On a hot day there are generally two main considerations when it comes to skincare (leaving aside for now the vitally important matter of UV protection): Trying to control shine and helping skin to feel comfortable. Luckily there are a whole slew of products out there that can help. Here are a few of our favourites.
Tailor-made for travel, M·A·C Cosmetics offers Sized To Go, a range of airport-friendly miniatures (30ml or less) which are super-handy and well worth knowing about, especially if you are a regular traveller.
The Green Gel Cleanser is an oil-controlling foam that leaves skin tingling with freshness thanks to extracts of cucumber and algae. As well as controlling sebum production, it also minimises the appearance of pores.
From the same Sized To Go range, the Oil Control Lotion offers lightweight hydration and a no-shine base. This oil-free moisturiser contains natural colloidal minerals and anti-oxidants and is formulated to be used day or night.
The last thing you want on a hot day is to overload your skin with heavy products. So our advice is: Don’t. Proving popular in Asia Pacific travel shopping at the moment is the Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti-Stress moisturising set. Comprising Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturising Beauty Essence; Moisturising Gel Essence and Moisturising Cream-Gel, the set is perfect for sensitive skin which tends to suffer more in the heat. The feather-light textures are instantly absorbed, visibly improving the effects of environmental and emotional stress and adding intense hydration.
Designed to be used post-workout, we think that Origins Hit Refresh Cooling Moisturiser with Hawaiian Mineral Water works equally well as a hot weather hydrator. This body moisturiser is a water-based cream gel which cools on contact with the skin. A blend of wild mint, spearmint and eucalyptus essential oils provide an invigorating hit. The nutrients and minerals in the Hawaiian mineral water replace those lost through sweat, keeping skin hydrated.
It’s not just the fabulous packaging that has earned Benefit Puff Off Eye Gel a place on our list. Honestly. With a tiny iron-shaped applicator, this gel cools on contact with the delicate skin around the eyes, smoothing, de-puffing and reducing dark circles as it goes. Squeeze a dot of product under each eye and then smooth and cool with the ‘iron’.
Sunshine bottled: La Prairie Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold is like having flattering lighting constantly on tap. For many of us, hot weather is not the most forgiving of conditions, we can often end up looking red, blotchy and shiny. Radiance Perfecting Fluide improves the skin’s texture, revitalising, rejuvenating and adding radiance with real gold flakes, so that we always appear in our best light.
A good mattifier is a key tool in any summer kit. Estée Lauder The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finisher is, as the name suggests, a primer and finisher in one. This means that your complexion is smoothed, pores and fine lines are minimised all whilst keeping oil and shine under control. It can be applied throughout the day whenever the need arises.
For perfecting coverage without the need for a heavy foundation, bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF30 PA+++ is our secret weapon of choice. Described as a combination of a BB cream, a CC cream and a tinted moisturiser it contains marine botanicals and coconut-derived ingredients to give skin a healthy glow. Top tip: choose a slightly darker shade than your natural skin tone to give your complexion a flattering sun-kissed look.
We love the idea of relaxing in a cool, darkened room at the end of a long hot day wearing only an Origins Raspberry Refreshing Sheet Mask. Part of the Flower Fusion Hydrating Sheet Mask range, the Raspberry version is formulated to ‘refresh the skin and senses’. Made from 100% natural bamboo, the mask contains pure flower extracts and natural essential oils.
If you can keep your cool when all about you are losing theirs (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling) you’ve probably discovered the wondrous La Mer The Mist. A quick spritz of this reviving mist gives an immediate feeling of coolness and calm and does your skin good too. It contains an ‘internal magnet’ that continuously charges the marine-based ingredients to keep them at their most effective.
Taking sun protection to a whole new level is La Roche-Posay UV patch. A wearable piece of technology, this clever little fellow (a heart-shaped patch measuring a square inch and half the thickness of an average human hair) can be worn anywhere on the body. The electronics inside the patch monitor and measure your UV exposure. By scanning the patch via an app you can check your personal UV exposure and receive tips on how to stay safe in the sun.