It’s official…that season we spend an entire year thinking about has arrived (according to the Met Office)! Well….it did….for a short while….then it was back to the usual Scottish rain and greyness and with it a flurry of resident vampire midges. What a way to start! But it won’t be long before it’s all change again and we’re complaining about the sweating heat, dry skin, frizzy hair, sunburn and…wait for it…more midges! Well, it IS Scotland after all!
As much as I absolutely love my country with its beautiful lush scenery, compliments of our wet, humid weather here in the West, there are some things though my skin could really do without. Such as the horrendous midgey bites I react so badly to coupled with the extreme change in weather as it switches from cold to hot, dry to wet and back again (sometimes in one day), to the constant change in high-low-high temperature and accompanying conditions that all play absolute havoc with my skin! Add dreariness and sunshine to wet and warm then multiply with a histamene overload and you get tender blemishes, dehydration and serious eye bags. How many of you feel my pain?
The number one thing on our minds when the summer sun splits the sky here in the UK (after ‘Is my bum too big for my bikini?’) is our skin. As explained before, and because of all that stated above, British skins are effectively more sensitive. Therefore, our skins are more delicate making us more prone to damage from (believe it or not) our strong UV rays, leading to dehydration, even oily types as it is no longer found to be associated just with dry skin. And because of all that too, allergic reactions and sensitivities are more common and frequent these days. Consequently, trying to protect, hydrate, nourish and soothe is also having an adverse effect on our skins condition as we try to help but with abundantly available cheaper and poorer quality beauty products that contain all sorts of harmful ingredients that are not good for it and our well-being at all leading to more dehydration, more breakouts and increasing more sensitivity! Whew! That was a mouthful! GET ME OFF THIS WHEEL!
So exactly HOW do us beach babes in the making get through this horrific ordeal? The Odara Mineral Beauty way of course!
Organic skincare and natural cosmetics are becoming more favoured these days as more of us consumers become more wise to what’s being put into the beauty products we part with our well-earned cash for. Education is key! Know your products….know your skin! You certainly get what you pay for. At Odara Mineral Beauty we only deliver to you pure organic, natural products that won’t bust the bank and won’t bust you. Affordable, natural luxury. Because you’re worth it! Yes! You heard me right! And Jennifer Aniston isn’t the only one who gets to say that! Back to the survival guide….
As someone who goes through the same ordeal as thousands of you every year, and as a mum on a budget, here’s a short glimpse into my very own skincare routine and summer survival beauty tips.
1. Keep that pretty face of yours clean!
My skin is naturally dry and, at most times, lacks hydration. I get the occasional hormonal breakout and many midgey bites so it is often quite sore too. I burn easily. I also wear makeup – mineral makeup I add – Odara Mineral Makeup! So the best thing for me to deeply clean, nourish, hydrate, soothe and heal all at the same time is our aptly named Best Defense Cleansing Oil. A beautiful organic Marula Oil cleanser with neroli and lavender essential oils that do EXACTLY all of that and with one sumptuous pump too! My skin is noticeably different after just one use as it feels softer, is smoother, blemishes are calmed and less painful and hydration is restored leaving a youthful glow that every ‘maturer’ woman longs for! It also removes all my mascara too without any fuss. This is definitely an essential item to your daily routine.
2. EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE!!!
There’s no point having a marvel moisturiser if you don’t. Exfoliating is the ground rule of basic skincare and to keeping your skin looking youthful and glowy. Your skin sheds dead cells at an alarming rate everyday, more so during the summer months, but it can’t get rid of them alone. That’s your job! And, if you don’t put in the effort, your skin will look dull and lifeless and, not only that, your pores will become congested encouraging bacteria to breed resulting in unwanted breakouts. The most effective way to gently scrub and glow is with our Rich Rhassoul Exfoliating Mask. A simply divine 2-in-1 product made from organic coconut oil and Moroccan clay that deeply cleanses too. It nourishes and hydrates, moisturises and rejuvenates, clarifies and cleanses….all in one! No babe should be without it!
3. Suitcases are a travel accessory!
Your Louis Vuittons are the only bags I want to see you adorning. And, as well as the sun, sand and sea, the summer brings sangria, music festivals, late night barbecues and pool parties….and bleary eyes. A good eye cream is a must! Our Bright ‘N’ Fresh Eye Cream, with its free radical fighting organic ingredients, diminishes dark circles instantly brightening and awakening tired eyes while prolonging hydration. DON’T leave home without it!
4. Your marvel moisturiser just became your best friend.
Your skincare products are an investment. They’ve got to work for you. And now that you’ve followed the first and best 3 steps to achieving great summer skin the rest of your investment will equally serve you well. Our Double Drench Daily Moisturiser is another great 2-in-1 product unique to Odara Mineral Beauty and designed to sail you through the heat. A skin boosting moisturiser and serum with nutritional ingredients to nourish, hydrate, reduce inflammation and protect. Rich in hyaluronic acid, not only does the skin become fuller and firmer but collagen production is promoted reducing the signs of premature aging caused by the sun.
5. Sunscreen is a must.
Makeup isn’t just to enhance. Our Immaculate Mineral Foundation and Immaculate Mineral Veil Perfecter both contain natural SPF 15-20. Light makeup is always best in the warmer weather and with mineral makeup you can avoid a melting mask while covering up and protecting from the harmful UV rays projected by the sun. Layering is possible too as our mineral makeup won’t block your pores, allows you to stay looking flawlessly natural all the while continuing to safely protect.
6. If you can’t bake it, fake it!
For those of you who don’t tan, won’t tan or don’t like sun tanning but still want to resemble a Greek Goddess try our Shape And Shimmer Contouring Bronzer. Also containing a natural SPF of 15-20, this product can confidently create a radiant, just stepped off the plane from Spain, sunless glow to your skin. Being made from pure high grade minerals too it will stay put until you decide to remove it with your Best Defense Cleansing Oil. See what I did there?! You can also kill two birds with one stone by adding some of this stunning bronzing powder to your favourite holiday body lotion creating a gradual tanner you will love!
And there you have it! Follow these easy 6 steps each day and not only will surviving summer become a Bacardi breeze but you definitely will have the best glow on…naturally! Now all that’s left to do is follow Step 7….grab your towel and a cocktail, lie back under your umbrella and enjoy!
Looking forward to the postcard. The Odara Mineral Beauty team x