Affordable Sun Protection From ASDA

Well, it is safe to say Britain has been bathed in unprecedented sunshine these past few weeks, in fact, I can’t remember what it is like not waking up to blue skies and temperatures in the high 20’s. I love it and the sunshine makes me feel positive and happy, so fingers crossed it continues right into September (please).

One thing I’m a firm believer of is in being sun aware & slip slapping on the SPF. I personally use it all year round but it’s so important to use and reapply SPF in these high temperatures especially when spending prolonged periods of time outside. It really is a must to protect your skin and minimise the damage from the harmful UVB & UVA rays.

Asda Protect Sun care Range

UVA rays are not filtered by clouds or windows and are present all year round. UVA rays penetrate the skin deeply and cause greying of the skin, wrinkles/sagging and cause skin cancer. It is these UVA rays that cause the premature ageing of our skin so finding an SPF with a 5* UVA rating is super important! This purse-friendly range from ASDA are all 5* UVA rated and also provides UVB filters too so that is fantastic.

UVA causes the premature ageing of our skin, whilst UVB rays cause sunburn and lead to skin cancer.

As the school holidays are underway and many of us are heading off on our Summer Holiday’s be it in Britain or abroad make sure you stock up on SPF before you go. This ASDA Protect range is fantastic for all the family and you can pick it up whilst you’re in the supermarket, which is most convenient.

Sun Tan Lotion from ASDA

ASDA Protect SPF30 Moisturising Sun Lotion

This is your typical SPF for the body, it is quite thick and feels like a body lotion. It is easy to apply and massage in. It gives the skin a white cast when you first apply it but that fades after a few minutes and although your skin feels like you’ve applied SPF it isn’t greasy or heavy and it has quite a matte finish.

ASDA Protect SPF15 Moisturising Sun Lotion Spray

This is the one my husband prefers to use, I think it’s because it comes in a handy pump bottle which makes it easier to apply. This is a slightly thinner consistency but is just as easy to massage in and it dries down very quickly. Again it doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy or tacky.

ASDA Protect SPF30 Mattifying Facial Sun Cream

You should use a dedicated facial SPF if you can and one that offers a high sun protection. I only ever use SPF30 or above on my face. This is a great sized tube for travel and I often take it with me in my handbag so I can reapply on the go! It has a lightweight matte finish so your face won’t look shiny or greasy and it offers SPF30.

All the products in this range contain Vitamin E to help protect against skin cell damage and leave the skin feeling hydrated.ASDA Protect After Sun Products

After a long day in the sunshine it is important to hydrate & soothe your skin and applying a nice cooling aftersun lotion is the perfect way to do this.

ASDA Protect After Sun Gel With Aloe Vera

My husband prefers to use the gel as it is really refreshing and sinks into the skin faster than a lotion and leaves no greasy residue. After a day in the sun, it’s exactly what your skin needs. It feels so refreshing and cooling, it replenishes the skin, stops it feeling dry and tight and it also helps prevent skin from peeling. It contains Aloe Vera which is great for calming and I like to keep this in the fridge so it is extra cooling.

ASDA Protect After Sun Lotion With Tan Enhancer

This has the consistency of a body lotion and it helps deepen and prolong your tan. I love applying this to my arms & legs just so my golden tan stays looking fab for longer. This is so easy to apply and although it isn’t as soothing as the gel I really like that it helps enhance my tan, as I am not someone that likes to be out in the sun too long so anything that helps me get a bit more colour without having to actually be in the sun gets a thumbs up from me. It has a nice fresh scent and the cream is quite lightweight and easy to apply.

If you’re heading away on holiday or have some fun day’s out planned in the UK make sure you check out the ASDA Protect Sun Care Range next time you’re in a store. It is affordable and offers 5* UVA protection, so your skin is in good hands!

