Essential Summer Beauty Buys

Most of us feel better in the summer; a gentle glow can help you to feel great, and sunshine is one of the best mood-boosters around. It’s important to tailor your beauty regime according to the season, however, to ensure you make it through to autumn looking and feeling your best. Here are some of the top beauty products around to keep your hair and body shimmering and your make-up bang on trend right now.


Care for Your Hair | It can be easy to forget the harsh effects that the sun, sea and chlorinated swimming pools can have on your hair. Prevent your locks from drying out with the help of No 7 Hair Protect Spritz, £7 from Boots. This provides perfect protection from the weakening and drying that the sun can cause without leaving a greasy residue. It reduces colour fading and offers a barrier layer to keep out chlorine and salt, as well as boosting shine and making your hair smell fresh and summery. If colour fading is a problem, professional-quality Colour Extend Sun from Redken is the ideal choice. Available from hair salons, it offers targeted care and extensive surface protection. It has a SPF of 25 as well as UV filters and uses mango oil to reinforce, reinvigorate and moisturise. A more general product is the Paul Mitchell Sun Shield Conditioning Spray, from £12.26 at Amazon. This is formulated for all hair types and can help to keep your locks shiny and silky even after a day spent on the beach. The smoothing and shining effects are instant, but it also offers long-lasting protection against colour fade.

Rehydrate Your Skin | Of course, a good high-factor sun tan lotion, such as Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Milk SPF30, £24 at Debenhams, must be on the top of your summer beauty shopping list. This is essential for your health as well as your appearance, but even if you escape the burn, the sun can still leave your skin feeling taught and dry, especially if you have spent some time at the coast. A good after-sun lotion will help to rehydrate your skin, making it look and feel better. Clarins After Sun Moisturizer Ultra-Hydrator, £21 from Boots, absorbs really quickly and will instantly make your skin feel more smooth and supple. At £5 from Boots, the Ambre Solaire After Sun Hydrating Spray is an affordable alternative and is packed with cactus extract to offer a soothing spritz that will cool and revitalise your skin. If silky, smooth skin rather than the price tag is your priority, Dior Bronze After-Sun Balm for Face & Body, £24.50 from House of Frazer, is the optimum choice. Formulated from sacred Monoï oil, this balm will leave your skin feeling intensely nourished and delicately perfumed. Don’t forget your lips, either. A smear of Ultrasun SPF 15 Protective Lip Balm, £5.95 from Debenhams, will help to keep your smile safe, whilst a good layer of Burts Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm, £3.70 and also from Debenhams, is a great antidote to that feeling of quite literally cracking a smile at the end of a long period out in the sun.

Apply the Finishing Touches | This summer’s make-up is all about natural radiance rather than creating a highly painted effect. Enhance the eyes with a simple sweep of Mac Pro Crème Liner, a hint of Pro Platinum Pigment and a couple of coats of Clinique High Impact Mascara, £17.50 from House of Fraser. Swap your lipstick for gloss this summer if you want to keep true to the seasonal trend. Burberry Beauty Lip Glow Natural Lip Gloss in Rosewood, £19 from John Lewis, is a subtle shade, but its reflective qualities make it perfect for plumping up your pout. Lancôme Juicy Tube, £17 from House of Fraser, is another great alternative if you want to achieve natural yet lusciously kissable lips in an instant.