The heat! It’s the humidity, both canmake your hair frizz, melt make-up and leave skin shiny. When summer comes around most of us suffer from selective memory loss, and forget the steps that we took the previous year, preparing our bodies for the heat, and steaming with frustration to keep looking cool. So when we eventually do get to see the sunshine again, how can we remain cool, calm, collected, and enjoy the sun without looking dried up!
Keep make-up natural, sheerer and clearer. Choose specially formulated tinted moisturisers and foundation that are oil-free, non-comedogenic (that won’t block pores) with SPF protection. Search for natural beauty brands such as the Green People’s Sun Protection, £28, 50ml and bareMinerals new bareSkinPure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF 20 pricedat £26, are both laced with natural ingredients to care for your skin, allowing it to breathe and keep it well covered fromthe sun rays.
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Light It Up and Fly High (£16.00 each) along with their delicious satiny-smooth lip gloss Survivor, £16.00 (a subtle pink shade) are loaded with ingredients that will make you say YES! Shea, Avocado and Murumuru butters help to deeply hydrate and smooth lips while you pout–it-out in the SUN! bareMinerals lip colour range is just what a girl need’s to help cover her lips, and lookgood at the same time. Cheeks blush in ripe shades like pink, rose, orange (yes orange) and bronze,Inika have a stunning selection that suits all skin tones. For eyes, keep them golden with (Inika’s flecks of gold shimmer pot named Whisper (£14.50), helping them to bring out the warm undertone in skin. Blot with a tissue to absorb the excess perspiration, touch up lightly again on areas where needed, but resist the powder, as it can make skin look paste like. Spritz your face with a facial mist to seal make-up in and freshen up atthe same time, I love the rose mist Beauty Exlixir spray £40, 100ml from Caudalie.
If you’re desperate for a tan, but don’t want to hit the beach, get overto see James Read at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge. You’ll emerge 20 minutes later looking like an Amazon queen! Or why not turn your bathroom into a tanning station, and achieve a natural golden tone in notime at all. Just remember to 1,Exfoliate, 2, Moisturise all over first, before you apply an even layer of your chosen self- tan. Leaving step’s 1 and 2 out will result in looking fake! In fact, be sureto add Vaseline over eyebrows first to avoid discoloration, making sure that you spread the lotion all the way up to your ears, this will ensurea more realistic tan, (white around the ears is a dead giveaway and not a good look!).For that ultimate home tan, go with these. Try James Read Express Mask Glow Body £35.00 (jamesreadtan.com) or try St Tropez’s Gradual Tan InShower Lotion £14.50,200ml as seen on Kate Moss.
Ok, if you really do worship the SUN, then you’ll need to love your bodyMORE! Basking in the sun’s rays may make you feel great, but do rememberto tan the sensible way, always use – SUNSCREEN! Cover up well when you are exposed to sunlight. So regardless of how fair or dark your skin is,use a high protection (UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 from the moment you are exposed to the sun. This year I will be layeringon L’Occitane’s Immortelle Very Precious Fluid 40 SPF, (£32, 30ml), Green People’s Edelweiss Sun Lotion SPF 25 (£18.95, 200ml) Remember to lather your kids with lots of protection too, they’ll love the Lavender scented sunscreen from Green People £14.95, 150ml.
If you’re not desperate for a tan, in fact you want to celebrate your fair complexion. Whatever you do don’t try to mask a milky face with a bronzer it will only look artificial. Try using a touch of cream blush (to the apples of the cheeks) in a slight upward motion. Use a warm rosetone, the colour will keep pale skin from looking bleached, just adding a sexy glow. A-list make-up artist Daniel Sandler has a great selection of seasonal colours.
Capture the heat and many hearts wearing Acqua Di ParmaColonia Essenza! It’s so sensual, mediterranean fresh and sophisticated, you’ll love the mighty citrusy woody kick! Both Men and Women will love the attention it brings…. Acqua Di Parma Colonia Essenza 180ml is priced at £112.00 available nationwide and at uk.acquadiparma.com
Dior’s HOMME EAU for Men Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml, £66.00, another charismatic celeb scent Elegant Tuscan Iris plays a huge part with spicyMoroccan Grapefruit. And funnily enough the theme suits both sexes. Buy from Boots.com
Eyes, Body and Hair
Skin around the eyes is much thinner than on the face, this area is verysensitive and will age fast. Give eyes the attention they deserve. Use a natural protective eye-cream as a barrier underneath make-up, and cover eyes up well whilst lying in the sun. I love, Aveda’s green science firming eye crème £38.00, 100ml, Dermalogica’s Multi-Vitamin Power Firm £38, 15ml and Weleda’s Wild Rose Smoothing Eye Cream, £16.95.
Say goodbye to those dead skin that you have been modelling over the months, get working to prepare to bare. Polish skin to perfection, with ultimate shower companions from Caudalie, Ren and Body Shop’s scrubs are laced with the most sumptuous based exotic oils that will absorb into the skin deely, so there will be no need to moisturise after.
Overdue for a wax? – Try Elle Macpherson’s home hot wax kit. It’s and easy to use home wax solution, ideal for beginners and guaranteed to remove hair fast without you getting into a sticky mess! Elle Macpherson’s Hot Wax Epilator is priced at £34.99 buy nationwide at Argos, Amazon, Debenhams and House of Fraser. DRINK UP! Try Skinade collagen boosting vitamin drink, it will leave skin feeling hydrated and your skin glowing. The anti-aging liquid, peach flavoured skin supplement contains top grade multivitamins, each bottle contains 7000mg high-grade collagen sourced from fresh-water fish. There are no artificial flavours or colourings in Skinade, one serving is less than 35 calories. A 30- day supply costs £90, pricey and worth every penny! For those on the move a new travel size is available. Buy from Skinade.com
Salt water can dry out the hair shaft causing it to shrink and tangle itup. Soaking up the sun rays will damage and lighten hair. If you want toemerge from the sea with mermaid’s tresses, and not a veil of matted hair, then these are for you. AUSSIE Colour Mate Shampoo and Colour MateConditioner 500ml are oozing with fruity stuff helping your tresses comealive! Both (500ml, £5.99) bottles are guaranteed to lock in colour and resist fading, providing protecting from UVA rays.
Smother your locks with Envy Dual Fix, £19.95 (200ml), delivers a high impact paraben-free blend of hydrolysed silk proteins and keratin amino acids. Target’s damaged areas and attracts moisture to give you instant and long lasting results for weeks ahead. Buy Envy Haircare at envypro.co.uk