Give your hair and skin some TLC for the final weeks of summer with these tried and tested luxury beauty buys.
Just back from holiday? Perhaps you’re planning a last-minute mini-break? However you’re spending the final weeks of summer, there’s still time to update your make-up bag with seasonal skin and hair care.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite beauty must-haves that are designed to keep your skin glowing and your hair glossy during the warmer months. Lots of them are travel friendly too! If you’re looking for general advice, we’ve also written an article on caring for your hair in a heatwave, which you can read here.
Dr. David Jack’s All Day Long, £95 (50ml)
Let’s start with sun protection. According to dermatologists, we should be wearing it every single day, whatever the weather and this new SPF 50 day cream is well worth the investment.
It’s brimming with high-tech ingredients. In addition to it being SPF 50, the cream offers blue light protection, so your skin’s shielded against the light emitted from your devices. It’s packed with anti-ageing ingredients and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture that’s often zapped away in sweltering temperatures.
The day cream is one in a line of skincare products from Dr. David Jack – a leading London aesthetics doctor. The luxury skincare range came about after many requests from clients at his Harley Street clinic.
High SPF creams tend to be thick and greasy. Not this one. It blends in like a dream and sits nicely under make-up. It works well as a primer and even gives your skin a subtle glow. Dr. David Jack’s skincare range is cruelty-free and vegan, with everything produced and packaged in the UK.
Aesthetically Perfect Skin Capsules, from £59.99 for a jar
We all know it’s a struggle to travel with various pots and tubes of skincare. Especially if they burst or break. These capsules from Aesthetically Perfect Skin get around that so you can travel light with exactly what you need to keep your skin glowing.
Just launched in June 2022, each pea-sized capsule gives you a single serving of brightening vitamin C, thirst-quenching hyaluronic acid, firming night-time retinol or complexion-smoothing niacinamide. Simply twist off the lid and apply what’s inside to your face. Use one capsule morning and evening on freshly cleansed skin, except the night-time retinol, which should be used in the evening and introduced slowly.
The great thing about these capsules is that they give you foolproof portion control, so you don’t overdo it or use too little.
Beauty Kin Hydrating Body Bar, £9.95
Whether you’re clocking laps in the hotel pool or splashing around in your local lido this summer, we all know harsh pool chemicals can wreak havoc on our skin. That’s where Beauty Kin’s Hydrating Body Bar can help.
It’s packed with high-quality ingredients like squalane, tomato seed oil and bergamot to provide much-needed nourishment.
We loved the gorgeous bergamot scent that gets you well rid of that chemical chloriney smell post-swim.
Plastic-free, cruelty-free and vegan, with no sulphates or parabens. What’s not to love?
Pai Skincare British Summer Time Organic Sun Cream, £39 (75ml)
We loved this vegan sunscreen and can imagine it becoming an important skincare step all year round, as well as when you’re relaxing on the beach.
It’s brimming with organic ingredients to keep your skin happy. It offers SPF 30 protection against UVA and UVB rays. It’s also created for people with sensitive skin with its gentle formula. We found that a little goes a long way, so you only need one or two drops. It rubs into the skin quickly, with a non-greasy finish.
It left our skin feeling nourished and looking dewy. It’s reef-friendly, so you won’t have to worry about wiping it off before taking a dip in the ocean.
Inlight Beauty Hair Elixir, £43 (100ml)
Meet the perfect post-holiday conditioning treatment for your tresses. Inlight Beauty’s Hair Elixir will give your strands some much-needed moisture on your return from holiday. It helps get rid of the frizz that often comes with high-humidity days.
Simply leave it on your hair for up to two hours and shampoo out – no need for conditioner. You can also use it as a leave-in treatment for split ends. It left our locks noticeably glossier and smelling amazing, with hints of sage, lemon zest and lavender.
Inlight Beauty’s products are handcrafted in Cornwall with a focus on natural ingredients that are reef-safe, organic and cruelty-free.
ESPA Pro-Glow Skin-Quenching Serum, £45 (30ml)
Do you wish for that just-back-from-holiday glow without exposing your skin to harmful UV rays? ESPA’s new Pro-Glow Skin-Quenching Serum is your answer.
Ideal for no make-up days, it gives you a gradual tan over time. It’s lightweight and evaporates into the skin almost instantly.
It’ll also freshen your skin after a day in the sun, sea and sand with a carefully crafted ingredient list. A blend of vitamins and omegas helps the skin lock in moisture while spirulina keeps it looking radiant. Finally, caffeine-rich guarana (a type of plant) gives tired-looking complexions an energy boost.
Ringana FRESH Hair Treatment, £21.17 (125ml)
Brand new to the UK, this Austrian brand are pioneers when it comes to using fresh ingredients. So fresh, in fact, that their products come with a shelf life of 10 weeks.
We don’t think that’ll be a problem with this versatile 4-in-1 hair treatment. It can be applied to wet or dry hair. Used as a hair mask, a detangler, for heat protection, or simply a leave-in. You can also apply it to give moisture to the ends of your hair.
We tried out the product as both a hair mask and a leave-in conditioner; we found it made our hair noticeably healthier-looking and free from frizz. Use it any way you prefer, and get ready for healthy, bouncy summer hair.
The Organic Pharmacy Stabilised Vitamin C Corrective Mask, £45
Your skin gets just as thirsty in summer as you do. So why not treat it to a little moisture-rich drink with this potent vitamin C mask?
With a concentrated dose of vitamin C, it gives you firmer, smoother skin and helps to reverse pigmentation caused by the sun.
We noticed our skin was instantly brighter and clearer after just one use, though you can use it up to three times a week.
This gel mask appears transparent on your skin. You’ll barely notice it’s there. The benefit is that you can get on with other things without the worry of feeling silly if someone sees you with it on.
If you’re taking a plunge in the pool or ocean, chlorine and seawater can take their toll on our tresses. This all-natural, vegan and cruelty-free pre-wash treatment will keep your locks looking great all summer long. It’s a pre-wash oil treatment that you apply straight onto dry hair, and you just need to leave it in for at least an hour. Simply wash it out when you’re ready.
You’ll be left with thicker, fuller, glossy hair with zero hassle. We found the syrup easy to apply and really liked the playful bottle design.
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