The Ultimate Guide to Summer Body Care
Warmer weather means one thing; skin on show and whether you're in a bikini, dress, skirt or even jeans and a t-shirt, limbs are out and in full force. Keeping the skin on your body nourished is key to maintaining healthy and luminous skin all over (something I'm a true advocate of) and to kick of Summer beauty features on here this year, I've rounded up the best body-care on the market that I've tried and tested. From salty and oily scrubs, light lotions and rich body butters to oils, refreshing shower gels, AHA body serums and fake tans, this is the ultimate beauty guide to everything you need in your body routine this year.
Soaper Duper Nourishing Coconut Body Wash*: Coconut and orange are the scents of Summer for me; long beach days drenched in suncream that smells like coconut and freshly squeezed orange juice by the pool; idyllic and something this body wash perfectly encapsulates. It's ultra hydrating and a Summer shower essential.
L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil*: The must luxurious and indulgent shower product ever to make it's way into my routine but one that leaves skin feeling and looking so incredibly supply, nourished and oily that no lotion is needed when dry. Once mixed with water this rich oil turns into a thick foam that not only fills the bathroom and skin with a heavenly almond scent but leaves skin with a satin sheen all over.
Sister & Co Match Green and Coconut Sugar Scrub*: An anti-oxidant filled scrub that leaves skin looking glowy and feeling invigorated. This unique blend of raw coconut sugar, pink Himalayan salts and loose leaf green tea gently but effectively buff away at any dead skin cells whilst the fatty acid rich Baobab and Coconut oil drench skin in moisture.
Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub*: A long standing favourite for a reason, this decadent salt scrub from Sanctuary not only immensely hydrates and treats the skin with it's nourishing oils, it leaves skin feeling incredibly soft as it removes any dead skin cells, old fake tan and product build up with ease.
Isla Apothecary Neroli Oil*: This incredible citrus blend oil of Neroli, Mandarin and Petitgrain from 100% natural brand Isla Apothecary not only smells divine but helps cleanse and balance the skin and soften the appearance of stretch marks and scarring whilst Frankincense and Patchouli boost cell regeneration. As-well as nourishing the body it can be used for the face, hair and bath making it the perfect multi-tasking travel companion that ticks many a beauty need.
L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil*: More than 50% rich in Almond oil, this light spay oil from L'Occitane is perfect for spritzing over the skin in the mornings before dressing as it melts into the skin easily, lets limbs shine and perfumes the body with a light dose of sweet Almonds.
LOTIONS AND BODY BUTTERS
L'Occitane Almond Body Balm*: New to the Almond collection this Summer, L'Occitane have launched another heavenly scented Almond body product that instantly comforts the skin by relieving any dryness and increasing skins supple-ness. With a whipped texture this leaves skin feeling incredibly hydrated and supple as the Almond butter and oils unleash a layer of comfort that softens the skin beautifully.
Sister & Co Body Melt*: Zesty Sicilian lemon, sweet Madagascan vanilla and punchy Apricot make this 100% natural, super-hydrating body balm leaving your smelling just like Summer. Once a hard balm in the pot, Sister & Co have formulated this with endless fatty acids, Vitamins and cold pressed raw oils to deliver a balm that turns into an oil when massaged into the skin, providing long lasting moisture and scent.
Arket Vetiver Body Cream: The perfect uplifting earthy green scent and super light body lotion for slathering on in the mornings when time is of the essence. All of Arkets bath and body products are made in Sweden and this Vetiver scent has been inspired by the Nordic Flora, formualted with ingredients and oils that leave skin with a silky smooth finish and a fresh citrus fragrance.
REN AHA Body Serum*: A ground-breaking chemical exfoliant for the body that is the perfect product for the beauty fanatics who love AHA's and exfoliators that are less abrasive and work at a deeper level to 'slough of' dead skin cells. REN's new product has been created with lactic acid to increase cell turnover, probiotics to calm and boost skins barrier to make it more resilient against external aggressors and vegetable-derived xylitol to help skins water retention levels. An absolute Summer body essential that has a citrusy orange scent and uplifting packaging.
Garnier UV Water SPF20: Sun-creams that are non-greasy, light and in a spray bottle tick all the boxes for me and this refreshing water SPF from Garnier has become my new favourite formula. With bi-phase sun protection thats enriched in Aloe Vera gel, it protects from UVA and UVB rays, keeps skin calm and hydrated for up to 8 hours, is water resistent and absorbs instantly into the skin for a non-sticky finish.
Ultra Sun After Sun Gel*: Post sun exposure, gels are the most cooling way to soothe the skin and bring it back to a normal temperature and with this Ultra Sun gel, skin is moisturised with a long lasting cooling effect to reduce redness and heat.
James Read H20 Illuminating Tan Mist*: A golden tan mist that instantly illuminates the skin with a subtle shimmer for radiant skin all day and all night long. Infused with organise rose water, Hyaluronic Acid and sparkling 24K gold, this gradual mist builds up into a naturally sun-kissed colour for the ultimate non-sun tan. Like all James Read tans, it's super fast drying allowing you to dress straight away and get out the door.
Vita Liberata Body Blur*: The essential wash off tan for Summer that you need for when last minute tan is required. Described as 'makeup for the body', body blur gives the appearance of flawless skin through it's bronze tint offering that perfects bruises or marks to the skin.
Oskia Adaptive Tan Mist*: My new favourite and one of the most exciting tan launches this year, this light tan mist from Oskia builds up into an even, streak free, golden colour that looks as thigh you've spent a long weekend on the beach soaking up the sun.