While we love warm summer weather with long evenings in the garden, sandals, shorts and icy drinks, we can do without the body dilemmas that showing more skin brings. Read our SOS guide to solve any summer beauty dilemma fast, leaving you more time to sip your sangria.
A pesky side-effect of depilation, in-grown hairs can be painful and lead to unsightly red bumps. To keep them at bay ensure you exfoliate before you wax or shave, with a grainy polish like Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub. Apply it before you shower for a more intense scrub. Don’t forget to moisturise after though to prevent your skin from drying out, which can encourage in-grown hairs.
Take one hot sunny day, add regular sun cream applications and you’ve instantly got the perfect recipe for body breakouts. To combat this, ensure you remove all traces of sunscreen, sweat and, if you’re on holiday, salt and chlorine too. Try a micellar water based shower gel like Institut Esthederm Micellar After Sun Shower Gel which gently lifts away dirt and debris, while reinforcing the skin barrier.
If you’re suffering from body breakouts already, then try salicylic acid, this unique ingredient is able to penetrate the skin’s pores removing anything likely to cause issues. We recommend Paula’s Choice Body Treatment 2% BHA, which contains salicylic acid.
Patchy Fake Tan
We’ve all had a tanning disaster, whether it’s orange hands or patchy legs. Unfortunately over the summer months it’s harder to cover up with long-sleeved dresses or trousers. Instead take action; first hit the exfoliator and give skin a deep scrub with an oil-based blend such as Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish, which contains rose otto oil to help breakdown false tan. Next mist on Tan-Luxe Glyco Water Exfoliating Tan Remover & Primer and rub into skin with a mitt, before using a wash cloth in the shower on particularly stubborn areas.
To prevent uncomfortably dry skin from becoming an issue, everyday apply a lightweight moisturiser that won’t clog pores such as the quick-to-absorb Ren Neroli Grapefruit Body Cream. For those who are already suffering from dry, flaky patches, we recommend upgrading to a body oil. Oils are closest to the skin’s natural hydrators, so work quickly to nourish, and as a bonus leave limbs with a flattering sheen. During the summer months a dry oil is ideal as skin isn’t left greasy – try Kiehl’s Crème De Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil.
In the age of airbrushing, veins may seem unsightly, but we all have them and most of us have at least a few that are visible. If cosmetic procedures aren’t for you fake tan does wonders for hiding veins and other imperfections. We recommend the fool-proof Tan-Luxe The Gradual Tan Lotion.
Wave goodbye to even the driest heels with the amazing Patchology PoshPeel Pedi Cure Foot Treatment. Thanks to Korean technology, these unique foot masks banish every inch of dry skin. Simply wear the sock masks for 60 – 90 minutes and 3 – 5 days later the top layer of skin will begin to peel off, shedding all the dry skin you’ve accumulated over the winter. Keep feet well moisturised afterwards with a daily application of Margaret Dabbs Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion, and cracked heels will be a distant memory.
Frizz occurs when dry hair cuticles open to absorb moisture from the atmosphere. When there’s more moisture in the air – like on humid days, frizz gets even worse. So, how to solve? Keeping hair as moisturised as possible is the first step, so throughout the summer months always use a nourishing shampoo and conditioner like the Living Proof No Frizz range.
Next, spritz on Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray. Tested in the hot Miami air, this protective spray keeps hair smooth for hours. Finally our secret weapon of frizz destruction is a unique hair wipe by Ouai. Ideal for handbags, simply swipe the little square over hair to tame flyaways, add shine and, crucially—smooth away frizz.