Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer is finally on its way and whether you’re jetting off on a tropical vacation or enjoying the warmer weather in your own backyard, now’s the time to stock up on beach babe beauty essentials. These summer must-haves will ensure you stay looking fabulous as the mercury rises.

Sunscreen: It’s no big secret that sunscreen is an absolute summer necessity. Save your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and preserve it for the future with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Clinique’s Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Body Cream uses their innovative SolarSmart complex which triggers an anti-aging repair process while providing skin with a high level of defense from the aging and burning effects of UVA and UVB rays. The formulation also includes a boost of antioxidants to shield the skin from environmental aggressors.

Firming moisturizer: Summer means showing a lot more skin, so it’s important to keep your body moisturized. Charlotte Tilbury’s Supermodel Body “acts like shape wear lingerie for the skin.” This firming and illuminating formula gives limbs a radiant glow, making them appear leaner and longer. Containing FermiProtect which is a wild shitake extract that protects the collagen fibres in the skin, boosting their activity for firmer, toned and more supple skin while the novel cooling-metal massager promotes lymphatic drainage for a refreshed, streamlined silhouette while caffeine detoxes the skin tissues, reducing uneven fatty deposits in the skin and bloated puffiness. Best of all, it is quick and easy to apply.

Fake tan: Give your body a safe sun-kissed glow with The Base By Lara Bingle. If you’re a tanning pro then I would recommend the Instant Tan Mousse which is designed to produce an even, streak free tan. With a light, supple texture it spreads effortlessly without leaving the skin feeling sticky or weighed down. Tanning newbies should try the Body Glow Oil. This lavish, radiant oil is designed to give flawless coverage while distributing an even bronzed glow. Containing a unique combination of moisturizing ingredients including coconut oil it is both hydrating and nourishing for the skin. We also must give our ‘glowing’ recommendation to the fun and easy to use James Read tanning products which use an easy to apply ‘tanning mitt’ and – depending on what product you use – provide everything from a gradual deep tan to an instant pop of bronze.

Tinted moisturizer: As the suns heat intensifies it’s time to trade in your heavy foundation for a much lighter tinted moisturizer. Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 is the perfect blend of skincare and makeup that hydrates skin and softens fine lines with a sheer hint of color for a healthy, dewy glow. The award-winning formula also provides ideal protection from the sun’s rays with broad spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen. Available in 15 different shades it’s perfect for all skin colors.

Waterproof mascara: Long lashes are fabulous in any season but with all the sweat and swimming of summer, it’s even more important to use a waterproof formula so that it stays on your lashes and not all over your face. Try Giorgio Armani’s Eyes To Kill Waterproof Mascara, which provides volume, length, and definition. The oversized patented lash brush features a bristle weave design that coats and texturizes lashes in less strokes—creating a striking lash look that lasts all day.

Hair mask: Chlorine, sun and salt can do a serious number on your hair. Give it some TLC with a treatment that will bring back hair’s natural shine. The Agave Restorative Hydrating Mask is an intensive reconditioning hair treatment loaded with Agave plant sugars which hydrates and heals dry, damaged hair while smoothing rough, frizzy, or unmanageable hair. It polishes and restores elasticity, leaving hair smooth, shiny, and beautiful.

Bronzer: To achieve the ultimate beach look you can’t beat a good bronzer during the warmer months. The BareMinerals California Bronze Multi Effect Bronzing Trio creates a subtle glow to deep tan effect. These three universally flattering shades let you go for everyday, healthy-looking radiance, a sun kissed glow, or they can be combined for multidimensional warmth.

Lip balm: Ensure your lips are healthy, hydrated and crack free with Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Lock Moisture Balm. A buttery, rich lip balm with SPF 18 that locks in hydration, the addictive and refreshing minty flavor will keep you coming back for more. With nature’s best exotic oils and butters like andiroba, buriti, shea, and avocado, this moisture balm is too good not to share.

About the Author

Having started her career in New Zealand as a fashion and beauty assistant, she then moved on to edit the online beauty magazine, BeautyBible. Since then she has created her own blog, The Refined Edit. Now based in the United Kingdom she has contributed to countless print and online publications including Follow her musing on Twitter and Instagram @gracieastewart.