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I really do love skincare and I look for any excuse to add new products to my routine as I find the whole self-care experience of skincare so joyful and calming. As we are FINALLY getting some warmer weather, now is a great time to rethink your current routine and consider mixing things up a bit. I have put together a little list of six different steps you can take to refresh your skin, with some great product suggestions to get you started:
Hydrating gel cleansers are one of my favourite products to use as the weather heats up, as they’re light yet soothing, offering a thorough cleanse whilst also hydrating – so a really well balanced product!
Two hydrating gel cleansers I can recommend are the Cerave Gel Cleanser (£15 here – link) which has gained cult status for a reason, and Curel Makeup Cleansing Gel (£12.50 here – link) which is a slightly thicker gel, that’s balm-like without any greasiness.
Mists are amazing in the hot weather, so it’s a great idea to get a mist that does more than just refresh your skin. I’m really loving ceramide mists at the moment as they add a dose of moisture and layer beautifully with other skincare.
The Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Cream Mist (£13 here – link)is so light that I use it daily, both AM and PM. The Curel Deep Moisture Spray (£19.50 here – link) is, as the name suggests, a little more dense in texture, but still mists beautifully, making it a great way to top-up on hydration without any greasiness.
If you tweak your routine with just one element, make it a really good Vitamin C serum! These glow-boosting antioxidants make such a huge difference to my routine.
I love a light Vitamin C serum, particularly in the Summer, so my picks are both the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Dullness Vitamin C Serum (£21 here – link) which is an amazing treatment that rivals some of the much fancier (and more expensive!) versions on the market, and then there’s the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum (£45 here – link) which has gained iconic status for a reason, since it’s packed full of so many skin-loving ingredients in a gentle formula.
The urge to avoid hydrating products in the sweaty, Summer heat can sometimes feel very strong, but skin hydration is everything, so you have to keep it up! For me, I keep my products as light as possible, and focus on hydrating serums instead.
I’m currently obsessed with the Sculpted by Aimee range, which includes the beautiful HydraGlo Hydrating Serum (£27 here – link) that’s a light, creamy gel that feels incredible on the skin! If you really want to keep things gel-based, how about the Bliss Glow & Hydrate Day Hyaluronic Serum (£19.99 here – link) which can actually be used as a day or night treatment.
Speaking of light hydration, gel moisturisers are your friend if you want to avoid anything rich or heavy. The Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel Cream (£13.50 here – link) is a hydrating powerhouse, providing all the hydration in a light and refreshing gel.
The Ole Henriksen C-Rush Brightening Gel Creme (£40 here – link) is also available as a cream, so you can move from one formula to another depending on what your skin needs – great if you have skin like mine that changes on a daily basis!
The final step is something I hope you’re all doing anyway on a daily basis, which is applying SPF skincare. It is a battle to find one that suits your individual needs, but I have put in the legwork and found two that I think are brilliant:
Bondi Sands Sunny Daze SPF50 Moisturiser (£12.99 here – link) is a light, hydrating moisturiser that doesn’t leave skin looking or feeling greasy that’s very well priced.
Hello Sunday The One That’s a Serum SPF45 (£20 here – link) is one of my daily go-to products as I love the glow it gives; it feels hydrating without any greasiness and it sits wonderfully under makeup too. You can see the full range of Factor 50 Sun Cream here.
There are so many ways to improve and/or streamline your skincare routine and Boots stock a huge selection of amazing brands, so there really is something for every taste and price point. Let me know if you try any of my recommendations!
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