Summers have arrived in full force and I am making my body, mind and skin ready for these harsh summers. Earlier, summers for me were the most difficult time for my skin as it use to tan a lot and due to the sweating I use to suffer a lot of skin infections. As summers are, for most of us the best time for vacations also, looking good is a fundamental necessity. Hence, today I will be sharing my Top 10 Summer routine essentials which I swear by this summer. So let’s get started:
1) Mason Jar
I know this is not a cosmetic product, but yes this tops my list and the reason being importance of hydration this summer. In past, I have suffered for not aptly hydrating my body, since then I have pledged myself to be hydrated and drink at least 2-3 litters of water daily and Yes, Mason Jar solved my purpose. I have a 460 ML of Mason jar which I use daily to keep check on my liquid needs. I drink my infused water i.e. lemon, ginger and mint water and also at times green tea around 4 PM in the evening.
One can infuse lot of greens in the water and sip it occasionally, giving you the freshness and impart glow to your skin. You can find these online on Amazon.in and Snapdeal.com as well in any home store. Hence this is my top summer essential.
Price: Rs 125 for each
2) Allergic Powder
Sweating is a function of body to regulate body temperatures, but it may cause fungal infections to body. I have once suffered fungal infections due to sweat. During that time my dermatologist gave me the powder called ABZORB dusting powder and asked me use to religiously on my body or areas I sweat lot to avoid any fungal infection due to sweating. I mostly apply it on my body once it is fully dried up after bath.
I purchase this from medical store and use mostly in summers. As I don’t use any body lotions in summer because it makes my body sticky, I use this dusting powder. I would suggest you to consult with your dermatologist before using this powder on your skin as I am sharing with you my experience with this powder, but you may have some different experience.
3) Sun Screen
This is one product which I think is the most popular among summers and I also suppose that everybody understands the importance of sunscreens on face and body. In summers one has to layer a lot of products on face, hence the chosen one should be light and effective sunscreen for skin. In the month of March I vacated in Goa for 2-3 days, and for that vacation I was looking for a good sunscreen. And I found Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sun block SPF 50+ on Nykaa.com and bought it as it had a SPF of 50+.
I used this sunscreen on my holiday, and it worked wonders for me. Firstly it is very light on skin and does not feel greasy at all. Secondly after the usage of my earlier sunscreens like the one gel-based from Lotus or from Lakme, I use to get immensely tan even after applying them every two hours, but this sunscreen prevented my skin from tanning. I was not as tanned as I use to be earlier after using this sun block. Hence this is one of my must have for this summer.
Price: Rs 424 for 88 ML
4) CTM: Cleansing Toning and Moisturizing
Generally our face requires extra care as it is exposed to the sun, pollution and dust. CTM i.e. Cleansing Toning and Moisturizing is very important for our face in day to day to life and its importance increases in harsh summer temperatures. For cleansing I use The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash as its gives a very cooling effect on face. Then I use Lotus Herbal Basiltone Cucumber & Basil Clarifying & Balancing Toner, although I am not a big fan of its smell but it certainly helps in cooling skin. And after applying sunscreen I apply my moisturizer Olay Natural White All In One Fairness Skin Cream Spf24. It will be beneficial to use a moisturizer with SPF. All the mentioned products were bought from Nykaa.com.
Price: The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash Rs:695
Lotus Herbal Cucumber & Basil Clarifying & Balancing Toner Rs 225
Olay Natural White Cream: Rs 340 for 50 gms
5) BB Cream with SPF/Mousse Foundation
The products I am about to mention are to be applied over sunscreen. For effective layering of products, I apply sunscreen 10 minutes before I apply anything else on my face. On daily basis I perform my CTM and sunscreen followed by either Lakme Complexion Care Cream CC Crème in shade bronze with SPF 20 or Lakme Mousse Foundation in shade Golden Medium with SPF 8 . I use Lakme CC cream as it is tinted and gives slight coverage on face and it also has SPF. On days when I have something special at my workplace or I am going out in day party I prefer using my Lakme Mousse Foundation. In summers I don’t prefer heavy and full coverage foundations as they don’t look that natural. The Lakme mousse is a very light, feels like feather on skin and also impart medium coverage.
Price: Lakme CC Cream: Rs 275
Lakme Mousse Foundation: Rs 580
6) Compact Powder
Compact powder is very essential in summers as it keeps the sweat away from your face and neck. My T-zone is oily and in summers it gets very oily for which I always keep my compact powder handy. Currently I am using Maybelline Fit me pressed powder and it is faring very well for my face. There are days when I just apply my compact powder over my moisturizer and I am good to go.
Price: Maybelline Fit me pressed powder Rs:475
7) Lip Balm/Summer Lipstick
As my face is mostly light in terms of makeup in summers, I like to add color on my lips. I prefer applying lip crayons and lipsticks this season as compared to lip gloss as they get sticky on lips at times. I use Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm which has an SPF 20 under my lipstick or lip crayon. I like to use pop summery colors on my lips like pinks and corals.
Price: Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Rs: 175
8) Waterproof Kajal and Mascara
Kajal and Mascara are some products which I cannot live without. I can not step outside my house without these two things on my eyes. Currently I am using Lotus Colorkick Kajal and Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express Mascara for my eyes as they both are water proof and smudge proof. It is necessary to use waterproof products as in summer we are going to sweat and we don’t want our kajal and mascara to get washed away.
Price: Lotus Colorkick Kajal Rs: 159
Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express Mascara Rs: 375
In summers especially due to sweating, the body odour becomes a major issue. One needs to use a perfume/splash/deodorant to cut off the smell and fell fresh all the time. Currently for splash I am using Layer Wottagirl body splash for my daily wear and on special occasions I use my Azzaro Duo Edt Perfume For Women . I love to use both of them because they are long lasting and can be carried for spray on the go.
Price: Layer'r Wottagirl Body Spray Rs 195.
Azzaro Duo Edt Perfume For Women Rs 2500
10) Face Pack
Another must have for me this season is my face pack/peel. I use my Biotique Bio Peach Clarifying & Refining Peel - Off Mask once in a week as it takes away the tan of the week and gives glow to the skin. I personally like peel off masks as when I peel it gives me the impression that all the dirt and tan is peeling off. This peel mask really helps in taking the tan off.
Price: Biotique Bio Peach Clarifying & Refining Peel - Off Mask Rs: 199
Enjoy the SUMMERS.......