Summer Beauty Preparation…
Having said that though, the slightly hotter months do call for a slightly different approach to one’s beauty routine so here’s the low down on summer beauty preparation La Doyenne style.
Protect your faces, people!
We’ve only got one face in this world and we should do our best to protect it where possible! I’m a big advocate of year-round SPF but especially so in the summer months when it’s hotter and the potential for skin damage is high.
If you’re looking for a two in one product, most lighter foundations and BB/CC creams come with decent levels of SPF, to give you
If you prefer protective bases that act more as a primer or want something more heavy duty than a combined product, there’s plenty on the market. Yet, it can be tricky to find the products that sit well on your skin and don’t leave you feeling greasy or loaded with product. Looking for ideas of where to start?
Check out By Terry for a pricey but high-end option. Acting as a primer, By Terry’s Base gives the skin a swipe of high-level protection with SPF 50 against the sun’s damaging rays. It gives a non-greasy matte texture and is enriched with a healthy injection of Vitamin E. At the opposite of the pricing spectrum, The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters with Antioxidants gives you reliable SPF protection for less than a tenner.
Cream based beauty products
Summer is great for that sun-kissed look – I’m a sucker for a softly bronzed face with a pop of colour on the cheeks. Yet come the summer months it doesn’t make much for powders to make your complexion look ashy and flat.
Enter the wonderful world of cream products!
Some of the best items to have in your cream product arsenal are the likes of Daniel Sandler, Illamasqua or Chantecaille. Chantecaille’s Cheek Gelée is a personal favourite, a gel-cream blusher that gives a fresh, luminous cheek stain that looks light and delicate on the skin.
Daniel Sandler’s creme bronzer is a fabulous creamy product. It’s highly blendable and buildable, which is just what you look for with a cream bronzer – a flawless finish is the end goal!
Illamasqua brings the real colour to the table. Their bold palettes are renowned in the industry and cream blush is no different. Long lasting, hyper-pigmented and super easy to blend. If you’re looking for something a little less natural and something that’s bolder, this is the one.
Don’t hestitate, exfoliate!
During the hotter months, it’s easy for your skin to get congested and your pores blocked with SPF, sweat and excess oil meaning that often your skin and make-up can end up looking dull.
With that in mind, exfoliation is a great way to break this down and keep your skin feeling and looking healthy. Keep it super gentle and follow the instructions on ythe products to make sure you’re avoiding breaking down the skin barrier. Acids can be a great way to do this because they work with your skin’s natural building blocks, instead of causing
Check out The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2% Solution for gentle exfoliation and clarification, or Lactic Acid 10%. for a gentle evening exfoliant that will leave you with super soft skin when you wake up. Bear in mind the exfoliation like this will cause increased sun sensitivity so you’ll need to use it in the evening and ensure you’ve got good sun protection.
Up the anti(oxidants)
In addition to exfoliation, a good quality antioxidant will keep your skin plump and healthy, reversing the potential damage from the sun.
Wondering why? Well, the radiation from the sun creates free radicals in your body’s skin cells. These have the potential to harm your cells. When your skin cells are damaged, it appears in our faces through things like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Antioxidants are chemicals that interact with and neutralize free radicals, preventing them from causing damage.
Upping your antioxidant intake through nutrition is great, but sometimes eating them isn’t enough. The good news is it doesn’t have to break the bank – The Ordinary has some great offerings that are light in price but pack a punch in terms of quality.
In addition to this, products with ingredients including green tea oil, sea kelp, carrot seed oil and grape seed oil will fight potential inflammation and work to restore the balance in your skin, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for multi-ingredient products that include these too.
How do you kick off your Summer beauty preparation?