When summer rolls around, my beauty regime changes to a more minimal approach. I don’t want my make up melting off, whilst going make up free isn’t an option for me, opting for light and natural is. Packing your holiday essentials really must start with the most important product – Sun Protection
This is my all time favourite SPF, Environs’RAD SPF15 is a super sunscreen product for the face and body that gives UVA & UVB broad spectrum medium protection. This is a light non greasy lotion that both guys and girls love. Rad contains ingredients that will filter out blue light ( from screens) which can cause premature ageing. I wear this under my make up and I love how my skin feels.
I’ve been wearing Jane Iredale mineral make-up for 14 years, there are various BB creams, tinted moisturisers and foundations to choose from but the pure pressed powder is my go to. Used with ‘the handi’ brush it gives great coverage whilst feeling lightweight on the skin. It provides an SPF20.
If you like a primer then you will love Jane Iredale Smooth Affair, its a primer and brightener designed to even out skin tone, minimise pores and visibly reduce fine lines for a smooth matte finish. ( great for oilier skin types)
I take this product everywhere with me, Pommisst Hydration Spray, its a facial spritz that hydrates, conditions, protects and calms inflammation on all skin types. The powerful Pomegranate extract with its antioxidant and UV protector, also known to help protect against skin cancer. It is used to set mineral makeup foundation for a long lasting smooth finish with natural and organic botanicals. You can spritz over make up if your skin feels dehydrated and it will re-ignite your make up.
My Pre-holiday treatments.
Summer is all about having that sun kissed look, if you are like me and prefer not to expose your skin to UV rays then there is no better and safer way than to get a spray tan or use a self tanning option.
He-shi Gold is my favourite spray tan, giving a light coverage with a natural look. To maintain the tan and help it last longer I moisture every morning and night which usually gives me anywhere between 7/10 days duration.
He-Shi Supreme Glow is the perfect gift set for tan lovers. The Gold foaming mousse is ideal for achieving a golden glow which absorbs quickly to give an instant tan. The ultra-smooth velvet mitt, with a lotion proof barrier is easy and quick to use giving streak free results. I have used several self tanning products in the past and this is far superior. I used this on my legs for the weekend and application took 5 mins and no mess.
My makeup is minimal during the summer and if I take the kids to the beach or go to the Aqua park I prefer not to wear mascara especially waterproof mascara, as I find this a nightmare to remove. I opt for a more natural look and have my eyelashes and eyebrows tinted instead. The blue/black tint for the eyelashes is darker than black, otherwise available in Black or Brown. ( always have a patch test first)
Preparing your body for treatments like waxing and spray tans I love Sanctuary Salt Scrub and Thalgo Artic Salt flake scrub. Both exfoliate leaving your skin silky smooth and smell devine.
Waxing is a must and I love the feeling afterwards, not only does your skin look great but you feel lighter as well.
Tips before waxing:
- Prepare skin before waxing, use an exfoliator 1 to 2 times a week, to remove dead skin cells and to stop the hair getting trapped under the dead skin.
- Book waxing appointments on a regular basis.
- Make sure you are not in the sun for at least 24 hours after a waxing treatment
To me the hot weather is all about flip flops and cool cotton summer dresses. A perfect time for painted toes and hands. If I am not going on holiday I always opt for a Gel polish on hands and toes, you can guarantee the longevity of the gel paint, usually at least 2 weeks.
Lots to think about, but keep it simple and stay safe in the sun …. Happy holidays.