Skin changes with the seasons, in the winter, things become a little drier and in the summer, the surface is a little oiler. With my skin generally changing this past year, I have had to switch things up a little and this time around, it's time to pick products which are more suited to the skin's needs this season. For myself, my skin is a little oilier, yet still dehydrated and breaks out that time of the month. For you, it could be the same or something different, but it will give you an idea of which products to pick out.
Cleanser - Bio Essence Miracle Bio Water Jelly Make-Up Remover
Coming straight from Asian, Bio Essence is a best selling skincare brand straight from Singapore. Using this make-up remover every evening as my first cleanse, however, I've reached for it most mornings too as it's so gentle yet cleansing. A light watery make-up remover which is applied straight onto dry skin before adding water and washing it off. Not the best product to remove stubborn mascara, but for the rest of the face, it's brilliant. I've been reaching for it most mornings too when I'm too lazy to use anything else! Think Bioderma in a face wash form...
Moisturising - Origins Original Skin Serum/Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturiser/Aesop Fabulous Face Oil
Do I need so many moisturising products in my routine at the moment? Yes, I do because although my skin has been breaking out more than usual (hello hormones), the warm weather has made it insanely dehydrated. For the day-time, I've been using a mixture of the serum and moisturiser, as both go so well together as the Clinique moisturiser is oil free. For the evening, it's always Fabulous Face Oil to help detox and hydrate the skin. On the hotter days, I've just been using the serum *shock horror* as a base for any concealer I've been wearing as I always just overheat as soon as I start to wear any sort of moisturiser.
SPF - Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defence SPF 50
The reason why on some days I have only been using a serum is because I'll follow with an SPF. When it comes to SPF, I'm really bad with it and I will admit it. On my body, I'll only apply it if I know I'm purposely going to the park to sunbathe. But for my face, I've forgotten a few too many times this year (hence more freckles than usual this summer) so I'm ensuring that it's in eyesight when applying my skincare. I know how important it is for my skin so writing it here will push me to use it every day!
Extras - Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Clearing Gel/The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist
With all these extra hormonal blemishes, I've been reaching for the Clinique Clearing Gel as it actually works. I usually dab a little of this over the area of the blemish overnight and in the morning, the redness has reduced and it's starting to heal. I've never used one before which has worked so well, so it's worth checking out. As for the face mist, it's a total luxury as I have been keeping this in the fridge. For the days I'm working from home, this is a must as it's what I need when I'm a little too hot and need to cool down. The vitamin E helps calm the skin while keeping the skin hydrated, I always reach for this one or the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Mist.
Body - Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body Scrub/The Body Shop Green Tea Body Butter/Clinique SPF 30 Body Cream
In the summer, I take more care of my body than I do any other time of the year. Mainly as you end up showing more limbs than usual, so that means nearly every day I will use a body scrub before moisturising. I usually prefer a salt or pumice scrub, however, the Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body Scrub is a sugar scrub which smells super sweet. But for an everyday body scrub, it's gentle enough and also foams a little when using it. I'll always follow up with a body butter, particularly The Body Shop ones which are my favourite. A combination of those both used on a daily basis always keeps the skin supple and hydrated. But for the sun, I have been using the Clinique SPF 30 Body Cream for when I'm out in the sun. For a lotion, it is fairly thick, however, it sinks into the skin quickly and isn't sticky for when you put clothes on afterwards.