You may be feeling sunkissed and gorgeous after your summer break, but nothing wrecks skin and hair faster than a two week stint in the sun. All that chlorine, salt, sun and sand is enough to send our skin and hair into a serious beauty meltdown. But choose a few key beauty treats and you can undo the summer damage with our Top 10 Summer Savers…
1. Hair Repair – Mask It
This is a three-part beauty tip – because hair seems to suffer the most in the summer and deserves some proper TLC by the end of August. Thirsty hair loves a great big drink every so often and I try to use a hair mask once or twice a week towards the end of the summer. Most you leave on for 20 mins then shower off, but I sometimes leave on overnight, pop a towel on the pillow and give my hair a 9 hour treatment! Thick hair will love Oribe Signature Moisture Masque applied daily, and normal to fine hair will enjoy a weekly soak – a super intense shot of hydration to banish dry ends fast. Bleach London Reincarnation Mask is just the job for bleached or coloured hair needing a moisture and elasticity boost. Phyto Plage Apres Soleil Recovery Mask for Damaged Hair contains anti-salt and anti-chlorine components, so this is a good one to use either on holiday in the evenings, or as soon as you get home, to remove all the damaging effects of the pool and the beach. Finally L’Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidium uses reconstructing ingredients to re-build and replenish hair that has lost its lipids
2. Hair Repair – Oil Up
Just as face oils have upped their game in recent years, modern hair oils are now ultra-light, but can still nourish and repair summer damaged locks. Josh Wood, hair guru extraordinaire has worked with Vogue, Elle, Grazia and W Magazine and his Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil is a three-pronged attack on thirsty hair: use as a pre-shampoo treatment, a pre-styling moisture boost, or a few drops on the ends of styled hair to banish flyaway ends and smooth out the cuticle. Try an overnight treat with Aromatherapy Associates Nourishing Enrich Hair Oil – 2-3 pumps onto dry hair and leave on while you get some beauty sleep. Frizzy curly locks will be swiftly transformed into silky smooth tumbling curls with Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Ultimate Curls Nourishing Oil. And finally Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil intensely moisturises dry ends, combats frizz and flyaway hair and is great on fine and colour-treated hair – and a little goes a long way, my bottle has lasted months.
3. Hair Repair – Seal It
Holiday hair can look fried and frazzled, so I always use something to nourish the ends and make them look stronger and less flyaway. Paul Percival and Adam Reed spent years working around the world on shoots, tending to the tresses of celebrities, and now bring their hair expertise to the rest of us through their two London salons and Percy & Reed haircare. Their Wonder Balm is a superb leave-in balm that nourishes, adds shine, smoothness, definition, light hold and humidity protection. A great all-rounder for controlling lacklustre summer locks. While Urban Fudge Miracle Ends is another fantastic multi-tasker that can be used on wet hair to seal in moisture and smooth frizz, or on dry hair to smooth out flyaway ends and boost shine.
4. Complexion Polish
Summer skin can feel a bit rougher than normal – the melanin produced when you tan gives skin a slightly thicker courser texture, which is a form of natural protection. In order to keep skin glowing and healthy, a good weekly exfoliation in the summer is well worth it. I love Indeed Laboratories Facial Powdered Exfoliator – just add a little water to the granules and foam it up into a wash. It contains an anti-bacterial element – perfect for blemish-prone skin, and the exfoliants are fine enough to be ultra gentle, but still reveal soft smooth skin. Botanics All Bright Purifying Face Scrub contains natural AHAs to smooth and brighten dull summer skin and leave it looking prettily polished.
5. Scrub Up
If you’ve come back from your holiday with some colour, then just like a self-tan, you can prolong the sun-kissed look by gently and regularly exfoliating to leave skin radiant and refreshed. I can’t get enough of the Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub – the scent is out of this world and it’s so nourishing you don’t need moisturiser afterwards. It works wonders on dry knees, elbows and feet and a little goes a very long way. Exfoliating grape seeds, nourishing honey, softening brown sugar, topped off with zingy citrus lemon peel makes the Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub a beautiful refreshing one to use on hot summer days.
