It’s that time again for June favourites. There have been quite a few products that I really stood out to me and I have found my self reaching for them quite frequently. I think that a lot of the time there is a lot of emphasis on caring for your skin in the winter but the only ever skincare product that is most prominently used in summer, is sunscreen. Sure, sunscreen is a key product but caring for the skin after it has been in the harsh sun is super important as well.
St. Ives Even and Bright Scrub
St.Ives scrubs are my absolute favourite scrubs to use I have found them to be key in a deep exfoliation and with their new release of the pink lemon and mandarin orange scrub I had to high hopes.
The scrub is very light and I would compare the exfoliation to be similar to the Laura Mercier face polish and the Murad AHA/BHA scrub. The exfoliating beads are fine but fine enough to get in the curves of your face. Plus the pink lemonade scent is amazing in the morning.
I always find that after using it, my skin is brighter and more refined.
UK online/ HK online
Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing oil to foam
This is also another new discovery for me. The cleanser is a 2 in 1 formula, the product without added water acts as a cleansing oil which works wonders on removing makeup. When water is added to the product, the cleansing oil when rubbed together in your hands/face starts to foam up providing a deep clean.
The scent itself is one of my favourites, a light fruity and floral scent. At first I was worried about the cleanser leaving my skin”squeaky” clean but it doesn’t at all! It leaves your skin feeling super hydrated, refreshed, supple and clean all at the same time. I highly recommend you give it a try.
Pantene BB creme
The Pantene is a oldie but a goodie. I have been using this product on and off for 2 years now after discovering its 7 in 1 properties, how amazing it both smells and leaves my hair feeling.
The “BB creme” has a light creamy consistency which is amazing on both dry and wet hair. I personally find that my hair absorbs the product better when it is damp as it acts as a leave in conditioner. It is amazing for smoothing over dry ends!
Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel
I personally really hate the feeling of applying moisturizer during the summer when it feels super sticky in the humid and hot weather. The rich butter/lotions seem unnecessary.
Lately, I have been loving using gels instead especially this on from Nature republic which only costed around HKD$29! You would think that applying a gel would also be sticky but the gel has a cooling and refreshing (after sun) feeling when applied to the skin. The skin just drinks up the gel leaving your legs and arms looking smooth and shiny (and non-sticky).
UK online/ HK online
Laneige Water Sleeping pack
It might seem to be counter-acting what I said about the sticky feeling you get from rich moisturisers. However, in the summer, especially here in Hong Kong, the aircons are usually on full blast in shopping malls or even while we sleep. I have often found my skin feeling super dry upon waking up.
I have personally been using sleeping masks to act as a barrier to hydrate my skin from the drying air conditioner. The Laniege water sleeping pack has a gel/jelly like consistency which melts on the skin. I like to slather a pea size amount onto my skin (enough to cover it in a light layer). Whereas in the winter I like to be fairly generous and apply a thick layer. It has a soothing and deeply hydrating feeling that feels amazing after a day in the sun.
UK online /HK online
A black shoulder purse
This is a staple in my closet during the summer. I like to carry around as little as possible as if you ask anyone in my family or friends… I have a tendency to overpack or carry unnecessary items.
It goes with almost any outfit and fits everything you need… emphasis on need. If you shop around Primark you are sure to fund a variety of these small bags that are super affordable.