This is my current go to for summer when I want a hard working multi tasking mask. I think via previous blog posts, we’ve established I’m a pretty sweaty person during summer time, and one thing I hate is the build up of little pimples that sit under the surface of my skin where I repeatedly ‘feel the heat’. This mask is both a chemical and enzymatic exfoliating treatment, using a mix of AHA’s and pumpkin enzyme. It sheds the dead skin to reveal brighter, fresher looking skin that feels smooth as silk and makes my makeup look so much cleaner the next day, perfect for dull skin days and a great way to target those little ‘sweat’ pimples.
I love everything about Lixir and their philosophy of keeping things simple yet effective, I wrote a brand overview here, but in this post the star of the show is this Vitamin C Paste. This is a morning mask you can use daily, it smells a little interesting but it really adds glow to your skin and I saw amazing results with this. I use it in the shower like a face wash and leave it on for about a minute or two then rinse and remove it with a muslin cloth. It protects and corrects so its the perfect product for summer as we expose our skin more frequently to the sun.
I wrote a piece recently about face mists having a moment and this one is my current favourite for summer. You can use it so many different ways; tone your skin, help your serum absorb better, use as a makeup setting spray and a nice way to quench the skin throughout the day in the heat and revive your makeup, all while knowing you’re adding a little extra to your skin. Its one more step towards fighting free radical damage, which I’m so much more aware of now I’m in my thirties.
Serums are my favourite skincare item when it comes to seeing results. It’s probably the one area of skincare I switch up the most, and skincare item I own the most of. For day time this is a great, fuss free serum that ticks a lot of boxes. This serum helps fight wrinkles and fine lines, as well as brightening the skin and evening out any pigmentation issues, something I tend to see a lot more in the summer because I spend more time in the sun. It feels very lightweight and absorbs quickly so you can’t even feel it on your skin, and its nice to layer under your moisturiser and SPF, more on my SPF recommendations here).
At the time of writing this I wasn’t aware that Kate Somerville Dilo Face Oil was no longer available (sad times) but fear not I have a whole post on my favourite oils you can read here. I know face oil might sound like a strange one in summer, but for me it’s a night time essential. The sun really dries out my skin, and I love the inclusion of a hydrating face oil especially one that contains actives. I think face oils are a staple in my skincare routine because you get the long term benefits and better looking skin, but its also the instant feeling of nourishment and moisture after I’ve been in the sun thats hard to get with some moisturisers alone.
When my skin is feeling particularly dehydrated from the summer sun, this is perfect pre makeup. I like to layer it with my SPF. This provides moisture that feels rich and deeply hydrating without being greasy as it’s actually an oil free formula. I use this a lot in my pro kit before makeup and find it works well when combined with other products making it a real kit staple, think of it as part moisturiser, part primer. If you’re looking for advice on where to spend and where to save when it comes to skincare I wrote this post to give you some pointers.
Photos Kayla Varley
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