Perhaps because this year has been so spectacularly un-English with endless sunshine, this August bank holiday and a predicted return to hot weather, feels like a last chance to grab some summer. So whether you’re heading to carnival, the coast, going away or staying local we’ve got some hot picks before it’s back to school.
This summer’s been great for sunbathing but if you’ve been playing it safe and sensible under the UV, then you might want to slot in some self-tanning time before the weekend. For the face, just add a few drops of James Read Tan H2O Tan Drops to a dollop of any of your leave-on skincare (cream, lotion, serum), mix well and apply. Colour will develop over a few days and can be built and maintained by keeping on with the drops. They’re easy – like an extension of your skincare, odourless and won’t block pores like some facial self tans.
To prolong and deepen a natural tan or to turn pale skin golden, we love this new product from James Read Tan: Coconut Dry Oil Tan Body. It goes on like silk and the dry oil formula evaporates very quickly leaving skin feeling nourished, lightly scented with coconut and tanned after a few hours. It’s supposed to be for your body but I’ve had great results using it on my face.
If you’re in a panic and need a temporary veil of colour, Vita Liberata Body Blur is your friend. The HD Skin Finish formula not only evens out skin colour, but hides bruises, blemishes and stays put and won’t transfer to clothing – in fact, you have to work quite hard with soap and water to remove it, which is very reassuring, if you’re a white short shorts kind of girl.
Now is not the time to get sunburned, so if you are going to be outdoors, keep it covered to avoid this ultimate schoolgirl beauty error. We highly rate Frezyderm Sunscreen Velvet Face because it feels great – velvety, light and fresh and won’t make your skin look chalky, even though it’s SPF50. Also, this is the moment to use up any left over sunscreen because it won’t be safe to use next summer.
It’s been a sweaty summer and we’ve all evolved some clever ways to stay cool and dry. In our cool bags are:
4711 Cool Stick and Body Spray for on-the-go refreshment.
Mai Couture Skincare Blotting Paper, little booklets of tissue paper, for absorbing oil and treating skin at the same time.
We’re dry shampoo devotees too, especially in hot weather when sweat can ruin a blow dry or just leave your hair feeling less than fresh. Top of our list?