Warm weather skin­care

The so­lu­tion to the cur­rent su­per- sum­mer is to go lighter with both make- up and skin­care

The Irish Times Magazine - - BEAUTY -

Ap­par­ently, patho­log­i­cally com­plain­ing about the weather for 500 con­sec­u­tive sum­mers has re­sulted in a cu­mu­la­tive Ir­ish su­per- sum­mer. Af­ter en­tire child­hood “hol­i­day sea­sons” spent eat­ing whippy ice- creams in the rain out­side Mur­phy’s Su­perValu in Castle­town­bere, this is the weather that we de­serve, for all our whin­ing.

The re­cent rain was a wel­come re­lief, but be­fore it came there wasn’t a crispy golden blade of grass, nor a damply bead­ing armpit, nor a clammy hand­shake that was safe from the heat and hu­mid­ity.

The same goes for our faces. While some of us can’t han­dle the muggy con­di­tions, our faces are col­lec­tively mi­grat­ing south; that is to say, they are melt­ing off. Mas­cara will have reached your cheeks by lunchtime, only to rest there briefly be­fore mak­ing for base camp by evening. While our thighs may be stick­ing to­gether, our make- up is de­cid­edly not stick­ing. That’s if you can even be both­ered to wear it. The so­lu­tion in gen­eral is to go lighter with both make- up and skin­care. Choose oil free, hy­drat­ing tex­tures and wear min­i­mal lay­ers. The same goes for make- up – wear less, opt for non- dewy tex­tures, and ap­ply a cou­ple of very thin, buffed- in lay­ers rather than any­thing heavy. Nat­u­rally, heavy oil- rich skin­care will quickly exit stage left, tak­ing your make- up with it. Con­se­quently, do as lit­tle as you can get away with, and opt for hy­dra­tion over rich­ness un­less you have quite dry skin. If you need a lit­tle bit of ex­tra hy­dra­tion, try a mask like 1. Gar­nier Hyaluron Shot Fresh- Mix Tis­sue Mask (¤ 5.95 at Boots), and ap­ply make- up di­rectly af­ter. It cools and plumps skin and cre­ates an ex­cel­lent base for make- up. Keep it in the fridge for a brief glimpse of nir­vana when it is ap­plied to a hot, fussy face.

2. Chanel Hy­dra Beauty Mi­cro Liq­uid Essence (¤ 90 at Arnotts) is the gold stan­dard in hy­drat­ing essences, and the enor­mous bot­tle lasts an in­cred­i­bly long time. It will boost the hy­drat­ing power of your serums at night, and dur­ing very hot weather, will cre­ate a nice base for make- up by it­self on a nor­mal to com­bi­na­tion skin, which will drink it in in­stantly. For some­thing a bit more af­ford­able, and a lit­tle more vis­cous in con­sis­tency, try 3. Clin­ique Dra­mat­i­cally Dif­fer­ent Hy­drat­ing Jelly (¤ 42 at Brown Thomas). Some­thing of an essence- serum hy­brid prod­uct, it hy­drates skin weight­lessly and works as well alone as it does with serum or un­der mois­turiser.

Be­fore ap­ply­ing it, I dampen the skin lib­er­ally with a fa­cial mist like 4. Pes­tle & Mor­tar Bal­ance Fine Mist­ing Fa­cial Spritz (¤ 32 at pestle­and­mor­tar. com).

This primes a hyaluronic acid serum to work op­ti­mally – they only work in con­junc­tion with wa­ter, so a damp skin is best – and feels frankly de­li­cious in hot weather.

I keep a fa­cial mist in the fridge to cool and re­fresh the skin, and another on my desk for a quick skin pick- me- up. If you still need a mois­turiser, and many skins will, a deeply hy­drat­ing gel like 5. Mu­rad Nu­tri­ent Charged Wa­ter Gel (¤ 57.95 at look­fan­tas­tic. com) is ideal, in­ject­ing in­stant com­fort and mak­ing a dreamy base for foun­da­tion.

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While some of us can’t han­dle the muggy con­di­tions, our faces are col­lec­tively mi­grat­ing south; that is to say, they are melt­ing off

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