What: Origins GinZing Refreshing Face Mask, £23 (http://www.origins.co.uk)
Why: The sun, heat and salt-water are all incredibly drying for skin. So, after a day spent horizontal on the sun lounger your complexion will be in desperate need of some high-powered moisture. Slather on this ultra-hydrating gel face mask as soon as the sun goes down. It’s packed with skin-calming mushroom extract to banish redness and energising coffee beans and cucumber to restore skin’s pre-sun glow.
Beauty editor’s tip: Staying in a beach villa? Keep this face mask in the kitchen fridge for an extra cooling effect on UV-ravaged skin.
What: Essie nail polish in Romper Room, £7.99 (http://www.boots.com)
Why: Forget fuschia and coral, this pretty pale pink is the shade of the season. It’s the perfect amount of pastel in a super opaque formula, making it the ideal hue to set off a seasoned tan.
Beauty editor’s tip: Matching tips and toes are so on-trend again – we love this shade for both hands and feet, paired with our favourite Louboutin raffia wedges and Monica Vinader cocktail ring.
What: Benefit Benetint Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm in Posiebalm, £14.50 (http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk)
Why: Let’s be honest – a full face of make-up simply looks out of place on the beach. But that doesn’t mean you need to go totally barefaced. Our solution? Add a hint of balmy colour to lips with this buttery stick. It glides on sheer and is super lightweight but surprisingly lasts for hours, even on a blazing hot beach day. We’re simply smitten!
Beauty editor’s tip: Want to brave a bolder lip? Layer on this balm for more intense colour. If your lips are sun sensitive apply a dedicated SPF lip formula underneath – this lip balm is packed with hydrating mango butter so it won’t leave lips tacky.
What: Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50, £29.90 (http://www.dermalogica.co.uk)
Why: This is one of the InStyle beauty team’s favourite sunscreens. It offers high protection from damaging UV rays but you’d never know it from the formula – it melts into skin without leaving any greasy residue and stays on in water for a whopping forty minutes! Even better? It’s packed with anti-ageing heavyweight ingredient, hyaluronic acid so your skin stays hydrated all day long. Plus, it boosts the production of antioxidants too giving your skin better odds in sun defense.
Beauty editor’s tip: Applying sunscreen is a bit like baking. If you don’t use the right measured amount it won’t be effective and you could end up burning. The guidelines are to use a tablespoon of sunscreen on your face and four all over your body. Case in point? Slather it on thick!
What: Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, £20.50 (http://www.bumbleandbumble.co.uk)
Why: Heat, humidity and sun can all make even the smoothest of locks go frizzy. To avoid that Monica from Friends effect when partying poolside we swear by this salt-infused styling spray. It’s a multi-tasking genius for giving good hair in hot weather – it adds guts to limp hair, a bit of hold to thick, curly locks, and creates a beach-y, windblown texture on any hair type. We’re dubbing it magic in a can.
Beauty editor’s tip: You can use this texturizer on wet or dry hair. Be sure to apply it liberally especially if you’ve got a naturally unruly mane. For fine hair, concentrate on the roots to get instant added volume.
By Malena Harbers, Beauty Editor