I have had many questions recently asking me how we should change up our skincare routine in these summer months. I thought I’d give you a little review of what I’m currently using to keep my skin hydrated and bright during this warmer weather.
My cleansing routine doesn’t really change year round as I always use a balm in the evening and more of a wash-off cleanser in the morning. I remove my eye make-up with Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Make Up Remover and follow with Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm to throughly remove all make-up and SPF. In the morning I cleanse my skin with Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash which has a mild exfoliating action without any beads.
My morning routine then consists of a fresh from the fridge spritz of Institut Esthederm Cellular Water which contains mineral salts and trace elements to hydrate my skin.
Now for the serious skincare – I am currently trialling three new products from the NIOD range by Deciem. Whilst at the fridge I apply three drops of NIOD Copper Amino Isolate serum 1%. This serum is designed to tackle all aspects of visible ageing by making the skin look and act younger. The product arrives in two bottles. One with the copper powder and the other with the activator. I mixed these together and then keep the product refrigerated to keep it active. I then follow this with NIOD Multi Molecular Hyaluronic Complex. This new serum is a must-have for hydration as it contains 12 different forms of Hyaluronic. I have been using these two new NIOD products for the last two weeks and have seen my skin improve in both tone and texture. I am also noticing a youthful bounce returning to my face.
My morning routine finishes with Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye cream as it’s a perfect base for concealer and keeps my eye area hydrated all day. I am currently trialling Filorga UV defence as my daytime moisturiser and SPF all-in-one. It has a light easy to blend texture with no white cast and an SPF50 which is perfect for these summer days. It contains hop extract which helps to regulate melanin production so this in turn helps reduce the appearance of pigmentation. I have also found that make-up applies very well over this product with no rolling.
My evening routine after cleansing comprises of Zelens Resurfacing Facial pads which gently exfoliate with a blend of AHA and BHA. I then repeat my morning routine of the NIOD Copper serum and the NIOD Hyaluronic complex. For evening I then follow with a couple of drops of Antonia Burrell Radiant Light Facial Serum Oil. Antonia is an amazing Facialist who has created a simple but highly effective line of natural skincare. This oil is made up of 18 pure plant extracts to improve skin texture and tone. Since using this wonderfully scented oil I have noticed I am waking to a brighter, fresher skin.
Last but not least is my final new product from NIOD. This is brand new and currently flying off the virtual shelves at the Victoria Health website. The Lip Bio-Lipid concentrate is designed to plump the lips without the need for fillers. Any lip plumper I have previously used only had a brief cosmetic action however this product promises to deliver long term improvements too. This serum targets both collagen and hyaluronic acid production and also helps the lips retain moisture. I have been using this concentrate both am and pm for six days now and can see a significant improvement in the fullness and smoothness of my lips. NIOD recommend that you apply twice daily for thirty days and then reduce application to once a day.
That’s my updated summer routine that my 45 year old skin is loving – all of the above products are suitable for most skin types but please remember to always wear your SPF daily especially if you’re using any resurfacing type products.