It burns my skin.* Haha remember this song? It's Texas, Summer Son. Let me link it for you so you can have a little nosey! With all this gloriously glorious weather, I've decided to put together a little post for you in which I share my summer essentials (read: mostly sunblock!).
First things first, I use a anti-dark spot serum under all of my skincare, my current (and nearly ending) serum is the Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, which has worked wonders for some scarring I have. As it is ending, I manage to procure a sample of the Origins Dr Weil Mega Bright Serum, which I must say I am loving.
For my face, I always use a high factor sunblock regardless of the time of year, but summer defos calls for a high, high factor, in my case, Factor 50. The two I currently have on rotation are the No7 Anti-Dark Spot Facial Sun Protection in 50+ and my favourite ever - the Heliocare Ultra SPF90 Gel. I loooooooove the heliocare - it comes out ever so slightly tinted, smells of peaches and all wonderful summery fruits, and its gel0-like texture just melts into the skin. It is expensive at around the £20 mark for 50ml of product, but I know my skin loves it, and the good significantly outweighs the bad! I know SPF90 seems excessive, but my skin is prone to scarring, and I use a lot of AHAs and chemicals on my skin to remove these, leaving it vulnerable to even more skin damage! Therefore the high SPF is necessary. The No7 is more of a cream texture, much thicker, but still blends into the skin well and doesn't leave an oily residue or white cast, and I actually bought it with a £5 off No7 voucher, so it cost me £6 instead of £11 for the 50ml of product. I definitely would recommend that if you have a No7 voucher you have a look-see at this!
For my body, I like a once-a-day application, once its on I really don't want to faff about. This year's once-a-day of choice is the Piz Buin 1 Day Long Lotion in 30 High. I really like this, I wasn't so sure of it at first, it reminded me too much of the traditional sun creams, but as I've been using it, I've realised it only seems like the traditional ones. It is a white/cream cream (not really a lotion lol), but sinks into the skin within about 5 minutes. What I tend to do is apply my face SPF to face and neck, then apply my body SPF whilst I let my face absorb the goodness. I apply it to my feet (previous years of forgetting this have led to verrrrrrrrrry bad flip flop lines!), chest, arms and hands, then leave it to sink it whilst I get to work on my make up.
Last but not least issssss an after sun. Now I don't use this regularly, its generally a treat for when my skin is like OMG need moisture and rescuing, which for an oily gal like me isn't often, but it is lovely when used. It is the Lierac Apres-Soleil Cream. It is blue. It soothes. It is lovely. And that is all you need to know!
Hope this helps in some way!