Here with you for every summer moment

This article is sponsored by Oral-B, Braun, Venus, Olay, Aussie, Pantene, Always & Tampax

Festival fun, a day by the pool, nights out with friends – whatever summer looks like for you, enjoy it in style with our top tips to help you look and feel your best.

Whether you’re looking to breathe life back into your strands after a windswept day at the beach or need a quick hair removal solution for a last-minute pool party, we’ve got all the beauty buys you need to get you ready for the most perfectly imperfect summer to date!

It’s time to get your prep in check. Don’t know where to start? Follow our five simple steps.

Step 1: Summer smile

Blue skies, day trips, sunny weekends – it’s enough to put a smile on our faces. But before you get snap happy this selfie season, start by keeping your teeth and gums healthy – because who doesn’t want a smile as bright as the sun? (ok, maybe not that bright!). If you want to know our secret for sparkling, pearly whites, it all starts with a showstopping electric toothbrush…

Try: Oral-B iO6 Electric Toothbrush - Black Lava

• Contains: 1 x iO6 handle with ultimate clean brush head, 1 travel case & 1 charger

Brush up on your oral hygiene with a professional clean from Oral-B. Designed with revolutionary iO technology, this electric toothbrush delivers a truly extraordinary experience, with five smart brushing modes to help you personalise your daily brushing routine. The interactive display even gives you a smile for a job well done – say cheese!

Step 2: Bodycare

Ever put on your swimwear and suddenly realised you’ve forgotten to shave? We’ve all been there. And whilst we’re not afraid of a little bit of stubble, some of us prefer the smoother look. The solution? Some people love a razor because they’re travel-friendly (great for festivals too!) but if you’re looking for a more permanent solution, an IPL could be your saving grace.

Try: Braun Silk·expert Pro 5 IPL, At-Home Permanent Visible Hair Removal - White/Gold PL5124

• Includes: 1 x IPL

• 1 x standard cap for underarms

• 1 x wide cap for larger body areas

• 2 x precision caps for smaller, sensitive areas

• 1 x vanity case

• 1 x power cord

If you’re looking for a hero hair remover, this is it! Using advanced IPL technology, this Braun hair removal system gives you up to six months of salon-smooth skin, all from the comfort of your own home. The SkinPro 2.0 sensor automatically and continuously adapts to your skin tone, flashing up to 125 times per minute for effortless results and less missed spots.

Try: Venus For Pubic Hair and Skin Women's Razor

• Dermatologist & gynaecologist tested

• Ergonomic handle

Shave bumps and ingrown hairs can be pretty irritating. Thankfully, Venus have tackled this problem head-on with a specially designed razor that helps protect pubic skin using an advanced irritation defense bar. The result? A smooth shave with blades that cut hair while barely touching the skin. There’s even a precision trimmer on the back of the blades for those hard-to-reach areas.

Try: Venus Comfortglide Coconut plus Olay Razor Blades

• 3 Comfortglide plus Olay Coconut women's blade refills

• Any Venus blade refill fits any Venus razor handle (Except Simply Venus & Venus Pubic Hair and skin).

• Coconut scented

Don’t settle for a blunt shave, enhance your grooming routine with razor blade refills that keep skin dryness in check. These refills from Venus, equipped with Olay Moisture Bars, release nourishing body butters to guard the skin from cuts and irritation. The pivoting head design adjusts to your body contours, creating an effortless shaving experience.

Step 3: Skincare

Although the sun can feel like a warm hug for our skin, it can also cause damage, leading to signs of premature ageing and dehydration. Does this mean we can’t enjoy the sun? Not at all, but a refined skincare routine and plenty of SPF can certainly help. Using a lightweight moisturiser with an SPF of 30 or higher is a great place to start. We also recommend spending time in the shade between 11am and 3pm to avoid the hottest parts of the day.

Try: Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Face Moisturiser With Retinol & Vitamin B3

• Size: 50ml

• Suitable for daily use

• Free from fragrances & dyes

Say ‘good morning’ to smooth and glowing skin with this night face moisturiser. This hydrating blend combines retinoid complex and vitamin B3 to help visibly improve wrinkles, fine lines, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots and pores. Apply each night before bed and let the formula get to work – just what your skin needs after a fun-filled day.

