Whether you’re staycationing, green list adventuring or maybe just enjoying some much-needed self care at home, feel like a goddess this summer with these must-try beauty essentials
1 The SCR Gold skincare range
“You are gold baby, solid gold.” Legendary Egyptian queen Cleopatra already knew over 2000 years ago about the anti-ageing properties of gold. She used a golden facial mask every night to increase the lustre of her complexion and enhance her beauty.
With many anti-inflammatory and antioxident properties of gold, this unique range can provide benefits from improving psoriasis, acne and roseacea to protecting against harmful oxidation caused by sunrays and pollution. Not just a pretty face, gold acts as a barrier preventing damage to the DNA of skin cells that leads to formation of facial lines and general ageing of the skin.
In addition to the 24 carat colloidal gold, the formula used in the Cetuem SCR Gold skincare range is based on a blend of botanical and marine plant extracts and vitamins A, C and E. No harmful chemicals are used and none of the products has been tested on animals.
We’re obsessed with the SCR Gold serum – an intensive moisturiser and a powerful anti-aging serum that regenerates skin cells and increases collagen production, but the SCR Gold Booster Serum and SCR Gold Crème de Lite are equally worth a try for dazzling skin this summer.
SCR Gold Intensive Serum £155 (50 ml), SCR Gold Booster Serum £65 (15 ml), SCR Gold Crème de Lite £50 (50ml). Shop the full range via cetuem.com.
2 Encore Une Fois fragrance
A signature scent can be hard to find, but we adore niche perfume house Art de Parfum and its dreamy scents. Ideal for lighter summer days, the Limited Edition Scent Encore Une Fois uses nature’s most precious oils and absolutes to evoke the sea, but in a much more sensual way.
It is inspired by a trip the brand founder, Ruta Degutyte took to French Polynesia, exploring the beautiful beaches, lagoons and lush forests, and discovering new flora and raw materials which inspired this scent.
Art de Parfum has been passionately creating unisex, clean fragrances since their inception in 2015. Their fragrances are 100% made in France by perfumers in Grasse.
£160 (50ml), shop at artdeparfum.com and from retailers around the world including the USA, Russia, Spain, Austria, Germany, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
3 Neäl & Wølf’s TEXTURE dry shampoo
‘Hair’ do we start? Transform lifeless locks into a fresh, bouncy blow-dry with TEXTURE – a new vegan-friendly multi-functional dry shampoo and finishing spray from Neäl & Wølf.
Expertly created to volumise, revitalise and texturise the hair, TEXTURE is the must-have multitasker that pro stylists love. It works by absorbing oils and impurities to freshen up second (or third) day hair, making it easier to craft stunning styles with added definition.
As well as turning heads between washes, TEXTURE is also a curl’s best friend. Simply spritz the signature-scented formula over post-styled hair, to hold curls in place all day long.
Plus, unlike other dry shampoos, TEXTURE allows the hair to breathe without clogging the follicles. And there’s no dreaded chalky residue, as TEXTURE is both lightweight and invisible, making it the go-to styling product for all hair types and colours.
RRP £13.75, shop via neal&wolf.com
4 The Hada Labo Tokyo range
One of summer’s hottest beauty trends, discover the magic of hyaluronic acid and its multiple beauty benefits. Hyaluronic acid (HA) occurs naturally in the body – a natural component of the skin and also present in the eyes and joint fluid. But, much like collagen, as we age our bodies produce less HA and from the 40s onwards its downhill.
Widely used in skincare to help keep skin smooth and pump, not all HA has the same molecular weight and many brands use a medium-sized molecule – sodium hyaluronate – which remains near the surface of the skin and only delivers hydration in that area rather than deeper down
But, Hada Labo Tokyo pays attention to the detail – using up to four different types of HA molecules for multi-layer hydration. Through its expert magic, the benefits include plump, supple, well-hydrated skin which gives a healthy, glowing complexion. It improves the absorption of moisturiser and make-up stays looking better for longer as there is less chance of patchy dryness.
There’s a number of Hada Labo Tokyo products to try, but we thoroughly recommend the pampering qualities of Absolute Smoothing and Moisturising Cream (Day and Night) and Smoothing Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream.
Shop via superdrug.com.
5 WelleCo’s Super Elixir Blood Orange
WelleCo, The Masters of Beauty-Through-Wellness founded by Elle Macpherson, has announced the launch of two new flavour variants of its iconic foundation product, The Super Elixir.
