There is no doubt you need a great skincare routine all year round, but the hot summer months are when you need to take extra care. When you think summer, you envisage your skin being tanned, smooth and glowing. Sun, sea, and spending time outside is good for you but not so much for your skin. As the weather warms up, without proper protection, your skin can be susceptible to sun damage through UV rays, aging and fine lines (the horror) and dehydration can seriously undermine your healthy glow. Check out our summer skincare top tips and products available in-store (and to reserve and collect) to get that summer glow and keep your skin looking fresher, smoother and protected all year round.
Moisturising is a must if want to achieve smooth, hydrated skin and fight against fine lines. Apply morning and night after cleansing and before make-up, try the nourishing Clinique Moisture Surge for a smooth, plump and dewy look.
Top Tip: Opt for tinted moisturisers or bb creams in place of foundation. They are lighter in texture and often enriched with Vitamin A, C and E which can help in improving your skins overall condition and offer SPF and coverage in one.
Did you know SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor? SPF is not just for summer, we advise to use it all year round as skin is still prone UV damage in and to collagen breakdown the winter. It's the winter skincare step majority of people miss out of their daily routine, but is one of the most important.
The higher the factor, the better protection. For instance try Malibu sunscreen available in-store or Nivea F15 lotion, factor 15, means your skin is 15 times more protected. You could always opt for a cream with SPF added such as the Olay Vitality Face & Decolletage moisturiser.
Top Tip: For extra nourishment and to prolong your tan, use a moisturising after sun lotion after you’ve finished hanging out in the sun.
Our bodies are made up of 60% water, so it’s of the utmost importance to stay properly hydrated. increasing your water in-take promotes healthier skin and flushes toxins from the body. Try flavouring your water with fresh fruit, keep a re-useable water bottle to hand to sip throughout the day, invest in a Brita water filter jug, and drink a glass of water before each meal.
Top Tip: Eat more foods high in water content such as lettuce, watermelon, honeydew melon and courgettes to give you an extra boost of hydration from the inside out.
Glow Like JLO
Th summer glow game, can be a tricky one, however you can always fake it til you make it and achieve an instant sun-kissed look like JLO without the help of the sun. Grab yourself some some beauty products to get that glow in no-time. bronzers, illuminators and self-tanning products are good to go-to to for a sexy summer look. You could always opt to develop your glow gradually while nourishing your skin by using a lotion with added tanning properties.
Top Tip: Always exfoliate thoroughly with a body scrub before applying tanning products for a beautiful even look.
Check out our Best 15 Beauty Buys under £30 from head to toe, that are worth adding to your basket without breaking your budget.
Why not get brutal with the bin liners and spring clean your skincare routine, before you buy. This product purge is a great way to spruce up your beauty stash for spring and summer without hoarding out of date products.
Or if you're looking to get fitter, feel happier, more energetic and confident in your body this summer, then we have some practical tips that will help you become and stay your most confident self! From exercises you can do anywhere even on your travels to getting more nutrients into your body, our Get In Shape For Summer guide has it all as well as how to incorporate mindful exercise into your routine to improve your overall wellbeing.