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Despite the weather; we are indeed heading towards summer! Therefore, of course, I've been switching up my skincare routine for the new season. These are my go-to products for a fresh, lightweight, radiant skin look...
I have two cleansers that are really great for this time of year. The first is the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser* | £34 | full review. It's a lightweight non-foaming gel cleanser that smells so fresh and cucumbery. It leaves my skin clean but soft and moisturised. It's also great for removing makeup (paired with a damp cloth) after a long day in the heat because it's not oil-based like most makeup removers, so definitely doesn't feel at all heavy or pore-clogging. It can also be used as a nice, quick morning cleanse. A great option for your second cleanse is the Fourth Ray Cloud Bank Cleanser | $12 | full review. This is a milky, very fluid cleanser that cleans the skin without stripping it and is very lightly foaming to remove surface oil. The formula makes it softening and hydrating, but the texture is perfect for this time of year and it's very fuss-free to use.
As a toner; I like to use a face mist to give my skin a quick boost of hydration and glow. I love the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist* | £20 | full review. It's formulated with Hungarian thermal water so feels hydrating and refreshing, relieving any tightness in the skin and making my complexion look fresh and awake.
In terms of serums: there's one option here for dewy hydration and one for glow. My absolute must-have skincare ingredient for hydration is hyaluronic acid. My personal favourite is the Niod Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex* | £38 | full review. This is a very fluid hyaluronic acid serum with multiple molecule sizes to deeply penetrate into the skin. It hydrates, softens and smooths my dehydrated skin, giving it that dewy, fresh look I'm always going for at this time of year. I also love the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum* | £67 (full size) | full review. This is a lightweight Vitamin C serum (which also contains a cocktail of fruit enzymes to chemically exfoliate the skin) and it really helps even out the tone and texture of my skin. It gives my complexion a much-needed boost when things are looking a bit dull and lifeless - just be sure to follow it up with sunscreen (which we'll get on to shortly!)
When I want fresh, dewy, hydrated skin I reach for the Herbivore Pink Cloud Moisture Cream | £42 | full review. Although it's dewy on the skin, it isn't greasy or shiny; it moisturises with lightweight rosewater. It absorbs beautifully and I just love the glow and hydrates it gives my skin. When I'm after something a bit less dewy and just want fuss-free hydration - I have my Dr Roebuck's No Worries Hydrating Moisturiser* | £30 | full review. Despite containing macadamia oil (along with hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E) this smoothing, hydrating moisturiser has a dry-touch, grease-free finish so is perfect for combination and normal skin types when the weather is hot. As an eye cream I really love the Fresh Lotus Eye Gel* | £40 | full review. I love this formula because it's a sort of gel-cream that feels cooling, refreshing and de-puffing on my eye area. I don't like a rich, heavy eye cream at the best of times, but especially not during the warmer months when I want to keep things light and fresh.
Finally, I obviously apply sunscreen on a daily basis at this time of year and - given you should replace your sunscreen every year - I have a new one for Summer 2019: the REN Clean Screen Mineral Sunscreen* | £30. I will be doing an in-depth post on sunscreen in a few weeks, so keep a out for that, but this is a mineral formula so acts as a physical barrier for the skin against the sun (though it may not be suitable for deeper skin tones, as it can give a bit of a white cast). It's broad spectrum and contains SPF30, which is a really good level for me on an 'everyday in England' basis. What I really like about this is that it doesn't pill up or make a mess when I apply my makeup on over the top of it.