We’ve had two weeks of constant sunshine so far and our first thought was, finally! We can finally put away the long sleeves and warm clothes and bring out the sundresses, flirty skirts and tank tops. Second thought was, is my skin sun ready? In all honesty, we all want beautiful skin so therefore suncare should be a year round thought.
And, even when you can’t see the sun peeking through the clouds, it doesn’t mean it’s not there, and it will be just as damaging to your skin. Self-tanning and sunkissed makeup however, are very much a personal choice. If you have no love for either, just skip right ahead to the skincare and sun protection portion of this feature. These are my top choices for year-round sun loving products for beautiful skin!
Beauty Complex by Revive Active
This marine collagen based complex helps to maintain your skin, hair and nails’ natural function and structure by nourishing it from within. With Hyaluronic acid and phytoceramides, these soluble sachets are quickly absorbed and you can expect visible results after 2 weeks of continuous consumption.
Revive Active Beauty Complex, £39.95, reviveactive.com
Triple Action Micro Polish & Peel by Algenist
With a blend of glycolic and alguronic acids, fruit enzymes and micro crystals, this ocean friendly polish and peel is gentle yet extremely effective in giving you a radiant, smooth complexion.
Triple Action Micro Polish & Peel, £58.50 ALGENIST at lookfantastic.com
Glitter Body Scrub – Pink Salt & Coconut by BOD
This vegan friendly, glittery scrub not only leaves your skin subtly sparkling, it’s leaves it beautifully smooth and soft, and perfectly prepared for your following body products.
Glitter Body Scrub – Pink Salt & Coconut, £12.99 BOD bodyondemand.co.uk
Ok, so I recommend the whole range because, quite frankly, I feel they work better in tandem. They smooth away those problematic bumps and help tone the skin, perfect for year round, and better yet before bikini season. By targeting specific areas of your body, you get the best care for each zone. And, if you’re only concerned about one area in particular, choose the one that will work for you. Visible results after four weeks of continuous use. That’s not to say you can neglect exercise and a balanced diet!
skin689 range from £34.50 skin689.ch
Sun Vitamins by Yves Rocher
These pre-sun vitamins will help protect your skin from within while also helping maximise and extend the life of your tan. Start taking them about 2 weeks before going into the sunshine for best results. And don’t forget your SPF!
Sun Vitamins, £25.50 Yves Rocher yves-rocher.co.uk
Advanced Pro Formula 5 in 1 Tanning Mousse by St.Moriz
Already a self-tan afficionado? The St.Moriz tanning mousse is so easy to apply and leaves the skin feeling moisturised while developing your tan. The guide colour makes for super easy application, the scent is soft and not at all what we’re used to where self-tanners are concerned. Remember to shake the bottle before use and always apply with an applicator mitt. Available in Fair/Medium and Medium/Dark shades.
Advanced Pro Formula Self Tan Mousse, £7.99 ST. MORIIZ at boots.com
Bronze Professional Luxe Glow Tanning Oil by Sunkissed
If you’re new to self-tan or not a regular at it, this is a great option for you! The dry oil tanning mist is so easy so apply, develops into a beautiful golden glow and has a gorgeous soft caramel scent! if you want a softer tan, rinse off the guide colour after 2 or 3 hours, but if you want fuller colour, leave to develop for the full 5 to 6 hours. Leaves the skin feeling amazing also!
Bronze Professional Luxe Glow Tanning Oil, £14.99 Sunkissed sunkissedbronzing.co.uk
Yuzu & Starfruit Touch of Summer Gradual Self-tanning Crème with SPF30 by Hempz
Like your sunless tan cruelty free? Hempz is your best bet! This daily moisturising lotion not only gradually builds a gorgeous golden tan, it hydrates, nourishes and protects your skin with SPF30. Available in fair and medium shades.
Yuzu & Starfruit Touch of Summer Gradual Self-Tanning Crème with SPF30, £24.99 Hempz hempzbeauty.com
Daily Tighten Tan Body Bake by BOD
Body On Demand keeps setting the standard for super-cool, must-have, trendy, cult products! All while also being cruelty-free. The new sunless tan products are proof of that. For use on face and body, this vegan self-tanner helps to sculpt, boost and tone the skin, all whilst keeping it hydrated and delivering a fabulous sunkissed glow! What more could you ask for?
