The Products You Need for Beautiful Skin this Summer

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!


Skin Prep


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,


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


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



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


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


Self Tan


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


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


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


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


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


Sun Protection

Sun Lotion SPF15 with Natural Tan Accelerator by Green People


Sun Lotion SPF 15 with Natural Tan Accelerator, from £13.50 GREEN PEOPLE at


Sun Beauty Satin Sheen Oil Fast Tan Optimizer SPF50 by Lancaster


Sun Beauty Satin Sheen Oil Fast Tan Optimizer SPF50, £24.00 LANCASTER at


in transit skin defense SPF45 by thisworks


in transit skin defence SPF 45, £32.00 thisworks


Soleil Bronzer SPF 50 BB Cream by Lancôme 


Soleil Bronzer SPF 50 BB Cream, £20.80 LANCÔME at


The Ritual of Karma Sun Protection Face Cream 50 by Rituals


The Ritual of Karma Sun Protection Face Cream 50, £15.00 Rituals


After Sun


Monoï de Tahiti Traditional Tiaré Oil by Yves Rocher


Monoï de Tahiti Traditional Tiaré Oil, £12.50 Yves Rocher


Hydrating After Sun by Green People


Hydrating After Sun, £10.50 GREEN PEOPLE at


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


Sun Makeup


Glow Getter Shimmer by Sunkissed



Glow Getter Shimmer Bronzing Powder Palette, £7.92 SUNKISSED at


Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel by Chanel


Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel, £40.00 CHANEL at


Terracotta Joli Teint Beautifying Foundation Sun-Kissed Healthy Glow by Guerlain



Terracotta Joli Teint Beautifying Foundation Sun-Kissed Healthy Glow, £37.00 GUERLAIN at


PRO.Matte HD Long Wear Matte Foundation by L.A. Girl


PRO.Matte HD Long Wear Matte Foundation, £8.00  L.A. GIRL at


Match Stix Trio by Fenty Beauty


Match Stix Trio, £46.00 FENTY BEAUTY at


Hair Suncare


Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur by Kérastase


Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur, £22.90 Kérastase


Bed Head Totally Beachin’ Cleansing Jelly Shampoo & Mellow After-Sun Conditioner by Tigi



Totally Beachin’ Cleansing Jelly Shampoo, £8.35 TIGI BED HEAD at

Totally Beachin’ Mellow After-Sun Conditioner, £12.42 TIGI BED HEAD at


SERIE EXPERT Solar Sublime Masque by L’Oréal Professionnel



Serie Expert Solar Sublime Masque, £12.35 L’ORÉAL PROFESSIONAL at


Shimmering Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse® by Nuxe


Shimmering Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse® NUXE at


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

After-Sun Lotion – Organic Coconut, £4.99 CHILD’S FARM at


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

Organic Children Aloe Vera Lotion & After Sun, £11.50 GREEN PEOPLE at


Baby in The Shade Sun Cream SPF50 by Garnier Ambre Solaire



Baby in The Shade Sun Cream SPF50, £3.00 GARNIER AMBRE SOLAIRE at

Post Author: Jo

Makeup artist based in South-West London and internationally published. Studied Fashion Makeup at London College of Fashion and with Val Garland at I work with clients across various areas of fashion including editorial, beauty and advertising and also film. I love all things beauty, addicted to makeup and all things organic, also love trying new things and telling people about them!

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