Winter has been going on longer than expected in London. I was seriously hoping for a “transitional” Spring before Summer approaches. Seems like it is not really the case. Therefore, my skin routine have been thrown off course. During winter I would generally use heavier oil products, where as during summer it makes more sense to opt for lighter creams. Being combination/ dehydrated skin can be a tricky one.
Here is my go-to Summer Skincare Routine, to ensure optimised hydration and getting that glow on:
Step 1: Cleanse- Cerave Cleanser £9 (available at Boots)
This is a new one. I have just started using Cerave as they have just started being available in the UK. I love how gentle it is on my dehydrated/ sensitive skin. It contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid which is always great for dehydrated skin or just sensitive skin that needs some good loving.
Step 2: Toner – Pixi beauty Glow Tonic (AM)/ Glossier Solution (PM)
I alternate between the two products. I usually use Pixi Beauty during the day and then Glossier’s Solution at night. The reason being is that I feel that Glossier’s pack loads of actives and may be better suited for PM use. I am also keen on trying Biologiqie Rechercher’s P50 Toner, since it has been coined The Holy Grail for many skin gurus out there. It is on the pricier side. Just last week when I was at Liberty I walked passed the counter hoping to test the product. The only problem is that the brand does not offer “testers” or product trials. You would either have to make an appointment for a facial by them that costs £160 a facial to test their products out, or basically buy the product if you’re keen on trying it out.
Step 3: Serum- Ceramiracle (Ceramides + Squalane)
This was a gift. I generally do not use oil based products in summer but I feel that squalane gets easily absorbed into the skin and it is possibly one of the lightest oil there is out there. I absolutely love it! Also having ceramides in my serum helps give strengthen my skin’s protective barrier which is great for sensitive skin.
Step 4: Moisturiser – Cerave Hydrating Moisturiser £9 (available at Boots)
This is one of the lightest moisturisers out there. Similar to their cleanser, the Cerave Moisturiser contains both Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides. The product also claims to have time-release hyaluronic acid which apparently provides hydration throughout the day.
Step 5: Sunscreen – Skin Aqua Sarafit
I got this while I was in Kuala Lumpur. Skin Aqua sunscreens are amazingly light unlike conventional sunscreens. Plus they are SPF50++++ meaning they give better protection that less “+”Western measured sunscreens (UVA/UVB). Maybe I am bias but I always tend to favour Japanese/ Korean/ Asian sunscreen as they tend to really protect their skin a lot more over there. Plus with the technology they have there, it is no wonder their ratings are so much better.