Information & Advice
The key cause of frizz? "Humidity," explains session stylist Neil Moodie. "Using products which are cream-based with lots of moisture will help combat frizz." Keep your summer hair sleek with Charles Worthington Frizz Smoothing Leave-in Spray – it promises results in up to 80% humidity, while John Frieda Weather Works Shampoo shields against humidity to help leave hair stylish and smooth.
Wash off tans are big news this summer – simply sweep on for instant colour and shower-off when you're done. We're liking St Tropez's Wash Off Instant Glow Face Lotion and Fake Bake Beyond Bronze Wash Off Tan. Fingers crossed for a dry summer...
Nails, eyes, lips – this season pastels are everywhere. A sweep of nail colour is the perfect on-trend buy – try 17 Lasting Fix Nail Colour in Mint Choc Chip (which spies tell us Myleene Klass was seen sporting recently), from the new 17 Candy Collection, to get the look.
Give thirsty skin a drink this summer with one of the delicious new moisturisers. For your face, we rate Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask – perfect for post-plane dryness. For a silky body, add Vaseline Sheer Infusion Vitamin Burst Body Lotion, or Jergens Naturals Ultra Hydrating Body Moisturiser (which claims to double skin's hydration instantly) to your shopping list.
Luscious lashes can be yours! Possibly summer's most exciting launch, NEW Rapid Lash promises to help thicken the appearance and condition of your lashes with its polypeptide-rich formula. Look out for it when it hits boots.com on July 1st.
Light, bright, and perfect for summer, this year's hit perfumes include...
T = Tan Tricks
An insider tip to help cheat better assets? Yes, please. "Use St. Tropez's Wash Off Instant Glow Shimmer Stick over shoulders, décolletage and front of the legs to create the appearance of a more defined chest area and longer legs," suggests self tan expert and St Tropez ambassador Nichola Joss.
Introducing the latest limited edition fragrance from Prada: Prada Infusion de Tubéreuse eau de parfum. Elegant and beautifully composed with notes of tuberose, blood orange and petitgrain.
Swap your oily shine for skin that's fresh and matte. Vichy's Normaderm Pro Mat Hydrating Care (in store) helps control sebum production – found by L'Oreal Research to be exacerbated by UV rays – so your skin stays matte and protected.
Multi-tasking beauty products are great cost effective summer space-savers. Our current favourites? Figs & Rouge 100% Organic Balm, Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm – great for cleansing, moisturising and exfoliating – and Balance Me's Stellar Beauty Balm. With shea butter and rose hip oil, it works double duty to nourish hair, skin, nails and body.
A highlighter, primer and eyeshadow in one, Urban Decay's new Sin Primer Potion promises crease-free wear all day long – perfect for summer, we say.
Ok, we're actually referring to plain old H2O. In summer your body needs more of the pure stuff, so sup up. "The heat will make your body lose extra water," says Origins' Lieve de Clerq who suggests upping your water intake "to keep your body cool and your skin well protected."
A summer beauty must. "There's no harmless amount of sun exposure for the skin. Even small daily amounts of UV contribute to photo-ageing and damage to the skin," warns Dr David Orentreich, Clinique's Guiding Dermatologist. Look for broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and reapply regularly for a sun safe summer.
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