Summer is the most inconvenient because sometimes I forget to let the skin breathe -Oil, Cream, Foundation, Sunscreen..-. Where I am, the sun is still shining bright and while endless daylight can mean fun, I avoid staying outside when the sun is at its peak (it can reach 40c here!). These are my must-have items particularly for this hot season to keep me cool and sane. Have a great summer (sorry if I'm late) but I'm still drinking some icy fruity water and snacking on frozen grapes :)
Thermal Water Spray: Maya Water in White Tea
Having any spray to cool down especially in the heat of summer is great. I really prefer to go with the very basic such as a thermal water spray from Maya Water because it does not add intense hydration or dewiness to my skin - I'm already sweating. Maya gets its thermal water from Skogshorn in Norway and its trace of minerals is an absolute must to revitalize flushed, irritated, tired and dry skin. The Pure one is love at first try (I already bought this 3x!) but right now I'm trying White Tea for an added antioxidant benefit.
PS: I had gone through many thermal water in my life and did not get the hype until I tried Maya. I find Maya the most refreshing and restoring for my skin.
Calming Serum: Sodashi Calming Serum
Sodashi Calming Serum is my ultimate reactive skin savior for any season -hot or cool-! This is a facial oil version of a serum which takes a base of hydrating but lightweight plant oils such as Camellia and Cantella Oil - my favorite to transform dry, irritated skin to a happy calm skin. The essential oils are the Chamomiles, Vetiver, Lavender, Sandalwood and Neroli. The chamomiles and Vetiver really shine in the scent - green and nutty. I use this under my cream moisturizer to soothe my skin instantly from any contact dermatitis or itchy flakiness. If you have drier or more dehydrated skin, The Blue Cocoon is also a fantastic option.
PS: Sodashi Calming Serum is contained in a little glass vial only for when I am travelling. It is originally kept inside the gorgeous myron glass bottle.
Sunscreen: Suntegrity 5 in 1 Tinted Moisturizer
Dare I say it, I dislike wearing sunscreen I really do. But if I must in a situation where I am outside for more than usual, I skip my cream moisturizer and use Suntegrity's tinted moisturizer instead, on top of my serum. This, in addition to my favorite floppy hat. Although it's tinted, it does not cover at all but I dread the white-cast sunscreen look so the tint prevents it from me having that. This one boasts in SPF 30, great for your daily SPF and leaves a smooth matte finish too!
Pimples: Blue Tansy & Kunzea Essential oils
One of the lo-downs about summer is skin is more often congested.. and then you see pimples. I love to dab a little of 50/50 blend of Blue Tansy & Kunzea to rescue any upcoming pimples or already-too-late-whiteheads. If the pimple is red and inflamed, I mix it with my Sodashi Calming Serum because it works like a charm.
Have you seen my little-pot post where I feature Botani's green clay acne treatment? I love it as much too and use it at night as a treatment for my whiteheads and blackheads!
Exfoliate: Pai Muslin Cloth
My skin loves to get buffed because sometimes the acne marks can get a little flaky and my congested-prone skin needs to be kept at bay. Although my favorite skincare exfoliator is Clean Dirt, I turn to Pai's muslin cloth when I want a no-frill solution. It's also perfect to travel with or when you run out of your usual exfoliator. The cloth is a bit rough but it's not as abrasive as you think. I use it almost everyday to gently exfoliate the skin while I cleanse with my ED4OLO cleansing oil or any cream cleanser. May I add, this works better than toothbrush (it's more controllable) to brush away those dead skin cells on your lips!!! (my lips are always shedding).
Hair: Lulu Organics
This is my first time trying Lulu Organics or any natural hair powder in that case. This stuff works great to unravel the greasiness or smelliness that comes after playing outside for too long. Or useful for any bad-hair day really. It gives my hair a fresh and brand-new feeling, but what I like the most about it is the subtle Jasmine scent.
Lets chat. What is in your emergency beauty summer kit?