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Best Exfoliators for Summer

Current Favourite Exfoliators

I do love a good exfoliator and I’ve gathered up my favourites so I can tell you all about them. I recently went to a family wedding & so I wanted my skin to look its best – on my face, hands and body so I have been exfoliating like a maniac these past few weeks. Not to mention the fact the UK is experiencing a sustained period of gloriously warm weather which means my legs & arms are out a lot more than usual so having a good exfoliator helps remove all that SPF and keep them looking their best.

Current Favourite Exfoliators

Previse Marine Granules Skin Brightening Botanical Scrub

I reviewed this facial exfoliator recently so I won’t go on about it too much, it is a great Vegan, Green and Cruelty-Free option if that ticks boxes for you! It is also mineral oil, synthetic fragrance-free and contains no parabens or petroleum.

This gentle exfoliator blends fossilised algae with jojoba and botanical extracts to gently buff the skin. This has a gel-like texture with lots of very fine scrubbies which exfoliate away all the dirt and grime your skin clings on to from the day. It works wonders on my blackheads & leaves skin feeling smooth without being abrasive. I love using this in the morning as it leaves my skin so smooth and my makeup sits so well after using this. It also stimulates cell renewal and gives your skin a healthy, fresh glow.

Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Oatmeal Exfoliator

This is one of my absolute favourite affordable skincare ranges, the Vitamin E range from Superdrug is incredible for hydrating, nourishing and preventing premature ageing. I have used up so many bottles of this Oatmeal Exfoliator and it is so good at keeping skin smooth and looking radiant. It is a great gentle option and oats are renowned for being calming and soothing too, so your skin is in good hands with this product. I always stock up when Superdrug have it on offer. All Superdrug own branded products are Cruetly Free and Leaping Bunny approved!

Merumaya Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel 

This peel doesn’t have any exfoliating scrubbies instead it smooths, brightens and removes dead skin with glycolic acid and pomegranate enzymes. I apply a generous layer once or twice a week as part of my morning skincare routine and leave it on for 15 minutes to work its magic (or should I say science).

Aloe Vera and humectants help maintain the right moisture balance, Allantoin and a high strength calming complex soothe the skin during and after the peel. This peel is amazing at refreshing and rejuvenating your skin and is a good product to use in the lead up to a special event.

• Reduce blemishes, congestion and blockages.
• Refine and reduce the appearance of pores.
• Re-texturise all skin types so it is smoother
• Soften signs of skin-ageing.
• Prevent ingrown hairs for men.

best exfoliators for summer

Tropic Body Smooth Refreshing Polish 

Not all exfoliators are created equal and let me just tell you that this Tropic Body Polish is out of this world – it is a pot of utter luxury for your skin. My body has never felt so smooth. I’m in love with this stuff. I use it a couple of times a week and as you can see from the photo I have used over half and I will be repurchasing it without question! Oh, Tropic products are all Vegan, Cruelty-Free & are Leaping Bunny approved so that is amazing, their range is also manufactured right here in the UK in their Surrey Beauty Kitchen.

It’s packaged in this lovely glass jar and comes with the cutest little bamboo spoon so you can scoop just enough product out without having to dip your fingers in (love the attention to detail). The first thing you notice is the uplifting zesty scent which is incredible and such a lovely Summer fragrance. It has a blend of invigorating, zesty essential oils, mineral-rich sea salts and exotic pure plant extracts. Enriched with vitamin e and lemon myrtlet.

It exfoliates away dead skin with ease and the blend of oils help nourish skin so it doesn’t dry out and it leaves it feeling unbelievably soft. If you like to treat yourself to nice skincare then this product has to be top of your list to try! Its ingredient list is short but jam-packed full of wonderful skin beneficial

Mineral Rich Organic Sea Salts, Organic Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Oil, Rosehip Oil, Vitamin E, Essential Oils of Australian Lemon Myrtle, Eucalyptus, Lime, Lemon, Bergamot and Peppermint

Jurlique Exfoliating Hand Treatment

One of my resolutions this year was to take better care of my hands. I mean I do a whole skincare routine for my face and always use body lotions and oils but my hands more often than not get overlooked and it has been nice really taking the time to look after them. I do a whole handcare routine when I am doing my at home manicure and this Jurlique Exfoliating Hand Treatment has a creamy texture with tiny exfoliating Jojoba beads which provide just enough scrub without being abrasive.

