Friday, 20 May 2016

Skincare Secrets for Beautiful Summer Skin


We all want beautiful glowing skin in the summer, and whilst some are blessed with perfect skin most of the time we need to keep a beauty regime to make sure our skin is radiant and blemish-free!


I think the key to a perfect skincare regime is:

  • use quality products targeted to our skin type and problems
  • double cleanse in the evening using a warm damp cloth
  • cleanse in the morning
  • use sunscreen every single day!

Although it may seem like I'm using a ridiculous amount of products and following an interminably long list of steps I can assure you that being meticulous with your skincare really makes a world of a difference!
Think of Asian skincare, they have even more elaborate regimes and wait for each skincare product to work its magic before applying the next!

Let me show you some of the steps I always follow no matter what and some of the best products I recommend for the job: 

Cleansing

Evening Cleanse
No matter what happens you should always remove your makeup and cleanse your skin. I like to use a makeup-remover first but then I always use a cleanser for the skin. 

A firm favourite is the Eve Lom Cleanser which is a blend of plant oils which can even be used to melt away your makeup. Remember to double cleanse if you use it as your only cleanser for the evening. 

My secret tip is to use a warm damp cloth to remove the cleanser, it will act like a soft exfoliator and you make sure you remove all the oil residue. The Eve Lom cleanser usually comes with a cloth but you can also purchase this lovely set of 7 cloths for the whole week by Aurelia Probiotic Skincare. 

Morning Cleanse
Some people think it isn't necessary to clean your face in the morning but it really makes a difference. Think of all the sweating, grub from your pillow and makeup residue!

You can obviously use the same cleanser but I love to use the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel because it has vitamins and enzymes to purify the skin and leave it looking radiant! It isn't foaming, it turns into a nice oil and it's lovely on the skin!
Moisturizing

Evening moisturizer and anti aging cream
The evening is the best moment to apply the most hydrating and anti aging products as they will work their magic all night long!

If you have never tried a serum I strongly suggest you run out and buy one because they are one of the most powerful beauty products you will come across. There are many different ones which target different problems, but the Algenist Ultimate anti aging Serum is very good one if you want to keep wrinkles at bay. 

One of my most well-kept secrets is to start your anti aging regime when you're young! It's easier to prevent than to correct and if you keep your fine lines at bay you'll look younger for longer!
A perfect combination to the serum is the Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-aging cream which helps your skin look firmer and more toned. 

Daily moisturizer and sunscreen
If you're half asleep in the morning and don't want to faff about you can use Sarah Chapman Skinesis Dynamic Defense SFP15 which is full of antioxidants, vitamins, omega-rich oils and all sorts of amazing actives which will keep your skin bright and protected. 

The other option is to use a moisturizing cream and dedicated facial sunscreen. A good moisturizer is the Eve Lom TLC Radiance Cream because we all want beautifully radiant skin in summer! Don't forget to combine it with a sunscreen or foundation with SPF. 
Eyes and Lips

If we want to look our best in summer we mustn't forget to hydrate our eye contour and make sure our lips look juicy!

Some people use a regular moisturizer for the under-eye area but I believe the skin is finer and more delicate so I prefer to use something like the Radical Skincare Eye Revive Cream which reduces puffiness, hydrates and even helps to reduce dark circles! Magical!

As for the lips, there's no other lip balm as luxurious as the By Terry Baume de Rose, a silky smooth balm with vitamin E and shea butter which will keep your lips plump. A little secret is that you can also use it on your cuticles!
Face Masks

We should all be using at least a couple of face masks a week to target specific problems. Face masks are a great way to pamper ourselves and leaving the actives for a while on our skin really makes sure they do their job in a more concentrated way

Obviously there are many different face masks depending on your skin type, but here are some I use and love: 

Radiance
There are many different masks to provide radiance which is key for beautiful summer skin. REN has a few, the REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial is great because you can use it overnight for brightened skin. 

Healing
If you have sensitive and irritated skin you may want to try something which is soothing and deeply hydrating. Chantecaille Jasmine & Lily Healing Mask is amazing because it's a rich and calming mask you can also sleep in!

Resurfacing
At least once a week it's good to perform a proper exfoliation, making sure we eliminate dead skin cells. Lancer The Method: Polish is amazing because minerals and enzymes help to resurface the skin softly which boosts cell turnover for younger and brighter-looking skin!
Some extra magic

Sometimes even if we follow all the previous steps there are some extra magic secrets which can help your skin look amazing.

Night Oil
Oily-skinned gals tend to be afraid of anything which has oil, but a night oil can be a real saviour and can actually balance our skin and reduce pore size. If you want to try a luxurious one go for Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, it's a real miracle worker as it helps to reduce pore size, fights wrinkles and reduces sun damage and redness. It contains a new-generation retinoid and it's blue, now that's cool!

Sculptor
When our skin starts to have real wrinkles and we start to lose firmness and elasticity we need to take an extra step! Rodial Dragon's Blood Advanced Sculpting Serum and Gel are plumping formulas to fill in fine lines and improve bounce. With that name it has to be something magical, right?
Here are some of my skincare secrets for amazing summer skin. There are cheaper options but I think splurging on skincare is always a good idea because your skin will really show results quickly. 
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What are your skincare secrets for amazing summer skin?

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