During the summer months we always like to go lighter and brighter with our skincare and make up. We want skin to look fresh, glowing and youthful - a timeless, elegant beauty - without heavy creams or layers, which feel stifling and sweaty during the warmer months.
We look towards lightweight, easily absorbed skincare that refines and hydrates without too much weight, so that skin looks radiant, healthy and plumped up. Then we like to layer on some natural, bright, clean pigments for a sheer pop of colour that looks effortless and easy. It feels so good to show off the natural beauty of our skin without drowning it in heavy formulations.
This week we're looking at our TOP 5 SUMMER SKIN MUST-HAVES. The skincare products that will help to naturally refine, perfect and illuminate our skin, with key botanicals, through summer and into the autumn months.
NO.1 - START WITH A SERUM
When it comes to skincare, it's best to consider serums as concentrated, powerful vials of nutrition for the skin. Using a serum as your first skincare step after cleansing ensures that your skin is getting the ultimate in rich and potent skincare botanicals.
Vitamin C brightens, smooths, and creates a more even, illuminated complexion, while Hyaluronic Acid hydrates, plumps and softens. Together or alone they will make even the most dull skin look more radiant.
Vitamin C offers super antioxidant protection against environmental stressors, while Hyaluronic Acid improves the strength and health of the skin barrier by hydrating and restoring it, which also offers protection against premature ageing and skin damage.
We love Antipodes Glow Serum as it contains both high levels of stabilised Vitamin C as well as Hyaluronic Acid. Its lightweight gel texture is perfect for soothing and refreshing summer skin, and it will help you create a dewy, luminous appearance.
NO. 2 – ADD IN AN EYE TREATMENT
Nothing says healthy and radiant like bright, glowing eyes, so we love to put an emphasis on the windows to our soul at all times of the year.
The skin around our eyes is very thin and delicate so it’s wise to pay particular attention and care to this area. We like to smooth, hydrate, brighten and de-puff the eyes with Juice Beauty’s STEM CELLULAR Eye Treatment. It has a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells and Vitamin C infused into certified organic, antioxidant-rich botanical juices, which actively works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles around the eyes. With organic essential fatty acids from evening primrose, borage & linseed.
We also use this powerhouse cream around the upper lip and corners of the mouth to minimise fine lines and wrinkles in that area too.
Before applying make up we also like Ilia Beauty’s On & On Naturally Brightening Eye Primer, which is the perfect base layer before adding cream or powder eyeshadows. You can also wear it alone, as it will instantly illuminate to help eyes look brighter and more awake, and it will also help keep excess oils at bay and ensure a matte base for long-lasting eyeshadow.
With soothing Aloe, de-puffing Arnica and rejuvenating Rosehip it helps to care for this delicate eye area while also enhancing the performance of any shadows you apply.
NO. 3 – LIGHTWEIGHT DAY CREAM WITH SPF
A glowy moisturiser is also an essential for us in summer, even if skin is on the oily side. We find that most skin types will still need the benefit from extra hydration, even when it’s hot and humid; look for lighter textures to smooth, refresh, and plump your skin. You want a clean, beautifully formulated moisturiser that offers hydration, softness and SPF protection, while being easily absorbed.
Juice Beauty’s OIL FREE MOISTURISER SPF30 has glow-inducing ingredients like Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and antioxidant-rich organic grape and sea algae.
It will help to hydrate, protect and maintain your skin’s natural moisture balance while being light, soothing and easily absorbed with natural SPF30 mineral zinc oxide sun protection. It is a non-pore clogging formula that is good for all skin types, especially oily and combination types that need something super lightweight but nourishing.
We also love Evolve Beauty’s Climate Defence SPF30, which also offers non-toxic, natural mineral SPF30 protection along with plumping Hyaluronic Acid, Lingonberry Stem Cells and soothing Prickly Pear.
NO. 4 – A CLEAN TINT FOR SUMMER GLOW
Somehow the summer just calls to show off our natural skin, and we are drawn to lightweight tints and CC creams over foundation. We want just enough coverage to perfect and protect our skin, while still showing off its natural texture and beauty.
That’s where Juice Beauty’s CC Cream comes in. This is one of our bestselling tints for summer, offering sheer and light coverage with clean, mineral SPF protection.
It’s glowy, translucent and skin perfecting. A multi-tasking formula that boost moisture, blurs imperfections and offers non-toxic sun protection. Available in a range of versatile, flattering shades it helps to add hint of colour and a natural, dewy-finish.
NO. 5 – FINALLY, A POP OF BRIGHT COLOUR
Finally, we love to add a pop of bright, happy colour to our lips, cheeks and eyes, to highlight our features and perfect our fresh, radiant look.
We like Ilia Beauty’s Liquid Powder Chromatic Eye for easy to apply colour for eyelids. It’s a clean and highly-pigmented liquid eyeshadow that transforms into a weightless, metallic powder after application and then stays put all day or all night.
It’s effortless to apply, long-lasting and will survive hot and sweaty days. Available in a range of shades. We love to blend it on with our fingers for all-day colour on the lids.
For cheeks, Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pots and The Organic Pharmacy’s Sheer Glow Liquid Blush, both add majestic, sheer, buildable colour in pretty, flattering shades.
Both are formulated with skin loving ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Calendula and Vitamin E to condition and protect skin. We love both as a tint for cheeks and lips to add natural-looking warmth and sheen.
We also love Ilia Beauty’s Balmy Tint Hydrating Balm for its buttery-soft formulation with Salicornia, Rosehip Seed Oil and Shea Butter to deeply nourish and hydrate lips, making them look smoother and plumper while delivering a sheer wash of buildable colour.
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As always, we advocate for health skin from within. For the most glowing radiant skin we recommend getting adequate sleep and exercise, plenty of pure mineral or spring water and an organic, wholefood, anti-inflammatory diet adapted to your own bio-individual needs.