My summer morning beauty routine in collaboration with Boots Botanics.
During most of the other seasons of the year, I can hide any skin problems behind make-up if I need to. I do have the occasional spot outbreak, and more often dark bags under my eyes from working at my laptop until the early hours of the morning.
In the summer months when it is hot, I don’t wear any make-up at all unless I am going for a very rare night out. I like the quickness in the mornings of not having to put it on, but I hate when this means that my imperfect skin is on show. The darkness under my eyes is easy to hide to the huge sunglasses that I favour luckily. I want to look fresh-faced in a ‘how on earth are those tweens yours?’ kind of way.
I have a confession to make though …. I usually just clean my face with baby wipes. I can imagine a collective gasp of disgust going on now from those who really look after their skin. I know to have fresh looking skin I probably need to make more effort than I have been thus far especially now I am 33.
For the last couple of weeks, I have started using Boots Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution. I can honestly say that I am so impressed with it. I have had no break outs of spots, and the problem area of enlarged pores that I have on my chin, has been looking so much better. All it takes is a quick wipe over with it using cotton wool.
The 3 in 1 cleansing solution claims to dissolve make-up, unclog pores and remove impurities. I use it at night as well to cleanse my face from the day’s dirt and it really does work. I even tested it by cleaning my face with a baby wipe as I would usually, and then cleaning my face again afterwards with the 3 in 1 solution.
I was partly impressed and partly disgusted by how much dirt it still removed from my face. I am guessing face wipes aren’t that great a cleaning solution for me, and I won’t be going back to them again now. I fully intend to keep buying the Boots Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 cleaning solution now that I know it works on my skin so well.
I suffer usually with dry skin in patches on my face, which I tend to use thick gloopy moisturisers for. During the winter months this is fine, but in the summer it can mean I look a bit oily and well sweaty. Sweaty is never a good look, unless at the gym where I would be more embarrassed not to be sweating.
I was sent the Boots Botanics Hydrating day cream with brightening hibiscus – all of these products actually have it in and a lot of the ingredients of this range were inspired by nature. Boots’ scientific experts actually confer with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, to choose which extracts are the right ones to include in their Botanics range.
I currently use the cream every morning after I have cleansed my face, it is very light and not gloopy or heavy at all. It still works just as well as my usual thick moisturisers though, and unlike them it has an SPF protection of 15. We went on a boat trip the other week, during which my shoulders and back became very sunburnt, as I forgot to take any suncream with us.
However my face was absolutely fine. This cream is a definite summer essential for me now, I won’t need to worry about putting suncream on my face, which let’s face it always feels a bit sticky and horrible. Instead this light cream has been keeping my skin looking hydrated, and protecting me. Pretty much a two in one solution. It is even supposed to hydrate for 24 hours.
I was also sent Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance balm, which many are saying is a dupe for the MAC strobe cream. Having not tried that one myself, I can neither confirm nor deny that. However I can definitely say that I love this balm, it is exactly the pick-me-up my skin needs some mornings.
It subtly gives your skin a bit of a glow when you apply it, and I feel it makes me look a little less tired especially around my eyes. A good solution to the not wanting to wear make-up, but still wanting to not look a complete wreck dilemma. I don;t use this one every day, I use it on the days when I feel I need it.
You just pop it on your face on top of your moisturiser. When you open it, don’t be alarmed by its peachy appearance, it is pretty much clear once on your face.
Last but not least of the items I was sent, is the Boots Botanics All Bright Purifying Scrub. I’ll admit I was a bit dubious of this one at first, having had quite sensitive skin at times in the past. The idea therefore of a scrub containing refined walnut-shell, sounded quite painful to me.
It is actually surprisingly gentle, yet effective. My skin didn’t react to it and for someone like myself who is always busy, I find doing it in the shower is perfect and makes the rinsing off process a lot easier. I don’t use this one every day, but at least once a week.
My skin is looking pretty glowing at the moment, but having tested these all at once I can’t tell you if it is one particular product making the difference or the combination. I can however tell it is making a difference and I feel much more confident without make-up on in the hot weather.
You can save up to 50% across Botanics facial skincare until 27/09/2016, so if you want to try these yourself now is the ideal time. Even if the sale still isn’t on though, you will be amazed to hear that each of these items are less than £6 to buy anyway. This means I can afford to keep using all of them
Considering the quality of the ingredients and how well they have worked on my own skin, I was amazed by that when I just popped to check on the Boots website. In my eyes this is pretty much premium skin care at a seriously affordable price.
Whilst you’re on the Boots website, check out other people’s opinions of the items above and others in the Botanics range, there are a large amount of 5 out of 5’s and personally I can see why. Me and my glowy, way too young to have birthed an almost teenager skin are now off for a run, as unfortunately there isn’t a magic cream for the rest of me ;)