New In Skincare + Summer Skincare Routine

Friday, July 21, 2017
I always change up my skincare to fit with the seasons and summer as well as winter is a season that has the most changes. I have dry, sensitive skin but during the hot summer months, it has become much more normal to oily so most of my existing skincare doesn't suit my skin, thankfully the lovely people at Hello Skin, Glamglow, T-Zone and Frezyderm have come to the rescue!

*T-Zone Charcoal Black Peel Off Mask
In my teens, I used peel off masks constantly as they were so incredibly cheap and they were fun to use! I now mainly use cream and wash off masks but this one has been a real blast from the past. It contains activated charcoal to unclog pores, peel away blackheads and soften the skin. I've only used it a couple of times as this range is a new addition to my skincare routine but I like it so far.

It can't be applied with a blush as it's so sticky which makes it a little more messy and it does take a while to dry as it needs upwards of 20 minutes to fully dry on the skin but I do feel as though it deeply cleans my skin. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.
*Frezyderm Active Block SPF25 (£17.50)
I'm luckily going away twice this summer so SPF is definitely needed and this one is perfect! Firstly, I love the packaging and the pump dispenser but it also has anti-aging ingredients as well as hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin. It's suitable for all skin types and ages around 25 to 45.

I've been using it regularly since I received and I'm so glad to say that it doesn't irritate my skin as some products with SPF can. It doesn't really have a scent, the texture is so smooth and it absorbs quickly. I always forget to use SPF but having this product with my current skincare stash means that I'm reading for it more and as it is hydrating and smoothing it can act almost as a primer before makeup too. So far I can't recommend it enough! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5!

*Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Light Facial Moisturiser (£19.99 - SALE)
As you know, I'm a Dr Botanicals brand ambassador so I get to try their lovely products and review them each month and today I'm bringing you a review of the Cocoa Noir Light Moisturiser which I've been using so much as it is much lighter than some of my other regular moisturisers which have been too heavy during the very hot days we've been having in Manchester.

It's a light but hydrating cream that smells incredible and I've been using it with the Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum (£19.99 - SALE) which is equally as gorgeous and smells incredible too. It's a rich serum that is great for the drier and colder days! Speaking of colder days, I've also been loving the Rio Rosa Mosqueta Facial Oil on the drier area of my skin and it's been working wonders. Dr Botanicals have a sale on lots of products so check out their website. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5!
*GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Mask 
I have wanted to try a Glamglow mask for so long but they are really quite pricey, in my opinion so I've never purchased one so I was excited when this arrived in the post from Glamglow to try! I've managed to get three uses out of this sample as I only use it on my congested t-zone and after the initial slight redness (not irritation) from the first use, it's been working so well. It really cleanses my skin and it feels quite luxe to use too. The only negative for me is the price but now I definitely want to try the thirstymud mask. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

*La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water (£6.99, 150ml)
The heatwave last month and throughout July has been ridiculous in Manchester as we don't usually see the sun, never mind having such hot and humid temperatures and the only items that has been helping are facial water sprays. I think they are quite overlooked and thought of as quite gimmicky and I thought the same until I stated using them.

Not only are facial water sprays great as emergency toners and refreshing facial water sprays during very hot and humid summer days but they are great to refresh my makeup and cool down. I've tried quite a lot and they are all great including this cheaper option from La Roche Posay which is one of my favourite French skincare brands as well as Avene and Bioderma. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.
*T-Zone Charcoal and Bamboo Nose Strips
Again, another blast from the past as I used nose strips once a week as a teenager and I loved them! Until these arrived in the post, I hadn't tried any for around ten years but I'm glad I have some again as they are so satisfying to use. They are quick and easy to use, they do actually remove grossness from pores and I will be using them so much now! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

*T-Zone Charcoal and Bamboo Deep Cleansing Face Scrub
Last but not least in this quite nostalgic skincare range is a facial scrub! I use face scrubs once a week to deeply exfoliate my skin instead of using mild acid treatments and they are so effective, especially as my skin can be very dry in places and to smooth everything out, you can't beat  good old face scrub. I like this one as it has a pleasant scent and it isn't too abrasive on my sensitive skin. I think this new charcoal and bamboo range is well worth checking out. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.
*Eucerin AtoControl Face Care Cream (£11.99, 50ml)
Eucerin is a brand I've tried a couple of products from as they are well known for their sensitive skincare so I was excited to try a couple more products from them via the lovely people at Hello Skin who have so many brands aimed at sensitive skin so if you suffer with sensitive skin or a skin condition scthen check them out!

I've been using the AtoControl cream as my day cream on the days when my skin feels extra sensitive or if I have had a mini eczema flareup as it is moisturising, smoothing and it is so gentle on the skin - it doesn't irritate at all. I have had a couple of little eczema flareups and this cream as well as the cream mentioned below have recalled helped to keep my skin feeling more comfortable and less irritated. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

*Eucerin AtoControl Face Cream (£9.69, 40ml)
On the days when my skin is extra sensitive or irritated, I use my regular day cream then this cream on the more irritated, eczema prone areas to help soothing and add extra moisture. It contains a skin calming complex and both products in this range really do help to calm my skin and reduce the feeling of irritation that eczema can cause. I'm so glad I was able to try these products as they have been helping to much and they are so gentle; if you have sensitive skin then I cannot recommend these products enough as they've been kind of a game changer for me and a wonderful new addition to my skincare routine. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

Have you tried any of these products or brands? What are your favourite summer skincare products?


  1. these charcoal products sound really great, I'd love to try a peeling face mask!
    i too love the la roche posay thermal water, it is my best friend come summer!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. I really want to try the charcoal mask because my blackheads are killer!!!!

  3. Oo I have the T-Zone mask arriving any day now. I can't wait to try it!

  4. I want to try so many of these now!! Love glamglow already, so good!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  5. We get through loads of the La Roche Posay water! It's incredible

  6. I love a good perl off mask! Great roundup of products here! X

  7. I go through bottles of La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water x

  8. I've been loving the Dr botanicals things too they look so good! I love posts like this :)

  9. Great picks! I really need to try the thermal water xx

  10. I really want to try that face mask. Charcoal based masks are my favourite for ridding my skin of spots x

  11. Some fab products! The charcoal masks always remind me of that girl who put one of those really cheap ones on and nearly ripped her face off! lol x

  12. So many skincare goodies here! Lovely x

  13. I am going to have to try some of these thing out, I need to up my skincare game!

    Danielle xx

  14. LA Roche-Posay is one of my all time favourite skincare brands!

  15. I would live the full size of the glam glow supermud mask. It is sooooo amazing! Really clears up my skin x

  16. The Thermal Spring Water spray sounds like a must have during summer!

    Cass | CassandraMyee


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