I can’t believe summer is basically over now and we’re heading into the final few months of the year. Summer has felt like it has flown by. I keep thinking back and wondering what I’ve actually done and achieved the past few months. This summers heat wave has been the perfect excuse for slow living plans and relaxing in the sunshine.
One thing that does stand out to me this summer has been the new hobby I’ve taken up. Canoeing is something I’ve never tried before until the start of the summer. Two years ago if you had asked me to get in a canoe, I would have probably laughed in your face and said there was no chance! But I absolutely love it now and it’s become apart of my perfect summers day.
Reasons why I love canoeing so much:
It’s so peaceful on the water and being surrounded by gorgeous scenery
It gets you outside and away from the screen
Canoeing can be a great upper body workout
It also helps your legs
Canoeing has been proven to reduce stress and promote mental calmness
It can increase your social skills by getting you out socialising and building relationships
It has given me the confidence to try new things and believe in my abilities
Trying to navigate your way through the water helps to improve your focus
If you take up canoeing regularly, it can become a part of your routine
It’s always fun to try new things and develop your skills
Of course, this isn’t just a lifestyle blog, this is also a beauty blog and canoeing definitely comes with some beauty essentials you have to bear in mind when out on the water. I’ve teamed up with Nivea to share with you some beauty essentials that are perfect for creating the perfect summers day, but also what you can take with you when you’re off on any holiday’s or even for every day.
Before we even head out on the water, it’s always a good idea to prepare your skin before. I always make sure after I’ve showered that I apply deodorant to keep myself feeling fresh and smelling clean, which is also extra important when you’re going out and doing a physical activity like canoeing.
To stay fresh and minimise sweat, I love to use the Nivea Black and White Invisible Original Antiperspirant*. I’m definitely someone who prefers using a black and white invisible deodorant because I hate those annoying marks other deodorants can leave on your clothes or in my case for canoeing my bikini/swimsuit and my lifejacket. This also smells amazing and lasts a really long time especially during the heatwave we had a few weeks back.
I always make sure I apply some sun protection too. It is so important to look after your skin and protect it from sun damage, not just in the summer months, but also in the colder months when the sun is still shining. The Nivea Sun Protect and Bronze* contains SPF 30 and is water resistant, which is perfect when you’re in and out of the water or getting hit by water from the ores in my case.
Yes, I am that clumsy and bad at canoeing but I still love it.
P.S that is a plaster on my left leg that I cut by shaving a couple of hours before shooting these photos and it just wouldn’t stop bloody bleeding!!!
Even though it has been hot recently here in the UK, I still like to come home and get in a nice hot shower after canoeing. Despite the temperature being warmer than average outside, the water when you’re canoeing is still quite cold and let’s be honest pretty damn dirty, so a long shower with a nourishing shower gel like the Nivea Creme & Oil Pearls Shower Cream* is definitely a go to.
This shower gel lava’s up so nicely and makes my skin feel so soft because it’s infused with argan oil. It really does help to get rid of all that dirt and grime from being in the river. Plus it smells so good and fresh. Who doesn’t love a good smelling shower gel? I definitely do!
After my shower, I like to continue to maintain my body care and to do this I’ve been loving using the Nivea Soft Mix Me I Am The Berry Charming One* which you can probably guess, smells like fresh berries. It’s the ultimate summer scent, but you can quite easily use it all year round if you’re a fan of fruity scents. This scent makes up the perfect summers scent.
The body moisturiser itself is super absorbent and takes barely seconds to dry which is always a plus, because who has time for sticky legs? Not me! I also love how nourishing and smooth it makes my skin feel, especially on my knee’s and forearms where I get dry skin. Another awesome thing is that you can mix the other scents in the range together and create an even fruitier fragrance to your moisturiser.
Have you tried any of these products from Nivea? What your perfect summers day?
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