisture Surge on a twice daily basis, once in the morning before makeup, and then in the evening after taking makeup off and before I go to bed. The thing I find with moisturising my skin is that some areas need more than others, for example I concentrate the moisturiser around my jaw line and away from my T-zone and nose, as this is where it gets more oily. It is about experimenting with what works for you, and this may take a while. Also, listen to your skin, and if you feel like you don’t need to moisturise one day, (this may be controversial) but don’t! You don’t want to over moisturise and cause a build up of product, especially if you aren’t cleansing properly, as this can cause blemishes and white heads.
The budget version of this moisturiser is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. Of course, the ingredients are different and there are differences in the formula. The Clinique formula is more beneficial in the long run, and I found it just added something to my skin that the Neutrogena did not, however as a cooling and refreshing moisturiser that can be used daily, it is brilliant, and much cheaper.
Obviously, I don’t do a face mask everyday, but when I do, one of my favourites is the Patchology Hydrate 5 Minute Sheet Mask. This hydrates your skin within 5 minutes, and you can leave it for longer if you are looking for some deeper moisturising. This adds glow and bounce to your skin and helps revitalise your skin after perhaps some neglecting of your skin care routine!
Another favourite is the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Charcoal Detox Mask. This comes in a jar and can be applied to the skin like a moisturiser, spread across the skin, avoiding sensitive areas such as eyes and lips. It draws out all the dirt and grime from your pores and leaves your skin feeling smooth. It also has a slight warming effect as it dries on your face which can be soothing. Once it has dried to a lighter grey shade, it can simply be wiped off with a hot wet flannel.
I love the Becca Backlight Priming Filter. I use this as a primer if I want a glowy foundation look, but another really pretty way to use this product is apply it as a highlighter to your cheeks, brow bones and on the tip of your nose for a gentle glow that isn’t blinding!
The Benefit Dew The Hoola liquid bronzer is another of my favourites for creating a natural looking contour/bronze on my skin, especially if I have no foundation on, as it blends into your natural skin colour really beautifully. This paired with the highlight and you will look glowy and post-holiday in no time. Adding a neutral shimmer eyeshadow and smudging a brown eyeliner into your lash line will make your eyes look soft and smokey without your face looking ‘night-time’.
I hope some of these tips are useful for people and remember this is my skin care and therefore yours might not be the same, but I thought I would share with you guys what I find works well, especially in the summer months. One last tip though, drink plenty of water and get a good nights sleep! Your skin’s health starts with hydration from within and the energy from the body to glow.
Thank you for reading and I’ll be back soon with more posts!