Acne, dry skin and sunburn - these are just some of the problems that our skin has to deal with from time to time. Read on to see how you can level up your daily skincare routine.
Helping to protect our skin against potential breakouts, the wind and elements, and those harmful UV rays can seem like an impossible task. But in reality you only need a few good products from Boots UK to get started. With the best skincare products around to help you create your very own at-home self care ritual to suit your skin’s needs.
Here are 7 ways to refresh your daily skincare routine…
1. Start with SPF
We all know by now that SPF is a real essential of any skincare routine, no matter the season. Of course, in the summer, it needs to be a priority but it’s important every day.
Standard facial sun creams (SPF 30 or above, of course) will work for many people and there are so many good ones to choose from. But if you suffer with conditions such as acne or dry skin, you’ll need something a little more advanced.
We love a bottle of La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid Sun Cream. It’s light so won’t clog your pores, has a high SPF and comes in a 50ml bottle, making it the perfect facial sun cream to slip into your bag.
2. Vitamin C serum
The unsung hero product of a skincare routine has got to be a reliable vitamin C serum.
As well as helping you balance out skin discolouration, redness and dark circles, a good vitamin C serum like the The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension will help you fight against the damage caused by harmful UV rays.
With its effective combination of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, a vitamin C serum can be a reinvigorating part of your morning routine or soothing in the evening hours.
3. Face wipes in the fridge
Whether you’re taking in the sunshine on a run, or working up a sweat in the gym, heat can overwhelm your skin very quickly and leave you feeling hot and bothered.
To combat this, we go for one of the oldest tricks in the book. Slip a travel sized set of cucumber facial wipes into your bag for an on-the-go refresh and then for when you get home, have your favourites in the fridge ready for an instant cool down.
4. Fake it ’til you make it
Most of us want a sun kissed look that comes from hours spent on the beach or a tanning bed, but actually spending that much time in unfiltered UV can wreak havoc on our skin.
For summer glow all year round, try tanning drops – like those from Tan Luxe’s The Face collection. Simply add to your favourite moisturiser and use anywhere on your body.
5. Opt for a BB cream instead of foundation
Many of us are now ditching heavier foundations, opting for a bare face approach instead of wrestling with constant applications throughout the day.
But there is another way!
Light creams such as No 7’s Beautiful Skin BB creams come in a complete range of shades and offer different combinations depending on your skin type, so you can keep your enhanced, glowing complexion whatever the weather.
6. Take the day off with a balm or lotion cleanser
After spending time in the summer sun or outside in the bitter winter chill, the best thing you can do for your skin is make sure that your pores are clear and the impurities are cleaned away – especially if you normally have quite oily skin.
Unlike a regular liquid cleanser, a balm or lotion cleanser takes your night routine up a notch as the combination of soothing botanicals and hot water take a deep dive into your skin and moisturise and rehydrate, while also taking off make-up and sun cream.
Boots’ very own Botantics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm is ideal for this. Infused with Organic Rosehip extract, it’s full of omegas and good fatty acids which leave your skin glowing.
7. A spot of after sun
While many people use after sun for when they’ve forgotten to top up the sun cream, applying a small pea sized amount to your face before you go to sleep every night – any time of the year – will see you wake up feeling refreshed.
If you suffer with dry skin in the summer months, then this is a real winner. A spot of after sun will keep your skin moisturized, without having to settle for the heavy creams and lotions.
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