While I’m not an advocate of a full face of make-up by the pool, I definitely won’t hit the sun lounger with bare lashes. A coat or two of mascara takes me from undone to dressed in seconds. With a ‘won’t-let-you-down-in-the waves’ waterproof formulation, Inimitable (£26) boosts volume, lengthens and curls lashes. Go for rich brown rather than black – it’s less harsh in strong sunlight.
I don’t usually fall in love with novelty products, but I’m completely besotted with lipstick guru Poppy King’s new colour-transforming lipstick in Mornin’ Sunshine (£18, available on board – see High Life Shop magazine). This chameleon lip-enhancer changes colour when applied, reacting with your skin’s natural pH to create a shade that’s unique to you. The shade you achieve will depend on the acidity or alkalinity of your skin.
I never leave home without this multi-tasking balm, (£39) which cleanses, exfoliates and moisturises in one. Totally travel-proof, the twist-up stick is a perfect fit for handbag or carry-on luggage. Emulsifying beeswax melts away sunscreen, while the English oil blend soothes parched skin and pumpkin enzymes gently exfoliate. Leave on overnight for an intensive post-sunbathing treat or as a hydrating mask during a flight. Top tip: for extra cooling comfort, chill your Tri-Balm in the fridge before use.
Not all fragrances can be worn in the sun (some ingredients can be photo-sensitising), but my all-time favourite mood booster Eau Dynamisante (from £45) can be safely spritzed on from top-to-toe without risk of sensitivity. With toning, revitalising and moisturising botanical extracts, including ginseng, aloe and rosemary, teamed with deliciously scented petit grain and patchouli, it’s the perfect pick-me-up in (and out of) the heat.
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To keep skin super-safe in the summer, apply an antioxidant serum (£150) before your SPF. It helps neutralise the free-radical damage caused by UVA exposure, and the serum’s secret weapon is high-potency Vitamin C, proven to shield skin from environmental damage and UV rays. It’s an investment buy, but a little goes a long way.
If your skin is feeling dehydrated – or getting over-heated – reach for Plump & Glow (£36). Instantly cooling, a couple of spritzes of this mist minimises redness and mattifies skin to reduce shine. Super-charged with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, it’s also excellent for freshening make-up throughout the day.
I’m a fan of sun protection that can be spritzed on and doesn’t feel sticky or leave a white residue. Lancaster’s latest Body Mist (£25) sunscreen is, quite simply, genius. Not only is it totally invisible, it also cools skin on contact – and can be sprayed onto wet skin. Brilliant if you don’t have a towel to hand or are chasing your children on the beach.
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