I like that this is a multi-benefit 2 in 1 treatment mask and scrub. Apply a generous amount to the backs of your hands, fingers and forearms, relax for 5 minutes then with a little warm water massage off making use of the Jojoba beads. It leaves your hands velvety soft, smooth and nourished. It includes,

  • Red & White Clay – to absorb impurities
  • Jojoba Beads – to gently exfoliate
  • Shea Butter – to soften and hydrate
  • Calendula Extract – to nourish and protect

A great product if you find your hands are taking the brunt of this warm weather, it is nice and luxurious to take the time to apply a mask to your hands and it leaves your hands feeling amazing once you’ve washed it off exfoliating away all the dead skin.

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June 2018 Skincare Product Empties

June 2018 Product Empties

Garnier Nourishing Botanical Gel Wash

I bought this on a weekend break after discovering I had left all my toiletries at home, I just wanted something to get me through the weekend and that was pretty affordable as I had all my skincare at home. That being said I was actually very surprised by how much I liked this and I continued to use it when I got back home. It is good at removing makeup and as a morning cleanse. It is refreshing and considering it is a gel it doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry or tight. If you’re on a budget or see this on offer I highly recommend trying it.

Decléor Aromessence Neroli Amara Night Balm

If I had to describe this product in one sentence I would say it is the most nourishing, luxurious treat for your skin, EVER! This balm was a joy to use every night and I looked forward to this step in my skincare. It smells amazing just like an expensive spa. It melts into the skin and goes from a soft balm to a rich oil which makes it super easy to massage into the skin. It is the perfect hydrating pick me up for dull, dehydrated skin. It contains essential oils of:

  • Basil: purifying and healing withdrawing properties
  • Neroli: softening and hydrates
  • Camomile: preventive role in relation to the appearance of dark spots
  • Tonka Bean: act on the microcirculation and soften

I’m gutted it has run out and scraped every last drop out of the pot. I will for sure be treating myself to another pot ASAP.

June Product Empties 2018

Vichy Idealia Radiance Boosting Antioxidant Serum

This lasted me so long, I have been using it since January and I loved its lightweight hydrating formula as part of my morning skincare routine. I found it hydrated my skin and helped lock in moisture all day. It also gives the skin a protective layer to protect it against environmental aggressors.

  • Radiance is restored and dullness reduced
  • Skin texture appears smoother
  • Vichy Mineralising Thermal Water strengthens the skin against aggressors
  • Tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control
  • Hypoallergenic

It is such an easy product to slot into your routine and it gives great results. My skin looked healthy and felt super smooth.

B. Hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Spritz

I am a face mist/toner addict. I love how refreshing, hydrating and easy they are to use. I spritz them on to clean skin, on top of makeup to refresh my face and just sat at my desk to revive my skin throughout the day. This B. is for beautiful one from Superdrug was very affordable and I loved it. It contains Hyaluronic Acid which has become such an important ingredient in our skincare, especially if you have dry, dull skin. It helps lock in much-needed moisture.

  • Hyaluronic Acid – to moisturise deep down.
  • Boost skin’s radiance – Promotes a more healthy glow with regular use.
  • Soothes and relaxes – Perfect pick me up for tired, fatigued skin.

I’ve already repurchased this & I noticed they also do a vitamin version which is great for energising lacklustre skin, so I will be trying that one next. This B. is for beautiful, range is vegan and cruelty-free.

MERUMAYA Youth Preservation Moisturiser SPF20

This sample size lasted me so much longer than I thought, I took it on so many trips/weekend breaks. I don’t have many moisturisers with SPF which is a pain but this MERUMAYA one has SPF20 and that is perfect for a city break. This cream has such a rich nourishing formula without having a heavy, greasy texture. It hydrates and wears so well under makeup. It is another fab product from my favourite British Skincare brand.

