My Favourite Summer Skincare Products

23rd July 2020

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Summer is here, the kids are off school (still) and being indoors a lot has taken a toll on my skin and hair.

I’m no beauty/skincare expert, but I wanted to share the products that work for me, on my small budget.

Hair Care

I’m getting older and my skin seems to be getting more sensitive, while my hair is sprouting greys!

I have PCOS which is a hormonal condition and affects my skin. In recent years I’ve developed an awful skin condition on my scalp.

The itchiness can be intense and I don’t like wearing black tops with my hair down, because my shoulders look like I’ve walked through a snowstorm.

I’ve bought a scalp brush to use whilst washing my hair and I combine this with Scalp Scrub from The Hair Boss. It exfoliates my scalp to get rid of the flakes and stimulates the hair follicles at the same time.

This has helped a lot, as the itchiness is far less. I also spray The Hair Boss Scalp Soothing Tonic at the end of each wash which soothes the scalp.

My Crazy Curls!

Having a mixed heritage ethnicity means I have the coarse, dry Jamaican curly texture, mixed with my mother’s White thick waves. My curls aren’t as tight as Afro hair and are more loose, wavy curls.

Humidity can give me frizz so I always used to straighten it and avoid getting too hot and sweaty. These days I embrace my curls and have found products to help keep them smooth.

The Curly Girl Method is worth checking out if you have curls, because that’s helped me know which products to buy and which to avoid for my hair. I try not to use shampoo and stick to conditioner where possible, and love the Cantu range.

After conditioning, I apply Cantu Curl Activator Cream and then their Define and Shine Custard. These help define the curls and reduce the frizz.

I then end by using Wella Shockwaves Ultra Strong Tuff Stuff Gel to keep it all in place. The next day just adding some watered down conditioner can revive these products into working again too.

Body Care

Heatwaves can be great for my garden veg plants, but awful for me. I sweat buckets as a big girl, so tend to shower more than once a day. I’ve recently found Palmolive Naturals Coconut Shower Cream and love it.

It’s low price, but good quality and it is really gentle on my sensitive skin. It contains moisturising milk and coconut extract which helps maintain the natural balance of your skin, whilst keeping it moist.

Palmolive Naturals Coconut Shower Cream

My thighs touch, so I can get chub rub when wearing summer dresses and skirts. Last summer I found a great hack to reduce this: liquid talc. I use ASDA’s Little Angels Liquid Talc which works wonders and is only 90p!

I’ve also started using it where my bra wire rubs to reduce sweat spots. It’s great for reducing chafing and you can find it on the baby aisle.

Face Care

The PCOS has unfortunately led to some skin problems including dermatitis and cystic acne. The acne is so painful, with huge cysts on my face and chin at certain times of the month. Some have made parts of my face swell up, so I’m trying to find ways to reduce how much of this I get, or at least the pain of it.

A friend recommended products from The Ordinary, and when I looked them up I was impressed with the reviews and feedback on their range. One in particular being their Peeling Solution.

My First Use of The Ordinary Peeling Solution

It’s an acid peeling solution that’s designed to exfoliate the skin, improve skin texture, reduce the look of fine lines and give your skin a brighter appearance.

It contains vitamin B5 which helps heal scars and the black carrot acts as an antioxidant. You only use it once or twice a week and you have to avoid sunlight (unless using a high factor sun cream) after for a few days.

I like to use nose strips as I suffer from blackheads too, and find the Face Facts Charcoal Strips do the job and are very cheap!

Any Others?

If you know of any low cost, but great quality skin care / hair care products please add them to the comments below!

The shower cream was gifted by Palmolive, but all views are my own. The other products were already owned by me.

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