I can finally say, the summer is here *hurrah*. It’s been a long time coming here in the UK to be able to say the summer is actually here. In between the odd few rainy cloudy days, we’ve been having some beautiful sunshine and warmer weather, and that means switching up my skincare routine.
Generally, I do tend to switch up my skincare between seasons. As I try new products on a regular basis, it’s only normal to change it up when I find new products that I love. It’s also nice to have a much lighter skincare ritual when the warmer weather comes around. Lighter moisturisers and face mists come out to play and I’ve really nailed my skincare favourites this year.
Of a morning I like to keep my skincare quite minimal, and I always start the day with splashing my face with icy water. It just helps wake me up and makes my skin feel fresh and ready to go. First things first, I like to tone my skin and make it tighter, more radiant and refreshed and for that I use the Pixi Glow Tonic. This toner works to brighten and smooth the skin with its exfoliating particles that come from the wonderful ingredients inside, including Glycolic Acid.
To nourish the skin I switch between two products. My first choice being Nip+Fab’s Dragons Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot*, which is essentially a lightweight serum that works to hydrate the skin in an instant. I find this a must in the morning to add some life back into my skin and to also add luminosity. If I don’t use this and want a more perfected finish I use the Nanoblur* from Indeed Laboratories. This is an instant correcting and blurring product that I like to use when my pores are feeling a bit problematic. It works to smooth the appearance of the skin and is great for makeup prep.
I ALWAYS finish off my summer skincare with morning routine the Pixi Glow Mist, which I have to say is probably my holy grail skincare product of the moment. Oh how I wish I’d found this sooner.
Now, onto the evening routine that is very different in comparison to the colder months. I hate going to bed feeling sticky. Instead, I like a light fresh feel so that my skin can breathe and regenerate throughout my sleep. To start I always use the Garnier Micellar Water, whether or not I’m wearing makeup to cleanse the skin of dirt and makeup. I’ve used this for every season for around two years now and is a product I’ll never give up on. It removes all makeup and its just so quick and easy to use.
To get down and dirty and really cleanse my skin I’ve got two options depending on what my skin needs. For a gentle exfoliation I go for the Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser, which contains teeny tiny beads to scrub away the excess oils and dirt in your skin. If I want a deeper exfoliation and cleanse I’m loving the Kathleen Facial Sonic Cleansing Brush*. This is a cheaper alternative for the Foreo devices and it works just the same. The sonic pulsations work to I use this with a gel or oil cleanser – Clinique’s Take The Day Off works extremely well.
If you like a skin peel mask, or a second cleanse, I’d go for the Urban Decay Pore Refining Peel* or the Pixi Peel & Polish that you can read all about here. Peeling products are great for a fast but effective way to refresh and renew your complexion.
As I’ve said, I love a facial mist but in the evening I like to use a calming version. The Mario Badescu Facial Spray is perfect for the evenings as it contains Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, which all contain skin calming properties. It smells relaxing, feels relaxing and revitalises my skin ready for the next step.
Instead of an evening moisturiser in the summer I like to use a lightweight oil as I feel it works wonders over night and feel a lot fresher on the skin. An overnight oil also does amazing things for your skins radiance. My staple is Decleor’s Aromessence Neroli Amara* as its incredibly hydrating and luxurious but gentle and light on the skin. I rub two to three drops in my palms before patting all over the face and that’s me done and ready for some beauty sleep!
What are your summer skincare essentials?
If you enjoyed this post, you might like to head on over to my Staying Fresh This Summer post.