It’s been quite a while since I talked about my skincare routine and although I stick to a few staple products all year round, I tend to switch up a couple of key things to suit the season and what my skin therefore needs….
Although my skin needs extra moisture in the Winter, I also find the same in the Summer too because I’m outside more, I wash my face more often when I get hot and also some SPF products I use on my face can be slightly drying. At this time of year I look for a moisturiser that gives more of an intensive moisture dose BUT that’s nice and light at the same time – and that’s actually quite a difficult combination to find! I think I found the perfect face cream for Summer in the Cowshed, Neroli Nourishing Daily Moisturiser.
‘A daily moisturiser needs to deeply nourish skin without feeling heavy. Our Vitamin E-rich Neroli Nourishing Daily Moisturiser feels light but is packed with powerful essential oils and plant extracts togive your skin everything it needs.’
I also love using more natural products in the summer months as I find them very soothing and this has lots of different essential oils in it. Neroli in particular has a beautiful, aromatic fragrance that is also quite fresh and clean, so its perfect for refreshing your senses when we actually get a hot Summer like this one!
If you fancy seeing what my year round staple skincare products are you’ll find them in my blog post here:
The other thing I change at this time of year are my face masks, when I like something really cool and soothing…
I’m currently abroad so I’m lucky that I have lots of Aloe Vera plants in my garden and they are the perfect ingredient for so many different beauty products – especially DIY masks.
Aloe Vera only cost a couple of pounds from garden centres in the UK and are well worth having in your home because look pretty, they’re easy to look after and as a bonus you can use them in your beauty routine!
Aloe cools and hydrates your skin, speeds up the healing of any sunburn and its juice is filled with vitamins, minerals and amino acids as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial agents – so it’s pretty much an all-round skincare hero.
I like to make a mask with the aloe gel and honey or lemon, but there are a few different combinations you can try for different issues.
To use your aloe plant, all you need to do is:
- Slice 1 or 2 leaves off at the bottom with a sharp knife.
2. Cut along each side to remove the serrated edges.
3. Then run your knife up under the top layer of the leaf – from bottom to top – to lift it back and reveal the clear aloe gel, which you can then peel off and blend with other ingredients to make a mask!
This article has some great aloe vera mask recipes…