I am one of those people who doesn’t handle the heat too well, in a way this has been blessing in life, I am always well hydrated, loaded with sun cream and stick to the shade. On the other hand, in the Summer months I am usually a sweaty mess; make up during the day is pretty much a no go, so I have to ensure that my pores aren’t clogged with sweat and London air so that I am at least mildly presentable.

As today is the hottest July 1st on record, I thought now would be as good a time as any to tell you my essentials for keeping cool (or a little below boiling).

My favourite choices for sunscreen can be found here.

Kiehl’s Hydro Plumping Re-texturising Serum Concentrate keeps skin hydrated and looking great, it also feels incredibly cool on the skin when applied in the morning and evening which is ideal in this weather.

I always keep a bottle of Aloe Vera lotion in the fridge, not only is it a lifesaver for sunburn but it also helps you cool down after a shower and has a very refreshing smell. You can buy it for around £5 in Boots and it lasts for ages.

When it comes to make up I keep it minimal as chances are it won’t stay on for long so I use a Nars Radiance Enhancing Primer with SPF which gives my skin a nice pearlescent glow and then Benefit’s The Porefessional which covers shine like an absolute boss.


I try not to vary my skincare routine too much as I don’t want to put my skin through too much change. I keep my hair up as much as possible and try and wear an airy shirt as well as the obvious sticking to the shade and drinking A LOT of water.

In this area, all tips are welcome so please feel free to leave them in the comments.