4 ways to refresh your complexion in summer

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With temperatures soaring close to thirty degrees (and not that we’re complaining!), the heat can cause our skin to suffer. In particular, the drop in moisture levels can cause a decrease in skin elasticity and texture, leaving our complexion looking dull and dry. This season, protect, cool and refresh your skin with these products - your face will seriously thank you for it.

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Try an eye cream

Even with sunglasses on, the strength of the sun can make you squint, causing tiny fine lines and crow’s feet to appear near the outer corners of the eyes. Regular use of an eye cream can keep this area hydrated and prevent signs of ageing; philosophy take a deep breath oxygenating eye gel cream is a cooling formula that contains antioxidants to fight free radicals and barley extract to encourage oxygen movement in skin to reveal a younger-looking appearance. Those looking to tone the eye area should try Estée Lauder New Dimension Firm + Fill Eye System, which is a two-step treatment that moisturises, tightens and smooths the skin, all thanks to its light-diffusing optic formula.

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Try a face cream

Hyaluronic acid is one of our favourite fail-safe ingredients to refresh the complexion as it has the power to retain moisture during summer’s harsh conditions, and helps keep skin looking plump and smooth. It’s the main ingredient inside Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel, which claims to keep skin moisturised for up to 24 hours. Keep this product in the fridge this season to cool your skin, especially when you’re feeling a bit tender from sun exposure.

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Try an essence

An easy yet effective way to boost moisture in skin is with an essence - simply add a few drops to a cotton pad and sweep the formula around your face to give your skin a big drink of hydration. Lancome Energie de Vie Lotion contains a supercharged combination of goji berry, lemon balm and vitamin E to instantly cool, plump and soothe skin, and is a great product to use right before applying makeup.

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Try a face mist

A more travel-friendly option to an essence is a face mist; pop one in your handbag so you can spritz it throughout the day as needed. Pixi by Petra Glow Mist features natural oils to intensely hydrate, as well as aloe vera to cool and soothe and fruit extracts to nourish. We also love how lightweight this formula feels on skin, and it can even be used on top of makeup to set your look.

Prep your skin this summer with this guide to the new generation of face masks plus our top picks for treatment lotions.

Main image credit: Sevak Babakhani

Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.