6. Saving Face
Right now this is the serious section – skin needs to drink drink drink in the summer. So make sure you’re paying as much care to what you’re putting inside as what you’re layering up on the outside. The difference in skin tone and texture with a good litre of water inside you each day in summer is unbelievable.
But we need to look after the outside too and these are my favourite facial skin savers for summer. Elemis celebrates 10 years of its Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules – and I swear by these for keeping my skin radiant. At the end of winter and the end of summer I use the 30 day pot to boost my complexion and make it glow. Orico Superico Vitamin Rich Face Oil is vitamin-packed and ultra-nourishing for thirsty skin. Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis 3D Moisture Infusion mask instantly hydrates, soothes and plumps in just 15 minutes. For a deeply hydrating treat try AromaActives Triple Hydrating Gel Mask – left on overnight. Hyaluronic acid is the latest buzz word in beauty – it’s a gel-like water holding molecule, which can hold over 1000 times its weight in water within skin cells, which makes it perfect for boosting moisture and smoothing out and plumping up complexions. It’s now considered equally as important as collagen. I love the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly from Indeed Laboratories for simply locking in moisture and leaving skin soft and supple. And finally my top 3 bedtime beauty treats for boosting summer skin while you get your beauty sleep: Green & Spring Rich Night Cream; Skyn Iceland Oxygen Infusion Night Cream and Oskia Bedtime Beauty Boost. All 3 leave skin plumped up, glowing and refreshed the morning after.
7. Body Beautiful
Sun-stressed skin needs a good boost of moisture to help recover from a summer of sand, salt, sun and chlorine. Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Cream is exotically scented with frangipani flowers and packed with hydrating oils to combat dry skin. Sunday Riley Disrobe is a multi-tasking, hardworking body lotion that ticks so many beauty boxes when it comes to dry skin: firming, detoxifying, exfoliating and hydrating, without any greasiness. And if an oil is more your style for rehydration, then de Mamiel Salvation Body Oil and Mio The Activist Firming Active Body Oil are two of my favourites.
8. Bronze Ambition
Maintain your summer glow with a moisturiser that contains just a hint of self-tan. You get a much more natural sun-kissed look with one of these skin enhancers. rather than a super-tanned bronze look. My three favourites are Dove Summer Glow, Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion and This Works Perfect Legs Gradual Tan. Simply build up the colour by using for several days in a row.
9. Delicate Décolletée
The décolletage is a very underrated area when it comes to beauty products and advice. It’s often as much exposed as the face and hands and yet there are very few specific creams that look after this super delicate area, which as we age reveals quite quickly UV damage. I’ve discovered Argan Organics Desert Star Décolletage Smoother recently and I’ve been using it about a month or so and the fine lines on my chest have definitely softened and seem far less prominent. Another one that’s very highly recommended is This Works Perfect Cleavage Firming Lotion, which blends ultra nourishing essential oils and plant extracts to fight fine lines and wrinkles. Protect it now and you’ll have a décolletée to be proud of in the future!
10. Luscious Lashes
Finally, if there’s one beauty treat I never thought I’d need it was an eyelash treatment – however having used it for a few weeks, I’m sold on DHC Eyelash Tonic. It boosts the volume of lashes and fills in any sparse areas on the lash line and also helps prevent breakage – which after a hot summer feeling fried is just what we need on lashes. Wear it alone at night and under mascara in the day. Vaseline also does a very similar job – at a fraction of the cost. Conditioning and moisturising for dry brittle lashes, Vaseline strengthens weak hair and can help lashes grow thicker and longer. Either apply it with a clean cotton bud, or better still leave an old mascara wand in a pot of make-up remover overnight, then clean the wand until the water runs clear and use that to apply the vaseline.