We love our skincare, just as much if not more than our makeup. Through many years (!) of trial and error, we’ve managed to find products that really deliver on their promises.
Please do note though that our edit below works for normal to combination skin, and that you should always test products carefully if you’ve never used them before, especially if you have sensitive skin. This is also our personal edit and we’re not paid to mention any of these brands: they’re just so good that we wanted to share what’s sitting on our bathroom counter! Keep reading to see what we recommend for picture perfect summer skin.
Sun Bum Cool Down
Truly the Holy Grail of after sun lotions. We discovered this during a Maldives trip in the hotel shop and it has saved us from looking like lobsters too many times to count. The texture is fantastic and doesn’t leave a greasy film on the skin either.
The Ordinary AHA 30% +BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Admittedly, the first time we tried a peeling lotion at home, we were a bit freaked out that we might end up looking like beef carpaccio. Thankfully, we didn’t and our skin actually looked flawless and even. Make sure to follow the timing instructions as you don’t want to leave it on your skin for too long though. We generally like to cleanse our skin, apply the peeling solution with a flat brush to our face and then rinse off. If your skin feels a touch dry, follow up with a sleep mask or a moisturising sheet mask.
Skinmiso Spot Repairing Serum
We have never found a spot cream that worked as well as this one. Apply the gel on your problem areas before bed and they will be pretty much healed up by the morning, even if you’ve been naughty and picked at your acne. It’s also not particularly drying so you shouldn’t experience skin flaking like we have with other treatments.
Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Soap
Refreshing and fluffy, this mousse is super lightweight yet somehow gets all the grime off your face in fell swoop. It also hydrates your skin at the same time, leaving you with an impeccable and glowing complexion.
Pixi Glow Tonic
A beauty bag classic for a good reason: this toner gently exfoliates your cleansed skin, while bringing back brightness and balance. A little bit goes a long way with this toner and a few drops on a cotton pad twice a day will be plenty.
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum
A revelation, this serum is on the pricier side, but boy, does it deliver. Hydrating, brightening AND firming, this all in one solution is the perfect base for your moisturiser and makeup. We highly recommend you try a Vitamin C serum such as this one: you absolutely will notice a difference.
Alex Steinherr Sleep Spa Everynight Eye Mask for Primark
We couldn’t put together this list without including one of our all-time favourite eye creams. Alex Steinherr’s Eye Mask is the perfect overnight solution: a cooling, nourishing gel for your undereye area that is effective and purse friendly. Primark have really stepped up their beauty game and we absolutely recommend checking out Alex’s range with them, which caters to all skin types.
Glamglow Glowstarter Moisturiser
Summer is all about dewy skin and brightness and you can’t get brighter than Glamglow’s Glowstarter moisturiser. Available in three shades, it will give your skin a pearlescent finish worthy of even the fanciest mermaid. If the pearl effect is too much, mix a little bit with a plain moisturiser for a more subtle effect.
Tony Moly Intense Care Snail Hydro-Gel Mask
We are HUGE fans of Korean brands and particularly for masks, which are affordable and effective. Tony Moly’s Snail mask is extremely cooling, moisturising and so full of essence that you can use the excess on your décolleté. Remember to pamper your skin this summer and keep it hydrated!
Fresh Sugar Petal Tinted Lip Treatment
Fresh is an incredible brand and we can’t get enough of their products. Their Sugar lip balms come in several colours and also clear, but we love the Petal shade, which is hydrating, smoothing and contains SPF 15, not to mention leaves a delicious light pink shade on your lips. It’s a perfect option if you don’t feel like wearing gloss or lipstick in the summer heat.