The recent hot weather we had in the UK caught me completely off guard. My legs weren’t shaved, my toenails weren’t painted and my body was definitely not ready for skirt season.
But if there’s one thing I can thank the short-lived heatwave for, it’s bringing summer to the forefront of my mind. The next time the sun shows its face (which could be tomorrow with our temperamental weather) I will be ready!
So, before you swap out your summer wardrobe, or throw your tights to one side, reach for these summer beauty essentials – I promise they’re going to make you feel body confident throughout summer and beyond…
Silky Smooth Shaves
If there’s one thing we all have in common when it comes to summer body prep it’s shaving. Whether you’re attending your first bbq of the season or making your poolside debut, silky smooth pins are a must.
For me, there’s only one place I look for the smoothest shave: the Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil. It may not be the first product to spring to your mind for shaving, but it should be. The luxurious formula is made with 7 botanical oils that are super-nourishing, so after every shave, your legs will be baby soft with a super healthy sheen.
Get Your Glow Back
After wrapping up all winter, skin can look and feel dull. That’s why it’s important to exfoliate top to toe before stepping into our favourite summer sandals. I highly recommend REN’s brand new AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum – its zesty orange aroma will make you weak at the knees!
Not your average exfoliator, this silky serum is made with lactic acid, an AHA that helps to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and boost your all over glow. The easiest exfoliator you’ll ever use, this can be used in place of a moisturiser in your routine as it hydrates and plumps thanks to added xylitol.
I know what you’re thinking: “Another exfoliator?”. But yes, it’s needed, especially if you’re prepping your skin for a tan (real or fake). Although the above AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum will boost natural exfoliation, you’ll need something a bit more abrasive for areas like the knees, elbows and ankles. If you don’t, you’ll find that your real tan will peel and your fake tan will be patchy, and no one wants that.
Caudalie’s Cabernet Scrub is a supercharged scrub with coarse grape and brown sugar granules that will make your entire body feel brand new. Add this scrub to your shower and use when your skin’s still wet, for a silky smooth result.
Everyone has cellulite and it’s nothing to feel ashamed of. But if yours is ruining your confidence, this could be your summer saviour. A new and improved version of the best-selling Body Lift Cellulite Control, Body Fit is a gel-cream that helps to reduce the look of cellulite, while hydrating and perfecting the skin.
Whether your problem area is your upper arms, bum or anywhere in between, Body Fit harnesses the power of quince leaf extract to lift and reshape the body’s contours so you feel your best, come rain or shine.
Put Your Feet Up
Feet aren’t the most luxurious topic I’ll admit, but we all have them, so let’s make sure they look their best. No longer will you push your favourite summer shoes to one side because of rough, hard or thickened skin!
If you’re fed up of sweaty summer feet because you’re too self-conscious to sport flip flops then I urge you to start using the Intensive Foot treatment now. The ultra-moisturising cream is powered by urea and lactic acid, a revitalising ingredient duo that helps remove dead skin cells and smooth rough areas.
Just what the foot doctor ordered, the Intensive Foot Treatment can be worn overnight; just pop on some cotton socks after application and dream about all of the sandals you’re now going to buy.