Wow, what a summer we’re having here in the UK! I can’t remember such a prolonged period of hot, sunny weather and, it is forecast to continue.
Every spring, I feel we’re tantalized with the promise of a long, hot ‘barbecue summer‘, only to have our dreams shattered as the clouds roll in just as the schools break up. As the temperature continues to soar, I’m sharing my ‘heatwave beauty must haves’.
I’d say this is an absolute ‘heatwave’ must. I have multiple bottles. In fact, I fear I may have some sort of addiction; I cannot get enough and am constantly spritzing! I have one by the side of my bed, one in my bag and even one in the fridge (as well as one in my skincare collection).
A generous spritz gives an instant cooling effect as the water evaporates on the skin, leaving me feeling more refreshed, not to mention the skincare benefits they provide too.
My high-end favourite is from Bodhi and Birch’s new Superfood Series Lemon Water Hydrosl Tonic* (£50.00). It is exquisite (so exquisite, that I’m limiting my use as I don’t want it to end)! I’ve kept this one to use as part of my skincare routine.
For a budget (and handbag sized) alternative, then the Balm Balm Rose Floral Water Hydrosol (£4.00) is perfect (currently on sale).
For something in between, then try out Earth Harbor Naturals Rose Ruby Face Mist* (£16.00) which is new favourite of mine. I received it in April’s Vertue Vitamin Sea Beauty Box and have been really impressed.
A Good Mascara!
Mascara would be my desert island makeup product. Finding one that stays put in the heat is no easy task. I have been reaching for the RMS Beauty Volumising Mascara (£26.00). I find this gives a natural look (although not massively volumising) with little to no smudging. If I want a more dramatic look, then I reach for Inika Vegan mascara (£23.00).
Always make sure there is no skincare residue on your lashes before applying mascara as this is often the cause of ‘panda eyes’.
It goes without saying that SPF is on this list, although finding the perfect one has been challenging.
For my face I use Green People Facial Sun Cream SPF 30 (£18.00). I’ve used this for a couple of years now, applying it when I know I am spending most of the day in the sun. If I’m going to be mainly indoors, then I will use the Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Organic Moisuturiser SPF 30 (£26.50). Both appear to do a good job and don’t irritate my skin.
For the rest of my body, it has to be Alba Bontanica’s Fragrance Free Clear Spray SPF50. As a family, we’ve probably gone through twenty plus bottles! It is so easy to use – simply spray and go!
My hair can look and feel drier in the hot weather. The Forest & Shore Hallelujah Hair Oil (£15.99) is a must for me. I use it as a pre-wash treatment (often overnight) or rub a small amount between my hands and smooth through the ends of my hair. I was originally sent this to try, and have since bought a second bottle. A really lovely product.
A good deodorant!
It’s been almost impossible to move without breaking out in a sweat recently, so a good deodorant is a must. I have been using natural deodorant for well over a year now. It’s been a bumpy journey and this hot weather has certainly put them to the test! I am currently alternating between Neal’s Yard Rose Deodorant Roll-On (£8.00) and Salt of the Earth Natural Deodorant (£5.49) – both are doing a great job and keeping me smelling fresh (well, most of the time)!
What are your heatwave products you can’t live without?