As you might have already seen me mention if you saw Wednesday's post (link here), this month most of my posts will be centred around all things Summer and a bit like last year, where I debuted Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days (link here) each Sunday there will be a post filled to the brim with summer beauty essentials. And where better to start than with the largest organ in the human body (there's a little fact for you there); the skin.
As the weather gets warmer and the sun starts shining, albeit not as often as most of us would probably like it to, parts of our bodies that have been covered since last summer will be making an appearance and that's when it's time to pay some heed to it. It's always helpful to start with a good base and that's where scrubs, lotions and a lovely body oil have come into play in my summer skin routine. And as someone with skin that can get rather scaly, I certainly needed to give my skin a bit of TLC before flashing the flesh again this year.
Garnier Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub* £3.99
I know that some might not be keen on using exfoliating beads on their faces but this really has made such a noticeable difference to my dull and rather lacklustre skin. This is also a facial scrub for those of us with sensitive skin which is a nice touch as I've always been a little apprehensive about anything too exfoliating touching my face but the beads are so gentle and release a fresh burst to the skin along with a fresh burst of fragrance too. It really does live up to it's 'Wake Me Up' moniker, with it having a clean yet citrusy scent to it which I simply adore.
Dirty Works Glow Girl! Buttery Salt Scrub* £4 (Currently £3)
And my body scrub of choice for the summer months has to be this buttery salt scrub from Dirty Works. If you're thinking of applying self tan or getting your pins out after months of them being hidden under trousers and tights, then I would really recommend picking this up. And talk about a bargain! You can find the Dirty Works range at your local Sainsbury's meaning it's pretty easy to end up with the majority of the range in your trolley or basket as there are so many great products to choose from. At £4, when it's full priced, or even less when they have the regular deals on it, this scrub is such a great buy. And for some reason the scent of this product just reminds me of summer. The beads in this scrub are also exfoliating without being too harsh or scratchy on the skin which is fantastic and I find that you can use it on both dry and wet skin without any irritation.
Lavera Exotic Body Lotion* £8.75
Keeping my skin hydrated in the summer months can be a bit of a palaver but I've discovered a couple of products to help make that task a little easier. First up is Lavera's Exotic Body Lotion. I honestly wish that I could share the scent of this with you across the Internet somehow as it's just that amazing! I'm a big vanilla fan and really do gravitate to those kinds of scents but then to add coconut makes for such an incredible fragrance. I've been happily slathering this on day and night, as well as using the Lavera Exotic Body Wash (link here) and I just can't get enough of the scent. But enough about the scent, this is definitely an impressive body lotion that absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any greasy or slimy residue. My skin feels that much softer, even though I have to admit, it's all about the coco-nutty vanilla scent for me with this product.
The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet* £8
Having raved about the strawberry version of The Body Shop's Body Sorbet when it launched last year (review here), I was incredibly excited to see a new Body Sorbet introduced along with the Virgin Mojito range. The strawberry Sorbet was one of my summer essentials last year and I have a feeling that this incarnation of the Body Sorbet will become this summer's must-have product for me. First of all, the Body Sorbet formula is so wonderfully cooling on the skin. A little reminder of a top tip of mine from last year, pop this in the fridge for even more of a refreshing relief on a warm day. And this really does smell just like a Mojito. Think fresh limes with a wonderful hint of mint. Like last time with the strawberry scent, your skin will genuinely smell good enough to eat. I do sometimes have to remind myself that despite it being housed in the fridge that doesn't in any way mean that it's edible. Hehe.
Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil* £6.99 (Currently £5.33)
Again, my love of this product was completely inspired by me trying another product in the Garnier Oil Beauty range, one that you will find me declaring my love for last year (review here). I've been on the lookout for a good body oil for a while but nothing had caught my eye until now. This isn't greasy at all, which is a big plus as I was a little worried that it might just sit on the skin and not absorb but there was no such problem with this product. It also smells absolutely amazing, just like the rest of the Garnier Oil Beauty range. Can you tell that the smell of a product definitely has a big effect on me? This really has softened my skin unlike any other product I've put to the test before, even more so than some of the other lotions and potions in this particular post. My skin has never felt so silky and smooth. Oh and it's also currently on sale at Semichem.
What products do you use to keep your skin in good condition? Have you tried any of the products featured in today's post? And what are your Summer beauty essentials?