Formulated with powerful, active ingredients in combination with SPF filters, that protects the skin from UV damage and dry-out. Enveloped in a luscious, beautifully textured emulsion which leaves behind a plumped, velvety softness.

• 3 molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate into deeper layers of the skin, while also preventing breakouts.
• 3 anti-oxidants – Mangosteen Extract, Baobab and Vitamin E – to provide all-day cellular protection.
• 3 sun filters, to provide SPF 20 daily sun-protection against the skin ageing effects of UVA/UVB.

If you haven’t tried MERUMAYA they make luxurious but affordable skincare that actually works. No gimmicks or fancy packaging, they are committed to delivering results. I highly recommend checking them out. Let me know if you do!

Skincare Empties June 2018

DECLÉOR Hydra Floral White Petal Skin Perfecting Concentrate

This is a great product if you suffer from pigmentation, uneven skin tone or dark spots and over time with continuous use, you really see a viable reduction. This has a tacky but fluid consistency, it’s gentle formula is so soothing and hydrating on the skin. I used it as part of my evening skincare routine and loved how luxurious and refreshing it felt. It is quite a pricey product but it targets very specific skin concerns and it actually works!

It is formulated with Sweet Orange Oil, Pea Extract and Hyaluronic Acid. to restore, hydrate and give your skin a fresh, healthy glow. It is great for reducing dark spots left over from stubborn blemishes and the soothing Chamomile and Rose Floral Waterworks to balance,  and refresh your complexion.

Decleor Serum

Sanctuary Spa Body Moisture Spray

This is a nice lightweight body oil which dries down very quickly on the skin. I used it mostly on my thighs as an extra boost of hydration. It smooths the skin and leaves it feeling supple and soft. It contains a blend of moisturising jojoba, conditioning sweet almond and anti-oxidant Vitamin E. Sanctuary products have that recognisable scent which I love. I wouldn’t rush out to repurchase but I did enjoy using it.

Superdrug Raspberry & Vanilla Shower & Bath Soak

LOVE these Superdrug own brand shower gels, I have spoken about them a couple of times on my blog. They’re Vegan, Cruelty-Free and always on offer in Superdrug so I stock up whenever I am in store. They come in some the most delicious flavours, this one was sweet & fruity and left my bathroom smelling so good. I also love the Salted Caramel scent. If you have used these, let me know in the comments which is your favourite scent!

June 2018 Product Skincare-Empties

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

Retinoids are a great ingredient to look out for in skin care especially if you want to delay the signs of ageing, address hyperpigmentation and improve texture. If you have very sensitive skin or you have irritation then you might want to apply a very small amount at first to see how you get on, also always remember to use SPF after using this! So if you have lost elasticity or have fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and uneven skin tone you might want to add this to your routine.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% is a skin treatment serum for cell turnover and elastin production. Advanced Retinoid 2% is a stable emulsion of next-generation forms of Retinoid for anti-ageing and acne-prone skin by Deciem.

Hydroxypinacolone reinoate and pure retinol, are proven to be more effective than standard retinol formulations.

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a lightweight, milky-textured serum that works hard to target visible signs of ageing while remaining gentle enough to avoid the irritation caused by some retinoid products.

Botanico Vida Omega Oil

This was a mini bottle which I take with me on trips, I did have the full size but used that up earlier this year. So I think it is fair to say I am a dedicated user of this body oil and have seen some great results. I love that it comes in a spray bottle, it is super convenient and means you can spray it directly on to the area you need and massage it in. It has a very lightweight texture and is very fluid which makes massaging it into your skin easy.

