I don't really tend to switch up my skincare too much during the summer months and for the most part my routine stays more or less the same. But there are a few subtle changes that I like to make once the warmer weather strikes, and these changes mainly involve protecting my skin from the harmful rays of the sun (obviously), combating oil, and keeping my skin refreshed throughout the day. Four products have made the cut for this post - they are the ones that have firmly cemented themselves into my summer skincare routine and are ones that I consider 'essentials' to keep everything in check especially during this time of year.
First up is the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser which is a product that I have loved since it was first added to my skincare stash, but there is no doubt that it has really come into it's own since the beginning of the summer. My skin definitely leans a little more towards the oily side of things this time of year, and this lightweight and oil-free Origins offering has been doing the trick for me in terms of keeping my skin sufficiently moisturised and hydrated, but without being too heavy. The gel-like and light formula absorbs into my skin straight away and doesn't leave behind any sort of oily residue, which means that it is perfect for during the day and for wearing underneath make-up. Even though the consistency is quite thin, I find that I only have to use the smallest amount to moisturise my entire face - it glides on so easily and leaves my skin feeling comfortable and soft. And the best part is that it smells wonderfully citrusy and invigorating, and because it contains ingredients like ginseng and caffeine it really helps to perk up my skin in the mornings and inject a bit of life into it. Besides a good lightweight moisturiser, a second summer skincare staple has to be SPF, and even though I'm not as diligent with wearing it on a day-to-day basis as I should be, I think I've found the perfect one in the form of La Roche-Posay 30 SPF Anthelios AC Matte Extreme Fluid. My skin is fairly sensitive when it comes to sunscreens, and this is the first one I have tried that doesn't break me out or clog my pores. It is very thin and lightweight in texture and so glides on easily and absorbs in seconds, and because it contains the ingredients perlite and zinc gluconate, it keeps oil at bay throughout the day and prevents my face from looking too shiny. When I'm out and about, I always make sure to wear an SPF containing foundation, but if it's particularly sunny (which doesn't happen all too often where I live) I do like to add a layer of this underneath my base to further protect my skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays, and it hasn't let me down yet!
To keep my skin refreshed during the day, something I like to carry around with me this time of year is the Caudalie Eau de Beauté or Beauty Elixir. This stuff has a variety of purposes and can be used as a treatment to smooth away fine lines, tighten the appearance of pores and set make-up, but I personally love to use it as a mid afternoon 'pick me up', especially when it's humid outside and my make-up needs freshening up. Even if my skin isn't particularly in need of a radiance boost, I love to mist on the grape seed extract infused water anyway because the scent is that addictive. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I find it to be so invigorating and refreshing and would happily use it as a body spray if I could afford it. And lastly is a face mask that I have been getting a lot more use out of lately - the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. I love a good hydrating mask as much as the next beauty blogger, but I generally reserve these for the colder winter months when my skin is a lot drier. During the summer, as I've already mentioned, my skin tends to produce more oil which can result in congestion and clogged pores (a fine image!) and so I like to use this Origins offering on a weekly basis or more often if it's required to keep my skin in check. It contains active charcoal which helps to draw out deep dwelling pore cloggers, white china clay which absorbs environmental toxins and lecithin which dissolves impurities, and it works like a charm in helping to 'detoxify' my skin and keep it looking clear and blemish free. I generally apply this after showering (the steam helps to open pores), and after applying a light layer to my T-zone and other problematic areas I rinse it away and gently pat dry to reveal a clear complexion. It's an absolute essential during this time of year, especially if you want to keep your pores in check but don't really want to head down the nose strip route which, let's face it, can often do more harm than good.
What are your summer skincare essentials?
Lots of love, Rachael