The arrival of the new season merits a fresh, summer-centric approach to body maintenance which throws up a minefield of beauty conundrums – rising temperatures and excessive humidity take their toll upon even the most scrupulous and skilfully performed beauty rituals.
This year, solve summer’s recurring hair, skin, and makeup dilemmas with our season-savvy SOS beauty guides. Here’s part one…
How Can I Fix A Patchy Tan?
Regular tanning maintenance is vital to preventing an uneven fade; with the right care, attention, and product, your tan will wear off slowly and gradually. Keep patchiness at bay by moisturising twice a day with a nourishing body lotion like Vita Liberata’s Moisture Boost Luxury Hydration Tan Enhancer – specifically developed to prevent an uneven fade whilst intensely conditioning skin and locking in moisture.
One way to keep your tan even and intact is to top it up as it begins to fade. For best results, opt for a gradual formula, which builds colour over a course of applications. With a unique 2-in-1 formula, Jane Iredale’s Self Tanner & Bronzer builds a natural looking tan in three days, whilst an instant bronzer subtly warms skin upon application. Use your hands to blend the self-tanner onto any pale spots for a temporary quick fix.
If all else has failed, scrub it all off. If you’ve messed up your application or your tan has turned blotchy and needs to be removed fast, the quickest, easiest method is to slough it all off and start from scratch. An abrasive body exfoliator like Body Blendz Coffee Scrub will buff away any remnants of colour, leaving skin soft and smooth – the perfect base for your next tan application.
How Do I Restore Sun Parched Hair?
Hot summer sun shows no mercy and dries out everything in its way, including hair. The solution? Hair moisturiser. Yep, it’s a thing. A light, non-greasy formula, Wella’s SP After Sun Fluid lends high-octane shine, while its high-tech formula soothes sun-frazzled frizz and offers long-term rehydration with continued use.
Sun-parched hair needs extra love in the moisture department, especially if it’s typically dry and coarse anyway. Hair oils will not only nourish damaged strands but make your hair silkier, shinier, and easier to style. We love Matrix Amazonian Controlling Oil – itself a blend of oils that work their magic to moisturise, strengthen, repair, and tame hair, all in one shot – the potent formula coats the hair, forming a protective layer over the hair shaft. Plus, it’s so lightweight that even fine hair isn’t left looking greasy – and it smells great too.
For a failsafe fast-fix, invest in a hydrating hair mask – over-exposure to the elements wreaks havoc upon our hair – especially if it’s already damaged. Lock in essential nutrients and protect against further damage from summer’s aggressors (sun, salt, wind, chlorine) with Wella’s SP Repair Mask – a powerful reconstructing blend of nourishing and reparative ingredients. For best results, leave the mask on overnight for an intensive moisture boost that leaves hair smooth and shiny by sunrise.
How Do I Save Sun Burnt Skin?
While you can’t stop peeling from happening, you can lessen the intensity by using a heavy-duty moisturiser to replenish parched skin that craves hydration and healing. First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream begins soothing skin as soon as you apply, bumping hydration levels by up to 169% with daily use.
If you have oily skin then the heavy oils in thick moisturisers can create a barrier that traps heat in the skin, keeping it red for longer and leading to congestion and breakouts. Instead, choose a light lotion like Mario Badescu’s Aloe Moisturiser and pre-chill it in the fridge for an extra cooling sensation. According to leading dermatologists, aloe really is the best post-sun treatment – it works to take down inflammation straight away.
Whether you got so caught up enjoying fun in the sun that you forgot to reapply, or you simply didn’t apply enough the first time around, the fact remains that sun-scorched limbs neither look nor feel good. Fortunately, Coola’s Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recovery After Sun Lotion is on hand to cool down your skin and speed up the healing process. Smooth the refreshing lotion over burnt limbs to calm redness, soothe irritation, and prevent lasting damage.