PHOTOS: GEORGE ROCKETT
EDIT & WORDS: ZOE LONDON
THOSE PRODUCTS THAT EASE THE HEAT OF THE SUN IN SUMMER ON YOUR SKIN AND BODY
LA ROCHE POSAY EFFACLAR DUO +*
LA ROCHE POSAY THERMAL SPRING WATER*
THE BODY SHOP STRAWBERRY BODY SORBET*
LIZ EARLE INSTANT BOOST SKIN TONIC MINI*
CHANTECAILLE SPF 50 PRIMER*
CAUDALIE POLYPHENOL ANTI WRINKLE DEFENSE FACE SERUM*
CHARLES WORTHINGTON SUNSHINE PROTECTOR LEAVE IN SPRAY
ULTRASUN LIP SPF 15*
OJON RARE BLEND OIL MOISTURE THERAPY*
I always find that my real beauty hero products end up showing their face when i’m on holiday or travelling, because when you only have the limit of taking a few things with you, you pack the things you really need. I’ve talked before about both packing the right SPF as well as the ideal minis for flight regulation beauty, but this time i’m talking real suncare summer saviours. The products that help your skin and body against the sun, and protect your skin, face and hair.
First up, two pretty essential things for hot weather, the La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water is probably the best thing I packed for Greece. It’s packed full of minerals, trace elements and anti-oxidants, so while it does feel like you’re just spraying water, it’s actually a lot better for you than that. I used it on my face to calm redness and inbetween skincare almost like a toner. I have an issue with glands in my feet overheating (sorry, tmi) and making my feet swell, and using this stopped that from happening at all. Perfect. Also included by La Roche Posay is the Effaclar Duo +, the much loved formula, made even better. I love this stuff so much, and have been using it for well over a year and a half now. (George loves it too, he has his own one!) Anyway the other super essential item is the Ultrasun lip SPF which I didn’t go a day without, lovely formula and perfect SPF content.
In terms of good summer skincare as well, I also have been absolutely loving the Caudalie Polyphenol Anti-Wrinkle Defense Face Serum, which I got introduced to at a Caudalie event back in March. You know that I don’t like to rush into reviewing new skincare, so after four months or so trying this out, I do finally feel happy to recommend it as i’ve seen good improvement with my skin. It’s meant to form almost a barrier against urban dirt and grime and general life, so in terms of flying, travelling and new terrain, it’s ideal. I have been using this every night whilst away and I really like it.
I rave about the Chantecaille SPF 50 Primer at pretty much every opportunity I get, and I know it’s so pricey – the thought of having to replace this one makes me wince – but it is my absolute must have for my pale skin. It works so well as a primer underneath makeup, and also on it’s own too. I hope it doesn’t run out too soon! £76 a pop is a bit too steep for me, sob. To refresh the face in between lots of Chantecaille SPF applying, I use the Liz Earle Instant Boost Toner.
The Body Shop have just recently added some new body sorbets to their range, which are a nice hybrid between moisturisers and body butters. They’re so lovely and just my kind of skincare – no greasy skin left behind. Perfect. After going the whole day coated in SPF, this is the perfect thing for me in the summer after a nice cool shower – because they leave your skin feeling super soft but not oily at all. Lovely. They come in something like six or seven different scents, but George and I are both sold on the Strawberry!
Last but not least, helping to protect my hair are two little Summer hair saviours. First up is the Ojon Rare Blend Oil which was recommended to me to try by the brand to stop my hair from leaking colour into the swimming pool or sea. I’ve been using this each time I travel by just popping a couple of drops of it on my hair whilst wet and then pinning my hair up for poolside/beach trips. While I do believe it has helped keep my colour nice and vibrant (as much as possible, anyway!) it’s real and best use is actually to just revitalise dry or damaged hair. Hair that’s been in the sea, or in the sunshine, perhaps? Ideal. In fact this for me is just a little nifty all rounder and as you can see, you really need the tiniest amount for it to go far. Ojon says just one drop is concentrated enough to make damaged hair soft, but in reality I use about three drops to cover my whole head each time. I can’t recommend this enough. At the airport I also picked up the Charles Worthington Sunshine Protector Leave In Spray on a bit of a whim, and I have got on really well with it. My scalp didn’t burn away on holiday and it kept my hair nice and soft in the sunshine too.
Pretty long post there but after travelling around for the last two months, I thought it was worth an insight into the products that have genuinely worked for me! I always want to talk about skincare a bit more on the blog but I shy away from it because I really do give things a minimum of three months hard testing before I feature them – and usually I end up always using the same things! I have been trying out some nice things so far in the first six months of this year though so do expect a few more! Anyway, those are my Summer saviours! Any of them yours too?