Every year I live in hope that we will actually get a decent summer, and most years I am left wanting, but I still keep dreaming! This year I was so hopeful for lovely, sunny weather that I picked up a few products from Lush that I thought would get my skin in tip top condition should the sun breakthrough the ever present clouds (and whaddya know, it’s actually ridiculously hot right now – the power of positive thinking!) And so, I present to you my Summer Skincare:
I’ll start with the face. Oatifix is a fresh face mask that I hadn’t tried before as it’s aimed more towards those with drier skin types, but I decided to give it a go as my skin had been looking a little lack lustre. The oats provide a gentle exfoliation when you rinse off the mask, and the banana adds moisture. I was a little concerned that, being geared towards dry skin, it might make my already fairly oily face even oilier but I have experienced no such problem. It just left me with soft and smooth feeling, hydrated skin. It’s one that I would pick up again although, word of warning, it can be a little messy as the mask is surprisingly dry in consistency, so I’d recommend applying it either in the bath or over a sink.
I couldn’t not mention this as it’s my favourite thing from my haul. Ro’s Argan is a body conditioner, so after washing you apply this to damp skin and then rinse off, much like a hair conditioner. It leaves me with the most incredibly soft, moisturised skin that doesn’t feel sticky or make me feel claustrophobic in the heat. Other body lotions I have used post-shower seem to just sit on the skin for ages and are a bit too much in the summer. Ro’s Argan is the perfect balance of lightness and moisture. It does leave a slight residue on your skin, but like I said it’s not sticky, it just takes a little while to fully absorb in which leaves your skin feeling soft and supple for longer. And did I mention the scent? A mix of rose jam and argan, slightly floral, slightly sweet but not overpowering. 100% yummy and it lingers too! I cannot get enough of this stuff, although I’m trying to ration myself as it’s not the cheapest product and I’m starting to run out! I should really just go and repurchase…
This is more of a scrub than a soap but it does lather up a little. Pumice Power has a gorgeous citrusy scent that just smells fresh and summery with a realistic orange kick. I usually use this on my feet, which is it’s intended purpose, but I have also used this on my arms when I’ve felt like I needed something a little stronger than a shower puff to exfoliate them. It is a harsher exfoliator, however the pumice is very fine – I would say if you have sensitive skin be careful when using this, otherwise you should be fine. Along with the exfoliating pumice and the soapiness, Pumice Power also contains rapeseed and coconut oils which soften and moisturise your feet beautifully, so it’s really an all-in-one product and I’ve loved using it.
I picked this up because the scent sounded amazing and the idea of a loose powder exfoliator intrigued me. It’s scented with tonka, gardenia and vanilla, with sea salt and sand as the exfoliators and it all smells just like a really clean beach. Although the sea salt and sand that have been used in this are fine, it’s still quite abrasive and I have to be careful not to rub my skin raw. However that does make it fantastic for if you’ve got any particularly dry patches (such as feet, elbows etc) or need to fix a fake tan accident, as it sloughs it all away. The only downside is that it comes in a cardboard box, which doesn’t really mix well with the wet environment of a shower. I feel like Lush didn’t think that one through too well. I’d suggest perhaps decanting some into a smaller, water resistant container instead of taking the box into the shower with you and being left with a soggy mess.
They are my go to’s I’m using for my summer skincare this year and they are keeping my skin soft, supple and smooth. If you’ve got any favourite products you like to pull out at this time of year, let me know in the comments!