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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.

As a redhead with very pale skin, I have always had to be extra aware of the importance of SPF, yes I am one of those people who got sunburnt while skiing in the past.

While it is a common preconception that SPF is only needed when the sun is shining, it is important to protect your skin any time you are outside. This protection can prevent sun damage, ageing skin and even skin cancer.

Even if wearing sun cream everyday isn’t your thing, there are many things you can wear with SPF; lip balm, make up, moisturiser and eye cream. Before I leave the house each day I ensure that I’m wearing some form of sun protection and here are a few of my favourites.


From left to right:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser- Illuminating Broad Spectrum SPF 20. Not only does this provide amazing coverage and last all day, it also has SPF ensuring year round protection.

Sol de Janeiro Posto Protect 30. This has got to be my all time favourite sun cream, it is an oil based spray with staying power, it also smells like starfruit which is delicious, it is out of stock everywhere so I can’t quite tell if it’s being discontinued but if you ever spot it then I would definitely recommend picking up a bottle or three.

Nars Pro Prime Optimising Primer SPF 15++. This is the perfect make up base, it ensures that your skin is luminous and it’s so lightweight that it feels as though you are putting face make up directly only the skin. It’s also perfect as you are already sun protected before make up.

Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray UVA/ UVB 30. This oil spray drys in an instant and is enriched with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Nyamplung Oil which leaves skin nourished and protected, it even works on hair.

Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector for Face SPF 50. This lightweight formula is high protection sun screen, it is oil free which is perfect for the face. In Kiehl’s fashion it also keeps the skin throughly hydrated.

I’m always on the lookout for new sun protecting finds so let me know what your favourites are.