Summer has finally started to show its face in most parts of the UK (with occasional bouts of rain) and I am in shock that it’s already time to be sharing my July must haves. Of the four seasons that we experience in the UK, summer is my most favourite except for the occasional heat rush I get due to being subjected to so much cold my body rejects the sun for a couple of days then it remembers I was born in a really warm climate during the summer. Another thing that leaves a lot to be desired is how much effort and care we need to put into looking after our bodies during the summer.
July must haves
For the July must haves, I aim to share some of the products I am using this summer to keep my body inside and out protected from the elements. I am interested to hear what you’re using to protect your body inside and outside.
July Must Haves the Inside items
Those who know me, know how much I struggle to drink water. I don’t know why but it started over 15 years ago when we moved to the UK. I think prior to this I was happily drinking water especially since our winter was 20-25 degrees on any given day and summer was a lot worse than that. Fast forward to the present, I still can’t drink unflavored water. I feel like I need to down it and force myself so I always have flavoured water around, but now I don’t have to stick to just flavoured normal water anymore.
I was recently sent a pack of Vita Coco water to try out this summer. Most of this coconut water will be used for cocktails but the ones have tried so much has made me realise I can still stay hydrated whilst consuming these natural drinks which is a huge plus for me and don’t have to worry about not drinking enough water everyday.
The Vita natural coconut water (flavoured or original) is never made from concentrate, is a great source of potassium, no fat and is goodness filled. It doesn’t get any better than this, well, except when in a cocktail. The drink is gluten-free, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians.
One thing I am quite bad at is remembering to take my vitamins. During summer you’re getting your vitamin D from the sun but at the same time losing some through sweat and dehydrating as well as environmental damage to the outer layer of your body – the skin. It doesn’t hurt to top up your immune system with some natural pills of your choice. (Always check with doctor before taking some vitamins).
July Must Haves the outside list
As I have mentioned above, the sun shining is always a good thing (except for those sensitive to the heat) and you get to boost your Vit. D deficiencies. As much as I love rocking my sunnies and wearing fewer clothes, I know I am endangering my skin so something has to give.
Due to the sun rays which can cause direct damage to your skin, it is important to ensure your face is well protected. This could be using products with spf in them or wearing sunscreen before every exposure but you don’t have to stop there. I know I don’t as my step forward is catching a few minutes a couple of times a week to wear a face mask.
I was sent two face masks from When® and I am very impressed with how wonderful and moisturizing they were. My face felt soft, refreshed and alive to conquer it all. I was sent two types of masks: Snow magic – helps your skin find its radiance and charm with key Ingredients: Niacinamide (Vit. B3), Aloe Vera Leaf Extract. The last choice – helps moisturise your skin with key Ingredients: SaccharideIsomerate
From the makers.
★What mask sheets are we using?
When® face masks are created by using advanced bio-cellulose technology. The all-natural, coconut-derived bio-cellulose sheet is gentle enough to treat burn patients, and are super hydrating as it can hold fluids up to 100 times its dry weight (which is 10 times more than your average fabric sheet masks). Also, the bio-cellulose sheet’s superfine, 3-dimensional fibers allow exceptional dermal contact enabling perfect fit, preventing evaporation and wastage of the serum, locking moisture and effectively delivering the serum’s nutrients to the skin.
★What serum are we using?
Each When® mask sheet is infused with intensely hydrating, yet gentle, lightweight serum containing sodium hyaluronate (fine hyaluronic acid), ginseng extracts, and top quality effective ingredients and plant extracts to help keep your skin happy, healthy and glowing. All masks are Parabens and Benzophenone free.
The When® masks are easy to wear, cleanse your face and dry. Remove the mask sheet from its pouch then place it on your face as is shown on the pack. Leave on for 30 minutes then remove and no need to rinse just massage the excess into the skin.
Garnier Face Wipes
Most people when they think of face wipes they think they are only makeup removers but they have come a long way since. Now there is face wipes for everything from makeup remover to cleansing. Now that I go to the gym (sometimes twice in one day) I seem to wash my face too often which is not always the best. For my early morning gym sessions, I get dressed at home so I have to wash my face at home. I then have the gym class and after I shower and cleanse my face. If I have another class that’s another cleanse then when I get home I do the same. You can see the pattern so I decided to reduce my face washing to once a day and use the wipes for the remainder of the day.
The inside outside
I have mentioned I attend the gym now, it’s been almost two months since I started and I am loving it. Working out has really changed my overall outlook on life, I look after myself by eating a bit better and not junking all the time but I am not restrictive either. It’s such a great feeling to be able to go to the gym and sweat it out all the junk and burn off the excess fat.
And there you have it, my July Must Haves list. What do you have on your list this July?
Disclaimer: I was sent the products in exchange for an honest review, all opinions expressed are my own.