Beauty Essentials For Summer Days And Warmer Weather

Beauty essentials for summer days and warmer weather

The key to a successful working day is forward planning (and a healthy dose of black coffee), and here at Your Coffee Break we see no reason why the same principle shouldn’t apply to our time off too. Which is why, we’ve already started thinking about beauty essentials perfect for the warmer months ahead. Just as the changing of the season means we have to update our wardrobes with breezy outfits, it’s only natural that our beauty regimes require a little refreshing too.

We spend months slogging away at the gym only to make sure our bodies are beach-ready, but our pre-holiday skincare regime can sometimes lack the same attention. Applying Burt’s Bees Mango and Orange Sugar Scrub after a shower will leave your skin smooth and flawless, ready to soak up maximum rays when you hit the beach. Plus you’ll smell absolutely delicious!

hair & body essentials for summer

The first few days of a summer-getaway can be tough as we’re faced with an age-old dilemma: do we dare to go barefaced so we can start tanning immediately, or do we slap the foundation on to hide our lack of tan? Liz Earle has the perfect solution in the form of the Sheer Skin Tint. With a barely-there feel your skin will look naturally radiant, with the added bonus of SPF 15 protection.

If you’re conscious of a little redness you can sub in Ever Matte Foundation from Clarins for a touch more coverage come evening. Alternatively, the more impatient beach babe can opt to dust Sunkissed Bronzing Rocks on the face and body to get a beautifully bronzed and silky complexion in minutes – there’s merit in the ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ motto ladies!

make up essentials for summer

Natural, effortless beauty is the goal, so choose a light lip-gloss like Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Blush for that ‘I honestly just wake up looking like this’ vibe. Keep Grace Cole’s Pineapple and Passion Fruit Lip Balm with you during the day to keep your lips from drying out. And don’t forget the all-essential waterproof mascara. We love Clarins Truly Waterproof mascara, not only does it beautifully thicken and lengthen the lashes for a wide-eyed bambi look, it’ll stay put no matter how much you frolic in the water.

It’s vitally important to protect your head from the sun, but if you can’t find a hat to match your beachy dress make sure you spritz Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray over your hair and body before you head out for the day.

When you start to feel your hair is sizzling in the sun Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Sunshine Spray will save the day; a quick spritz will control summer frizz. Refreshing your hair with Alterna Bamboo Beach Mango Coconut dry shampoo instead of washing it will not only save time (any excuse to get to the beach bar a few minutes earlier!) but will also give other holiday-makers a tantalising tropical smell as you breeze past them.

If after a day in the sun your skin is feeling burnt and dried out there are a number of ways to cool, soothe and moisturise. Try Sothys After-Sun anti ageing treatment, or Liz Earle’s Botanical Aftersun Gel, which is cool to the touch and won’t leave your skin greasy. The Yardley Uplifting Daisy Moisturising Body Wash transforms in to a silky moisturiser as you lather it in to the skin, perfect for a showering with after a round of sun worship.

If you’ve spent a warm summer day exploring a new city your feet may well be screaming for relief. As you pop the cap of Ragdale Hall’s lavender Overnight Foot Cream you can almost hear the sound of aromatherapy music filling the room, transporting you to a place of total relaxation. Lavish the same attention on your face, neck and décolletage with The Jojoba Company Hydrating Day Cream.

Beat the heat! Click through the links to get a fresh, polished look and to avoid any sun damage through the days of summer. 

Anouszka Tate

Anouszka is a print journalist and radio & TV presenter with a penchant for sarcasm and tongue in cheek wit. Most importantly she’s YCB’s Features Editor. When she's not busy being all career driven she'll be baking, working out or making lists. Sometimes she wishes she had been born a decade earlier, and male, so that she could have been in a 90s boy band. Follow her on twitter and instagram @anouszkatate for vital updates on the above things summarised in 140 characters / in photo form.