Summer is finally upon us, and we're celebrating the simple pleasures of sun-kissed skin, beachy hair and uplifting scents symbolic of the sunny season.
Hydration, both internal and external, is essential after extended periods of time exposed to the sun. To start with the obvious, it's important to be drinking at least 2 litres of water daily to ensure cellular hydration and keeps skin hydrated. We also like to up our intake of antioxidant-rich foods helps to combat any free-radical damage from sun exposure from the inside out—think brightly coloured fruit and vegetables such as berries, peppers, turmeric and leafy greens. For the external, we've put together an edit of the perfect products to take care of your face, body and hair during the hot weather, packed with natural ingredients that moisturise, refresh and help to reduce heat damage.
Our front of house manager Amanda has insider knowledge about all of our products and is passionate about natural beauty and skincare. We asked her for her must-haves for long sunny days; "UV protection is my number one priority, and I've been loving the new Rowse Mineral Sunscreen SPF30. I apply before leaving the house but also top up when needed", she says. "I also use Evolve Daily Defence Moisture Mist throughout the day - as a part of my skincare routine prior to any serums and also to freshen up my skin whenever it feels in need of some moisture. It's such a cooling and revitalising feeling to mist your face with it when it's hot!" Amanda also uses our crystal facial tools to cool down; "My top tip is keeping my Glasshouse Black Obsidian Facial Roller in the fridge during summer so I can use it to remove puffiness. My face tends to get a bit swollen when it's super warm out, and it's the perfect tool to come back to after a long day out in the sun."
We all know that warm weather results in sweating, and for that we have you covered; "Another everyday essential for me is The Natural Deodorant Co Clean Deodorant Balm. It smells amazing and the Active one is a lifesaver during summer", says Amanda, "we have mini sized ones that are perfect to keep in your bag to freshen up during the day."
Whilst make up free days are one of the joys of vacations, when you do want to wear it Amanda recommends using our Ilia Finishing Powder - "This is a must-have to ensure that my make up stays on in the heat. I pat it under my eyes, across my nose and forehead. I then like to finish by misting my face with the Evolve Moisture Mist for a more natural and dewy look." Glossy, luminous and light-reflective is our ideal make up look for summer and we love Ilia Liquid Light Serum Highlighter to bring an extra glow to the skin, as well as Ilia Colour Haze that can be dabbed on to add colour to both cheeks and lips.
Multi-use products are another great way to simplify routines, and in particular save suitcase space if travelling. We recommend Glasshouse Hair, Hand and Body wash - the perfect companion for your summer holidays. Our multi-purpose cleanser is specifically formulated with a pH balance to nourish skin and hair equally, minimising the need for extra products. Simply decant into a travel bottle and enjoy the uplifting citrus-ginger scent wherever you are. One of our favourite post-shower rituals is to apply a moisture-enhancing plant-based oil to the skin to soothe, hydrate, and replenish. "The Rowse Summer Body Oil smells amazing and feels really lightweight but nourishing; essential for me as I don't like to put anything too heavy on my skin during hot weather", says Amanda. "It also contains carrot oil, giving a subtle orange hue that enhances the appearance of a tan. To make this easier to apply I put it on when my skin is damp to help seal moisture."
So now we have skincare covered, lets move on to hair. It's no secret that the sun and swimming in salty or chlorinated water can do damage to our locks, so we enlisted the help of our Senior Colourist Dylan for his rundown of summer favourites. "A leave in treatment is a must in the summer, and our Organic Colour Systems Status Quo Leave in formula has been designed to protect the hair from environmental damage and humidity. Organic grapefruit, orange peel and natural sunflower seed extract help to repair, and it can be used on wet, towel dried or dry hair so is super easy to use prior to swimming or sunbathing."