My current skincare menu

With the coming of the summer months there’s always an inevitable shift in skincare. Moving from intense hydration to combat to the cold dry skin to hydrating non-greasy formulas for summer. My current skincare menu is moving from oil based gentle cleaners and thick moisturising creams over to light, brightening cleansers, anti ageing and light moisturisers. In winter months I am whole heartedly devoted to Emma Hardy’s Moringa Cleansing Balm – it is so rich and luxurious and I tried a few alternative lighter cleansers for summer but I found they caused my skin to feel tight or led to break outs.

 After a few months of stubborn blemishes I’ve finally found the perfect balance – products that let my skin feel cleansed, light and glowing. I’ve got my top face mask, cleanser, moisturiser, serum and eye cream.

Pai Skincare Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask

£30 from Amazon

I ordered this on a complete whim one morning – I’d had a few weeks of truly awful skin and I decided I needed to take drastic measures. This mask was recommended by Estee Lalonde as one of her top 5 masks ever so I knew it had to be good. I ordered on and I was lucky enough that it was in a nearby warehouse so I received it at 6pm later that day.

Rich in Beta-Caryoplhyllene and regenerative Omegas, this fuels the body’s natural healing processes to prevent and clear the appearance of blemishes. Ultimately Copaiba helps to draw out impurities, soothing the appearance of breakouts and blemishes. This deep-cleansing detox Mask clears congestion and refines pores in the gentlest possible way. Even better IT SMELLS LIKE LEMON SHERBERT!

Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet

£13 From The Body Shop

First up – this stuff is delightful. The scent is amazing and the texture is silky, if you like silicone primers you with love this, it has an incredibly light texture which means it’s great for warmer weather. Even better it is now formulated with plumping hyaluronic acid, wheatgerm oil and vitamin E and acts as a mattifying moisturiser which leaves a lovely cooling sensation after application.

My only gripe with this is that sometimes it doesn’t fully absorb – clearly I am just too impatient to wait for it to fully absorb or I use too much product but I’m going to persevere. This would be great straight out of the fridge on a hot day.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Eye Recovery

£40 from Net a Porter

My other half was using one of those little lenses that clip onto your phone – a lovely macro little number. He decided to take a photo of my eye and when I saw the photo I gasped. CROWS FEET HAD ARRIVED. I had hoped that my baby face would stay… well, like a baby for a little bit longer. I went out the next day and picked myself up an eye cream. I was torn between the Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and this Sarah Chapman number but in the end I decided to go for the lighter option as we were moving into summer.

This is more of s serum than a cream, incredibly light and cooling to the touch with a combination of 5 peptides, antioxidants, vitamins and hyaluronic filling spheres. The optical diffusers visibly smooth and brighten, filling lines and blurring dark circles and giving that famous botox-like appearance.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

£28 from Fortnum & Mason

(this is the cheapest!)

I’ve been an Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Balm girl through and through for around 2 years. I finally decided that hotter weather called for a lighter cleanser so after all the amazing reviews I’ve read I decided to try the Oskia Cleansing Gel. It’s full of pumpkin enzymes which purges the pores and dissolves the bonds that bind dead cells to skin’s surface. It also has Vitamin A Palmitate which helps to improve the appearance of dry and mature skin by gently resurfacing and promoting elasticity. Again… going for the anti ageing again!

The smell of this balm is incredible – if you like the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream you will love he smell of this. It’s such a gentle smoothing texture it almost melts into the skin when you apply it and leaves your skin feeling amazingly soft and clean.

Drops of Light Brightening Serum

£25 from The Body Shop

I go into The Body Shop every 6 months or so when I escort the other half to pick up his trusty Aloe Soothing Day Cream and I got horribly distracted by the new releases. I tried this serum on the back of my hand and it was instantly velvety, smoothing and brightening so I knew it had to come home with me. It’s super lightweight so it’s perfect to wear day and night and doesn’t interfere with my makeup at all.

I definitely feel like my skin is more hydrated, plumper and smoother since I’ve used this. It seems to be a lot more luminous and healthy and I wholeheartedly believe that this is the cause.


  1. June 16, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    I’ve used the Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream for a long time, and since growing out of my greasy teenager phase I’ve noticed the same problem as you, that it sometimes doesn’t absorb very well. I’d recommend applying it straight after you get out of the shower, as that makes it absorb nicely for me anyway. And if my skin needs a boost at any other time of the day I use Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, it’s very light and absorbs well on dry skin, and is very cooling and refreshing.