Summer Skin Guide: Part 1 - Skin Prep
The days are longer and the nights are getting warmer which can only mean one thing, Summer is just around the corner! But don't wait until the last minute to get your skin Summer ready, by using the following products now you are prepping the skin and creating the perfect silky, smooth base from top to toe!
Before you start applying creams and lotions, you want to get your legs, underarms and bikini line fuzz free! Now if your legs went into hibernation over the Winter and grew an extra layer of warmth this step is absolutely necessary! The most common ways to take care of business is through waxing, shaving or laser hair removal, the latter being the most permanent of the three.
But if you're a wuss like me with a low pain tolerance then you will opt for shaving. There are so many razors out on the market but the Schick Intuition is by far my favourite. It is easy to use, the skin conditioning solid around the razor lathers up so there is no need for soap and it provides a close shave while protecting your skin. But there is a new model in town taking hair maintenance to the next level this Summer: the Schick Hydro Silk Trimstyle*.
This two-in-one has a bikini trimmer on one end and a hydrating razor on the other end tackling all areas! The razor has everything you would expect from a Schick Hyrdo Silk razor in terms of form and function: water-activated moisturising serum, skin guards and 5 curve sensing blades. But it is the motorised bikini trimmer at the opposite end that I am most impressed with! It has a waterproof casing so you can use it in and out of the shower and an adjustable comb so you can customise the look and feel of your trim!
My skin really suffered from the cooler weather this year and resulted in my legs and arms being dry, flakey and thirsty for hydration stat! So when I want to give my skin a fast acting but deeply nourishing hydration I always reach for my Rosehip Body Oil. Rosehip Oil is clinically proven to be a powerful agent that works wonders in reducing the appearance of fine lines, scars, stretch marks and sun damage and it deeply nourishes and replenishes the skin. Thanks to the Rosehip by Essano Certified Organic Body Oil enriched with Pomegranate and Antioxidant Oil* I have got my skin under control and looking much healthier! Not only is it free of parabens and other nasties but it comes in a convenient spray bottle which makes application easy! I simply spray a couple of pumps into my hand or directly onto my body and massage into my skin in a circular motion. I personally like to apply it after my shower in the evening so it has time to absorb, uninterruptedly and work its magic while I catch some z's!
POLISHED TO PERFECTION!
The next step in my skin routine is a daily body lotion to make my skin soft, smooth and ready to face the day! But what if I told you there was an all-in-one body cream which hydrates, brightens and illuminates, evens skin tone, firms the skin and minimises the appearance of imperfections? Well thankfully JERGENS has released their revolutionary BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream* which provides these visible results in only 5 days! In the first few days my skin definitely felt smoother and stayed moisturised all day but what I love about this formula is the self-adjusting tone technology. For fair to light skin tones it reduces redness and for medium to deep skin tones it reduces discolouration which is perfect for my legs as I have had many bruises and bumps over the years leaving marks I would prefer to hide. This lotion isn't a fake tan or gradual tanner, like a BB cream for your face it helps conceal imperfections and creates a subtle coverage and healthy glow. However I do find that after application there is a subtle fake tan scent but I don't find it offensive and the results far outweigh the smell!
When my face is dry or flakey I like to give it an instant boost of hydration and I personally find that gel moisturisers are the best way to do it! Not only are they refreshing and soothe the skin but they are fast acting and within days my skin is feeling more soft and supple .
But I have recently started using a new formula from indeed Laboratories called 'Hydraluron Moisture Jelly'* and within a week my once dry skin is looking and feeling fabulous! The secret ingredient in this jelly is PatcH20™ - a micro network moisture complex which saturates the skin with fast-absorbing ingredients and helps to form a protective layer to defend against moisture evaporation so it is locking the moisture into the skins surface. Genius right!? It comes in a 30ml jar with a handy pump activated dispenser which provides the recommended pea size amount in each pump so you get the most out it without any excess!
Great looking hands don't just stop at a perfectly polished manicure! Keep your mitts looking fabulous and feeling soft and smooth by using a daily hand cream or by using a hand mask! I love the range of Sephora Hand Masks which you simply apply as gloves and leave on for 15 minutes to allow the treatment to work its magic! They come in three different types each with its own skin-enhancing benefit:
Avocado Hand Mask: Offers intense nutrition to nourish and soothe hands.
Argan Hand Mask: Provides hands with a more even skin tone for an anti-aging effect.
Aloe Vera Hand Mask: Provides intense moisture for beautiful hands.
Each pack contains one, single use pair of gloves and once applied you secure them around your wrists with the built-in tab so the formula won't leak or drip during use and so you're free to go about your daily activities or do as I do and take it as an opportunity to sit back and relax!
Chapped lips are not cute or comfortable and I believe in keeping them soft and hydrated all year round! I have a HUGE collection of lip balms and generally always have at least 5 in my bag at any one time but the one I am loving right now for so many reasons is the Sun Bum 'Key Lime' Lip Balm*. I will warn you now, it tastes delicious and you WILL be tempted to lick your lips constantly within the first five minutes of application but if you can resist the temptation the benefits of this balm are worth it! Not only does it contain Aloe and Vitamin E to moisturise the lips but it also contains SPF15 to protect your lips from the suns harsh rays. In fact all of the Sun Bum range is designed and "formulated for people who live and love in the sun and captures the essence of an outdoor lifestyle while protecting ourselves, and the ones we love, from the harmful dangers of the sun." If that philosophy doesn't scream Aussie Summer I don't know what does!
Drinking at least 2L of water will not only keep you hydrated and is good for your overall health but it will also result in cleaner, clearer skin! I always keep different sized cold bottles of water in the fridge so I can grab them on the run and I have no excuse for getting my daily dose of H2O!
Stay tuned for Part 2 in this series where I will be sharing my favourite products I use to Faux My Summer Glow!
*Some of these products were sent to me in exchange for a review. Products have been tried, tested and all opinions expressed are honest and my own.