The heatwave that hit the UK this last week had many of us not knowing the appropriate way to adapt to the drastic change of weather, like Tesco’s running out of all their vegan ice creams and lollies midday should be a little concerning. That being said, it didn’t last long and was closely followed by thunderstorms and a few days of rainy weather where we put away our sunscreens and returned to using our trusty umbrellas.
As some of us still have plans to go away this summer where we will have full advantage of actual summer weather, we need to prepare for all the changes our skin and hair will endure during the hot days. Did you know you should be wearing a sunscreen to protect your hair from heat damage in the sun? I know right!
Spending copious amount of time in the sun means you should be taking certain measures to ensure you’re staying healthy and hydrated, whether this be internally or externally. Beach days mean your skin will be in direct contact with the sun for hours on end, and so here are some products worth investing in and trying out this summer. And who knows, most of these products can be worked into your everyday beauty regime and used for an all-year glow.
Edited by @itserikahanson.
CLARINS SUN CARE OIL MIST SPF 30
"Clarins Sun Care Oil Mist for Body and Hair SPF 30 provides high protection for both your body and hair and helps the user develop a beautiful tan. The oil mist is easy-to-apply and is ideal for those looking for invisible protection that will nourish both their body and hair.
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PLAYA ENDLESS SUMMER SPRAY
“Playa’s Endless Summer Spray is a intelligent yet gentle formula infused with pure cane sugar to enhance your natural kink and curls without drying hair out or creating dreaded stiff and sticky texture. There’s also Southern Californian seat salt to help add texture and flexible hold throughout the day and marine collagen which effectively nourishes strands to give your hair volume and shine for natural beachy waves you were born with, just amplified.”
ELIZABETH ARDEN EIGHT HOUR LIP BALM
“The lips are one of the most delicate areas of your skin and as such deserve an appropriate level of care. Elizabeth Arden's legendary, award winning, Eight Hour cream calms, protects and hydrates skin for up to eight hours. Packed into a lip balm, it keeps your lips fresh, smooth and healthy throughout the day. In addition to being filled with nutrients and vitamins, the Eight Hour lip balm also contains advanced sun protection, shielding your lips from both UVA and UVB rays.”
FRESH VITAMIN NECTAR GLOW WATER
“Formulated with fresh's vitamin fruit complex (a blend of vitamins C, E, and B5, lemon and orange fruit extracts and minerals that helps revitalise dull skin for a vibrant, healthy-looking glow and soft, smooth texture), fresh's Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water is an ultra-fine, alcohol-free citrus mist that also doubles as a cooling primer, make up-setting spray and a hydrating skin refresh. Perfect for hot summer days, these refreshing and uplifting mist will transport your to a Mediterranean fruit orchard as the beautifully fine mist packs a powerful punch of hydration that will instantly refresh.”
IT COSMETICS CC CREAM SPF 40
“A make up phenomenon with hosts of devoted fans, IT’s CC Cream (which stands for complexion correcting, not Cult Cult – though it could do) provides a full coverage, sun damage-deflecting – and this oil-free formulation leaves a perfect matte finish. It’s available in 12 versatile shades and helps to conceal dark spots and minimise the appearance of pores, while leaving skin super-smooth. The formula’s brimming with skin-nourishing ingredients too – there’s oil-absorbing charcoal, tea tree extract, colloidal clay and Moroccan lava clay, plus an age-defying serum. As well as this, there’s the addition of SPF50+ broad-spectrum mineral sunscreens, which protect from harmful UVA and UVB rays.”
SACHAJUAN HAIR IN THE SUN
“A little like sunscreen for your hair, Sachajuan’s Hair in the Sun contains a clever co-polymer called UVQ (made with coconut oil and cinnamon) along with ocean silk technology (containing sea algae and proteins), which adhere to strands and absorb UV rays, defending your mane and deflecting damage. With a gorgeous scent and lightweight texture, it won’t interfere with your hair care routine, providing subtle hold that will stay put through rinsing and swimming. Especially good for dyed hair, it prevents colour-fade by working to stop oxidation and overall distress.”
SOL DE JANEIRO SPF 50 STICK
“Protective and luxuriously pampering, Sol de Janeiro’s Bum Bum Sol Stick SPF 50 effortlessly glides across skin granting sheer, undetectable potent protection to ensure you worship your skin as much as the sun. Infused with the brand’s signature luxe ingredients of cupuaçu butter, chock full of fatty-acids to help lock in moisture and restore skin’s elasticity, antioxidant-rich acai to help keep skin looking and feeling healthy and finally, coconut oil for soft, conditioned and moisturised skin that instantly melts and sinks into parched pores.”