The Super Elixir Blood Orange and The Super Elixir Unflavoured bring new taste sensations to the WelleCo collection, inviting beauty and wellness fans to shake up their daily greens routine.
Now, WelleCo is introducing two new taste sensations to The Super Elixir™: Blood Orange and Unflavoured. The Super Elixir Blood Orange is the boldest new flavour in the WelleCo collection, inviting users to enjoy all the powerful beauty and wellness standards known of the original Super Elixir greens, with a sunny and uplifting Mediterranean Blood Orange flavour. This is balanced by The Super Elixir Unflavoured, which presents a light, natural greens flavour.
Combining a unique and carefully balanced blend of 45+ high quality, sustainably-sourced ingredients, when taken daily with water or fresh juice these ingredients are easily-absorbed, working in synergy to amplify their natural benefits and nourishing the body right down to the cellular level.
The Super Elixir Blood Orange and The Super Elixir Unflavoured are available to purchase online at welleco.co.uk and from selected retailers including Selfridges, Space NK, Cult Beauty, The Sports Edit and Naturismo.
For more information and to purchase, visit welleco.co.uk.
6 Crystal Clear’s SPF Protect & Repair + Beach Glow Tan Drops
Put SPF at the top of your beauty priority list this summer. According to founder Sharon Hilditch MBE: “With 80% of visible ageing caused by the sun, it’s pointless using products or treatments to help reverse the damage such as hyperpigmentation, accelerated ageing and potential skin cancers, unless you are actually addressing the cause.
The key thing to look for is products which offer but UVA & UVB SPF protection, such as Crystal Clear’s Protect & Repair miracle moisturiser which contains highly efficient sunscreens and offers both UVA 20 & UVB 40 SPF protection along with anti-ageing actives to not only protect, but also to hydrate the skin.”
1 Wordrobe Wonders: Beach Glow Tan Drops, £31.99
Crystal Clear’s tan drops are the perfect solution to a healthy, glowing tan without risking sun damage
How to use – from a beautiful golden glow, to a deeper shade, choose between mixing 1-3 drops with your usual moisturiser or night cream to achieve their desired tan shade on the face or body
Added extras – the drops are enriched with coconut oil to ensure the skin is kept beautifully soft and supple, and contain Biotechnological ingredients from raw plant materials which avoid the usual fake tan smell and make them suitable for sensitive skin
2 Wordrobe Wonders: Protect & Repair SPF40, £39.99
Crystal Clear’s Protect & Repair miracle moisturiser contains highly efficient sunscreens and offers both UVA 20 & UVB 40 SPF protection.
Added extras – It comprises anti-ageing actives to not only protect, but also to hydrate the skin. Vitamin E offers excellent anti-oxidant properties while Lupine Extract and Thermus Thermophilis help prevent sunburn, dehydration and ageing, and its photostability offers long-lasting skin protection.
7 Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer
Wave goodbye to frizz when humidity strikes. We’re turning our attention to Dyson’s Supersonic™ hair dryer for glossy, sleek locks.
Traditionally known for vacuums, the brand has since turned its technological expertise to the beauty industry, creating a tool six times faster, on average, than its peers. It’s kitted out with a plethora of heat and speed settings to make blow-drying a breeze.
£299, shop via selfridges.com
8 Clarins’ SOS UV SPF 30 Primer
Hello flawless skin.
The combination of pearls and soft-focus powders instantly blurs imperfections giving impeccable MUA-like results. Its key ingredient Organic Sea Lily provides 24-hour hydration and allows the skin to breathe, while the brand’s unique Anti-Pollution Complex protects the skin from environmental aggressors. Oh, and the best news? It’s infused with SPF 30.
£28, shop via selfridges.com
Dr Barbara Sturm Facial Scrub
What’s that? You’re looking to banish dry skin, prevent breakouts and stimulate circulation? “But how”, we hear you say.
Well, through the use of this Facial Scrub from Dr. Barbara Sturm, of course. Packed with horse chestnut, vitamin A and purslane, it seeks to visibly calm the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Yep, we’re smitten, too.
£50 (100ml), shop via selfridges.com
8 NARS’ Sunkissed Bronzing cream
How does NARS celebrate the summer season? With a new arrival to join its legendary line-up, of course. Introducing the Sunkissed Bronzing cream.
Filled with the signature French Polynesian Monoï de Tahiti Oil, the limited-edition formula is a velvety cream-to-powder hybrid that delivers a soft-matte finish and sun-kissed glow. Oh, and did we mention that it’s whipped up into two shades? Laguna and Casino, to be precise.
£30, shop via selfridges.com