I don't much like winter and neither does my skin, so I'm really happy we're now into the warmer months and I can focus on hydrated, glowing skin. Today I'm teaming up with Boots to share my top picks to breathe life back into your skin this Spring / Summer...
A mist always feels so good on my skin during the warmer months and I personally love the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream Mist | £20. If you didn't already know: the cream from this line is one of my favourite moisturisers of all time, but it's a little heavy for my AM routine given we're well and truly into spring now, so that's where the mist comes in. It's a lightweight milky mist that provides lasting hydration as well as softening and moisturising the skin. You can even pop it in the fridge before use for an added cooling benefit. It's formulated with ceramides and natural moisturising factors to boost up your skin barrier and keep it happy. It's really quick and perfect for sandwiching in the hydration whilst allowing your skin to breathe.
As part of your PM routine, I recommend throwing in something like the PSA Heroine Mandelic & Licorice Superfood Glow Toner | £28 | in 3-4 times a week. I love this product because it's a really gentle take on a chemical exfoliant, so over time it's going to give you that healthy glow from within. It's formulated with niacinamide, to boost up the skin barrier and help prevent hyperpigmentation, licorice root to brighten dark spots and lots of fermented ingredients to protect the skin from free radical damage and contribute to overall skin health. Alongside this fantastic base, we have a gentle concentration of AHAs: lactic and mandelic, which are going to give the skin a surface glow and smoothness, plus lactic has hydrating benefits and mandelic is great for evening out the skin tone.
I always like to use a Vitamin C serum as part of my morning routine and one I find gentle, effective and hydrating as a one-stop-shop is the Farmacy Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum | £60. This product contains a blend of stable and non-irritating Vitamin C derivatives and acerola cherry for that added antioxidant boost. It protects your skin from free radical damage in your environment (essential if you, like me, live in the city), it can help even out the skin tone and gives that glow we're all looking for. It's a Vitamin C + humectant serum in one step as it's also formulated with glycerin and hyaluronic acid, plus contains skin-plumping peptides so immediately gives your skin that juicy, healthy bounce.
A recent discovery that my skin is loving this spring is the Ole Henriksen Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturiser | £40. I have dry skin and it definitely felt lacklustre and dull as we came out of the winter months; one of my biggest challenges for my spring / summer skincare routine is always finding a moisturiser that gives my skin what it needs without smothering it, because we all obviously prefer something a bit lighter when the weather warms up. This is that perfect balance for me! It has this wonderful melting texture so your skin can breathe but still has a softening, buttery quality to it. Plus, this moisturiser is formulated with peptides, to help retain collagen in your skin, which is what gives it its plumpness, plus they will hydrate and smooth the skin. There are also lots of soothing ingredients in here, skin barrier support and natural moisturising factors to help to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.