As we proceed through the warmer months, it’s important to keep an eye on our summer skincare at home routine and perhaps think about small changes we can make. Often, with so many products to choose from things can get complicated, but summer skincare calls for simple, effective beauty.
Why not consider trying some gentle, plant-based skincare to bring back a natural glow and freshness to your skin?
In days gone by, I would layer my skin with all manner of skincare products but nowadays, I prefer to keep it simple with a basic cleanse tone and moisturise routine. When my skin needs something extra I turn to treatment products to target any particular skin concerns I may have.
With the dawn of Micellar water, many of us switched our cleansing and toning routine in favour of this quick and easy all-in-one product – guilty as charged. However, nothing beats the fresh feeling of physically washing ones face with a foaming cleanser and a splash of water. When the weather heats up, leave the Micellar water on the shelf and try something different.
Clean skin is a must, not just for the summer months, but all year round. Maintaining a twice-daily cleansing routine is the foundation for clear, healthy-looking revitalised skin.
If you’ve ever used a cotton pad on your skin first thing in the morning, you’ll see just how much grime can build up overnight. Whilst your skin may appear clean on waking, it’s always best to make sure you have freshly cleansed skin to start the day.
Boots Botanics Foam Cleanser 150ml £5.49
The Beauty Spyglass is a cruelty-free zone and I’m always on the lookout for products that align with my values. Boots own-brand All Bright Foam Cleanser from the Botanics range fits the bill. It’s affordable, effective and has a mild, pleasant scent. With a lightweight, soap-free lather, it effortlessly cleanses the skin for a fresh, squeaky clean feeling.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect from such an affordable cleanser but I wasn’t disappointed”.
Don’t be put off by the meagre price point, this product is packed with plant actives including extracts of Hibiscus, renowned for its skin-brightening properties. Exfoliating flower acids improve the general appearance of the skin by sloughing away dead skin cells leaving nothing but clean, radiant skin. Use morning and night avoiding the sensitive eye area and rinse well.
Please note, this cleanser contains AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) therefore, it’s recommended to use a suitable sunscreen during use and for one week after as sun sensitivity may be increased.
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic 200ml £16
If you’re not familiar with Liz Earle, where have you been hiding? An established, iconic British beauty brand of twenty-five years and best-known for its no-nonsense botanical skincare range.
Alcohol-free Instant Boost Skin Tonic is perfect post-cleanse to rebalance the skin’s pH, whisk away any remaining residue and liven the complexion. Bursting with naturally active plant-based ingredients including chamomile, calendula and cucumber extracts to soothe and refresh. Uplifting lavender, rose-scented geranium and sweet orange make this skin tonic a wonderful, sensory experience.
Instant Boost Skin Tonic is an absolute joy to use and does exactly what it claims to do – boosts the skin with and encourages an unrivalled glow. I like to keep mine in the fridge for an extra cooling and invigorating treat.
Liz Earle Rich Cream 50ml £23
Often, when we think of plant-based skincare we may consider it to be “just for maintenance” but this isn’t the case with Liz Earle. Rich Cream boasts a luxuriously dense consistency and claims to deliver 72 hours of locked-in moisture, resulting in intensely hydrated and balanced skin. That’s quite a claim.
Admittedly, I can’t say my skin felt quenched for a prolonged time, however, it does indeed feel hydrated and supple after use and throughout the day. *Clinical tests reveal 95 per cent of women said their skin felt nourished all day and I’d happily agree with that.
“Indulge your skin and senses with this fragrant blend of borage oil, toning hops, and naturally sourced vitamin E”.
Other ingredients include avocado which is known for its superfood prowess and feeds the skin just what it needs to maintain a healthy-looking complexion. Best results are achieved with use daily use. Massage a small amount into clean, dry skin.
* Contains sustainably sourced shea butter in partnership with the Global Shea Alliance.
* User trial of 106 participants after 4 weeks.
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Based Squalane 30ml £5.50
Firstly, what exactly is Squalane? Found naturally in the skin, Squalane is a saturated and stable hydrocarbon, known for its hydrating properties and very high emollience. It’s non-comedogenic which means it won’t clog pores, making it perfect for summer use and is non-comedogenic which means it won’t clog pores, making it perfect for summer use and is suitable for all skin types.
DECIEM The Ordinary is a multi-award-winning cult beauty brand renowned for its “clinical formulations with integrity”. Its affordable skincare range is free from parabens, sulphates minerals and animal oils and has become one of the most iconic brands in the industry.
Squalane is said to work wonders on dry skin by preventing moisture loss and since my main concern is dehydration I was interested to see how this unusual product could help. I must admit, incorporating Squalane into my routine has definitely revived my skin and on those days where it appears dry and irritated it literally saves the day.
“Apply a thin layer to clean, dry skin at nighttime and allow it to work on your skin whilst you get on with your usual evening routine at home”.
It’s great for your hair too – run a few drops of 100% plant-based Squalane through with your fingers to help prevent breakage. It also doubles as a heat protectant and adds a lovely shine to the hair.
Note: This unscented product contains 100% pure plant-derived Squalane that is ECOCERT approved and is a USDA Certified Bio-based Product.
The Ordinary is proudly vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.
If you’re looking to make some changes to your summer skincare at home routine, think about small changes you can make, along with some targeted products. Summer skincare is all about choosing the best skin care products for your individual skin concerns.
Always patch test as recommended by the manufacturer
*This post is a paid advertisement feature with Boots UK. All views and opinions are strictly that of Samantha.
*Includes PR products. Sponsored/paid content is unbiased and views, opinions are strictly that of Samantha. For more information on brand collaborations, please visit the PR/Disclosure page.