Summer is in sight. And with it comes warmer weather, summer holidays and a new beauty routine. As we pack away our boots and heavy knits and get ready to don shorts, sandals and swimwear, it’s also time to start prepping your skin for the sunshine. From Augustinus Bader and Tan Luxe to Sarah Chapman and Clinique, these are the products (and the order to apply them), that’ll have you ready for summer in a flash.
It’s no surprise that in summer we sweat more. Plus, more time outside means being exposed to more dirt, oil and environmental pollution. What can we do to counteract it? One word: exfoliation.
Along with regular cleansing, introducing exfoliation into your skincare routine one to three times a week (depending on your skin type), will help to remove dead skin cells, oil build-up, body acne and dullness. The result? Clearer, brighter skin. Exfoliation is also a crucial step in any fake tan routine, skipping it could lead to streaks and patches – not cute.
For a deep exfoliation, Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate Resurfacing Body Scrub is packed full of lactic and salicylic acids that help to buff away dry skin, while honey and aloe oils smooth and moisturise. Looking for the perfect pre-tan exfoliator? Coco and Eve’s Glow Figure Bali Buffing Sugar contains Balinese coconut flower sugar and shell powder that sloughs away dead skin cells without stripping natural oils or irritating the skin.
Air con, sun, chlorine – contrary to popular opinion, it’s easy for your skin to become dry in the summer. So, moisturising is key. For dry skin types, Augustinus Bader’s The Body Cream and Sisley’s Comfort Extreme Body Cream intensely hydrate the skin without leaving a greasy residue. Had a bit too much sun during the day? Treat your skin to Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Overnight Body Treatment and wake up to visibly smoother, refreshed skin.
Top tip: Always moisturise after exfoliating and before fake tanning. To prevent tan from gathering on elbows, knees and ankles, concentrate on moisturising any dry spots.
Since we can’t rely on the British weather and a holiday isn’t always on the cards, the safest way to achieve a tan is from the bottle. After you’ve exfoliated and applied your moisturiser, it’s time for the fake tan. These days, it comes in every formula: moisturiser and tanning drops, for dry skin types or those who like a more subtle, buildable glow, or a mousse for a deep, pro-like finish. Pick your poison.
If you’re off on holiday or getting ready for a big event, we recommend tanning two nights before. This will give you enough time to prep your skin and make any touch-ups (we’ve all been there).
For a salon-worthy fake tan, Amanda Harrington’s Body Mousse and Isle of Paradise’s Self-Tanning Mousse are both blendable formulas infused with skin-loving ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.
If you’re looking for a tan that’s a bit more buildable, Tan Luxe’s The Body and Oskia’s Adaptive Tan Drops are perfect for first-time tanners. Tanning drops are also ideal for a quick tan on-the-go. Add a couple of drops into your morning moisturiser and go about your day.
Top tip: To avoid taking your tan off too soon, do any waxing or shaving at least 24 hours before you apply.
PROTECT WITH SPF
Last but by no means least, is SPF. A must all year round but a non-negotiable in summer when the sun’s UV rays are much stronger. SPF is your last step in your body care routine - apply every morning over your moisturiser and reapply when necessary.
For all-over body protection Coola’s Classic Body Sunscreen SPF 30 and Shiseido’s Expert Sun Protector Face and Body Lotion SPF 50+ help to fight off UV rays and pollution. If you’re after a sun cream specifically formulated for the face, Omorovicza’s Mineral UV Shield SPF 30 and Caudalíe’s Anti-Wrinkle Face Suncare are the perfect hybrid products that help to protect the skin while nourishing it.