My Essentials for the Heatwave

It does seem to be cooling down just a little in London but I feel that we can’t complain too much as we have had some glorious days filled with sun and sometimes almost unbearable heat. I must admit that I like that sun. I feel that I shouldn’t but getting a real tan still fills me with joy although i am trying my best to stay sun safe and I should probably point out that I am very lucky that I don’t typically burn.

I am always most careful with my face and really try to avoid having my face in the sun as the thought of wrinkles and age spots scares me. If I am not wearing makeup than I love the Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream for face but otherwise go for the Radical Skin Perfecting Screen as I find it sits perfectly under makeup. When I am sitting out in the sun I always have a hat, I picked up this straw one from New Look recently and I really like it, if I forget my hat or I’m at the beach then I often use a scarf/towel/t-shirt to shield my face as well as always wearing a pair of sunglasses, I am in love with my Quay pair at the moment!

I am slightly less careful with my body and do like to tan a little although I am making an effort to use a higher SPF, recently I have been going for the Clinique SPF 30 Body Cram which isn’t sticky and has protected my skin really well over the last few weeks.

To stay hydrated I think refillable bottles of water are the best, I always have one in my handbag and one in the fridge along with a facial spray to keep me cool throughout the day.

The Vichy Capital Soleil is in my opinion the best aftersun and I always take a bottle on holiday with me for any burns and it has helped some of my family/friends that have really been quite significantly burnt. If there is no sign of redness but I just want to cool the skin a little and keep it hydrated then I reach for Garnier After Sun and the Nivea Sun In Shower Refreshing Aftersun  which is quite a nice summer body wash. I don’t usually keep my aftersun in the fridge but I completely get why people do, might start doing it too.

I’m sure in a couple of weeks I’ll do another similar post with what sun care products I am loving on holiday.


  1. 12th July 2015 / 1:23 pm

    You are absolutely right! Sunscreen is one of the most important things in summer. I burn so easily, it would be bad if I forget sunscreen. I'm using Carmex or something different for my lips because it has protection in it too. Glasses are great 🙂 Greetings from Belvita, Italy 🙂

  2. 12th July 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Being from the US I always think of the UK as being cloudy/rainy. That's just the image we have. Usually summer time here is really sunny, super hot and suffocatingly humid. However, this summer it's been constant rain for a month now! I feel like I live in the UK, haha. We had sunshine for the first time in a month yesterday and everyone went outside to soak it up. I even skipped my normal 1 inch slather of sunscreen to soak up some rays- as I don't know when we'll see the sun again! Hope you have a sun-filled summer!
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

  3. 12th July 2015 / 3:03 pm

    That Vichy after sun product sounds perfect to me! Do you use it on your body or just your face, or both? I usually get a touch warm from being in the sun and being so warm, so this sounds perfect!
    Beautyosaurus Lex

  4. 12th July 2015 / 7:29 pm

    Them sunglasses are so pretty!

  5. 15th July 2015 / 9:13 am

    Thanks for sharing this useful post. Sun care products are very important especially when the heat goes up. It is not smart to simply go out under the sun without the necessary protection. Sun damage is an awful thing to have so might as well take advantage of these products.

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