OUAI WAVE SPRAY
“From celebrity coiffeuse Jen Atkin – responsible for maintaining the manes of Klan Kardashian, Gigi Hadid and Gwen Stefani (to name a few) – OUAI’s ouai-ve spray grants gorgeous separation and flexible hold while perfuming your hair with its heavenly blend of Italian lemon, rose de mai, magnolia, lily, blackberry, cedarwood, amber, patchouli, sandalwood and white musk. Simply twist still-damp hair and mist lengths with Wave Spray then ‘unravel’ to reveal enviable, ‘French girl’ bed-hair texture.”
HERBIVORE AFTER SUN MIST
“Spent too long on the sun lounger? Don’t despair – this After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist is blended with soothing oils to provide relief to sun-soaked, hot and drying skin. The refreshing mist is infused with calming aloe, cooling mint and relaxing lavender to instantly hydrate – all while granting an invigorating scent. To really make the most of the spray’s cooling benefits, it can be stored in the fridge for added relief. As with all Herbivore’s formulas, the ingredients are vegan, cruelty-free and synthetic-free (you won’t find any parabens over here!), plus the packaging is recyclable and reusable. Available in both full (118ml) and travel (59ml) sizes, this handy formula is perfect for taking on your travels or storing at home for sunny days.”
KIEHL’S ULTRA LIGHT UV DAILY DEFENCE
“Find a day-to-day sun care solution that suits every lifestyle with Kiehl’s Ultra Light UV Daily Defense, a comfortable, non-greasy face SPF formulation that provides protection at home, on holiday and wherever users plan to spend time outdoors. Easily massaged into the skin, this soothing lotion offers lasting protection. The lotion not only protects against UVA and UVB rays, but it also helps reduce signs of ageing, including wrinkles and dark spots. Sun filters Mexory SX and Mexoryl XI work together with vitamin E to help reinforce the skin’s natural defences. With an inbuilt moisturiser that works to keep the skin feeling fresh, Kiehl’s Ultra Light UV Daily Defense is a buildable, sophisticated skincare preparation to wear under or over makeup.”
SOL DE JANEIRO BODY FRAGRANCE MIST
“Brazilians naturally use all of their senses to attract. One of their essential beauty secrets is being ''cheirosa'' (sheh-rō-zah), which means to always smell incredibly delicious from sunrise to sundown. A delightful body fragrance mist inspired by the addictive scent of Sol de Janeiro's iconic Brazilian Bum Bum Cream with notes of pistachio and salted caramel. With just the right concentration of fragrance, you can spritz yourself throughout the day and into the night, with a delicious scent that lingers and does not overpower.”
DARLING HIGH PROTECTION SPF 30-50
“Guaranteed to kickstart an addition, DARLING’s beautifully formulated High Protection SPF 30-50 not only offers broad spectrum UVA and UVA protection, it is also infused with vitamin E to keep skin in tip-top condition even after a day worshipping the sun as well as moisturising antioxidant allantoin, equisetum leaves and apricot oil to add further protection to your delicate skin from UV rays and the effects of the sun on skin. Passionate about creating a utterly luxurious sun care range that is all about luxurious routines instead of agonising SPF application, DARLING’s beautiful formula is incredibly lightweight, fast-absorbing and instead of leaving behind any unwanted texture, residue or greasiness, you’re left with a dry sheen that makes your skin look stunning. What’s more, DARLING’s quintessential and intoxicating Monoi de Tahiti perfume, produced in Polynesia following ancient tradition where coconut oil is produced from the pulp of dried coconuts under the sun and macerated Tiaré flowers, will instantly make your routine even more heavenly than you could have imagined – gone are the days of uncomfortable and agonising SPF application!”
SOLEIL TOUJOURS ORGANIC SUNSCREEN MIST SPF 30
“Soleil Toujours brings you the best in class of clear sunscreen mists free of the most common harmful chemicals, that also enrich and nourish the skin with potent antioxidants. This luxurious lightweight non-aerosol 360-degree continuous spray provides superior and photostable Broad Spectrum UV protection. Non-greasy, fast-drying formula is water resistant 80 minutes.”
SACHAJUAN HAIR AFTER THE SUN
“The perfect foil for stressed, sun-damaged tresses, Sachajuan’s Hair After the Sun is a highly conditioning, lock-loving lotion that will restore moisture and shine to hair that’s had an overdose of vitamin D. The moisture surge provided is powered by ocean silk technology (featuring sea algae and proteins) which nourishes hair and quenches parched, thirsty strands. Offering light hold – but remaining gentle enough not to interfere with your regime – the lotion can be rinsed out or used as a leave-in treatment.”