As a beauty journalist, I’m asked to try a lot of different products and it can sometimes be hard to resist not slathering them on all at once. I try to only use three or four products at any one time, so as not to overwhelm my skin, nor see the full results. Plus, most products also need around four weeks to show a real difference anyway.
But…over the past few months there have been some real standouts added to my routine which have really helped my skin get through the trying months of hayfever season. I love summer but sadly my skin doesn’t. It’d rather be tucked up in a jumper with the central heating whacked up high. Allergies, hot weather and sweat make my face and eyes really sore and irritated which seems to be even more exasperated after exercise, and I often leave the gym looking like I’ve been crying for a day. Not a great look.
But, in the midst of all these skin issues, these are the five star products that I currently love. If, like me, you’ve found the hayfever season a little hellish, you may find they help you keep things in order, too.
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
Spring water hasn’t been widely adopted by us Brits, but the French love it and use it for everything from nappy rash, to irritation, hot flushes and even as a toner. It is not merely water in a can (as some sceptics try to brand it) but actually a really soothing addition to any skincare routine. In France, La Roche-Posay is prescribed by the health service and the French skincare brand even has its own specialist dermatological hospitals where a range of spring water-based treatments help to heal everything from eczema to severe burns. I spray a little on my face after cleansing – particularly when it feels very irritated or dry – and also over makeup to set it in place or refresh it part way through the day. Avene also do a spring water that’s just as lovely and suitable for sensitive types.
Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Serum
I first became familiar with Skinceuticals when my facialist at Cowshed recommended one of their pure retinol products. It’s an expensive brand and not widely available, but it’s scientifically backed products really are worth splashing out for. The range is split into Prevent, Protect and Correct, and this particular serum is classed as a preventative product. Rich in vitamin C and formulated with phloretin, L-Ascorbic acid and ferulic acid, its antioxidant properties help to defend the skin against pollution and aggressors, while accelerating surface skin renewal. It really works to brighten the skin, and one of my friend’s actually asked if I was pregnant – so dewy was my skin. I put 4 to five drops onto completely clean skin, and then layer with Pestle & Mortar’s Pure Hyaluronic Serum, a light moisturiser and then the Skinceuticals UV SPF30 protection fluid. All so lightweight they leave my skin feeling absolutely amazing.
Effaclar BB blur
As mentioned above, I’m a big fan of spring water products as they seem to work wonders on my very sensitive skin. So, when La Roche-Posay launched a BB blur with spring water within the formulation I was pretty excited. This product is part of the Effaclar range that’s amazing for blemish and oily skin. It has an oil-absorbing, mousse-like texture, and gives me a lovely matte finish that feels so soft on the skin and works to keep my foundation in place for longer. I apply it with a Beauty Blender as I find this gives the most even finish.
Toleriane Ultra has been a bit of a lifesaver, and really helps calm my face down on those bad days when it flares up for no reason at all. I particularly love the fact that it’s not super greasy (as many rich moisturisers can be) and is able to cope with redness that I usually find only steroid creams can handle. So what makes this different from creams such as Aveeno and Avene? The Toleriane Ultra formula is minimal, and contains no parabens, fragrance, alcohol, lanolin or colourants and is sealed in anti-contamination packaging. It’s also designed to actually reduce irritation day after day, and Allergy UK has even given it their seal of approval – an accolade not awarded to any other over-the-counter products in the UK. I also recommend the overnight cream and cleanser as these are both super soothing.
Omoroviczca Gold Rescue Cream
Omoroviczca’s Gold Flash Serum is by far one of my favourite products (again, it gives a really noticeable glow to the skin) so I was desperate to try the Rescue Cream from the same range. Like all Omoroviczca products, it’s heady in scent but gentle on the skin and features a rich formulation of thermal-water-in-oil (that acts as a protective barrier), colloidal gold (that promotes a youthful complexion) and a combination of peptides (that help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles). If you have really dehydrated skin, it will feel like a warm hug just before bed. Here’s some other key benefits from the brand website below:
- Omega 6 ceramide retextures the lipid matrix for a stronger barrier function.
- Heal micro-damage and strengthen skin with a powerful anti-inflammatory, colloidal Gold.
- For renewed elasticity and vitality, strengthen dermo-proteins such as elastin and collagen with polypeptides (palmitoyl tripeptide and caprooyl tetrapeptide).
- Leaves skin firmer, more supple and younger looking as Hydro Mineral Transference™delivers minerals deep into the skin.
What beauty products do you rely on during the warmer months? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Until next time!