Summer spots can feel unavoidable. Greasy suncream, sunshine and heavy facial tanners can all affect your skin for the worse. Here, we pick out the most effective skincare to help you avoid blemishes, and the best make-up picks to aid those summer skin emergencies.
- A deep cleanser: In order to remove all of the grime from a long day (including grease, oil, sweat AND make-up) you'll need a deep cleanse at night-time. This is the only way you can really combat spots on a basic level. (a limited edition, lovely smelling version) will do the job just right. Apply the formula to dry skin in the evening and rub away everything on your face with the cloth provided, before rinsing. We also really like the for a more targeted cleanse for acne-prone skin.
- An exfoliating toner: After cleansing, an exfoliating toner, used once a day, is the perfect product to ensure pores are clean and unclogged. Our favourite is the which is also loved by beauty guru .
- Some Grease Relief: Grease & oil = unhappy pores...unhappy pores = summer spots. Avoid this downward spiral by carrying some of , to the beach with you on holiday. As well as cleaning the face and relieving unwanted grease, they will cool you down...win, win.
- An effective face mask: The Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Mask, £39 (available at the Fresh store on Marylebone High St) both removes oil and mattifies skin in order to fix nasty spots and avoid further breakouts. Apply it once a week for optimum results.
- Emergency supplies: For those times when a blemish is just determined to invade your face, reach for some emergency spot solutions that actually work. Try the or the both of which work perfectly on summer spots.
- A very light base: It's best to stay away from heavy, high-coverage foundations in the hotter months, especially if you have oily or spot-prone skin. Keep your base light and let your skin breathe with a tinted moisturiser or BB cream. Two of our favourite options are the , or the . Both give a light to medium coverage and give that 'your skin but better' effect.
- An effective concealer: There comes a time when preventative skincare can only do so much. It's at this point when make-up, to fix, must step in. One of the best heavy-duty concealers around is the which really does hide any kind of blemish. The also works very well and is excellent at doubling up as an under-eye concealer. Last, if you really do tend to suffer with summer acne, it might be worth picking up a medicated-style concealer, like the . This will help to cover and clear pesky breakouts.
- A mattifying powder: Avoid shine and grease on the face by blotting your finished base with a mattifying powder. provides a velvety-matte finish, and promises no-shine for up to 12 hours in any climate, making it ideal for your summer holidays.
- A good SPF for FACE: While including a good SPF facial cream into your summer routine is more about proper skin maintenance, it is also essential in preventing breakouts... hear us out. If you use a heavy and greasy body-based suncream on your face, pores are likely to become more clogged and spots more likely to appear. A specific, more gentle formula designed for the face is far better for your skin. For everyday wear, we suggest the ESPA Optimal Skin Pro defence in SPF 15, £35. When travelling to hotter countries and laying in the sun, however, it's better to be safe than sorry. Go for a face cream with a high SPF to avoid any sun damage. will fully protect you, giving your skin a velvetly and smooth finish.
- A natural herbal oil: Tea tree and lavender are both excellent at calming down skin when it is irritated or blemish-prone. Mix some of , into your daily moisturiser to help ease painful breakouts.
- Rest: There really is no substitute for sleep when it comes to the condition of skin. Making sure you get enough of those Zzzz's at night-time will improve the overall look and feel of your skin, and will help to prevent any summer skin nightmares.
- Water: Glugging two litres of water (or more!) a day is never more important than in the summer months. Skin can become much more dehydrated and needs the extra bounce which only comes by drinking enough fluids.