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5 Things to Add to Your Routine this Summer

Your skin’s summer needs are noticeably different to its winter needs, so now is the perfect time to add some new products to your routine. Don’t let the heat get to you or your skin this summer with these five essentials.

A Tinted SPF

When it’s hot, the last thing you want to do is spend time adding layers of skin care and make-up to your face, which is why a tinted sunscreen is the perfect summer product. The SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF50 is perfect as it provides complete broad spectrum UV protection in a comfortable, slightly mattifying tint. It uses translucent colour spheres which blend into the skin to hide redness and minor imperfections, so if you want to go foundation-free in the heat but don’t want to leave the house completely coverage-free, you have the perfect alternative.

A Cooling Facial Spray

Whether you’re stuck in traffic or are sitting behind a desk, finding ways to cool down quickly in the summer heat is no mean feat. Unless you have a pool you can dive into when things get really hot, we suggest you stockpile cooling facial sprays. Something that can be misted over the face and neck to instantly refresh and calm the skin can make sticky days a little more bearable. Our favourite? The MAKETHEMAKE Melon Moisture Mist. Incredibly fine in texture, this mist is infused with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Melon Extract to protect and moisturise the skin in a flash. It also smells amazing!

A Sunscreen for your Lips

The skin on the lips is incredibly thin and prone to damage especially during the summer, as most people forget that they need to apply sunscreen to this area of the face. A nourishing lip balm that also contains sunscreen is the perfect way to keep your lips healthy and if it’s tinted, even better. The COOLA Mineral Liplux SPF30 contains natural oils and butters to keep the lips feeling soft and supple while mineral UV filters protect against discolouration and damage that can weaken the skin. Available in a range of sheer, complexion-brightening shades, they also have a clear version which can be used by all the family.

A Hydrating Face Mask

There’s nothing worse than coming home after spending the day outside to find you have nothing to soothe your sun-soaked skin. Whether your skin is oily or dry, prolonged periods of sun exposure can leave the skin feeling dehydrated and a little tight, so make sure you have a conditioning mask in your collection to repair and relieve your skin during the summer. If you love the ease of a sheet mask, try the BABOR Doctor Babor Hydro Cellular 3D Hydro Gel Face Mask which contains a hefty dose of Hyaluronic Acid and peptides to plump and hydrate the skin in just 15 minutes. Alternatively, slather your face in the ultra-calming Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask. This light gel contains 1,000 micro and macro molecular sizes of Hyaluronic Acid to deeply hydrate and plump the skin alongside a floral blend of 13 different plants to calm inflammation. Your skin will look and feel markedly better after just 20 minutes.

A Gradual Tanner

It’s understandable that when the sun is shining, you want your skin to have a bit of a glow and the safest way to do it is to fake it. Adding a gradual tanner to your summer routine ensures your skin doesn’t suffer any unnecessary damage and you can look bronzed without baking in the heat. The James Read H2O Tan Drops Face are designed to be added to any face or body cream to turn it into a gradual tanner, so you can slowly build up your colour over the weeks until your skin is as bronzed as you want it to be. Simple!

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