When it comes to our daily blog reading list Jessica is right there, up top. Reading The Belle Lumière is like having a conversation with a sassy and knowledgeable friend who steers you towards the right products for your hair or skin, and recommends unforgettable books to read along the way.
As we’re bracing ourselves for the hot season and wondering how we will survive, Jessica kindly agreed to answer a few questions – lucky us!
Can you describe your current summer routine, and how it may be different from other seasons?
When it comes to skin care, in summer I try to keep things as simple as possible. It takes a while for my skin to adjust to the warmer temperature, but once it settles down it is happiest with a steady routine. At the moment, I am using Dermalogica Precleanser, Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, Echolife Floral Facial Mist* and Dermalogica Active Moist as a daily moisturiser. I also use the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant 1-2 times a week, the Busby Pure Tissue Oil as an occasional night treatment. I also use a face mask once a week, currently I’m using the Astara Blue Flame Mask, which is one of Liv Tyler’s favourite products.
As for hair care, I switch it up in the warmer months and wash my hair at night so that I can let it air-dry naturally. This means heat styling is kept to a minimum, because there is nothing worse than having to blow dry your hair when it’s already warming up at 7 oclock in the morning! I don’t have a set routine for hair care during the summer, but lately I’ve been loving Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Flexible Hold Hairspray to tame my newly cut side fringe. I also use a couple of drops of the Original & Mineral Frizzy Logic Shine Serum in my hair at night to help tame the tangled mess that my hair can become in humid weather.
I use different body products throughout the year and don’t really have any firm favourites, but in Spring and Summer I opt for lighter, and fruitier scents than the ones that I lean towards in the cold weather months. I do have a soft spot for Bath + Body Works Exotic Coconut range, and my go-to Summer fragrance this year has been Flourish Bath + Body’s Sugar Perfume Oil.
Is there one product you can’t be without at the moment?
I recently purchased a bottle of the Mario Badescu drying lotion, and I now understand what all the fuss is about. Amazing!
Any tips on how to help your skin survive the heat graciously?
Keep it simple! There is nothing worse than piling product after product on your skin in hot weather, only to have it all melt off. I also keep my facial mist in the fridge for a nice cool skin-treat on a hot afternoon. And of course, slip-slop-slap! There is no such thing as a ‘healthy tan’.
Thank you so much to Jessica for sharing her routine and some fantastic summer survival tips – and don’t forget to enter her current Burt’s Bees hand cream giveaway!
*We’re thrilled to bits Jessica currently uses Echolife’s Rose Floral Facial Mist, and you can see it here.
Jessica is the fair-skinned beauty behind the Belle Lumière. She cannot live without Kosmea Organic Rose Hip Oil and her deep-seated love and interest in skin care started with sound moisturising advice from her great-grandmother. A favourite of ours, the Belle Lumière is full of informative, witty and honest product reviews and other thoroughly enjoyable snippets from Jessica’s life. You can also follow Jessica on Twitter.
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