After using it for a few months I saw a real difference in my skin tone, texture and the softness of my skin.  My stretch marks are not as dark or prominent, which is amazing! It contains a lovely blend of Omega, Vitamin and Anti Oxidant rich nutrients including,

  • Bioactive Sacha Inchi with 90% Omega Fatty Acids
  • Argan & Rosehip Oil
  • Avocado & Oilve Fruit Oil
  • Sunflower Seed & Coconut Oil
  • Vitamin E & Calendula
  • Mandarin & Grapefruit

If you suffer from scarring or stretch marks this body oil is fabulous at reducing both and I’d highly recommend trying this, I will 100% be purchasing another bottle (or two).

*This post includes PR samples

Previse DermApothecary Skincare

Previse Marine Skincare

Previse Marine Skincare

New to the UK & exclusive to Harvey Nichols, Previse Skincare has launched ‘six, plant-based, unscented skincare products specially formulated with dermatologists, free of artificial fragrance and essential oils. The ZeroFragrance line is crafted for a growing majority of shoppers demanding clean-beauty options.’ So if you’re trying to incorporate cleaner beauty products into your routine this is a line you need to check out.

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been trying 3 products from this new range all three come packaged in clean looking, simple green and white packaging. It is quite practical and understated and you might think it is a little basic for the price tag, but Previse has kept it simple so they aren’t wasting their budget on unnecessary packaging focusing instead on the quality of the actual products themselves. This is becoming quite a trend in the beauty world as more brands like Deciem are adopting this scaled-back approach to packaging, I love it & fully approve.

Luxury Skincare From Previse

Marine Granules Skin Brightening Botanical Scrub

This gentle exfoliator blends fossilised algae with jojoba and botanical extracts to gently buff the skin. This has a gel-like texture with lots of very fine scrubbies which exfoliate away all the dirt and grime your skin clings on to from the day. It leaves skin feeling smooth without being abrasive. I love using an exfoliator, they’re so satisfying and this one from Previse stimulates cell renewal and gives your skin a healthy, fresh glow.

You can even mix this Marine Granules with your favourite cleanser to give it a boost so you can cleanse and exfoliate all at once. Such a great idea! I even use it on the backs of my hands just to pep them up and remove dead skin to help them look smooth and rejuvenated.

Vegan Skincare from Previse

Purify Hydrating Skin Cleanser

This pH balanced cleanser is so gentle and feels refreshing on the skin, it removes makeup with ease. It is enriched with marine algae and botanical extracts to help gently remove excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells without drying out your skin. It is a great daily cleanser which can be used morning or night. It has slotted right into my skincare regime and because it’s unscented, mineral oil and paraben free I know it won’t irritate my skin or break me out.

Previse Body Mist Skin Nourishing Body Oil

Body Mist Skin Nourishing Body Oil

This is my hero product for Spring/Summer. I have a wedding coming up and have been using this oil daily so I can have bare legs and they will look healthy and feel super smooth. This Bodymist is rich in ‘Vitamin E Oil and features, eco-certified sunflower and botanical oil extracts for long-lasting non-greasy comfort. This plant-based body oil includes sustainably sourced oils that are naturally rich in vitamin E to promote supple, elastic skin. Apply to wet or dry skin for a healthy, radiant and shimmering glow.’

I apply it liberally, focusing mainly on my legs and really take time to massgae it in. This oil gives them a healthy sheen, It dries down quickly and you can get dressed right away without feeling or looking greasy. If body lotions & butter leave your skin feeling tacky you might find a body oil works better for you, an oil hydrates and smoothes without that greasy, tacky feeling.

Previse Plant Based Skincare

Previse Hydrating Skin Cleanser

Previse ZeroFragrance features six products which include: Marine Granules Skin Brightening Botanical Scrub, MommyBalm Stretch Mark Cream, BodyMist vitamin E Body Oil, HydroFoam Rejuvenating Hyaluronic Moisturizer, Purify Hydrating Marine Cleanser, and SOS SkinRescue Healing Salve.

The Previse ZeroFragrance range is available now from the Beauty Hall at Harvey Nichols & online at www.harveynichols.com

*This Post Contains PR Samples