Hi guys! Today I want to talk about summer beauty essentials. I think summer is almost worse than winter for skin issues because there are so many factors: dry air, humid air, UV, drying air-con etc… in general I feel more uncomfortable in summer than I do in winter. I love the feeling of wearing a small dress and feeling a nice breeze on my skin, but mostly summer is just painful and sweaty! (Well, it is in Korea at the moment…)
I will mention some of the beauty products I use to cope in summer, as well as some other products to try out.
For hair, the biggest problems are greasiness, and sometimes dryness too!
My favourite products for summer are:
- Lush No Drought dry shampoo. This is amazing because this small bottle will last years! I’ve used it at least once a week for a year and there is still a lot left! Sprinkle on your roots in the morning (or at night) rub it in and brush out after a few minutes. This has saved me so many times before work, when I’m too lazy or busy to wash my hair.
- Giovanni Root 66 Max Volume shampoo. I have a problem with limp lifeless hair in summer, so this really helps with moisture and volume.
- Pure argan oil or coconut oil. I use this on the ends if my hair is feeling too dry from washing it more often, or from the constant air-con.
Some other products you could try are:
Careful morning and night routines will help keep your skin clean and fresh.
In the morning:
- Ohui Clear Science Cleansing Foam. Use a small amount of cleanser and lukewarm water to gently wash your face in the morning.
- Thayers Witch Hazel and Rose toner. Use a gentle non-drying toner to keep your skin feeling and looking fresh.
- Calendula moisturiser by Sierra Bees. Use a good, natural moisturiser with no fragrance or other irritants, to prep your skin before using sunscreen or foundation.
- Lacvert Aqua Cooling Sun Spray UV 50. Use a spray sunscreen to give a very thin, non-greasy layer of protection on your face and body. If you can’t find a non-greasy sunscreen where you live, try Asian brands which are made to be worn in very humid conditions.
- Cococare coconut oil. Use a natural oil or an oil-based makeup remover to remove all the layers you put on in the morning. Coconut oil is a great waterproof makeup remover and conditions your skin, lashes and brows too!
- Ohui cleanser. Use the same cleanser to wash your face again, making sure you remove the last traces of your makeup. This will help with blackheads and blocked pores.
- Queen Helene apricot scrub. Every few days, use a mild exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin cells and keep your skin looking fresh.
- Cococare Argan oil. Use a natural, non-fragranced oil OR a moisturiser at night. I know this sounds strange in summer, but our skin needs moisture all year round.
Some other suggestions are:
- Etude House Ice Shot Freeze Foam. This is like a foam that you can spray on your skin in a sort of bandage shape. It will dry in a few seconds and you can remove it and place it anywhere for a cooling sensation!
- Dermalogica oil free matte sunscreen.
- Alba Botanica (or any other brand) aloe vera gel for sunburn.
I have really dry skin, even in summer, but I think it’s important to moisturise no matter what your skin type. Oily skin really needs moisture too! The other essentials are long-wearing or waterproof makeup.
- ELF mineral primer. Primer will give a smooth base and help makeup stay on longer.
- Revlon Colorstay foundation with SPF 15. Stays on alll day for me; doesn’t come off in rain or humidity. The small amount of SPF is great if you forget to put sunscreen on.
- ELF HD setting powder. Sometimes I will use this if it’s an extra hot or humid day. You can also use a setting powder if you’re only wearing a bb cream or a non long-wearing foundation
- ELF eyelid primer. Eyelid primer will help your eyeshadow stay on longer, without slipping off in the humidity.
- Maybelline The Magnum waterproof mascara. You need a waterproof mascara for summer! This will help your lashes stay curled and will prevent panda eyes from the humidity.
- Shiseido Moisture Mist waterproof liquid eyeliner. Use a liquid, gel or pencil eyeliner with waterproof or long-wearing properties, unless you’re going for a very smudgy look 🙂
- Clio VF21 Glow Fix Mist. Use a good setting spray after, or as well as, setting powder. Using a glow finish spray will set your makeup but keep your skin looking fresh. Using a matte spray will set your makeup and leave you looking less oily.
What do you think of these suggestions? What are your summer beauty essentials? Let me know below 🙂