Summer is the perfect time to get a beautifully bronzed glow. However, we also know it’s a time your skin can’t decide whether it’s oily, dry or super sensitive to your usual skincare products. Searching for perfect skincare solutions can feel overwhelming. So we’ve taken the stress out of it with our top finds that’ll help you get that summer glow.
True Skincare Facial Oils
Facial oils have been enjoying the spotlight in recent months due to their super hydrating powers. However, some skin types, particularly those with oily skin are often hesitant to put more oil on their face. Fortunately, facial oils are great for all skin types, and we’ve found a little saviour (well a trio in fact) to boost your complexion.
Certified Organic Rehydrating Rosehip and Rosemary Facial Oil – For Dehydrated Skin
This organic Rehydrating Rosehip & Rosemary Facial Oil blend rejuvenates and hydrates the skin to reveal an even, radiant complexion. Rosehip locks in the moisture whilst helping to reduce the appearance of scars, dark spots and fine lines. While Rosemary is rich in antioxidant and antiseptic properties, helping to rid the skin of impurities, resulting in radiant, healthy-looking skin.
Certified Organic Balancing Safflower and Basil Facial Oil – For Oily/Combination Skin
This ultra-light balancing 100% organic oil blend helps to rid the skin of impurities and helps to fight breakouts without drying out the complexion. Safflower Oil is rich in Linoleic Acid, an Omega6, which works with the skin’s sebum to unclog pores and helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes whilst locking moisture into the skin. Basil contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help to rid the skin of toxins, making it perfect for fighting against whiteheads, blackheads and blemishes.
Certified Organic Nourishing Avocado and Evening Primrose Facial Oil – For Dry Skin
If you have dry skin you can nourish it with this 100% organic Avocado & Evening Primrose Facial Oil. Fatty acids and vitamins A, D & E, plus Avocado replenish and soothe dry complexions. It is also blended with a floral partner of Evening Primrose, which helps to calm irritation caused by dry skin, while deeply nourishing your face to leave it soft, soothed and hydrated.
Not only does this trio smell divine, you only need a few small drops in the morning/evening to reap all the benefits.
Cost: £13.50 each – visit the True Skincare website to find out more.
KALME SPF25 Day Defence cream
This small but mighty skincare solution is ideal for anyone who has redness they’d like to banish. It’s bursting with benefits, from sun protection, zinc oxide to combat breakouts and tons of antioxidants to soothe inflammation and strengthen skin.
This day cream has also been specially formulated for sensitive skin, plus also helps to reduce sensitivity by up to 70%.
Shop the range of Kalme products here.
Hydra 24+ Masque
Our list wouldn’t be without one of our favourite beauty buys – a facial mask. A regular pamper session is the perfect remedy for sun-drenched skin and this new mask from PAYOT Paris is an ideal cure.
Available at payot.com
Skin Doctors skincare
For those looking for a range of skincare options, we couldn’t leave out the multi-award winning brand Skin Doctors. Each product boasts impressive credentials and is said to bridge the gap between traditional cosmetics and cosmetic surgery – without going under the knife!
We tried and tested a few fantastic essentials to help you get that summer glow. Check them out:
Age Defying Power Oil
This daily age-defying, lightweight facial oil formulated to accelerate and maximise the effects of your favourite skin treatment products revealing smoother more supple skin. Combining 15 powerful oils all from Mother Nature, the Skin Doctors Age Defying Power Oil can enhance and boost skin’s youthful appearance.
Receiving rave reviews all-round, this award-winning, paraben free, treatment cream is bursting with active ingredients including Bee Venom, natural Manuka Honey, plus the collagen treatments Trylagen® and Hyadisine®. Together these ingredients trick the skin into thinking it has been lightly stung (don’t worry it doesn’t hurt!), and instantly works to control facial muscles for cumulative tightening, lifting, plumping and firming of the skin.
Potent Vit.A and Vit.C
You can now protect your skin from premature ageing, wrinkles and damage from environmental factors throughout the day with Skin Doctors Potent Vit. C ampoules and truly defy time by eliminating ageing wrinkles and fine lines every night with Skin Doctors Potent Vit. A (Retinol) ampoules.
These small ampoules have a single-dose serum which glides on your face and gives you all the active benefits both day and night.
Cost: £39.99 each or duo pack £69.99
Check out the Skin Doctors website for more information
Jane Scrivner Bioluronic Buzz
For an intensely hydrating and smoothing skincare solution, Jane Scrivner’s Bioluronic Buzz gel provides an instant hit of mega-hydration to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and improve texture and clarity.
