June went by way too quickly and then when it was half way through July, I just didn’t think it made much sense to write a natural skincare favourites post for June. So today, albeit a bit late again, I bring you my favourites which I continued to use into July. There are some lovely summer essentials so I hope you found my reviews helpful if you’re still looking for things to take on your holidays. We’re driving to France at the end of August and I will certainly be taking these beauties with me. Are you off to anywhere nice on your holiday? What products are you taking with you? Let me know in the comments below.
Here are the natural skincare products that I loved using in June and July:
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Ingredients known to have positive benefits
Ingredients that may cause irritation (especially to sensitive skin)
Ingredients considered potentially harmful/ toxic
Madara Plant Stem Cell Age Defying Sunscreen SPF30* (40ml, £29)
*Ingredients from organic farming **Made using organic ingredients ***Natural essential oils ****Pure mineral pigments
This is such an amazing product! I was very curious to try it after reading a review by Petra from Be Healthy Now and I’m so glad I did buy it. It really has a very unique formula and has protected my face from UV rays really well over the past few weeks of extreme heatwave. The instructions recommend that you apply it after a moisturiser or on its own but I first apply a few drops of a facial oil, then the Madara sunscreen, followed by (my favourite Inika) foundation. This combo works just perfect for me and the sunscreen blends in very well, leaving my skin looking absolutely flawless. It is slightly tinted to enable you to see where you apply it but it fades in quickly once blended in. The most amazing thing is that not only is it a sunscreen, it’s also a CC cream (i.e. Correction Cream) so it helps to improve your skin tone and any imperfections. The unique formula of this cream lies in its use of stem cells of a dragonhead plant which boosts skin’s health with its antioxidant properties and protecting the skin’s natural microbiome. It also has raspberry seed oil which is also credited with anti-ageing properties. Whether it can slow down the ageing process of my skin, it’s probably too early to say but I know I need to improve my sleeping routine as that is the biggest culprit when it comes to my skin’s ageing process. Regardless though, I love this cream!
While the weather has been absolutely glorious over the past few weeks (you won’t see me complain about the heat because I know how lucky we are to get so much sunshine in this country!), I haven’t had an opportunity to just don my clothes, head to the beach (or at least my garden) and indulge in a sunbathing session. Summers these days aren’t all about getting a gorgeous looking olive tan, instead I’m putting up paddling pools or hiding in the shade to protect the kids from getting a sun stroke. Because, you know, kids don’t ever want to stop playing outside! But all of that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a tan. Sukin’s bronzing gel was one of two I tested last summer (the other one was from Trilogy which I reviewed last year in my post Natural Skincare favourites – June 2017) and it’s been my favourite ever since! It doesn’t leave those awful streaks on your skin (as long as you use a special self-tan application sponge – trust me, I’ve learnt my lesson!) and doesn’t stain your clothes or bedsheets (too much!). It has a rather runny consistency so you do have to be careful when applying it, otherwise – it’s a great product! Not only does it bronze your skin, it also hydrates it – due to high concentration of aloe vera. Most importantly though, it’s so much safer than high street fake tans!
Ever since discovering ORGANii’s sunscreen products last year, their Sun Milk and After Sun cream have become our go-to sunscreen products. This year they launched a new product, a facial sun cream and I was really excited to collaborate with them earlier on a review and giveaway (you can find out more in my post ORGANii Facial Sun Cream). The cream is quite rich and has a thicker than usual consistency but don’t put off by this – it really doesn’t clog up your pores or make your skin greasy. To help the cream absorb into your skin, I’ve found that using a small amount goes a long way as well as applying it after my face has been spritzed with a toner/ floral water. For that very reason it can also be used on your body and since it comes in a 50ml tube, you can pack it in your hand luggage when heading off on holiday.
*Certified organic by the Soil Association **Non GMO. This product is suitable for Vegans. Cruelty Free. Allergens: N/A
When I first got this oil, I have to be honest – I didn’t think much of it. But the way it removes my eye make up is just superior to any other products I’ve used before. I’m now testing another product (which I’m not liking too much) so I really want to get back to this Skin & Tonic oil. Its ingredient formula is so simple yet so effective. All four oils have got incredible skin-nourishing properties but I didn’t expect them to be able to remove make-up so effectively. It can easily be recreated at home so I think this may be my next DIY project.
(1) Organic ingredient (2) From organic origin *naturally occurring in essential oils.
While I love making my own DIY body creams, sometimes when I run out of them and I’m too lazy to make a new batch, I just like to reach for a ready-made body cream. This Ermana body and hand lotion has a beautiful base of sunflower oil, shea butter and cocoa butter, infused with frankincense and lavender essential oils. I normally prefer much richer creams and oils as my skin is prone to dryness but this lotion still contains those skin-nourishing oils and butters, it just has a silkier consistency than a butter/ cream. It doesn’t sink in too quickly, instead a small amount is enough to cover a large area so it will certainly last a long time. Skin is left feeling soft and toned, and that feeling lasts for hours. I tend to apply it in the morning as it doesn’t leave that ‘greasy’ feeling that oils/ butters/ cream do, and i particularly love how my legs feel after application. During the recent heatwave, legs are obviously much more exposed and together with the Skin Bronzing Gel, this lotion has made the skin on my legs look really healthy and toned. If I’m perfectly honest, I’m not totally keen on its smell though (to me, it has a hint of a synthetic/ alcoholic aroma) but it doesn’t linger on your skin after applying so I can live with it.