Summer skincare to keep you feeling cool and fresh
Having spent many a summer without adequate sun protection, my skin has been damaged. Sooner or later the small, dark patches on my forehead and cheeks will start to look like leopard print. But hey, now that I’m a grown-up I use a moisturiser with SPF30. One product I’m prepared to splurge on is Elemis’ Daily Defence Shield. For me, a moisturiser that is light, easily absorbed and fragrance-free is the holy grail of skincare. Plus, there’s the added bonus that Daily Defence comes in a 40ml tube, making it ideal for travel. And no-one needs 30 different products per day. Keep it simple with a cleanser, a serum and a moisturiser. Balance Me’s Vitamin C Repair Serum with hyaluronic acid is lightweight, lovely and has a delicate citrus fragrance. Another everyday, light moisturiser with SPF protection is Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Moisturiser. Creams that are too rich and heavy or too scented have never appealed, and this is something I am increasingly aware of as I age.
Vichy’s Idéal Soleil Hydrating Sun Protection Water (SPF 30) has been my discovery of the summer. A quick spritz before leaving the house is infinitely preferable to a gloopy, high protection cream that leaves me greasy and dripping with sweat. And that is probably why I have cycled without sun protection, for years. Beside my desk, as well as a constantly whirring electric fan, there are a couple of cooling sprays, including Mario Badescu’s lovely aloe, cucumber and green tea facial spray (also available in lavender – I can cope with natural smelling beauty products). One of my colleagues swears by Jurlique’s Rose Water Balancing Mist and says that the glass bottle seems to help the water stay cooler. For a spritz on the commute, try Avene’s Thermal Spring Water (from £3 for 50ml).
One hot weather essential is a lovely, refreshing cleanser to wash away the daily grime – impossible to avoid when you’re travelling around London. Balance Me’s Pure Skin Face Wash contains grapefruit, frankincense and camomile oils and smells fresh, lightly fruity and very summer-y. For a fragrance-free wash, I use Muji’s face soap. And then once in bed, I’ve been enjoying Vichy’s Neovadial Night Complex; designed for menopausal women this has a lovely cooling effect on the skin. Vichy’s complex contains hyaluronic acid, has a smooth, light consistency and is easily absorbed. Such a soothing experience before dropping off, which together with an open window and a glass of water has become a necessity on a sultry night.
*Some of these products have been gifted.
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