Heat Beating Products
Don’t sweat it, we’ve got you… how to enjoy the heat with our top everyday sunny essentials.
Temperatures are high, all windows are open, the fan is your best friend. Bedtime comes with the coverless starfish and suddenly standing by the fridge eating ice becomes a normality… you’re finally getting cool, who cares about the food getting warm.
Just like that we have no concerns about sitting around half-naked, cracking the drinks open from 11am and having ice cream for breakfast.
But hey, who’s complaining?!
Block those wrinkles! Our top SPF picks to suit everyone…
Probably up there in the top three essential items and not one just for the vacay’s or hot days… there’s always UV rays.
UVB rays = Burn
UVA rays = Ageing
It’s safe to say these rays are not our friend, they can be to blame for increased likelihood of pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as your risk of skin cancer and more.
Many of us neglect the care of our face in the sun but any good SPF will block these effects so we can confidently say that a facial SPF purchase is a lifelong investment to keep those wrinkles (and the rest) at bay… and surely we all want that?!
In the past sun creams have been thick, tacky and leave that awful white hue over the skin which can be to blame for the lack of use by us all, according to Garnier Ambre Solaire, 61% of women find SPF’s too greasy or sticky, however in recent years the facial SPF game has really been upped.
Innovative tech and improved formulas have led us to a vast market of SPF products which do the job and feel good too… so here are our top picks:
1.BEST SPF FOR MAKEUP WEARERS
Being told we are meant to apply SPF multiple times throughout the day can be a particular pain for the makeup wearers of the world, spending your lunch break taking off your makeup to get your SPF topped up… no thank you! Luckily many brands have developed some great sun protecting products to solve this issue from face mists to setting powders.
Kate Somerville’s SPF 50 makeup setting spray is a top seller on Space NK, formulated with hyaluronic acid, the spray hydrates the skin while protecting it from sun damage.
2. Best SPF for acne prone skin
For those individuals who suffer with skin issues finding an SPF can be a daunting game, especially with the added fear of triggering a breakout eruption. Loading on thick, heavy creams can contribute to breakouts so the trick is to look out for formulas which are oil-free, packed with natural minerals, or labelled non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog your pores.
The Dr Dennis Gross lightweight SPF is a favourite for those who struggle with skin issues as an oil free, hydrating, antioxidant-rich formula formula.
Clean to the skin and clean to the planet Ren is a renowned brand for its natural, eco friendly skincare with sustainability at the heart of what they do. Products are made with the planet in mind which amongst other aspects is working the brand toward their pledge to become Zero Waste by 2021, in that all of the packaging will be 100% recycled, recyclable and reusable.
Always cruelty free and with an expanding vegan portfolio this SPF is ideal for those looking for gentle but effective skin protection. The mineral based cream uses zinc oxide as a protective UV barrier with the benefits of both passion fruit, which has antioxidant characteristics, and rice starch, which promotes a fresh, shine-free appearance and a balanced complexion.
The extra bonus of this creams mattifying effects helps you wave goodbye to them napkin patting, powder blotting, humid summer days!
4. BEST SPF FOR SUNSCREEN HATERS
As some brands turn away from creams the development of the gel / water based SPF’s are perfect for those who can’t bare a regular SPF… whether it be the feel or those few who simply just refuse to put a cream on and come in with a gorgeous tomato glow.
One website states that even on sunny days, 31% of men are likely not to use any sun protection, compared to just 15% of women who would go without… maybe this ones for you men!
In addition to the gel like formula the La Roche-Posay Anti-shine sun cream gel is also ideal for oily skin that is prone to sensitivity, sun-intolerance or prickly-heat.
5. THE TAN WORSHIPERS
The people who wouldn’t dare sit in the shade to lose a single minute of tanning time, those that find sun rise to sundown just isn’t enough and want that extra glow… The drunk elephant umbra tinte gives you that extra touch to the tan (some might call it cheating) with it’s tinted SPF formula. As a sunscreen that is 100% free of essential oils, silicones, fragrance and packed with anti oxidants it is a top seller on the market.
Get that extra glow and fake it ‘till you make it (whilst staying protected)!
You cant go wrong with a nice cold beverage on a hot day, obviously on the forehead for a minute or two first – key cool down technique. Here’s a variety of thirst quenchers perfect for the heat…
ELECTROLYTE RICH DRINKS
Sweating – yes we need to talk about this – one of those downsides to the hot weather the majority of us can’t escape. As the body produces sweat in order to cool you down not only do we lose water, we lose electrolytes too and it’s super essential to replenish these. Foods and drinks high in electrolytes include coconut water, birch water, bananas, spinach, kale, and lime—all of which are also cooling Ayurvedic foods.
VITAMIN RICH DRINKS
Whilst the sun is providing us with plenty of vitamin D it’s important that we remember to store up on all the rest too, vitamins have many benefits but energy is a particularly useful one to beat that sluggish feeling after a day in the sun!
With so many of us now working from home and missing out on that heavenly office air con, the bright red faced zoom calls are all too real… here’s some of our favorite beauty products to help you out:
This little device is seen to have a lot of support by advocates who recognize the benefits of ice rolling as the new ‘at-home’ version of the high tech procedures hitting the mainstream lately such as cryotherapy. From defining cheekbones to boosting radiance, the ice roller helps to restore brightness and support optimum cell function by increasing circulation and bringing blood to the skin’s surface.
Always have this one handy in the freezer for a five minute roll to instantly minimize puffiness and redness!
Gel to Ice Moisturiser
A gel-to-ice moisturizer says it all for all for us!
Another one for the freezer that forms in a slush like texture which instantly cools, de-puffs and improves circulation. Lemon extract works to brighten and treat hyperpigmentation and the high level of hyaluronic acid makes this moisturizer is ideal for those whoops days in the sun where you come in with a slightly redder face than anticipated!
Peppermint intensive cooling foot rescue
Cant forget the feet in the heat, give them the extra cool and hydration refresh with the Body Shop foot rescue. This tingly little tub of goodness is enriched with cooling peppermint essential oil. Our formula helps to invigorate and revitalise tired feet.
Gel Bead Therapy Mask
Fifteen minutes of use immediately revitalises your skin while improving dark circles, puffiness and sagging skin, store in the fridge or freezer for a cool chill out or alternatively heat it up in water… probably not recommended on a day of 28 degrees!
THE BEST NOVELTY ICE CUBE TRAYS TO LIVEN UP YOUR DRINK
Spice up your summer drinks that extra bit more with these funky and boujie ice cubes:
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