Try: Olay Collagen Peptide24 Day Face Cream With SPF30

• Size: 50ml

• Suitable for daily use

• Free from fragrances & dyes

Put a pep (or should we say peptide) in your step with this dreamy day cream from Olay. Infused with collagen peptides and vitamin B3, the intensely hydrating formula reveals strong and glowing skin in 14 days!* It’s also designed with SPF30 to help protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. We know what you’re thinking. Is there anything it can’t do?!

Try: Olay Hyaluronic Acid 24 + Vitamin B5 Day Gel Moisturiser with Niacinamide For Visibly Healthy Skin

• Size: 50ml

• Free from fragrances & dyes

• Non-comedogenic

• Dermatologist tested

A must in your morning skincare ritual, this moisturiser from Olay blends hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5 and niacinamide to deliver deep multi-layer hydration. The lightweight gel provides an instant cooling effect, perfect for those warmer summer days and penetrates deep into the skin surface to lock in that all-important moisture. Healthy looking skin – check!

Step 4: Haircare

Much like we gasp for a gulp of hydration in the summertime, our hair needs its thirst quenched too. So, before you start posing for pictures around the BBQ or dancing the night away, give your hair the TLC it deserves to help keep it in tip top condition. We recommend refining your wash routine with a nourishing shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment.  

Try: Aussie Bouncy Curls Shampoo

• Size: 300ml

• Cruelty-free & vegan**

• Silicone-free formula

• Recycled bottle

You don’t need to travel down under to give wavy and curly hair a burst of Aussie goodness. This hydrating shampoo gently cleanses strands from root to tip with its unique blend of jojoba oil, coconut oil and macadamia nut oil. The moisturising formula puts the bounce back in your curls and leaves waves feeling silky-soft and oh, so refreshed.

Try: Aussie Bouncy Curls Conditioner

• Size: 200ml

• Cruelty-free & vegan**

• Silicone-free formula

Thirsty hair? Curl, please. If you want to say g’day to great results, follow the Aussie Bouncy Curls Shampoo with this equally nourishing conditioner. Enriched with your daily dose of moisture, the lightweight formula gently detangles without the burden of weighing down your strands. Not to mention it also smells a-mazing!

Try: Pantene Pro-V Miracles Colour Gloss Shampoo 400ml

• Size: 400ml

• Suitable for permanent & temporary dyed hair

If you’re looking to keep your coloured hair fresh this summer, Pantene have got you covered. It’s no secret that the sun can break down chemicals in your hair dye subsequently causing it to fade. Luckily, this shampoo is on hand to take strands from dull to glossy in just one wash – you can thank bioton, gloss mineral and Pro-V blends for that.

Try: Pantene Pro-V Miracles Colour Hair Gloss Leave On Conditioner

• Size: 145ml

• Suitable for damaged & coloured hair

Spritz life back into your strands with this leave-in conditioner. Ideal for rebuilding, smoothing and sealing locks for a healthy sheen, the formula also uses molecular hair refilling technology to target damaged hair – perfect for bringing that glossy colour back into your life. For best results, spray onto your hair before styling and don’t rinse out.

Step 4: Period management

Don’t let your period ‘cramp’ your style and get in the way of summer adventures. Whether you like to use tampons or prefer the snug fit of a sanitary towel, we recommend always packing some in your bag whenever you’re on-the-go. You never know when your period may call so it’s best to be overprepared by packing more than you think you’ll need.  

Try: Tampax Pearl Compak Super Tampons With Applicator x16

• Free from fragrances & dyes

• Gynecologically tested

If it’s comfort, protection and discretion you’re looking for, these tampons from Tampax fit the bill. Featuring MotionFit technology that gently adapts to your body’s unique shape and a smooth plastic applicator for comfortable insertion, you can enjoy your day without worry. We love the added bonus of a LeakGuard braid for added protection that helps stop leaks before they happen.

Try: Always Platinum Day & Night (Size 3) Pads Wings 16 Sanitary Towels

• With OdourLock technology to neutralise odours

When it comes to sanitary towels, comfort is key. Something that these pads from Always Platinum offer in abundance. Designed with ComfortLock wings for a snug fit for any kind of underwear, you can relax knowing your period is taken care off. The 3D LeakGuard helps you wave goodbye to leakage whilst 1000 micro-cushions provide added comfort and absorbency.

*P&G Consumer Study (n=103), Nov 2020.
**Vegan formulas do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.