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Skincare in a Heatwave (Dry & Sensitive)

Skincare in a Heatwave (Dry & Sensitive)
This article sat in my draft folder for a few weeks and typically as I sit and edit it's pouring with rain. Brits love to complain about the weather but we have been sweltering through a heatwave that seemed never ending and completely out of our comfort zone. Over time I noticed myself subconsciously gravitating towards products that had a lighter feeling on my skin. My usual day creams felt heavy, giving me that sweaty top lip sensation on application and I couldn't bear it any longer. As someone with dry skin it's important to find a happy medium between hydration but feeling comfortable in my skin.

I love balm cleansers but they all melted in the heat of my bathroom. Of course you can store them in the fridge but I switched over to Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser and Harborist Balm-Gel Cleanser. These feel great on the skin but still cut through grime and makeup.

Facial mists are a dream in the heat. Use them anytime of the day and store them in the fridge to give a cooling spritz. My favourite is the Evolve Daily Defence Moisture Mist as it contains hyaluronic acid which helps give a moisturising boost. Facial oils are a staple in my routine but I've been cutting back on the amount I use so I might use two or three drops, rather than four or five, depending on the brand. My top tip is to apply whilst your skin is damp, the product goes further and gives a lighter sensation on the skin. Alternatively serums with a watery texture can feel refreshing. I've been reaching for the Ere Perez Quandong Green Booster Serum which at first I wasn't a fan of but it came into its own in the hot weather.

My favourite moisturisers are thick and creamy to combat dryness but I switched over to Green People Light Day Moisturiser. I find that as long as I look after my skin in other ways I can get away with a cream that is thinner in texture. I can always pop a serum underneath plus a sun cream can double as an extra layer of hydration. SPF is important and if you are spending a considerable amount of time in the sun you should be using a separate sun cream, don't rely on an SPF in your face cream. I enjoy using Green People Scent Free Facial Sun Cream.

If you find makeup slides off your face then now is the time to embrace your natural beauty or switch heavy foundations for BB creams and tinted moisturisers. I like Madara Hyaluronic Anti-Pollution CC Cream SPF15 or  Madara Moon Flower Rose Beige Tinting Fluid and Joik Moisturizing and illuminating BB cream. You can always add a touch of concealer, blush and a lip tint.

Are you reaching for different products in the heat? What are your current favourites?

Sarah x

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