It has a myriad of active ingredients including 100% natural, non-synthetic hyaluronic acid to boost moisture levels, Spilanthes Acmella which reduces muscle tension and is a natural muscle relaxant. Its also has organic aloe vera to calm and nourishes the skin, and white willow (Salicylic Acid) which is a natural BHA acid to exfoliate deep into pores.
We loved the lightweight application of this gel, and a little goes a long way so it offers great value too.
Available at: Jane Scrivner
If you have super sensitive or dry skin complaints such as eczema and psoriasis, we have a skincare range perfect for your needs. Cetraben have developed a specialised range that tackles all types of dry skin issues with a special focus on becoming a long-term solution to prevent flare-ups. They are also the first eczema skincare range to be approved by the British Skin Foundation, so you know you’re in good hands.
Check out these top products to help you feel confident in your skin this summer:
Cetraben Cream – absorbs quickly, locks in moisture and softens and protects skin all year round.
Natural Oatmeal Cream – Moisturises dry, sensitive and eczema prone skin. Reduces flare-ups and irritation with natural oatmeal.
Cetraben Ointment – Creates a protective barrier to defend the skin from irritants. Plus its rich formulation to provide high levels of moisturisation.
For more information visit the Cetraben website. Products available at retailers nationwide including Boots, Superdrug, Tesco and Lloyds Pharmacy.
Gorgias London Facial Oils
We love discovering new beauty brands, and are delighted to introduce the fabulous facial oils from Gorgias London. The natural and vegan products offer a sensational boost to your complexion and each is designed to offer a treatment to suit your skin type.
Jojoba Facial Oil
This oil is ideal for damaged skin as it nourishes plus provides a protective barrier against harsh sunlight. If you have acne-prone skin, it can also be used as a gentle cleanser to help clear up your complexion.
Argan Facial Oil
You may be familiar with Argan’s moisture boosting powers in your haircare regime, well now you can enjoy it on your skin too. This oil is ideal for restoring hydration and pH levels in your skin, plus it helps improve elasticity to fight early signs of ageing.
You only need to use 1-2 drops of this wonder oil in your everyday skincare regime to reap the benefits of its natural ingredients.
Cost: £29.95 each – available at Gorgias London
Editors pick – Time Bomb Skincare
Last but certainly not least in our everyday skincare picks is our Editors favourite – Time Bomb Skincare.
Time Bomb’s ethos is to ‘stop the clock’ and there is a selection of products to suit all skin types. This was one of Editor’s Natasha favourites as an all-rounder. Plus the little Complexion Cocktails are the perfect travel size.
Check out all the benefits below:
Time Bomb Complexion Cocktails To Go
This set contains a mini (30ml) version of each Complexion Cocktail. A shot of H2Omega rehydrates and refreshes dry, parched and crinkled skin, B12 brightens and tightens tired skin which looks pale, dull and slack and Chlorophyll calms and clarifies stressed-out skin with blotches and breakouts. All are fortified with a powerful blend of two types of Hyaluronic Acid for immediate plumping and a renewed dewy glow.
Time Bomb Powerball Intensive Moisturiser
This is an incredibly hydrating but weightless moisturiser. Its breakthrough technology defeats dehydration by flooding the skin with a blend of 21 natural hydrating agents that act on every level – refilling, reviving and most critically, retaining.
If your skin is depleted, parched and dehydrated this will instantly replenish with a surge of moisture to hydrate, soften and plump tone and texture.
Available at: timebombco.com
As the name suggests this is, of course, tanning lotion. However, with a slight difference – it also protects you from the sun rays too. Tan Cream is the world’s first SPF and gradual self-tan in a bottle, plus it gives you a subtle glow on application too.
This cream is a fab find for the holiday season and creates a gradual tan with all the benefits of an everyday moisturiser. It’s easy to apply and comes with a handy pouch to take on your travels.
Available at: tancream.co.uk
Norvell Venetian 4-Faces Facial spray
Although the sun brings that lure of bronzed skin, we all know that faking is the way to go to ensure your skin stays healthy and beautiful for years to come. One area that is famously hard to sustain a tan without piling makeup on – your face!
No one wants to wear thick makeup in the summer sun, so we’ve found a micro-fine spray created specifically for this area – Norvell’s Venetian facial spray.
Each Venetian formula includes VIO-7, a unique blend of anti-orange bronzer pigments, designed to counter an unwanted orange undertone for a natural-looking tan. This tanning mist is also paraben free, gluten-free, allergen-free, and 100% vegan. Plus we have to mention, it smells divine too (no biscuits in sight!).
Cost: £9.99 available at norvelltanning.co.uk
All of our beauty picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team.