BOD Daily Tighten Tan (for Face and Body), £9.99 bodyondemand.co.uk
SOLEIL IDENTITÉ Perfect Colour Face Self-Tanner Spf 8 by Chanel
This has to be by far, my all time favourite face self-tanning product. Not only does it smell delicious, it builds gorgeous sunkissed colour with not a hint of orange in sight while keeping the skin hydrated, protected and nourished. Available in 2 tones, golden for fair/medium skin and bronze for medium/dark skin. Just wish they’d do it for the body also. I’d be all over it!
Soleil Identité Perfect Colour Face Self-Tanner SPF8, £32.00 CHANEL at boots.com
Sun Lotion SPF15 with Natural Tan Accelerator by Green People
Sun Lotion SPF 15 with Natural Tan Accelerator, from £13.50 GREEN PEOPLE at amazon.co.uk
Sun Beauty Satin Sheen Oil Fast Tan Optimizer SPF50 by Lancaster
Sun Beauty Satin Sheen Oil Fast Tan Optimizer SPF50, £24.00 LANCASTER at feelunique.com
in transit skin defense SPF45 by thisworks
in transit skin defence SPF 45, £32.00 thisworks thisworks.com
Soleil Bronzer SPF 50 BB Cream by Lancôme
Soleil Bronzer SPF 50 BB Cream, £20.80 LANCÔME at johnlewis.com
The Ritual of Karma Sun Protection Face Cream 50 by Rituals
The Ritual of Karma Sun Protection Face Cream 50, £15.00 Rituals rituals.com
Monoï de Tahiti Traditional Tiaré Oil by Yves Rocher
Monoï de Tahiti Traditional Tiaré Oil, £12.50 Yves Rocher yves-rocher.co.uk
Hydrating After Sun by Green People
Hydrating After Sun, £10.50 GREEN PEOPLE at amazon.co.uk
Sun Tan Maximiser Soothing Moisturizer Repairing After Sun Face & Body by Lancaster
Sun Tan Maximiser Soothing Moisturizer Repairing After Sun Face & Body, £22.00 LANCASTER at feelunique.com
Glow Getter Shimmer by Sunkissed
Glow Getter Shimmer Bronzing Powder Palette, £7.92 SUNKISSED at amazon.co.uk
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel by Chanel
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel, £40.00 CHANEL at boots.com
Terracotta Joli Teint Beautifying Foundation Sun-Kissed Healthy Glow by Guerlain
Terracotta Joli Teint Beautifying Foundation Sun-Kissed Healthy Glow, £37.00 GUERLAIN at johnlewis.com
PRO.Matte HD Long Wear Matte Foundation by L.A. Girl
PRO.Matte HD Long Wear Matte Foundation, £8.00 L.A. GIRL at beautybay.com
Match Stix Trio by Fenty Beauty
Match Stix Trio, £46.00 FENTY BEAUTY at harveynichols.com
Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur by Kérastase
Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur, £22.90 Kérastase kerastase.co.uk
Bed Head Totally Beachin’ Cleansing Jelly Shampoo & Mellow After-Sun Conditioner by Tigi
Totally Beachin’ Cleansing Jelly Shampoo, £8.35 TIGI BED HEAD at amazon.co.uk
Totally Beachin’ Mellow After-Sun Conditioner, £12.42 TIGI BED HEAD at amazon.co.uk
SERIE EXPERT Solar Sublime Masque by L’Oréal Professionnel
Serie Expert Solar Sublime Masque, £12.35 L’ORÉAL PROFESSIONAL at lookfantastic.com
Shimmering Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse® by Nuxe
Shimmering Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse® NUXE at feelunique.com
For the Little Ones
50+ spf sun cream – unfragranced & After-Sun Lotion – Organic Coconut by Childs Farm
50+ spf sun cream – unfragranced, £12.00 CHILD’S FARM at boots.com
After-Sun Lotion – Organic Coconut, £4.99 CHILD’S FARM at boots.com
Organic Children Sun Lotion SPF30 – Scent Free & Organic Children Aloe Vera Lotion & After Sun by Green People
Organic Children Sun Lotion SPF30 – Scent Free, £12.33 GREEN PEOPLE at ocado.com
Organic Children Aloe Vera Lotion & After Sun, £11.50 GREEN PEOPLE at feelunique.com
Baby in The Shade Sun Cream SPF50 by Garnier Ambre Solaire
Baby in The Shade Sun Cream SPF50, £3.00 GARNIER AMBRE SOLAIRE at boots.com