12 Heatwave Beauty Essentials For Summer 2023

Struggling to keep cool in a heatwave? We get it. Summer is here and it’s (hopefully) brought some hot weather with it, so it’s time to get prepared with our summer beauty essentials.

Whether you want to help makeup last longer, need a refreshing face mist in your line-up, are on the hunt for the best deodorant, need to update your skincare routine, or are stocking up on SPF, we’ve got all the heatwave beauty essentials for summer survival. Here’s our shopping list — get hauling!

1) Always wear SPF

There are so many reasons why you should be wearing SPF other than ‘because it’s sunny’, but if there’s a time more than ever that you need to slather it on, it’s during a heatwave or the summer months. Keep your skin protected and free from skin damage by applying SPF every. single. day! We really mean it.

2) And keep it topped up!

Thought you were off the hook? Not quite. SPF protection reduces throughout the day, particularly if it’s hot weather, sweaty, and your makeup is sliding off. We recommend topping up your SPF every two hours or so, but we get it — you won’t want to put a cream over your makeup. Luckily for us, our fave SPF brands have created specific retouch formulas for you to keep topped up throughout the day.

3) Setting sprays that help makeup last longer

If there’s one thing that had to make it on the heatwave beauty essentials list, it’s a setting spray. Makeup is prone to becoming greasier and wearing off faster during hot weather, so you’ll want to do everything you can to make sure it stays in place. Opt for a long-lasting setting spray to help makeup last longer. Another bonus — they double up as a refreshing face mist so you can keep cool.

4) Refreshing face mists

Out in the garden and need to keep cool? In the office and need a refreshing boost? A refreshing face mist is the answer — they’re a summer beauty essential. There are simple water formulas or botanical options to choose from, but they all have on thing in common — they’re a summer saviour.

5) Deodorant is your BFF

If there’s ever a time you need a reliable deodorant, it’s during a heatwave. Luckily for you, we have lots of options to choose from. Gone are the days where you reach for a can of aluminium-packed spray. We have the formulas that are kind to skin, friendly to the planet, and most importantly, they really work.

6) Banish chafing in hot weather

Although we love summer and the hot weather it brings, the chafing that comes with it is not it. In a sweaty SOS? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with anti-chafe and friction products for every part of the body — bye bye boob sweat!

7) Cool down with after sun

If you’ve not taken our earlier advice (shame on you) and skipped the SPF, you might want to take note at this point. Having an after sun in case of emergencies is always a good idea. Simply smooth on, head to bed, and thank us later.

8) Primer is the secret

Make your makeup bulletproof by combining a setting spray and a primer to help your looks last throughout the day. At this time of year, you might want to opt for an oil-control or long-lasting formula, rather than a dewy, hydrating finish. It’ll help your makeup stay budge- and crease-free.

9) Fake (tan) it 'til you make it

Ultimately, if your skin is getting tanned by the sun, it’s also being damaged. The best option? Reach for the fake tan. Not only will you look like you’e just got back off a month-long holiday, but your skin will thank you for avoiding those harmful UV rays, too.

10) Summer smooth

When it comes to summer skin, you do you. But if you prefer the hairless route, we’ve got you covered. Why not get ahead of the game with IPL hair removal? Or, if you’ve missed your bikini wax, protect against ingrowns with a hydrating serum. Either way, you’ll be summer-ready.

11) Cryo tools to keep cool

When we say that cryo tools are a lifesaver during the summer months, we really mean that. A non-negotiable heatwave beauty essential, cryo tools and ice rollers are the secret that’s hiding in your freezer. Simply leave it to freeze and roll over your face and body to keep cool when it’s anything but.

12) Get rid of frizz for good

We’ve all seen that famous Friends scene. When the temperature hots up, so does the frizz. Get one step ahead with these summer beauty essentials. There are serums, shampoos, and edge gels to make sure you’re free from frizz and flyaways all summer long.