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Focus On Firming
If you’re a fan of a facial jade roller, you need to try Tata Harper’s Sculpting Body Stone. It feels blissfully cool on hot skin and is the perfect way to ease tension and encourage a firmer skin texture. Use it with the Resurfacing Body Serum, which contains AHAs, orange peptides and vitamin A to gently zap dry patches, alleviate roughness and improve elasticity. If you prefer a creamier formula with similar benefits, Venn’s Probiotic Tensive Hydro Firming Body Cream contains all the necessary ingredients to tighten and revive neglected skin. The inclusion of prebiotics, probiotic ferments and postbiotics helps reduce inflammation too, making it especially ideal for sensitive or easily irritated skin.
Stock Up On SPF
SPF for the body rarely feels as thought out as its facial counterpart but Ultra Violette, the cool Aussie sunscreen brand, is on a mission to change that with its latest launch, Bod Brigade SPF50+. The XXL pump is one you’d happily take poolside, plus it’s generous enough for the whole family to use. It also has the brand’s signature sophisticated formulation: no white cast, water resistant for up to four hours and super hydrating thanks to active ingredient pentavitin and aloe vera. Slather it on as you would a body cream after your morning shower and you’re good to go.
If you’re only an occasional moisturiser, summer is the season to make it a more regular habit. Oskia’s Universal Hyaluronic Acid (out in August) is a jumbo-sized gem that works for both the face and body to provide instant and long-term hydration. It’s easily absorbed too, so there’s no need to hang around while you wait for it to air dry. For a deeper hit of hydration, try a body oil, which will lock in any moisturiser you may have applied already, as well as intensely replenish skin's protective lipid barrier. Therapie’s Soothe Body Oil is a sensorial delight thanks to geranium, lavender and sage and has been blended specially to help ease emotional unrest. If you’re travelling and portability is an issue, Bramley’s collaboration with Luxury Family Hotels comprises five mini oils inspired by the ambience of a different hotel in the group’s portfolio. Better still, they double up as bath oils.
Don’t Forget Your Derrière
Although often overlooked, your bottom usually needs a bit of TLC too. If you suffer from bumps beneath the skin’s surface, it might be keratosis pilaris – a harmless condition often known as ‘chicken skin’ where a build-up of keratin blocks hair follicles. To banish the bumps, choose a dual action chemical and physical scrub like Ameliorate’s Smoothing Body Exfoliant and massage it into dry skin before your shower. For a final flourish, opt for a made-for-purpose-moisturiser like the Legology Peach-Lite Firming Cream, which aims to sculpt, lift and soften skin thanks to an energising, deep drainage complex of ingredients including high dose caffeine.
Refresh Sun-Kissed Skin
An end-of-day after-sun regime is one of the loveliest parts of a holiday, but even skin that’s not been in the sun still requires some aftercare. Oway’s After-Sun Hair & Body Bath is formulated with baobab, anise and passion fruit, which increase skin’s suppleness and reinstate moisture and softness, while the zesty citrus scent lingers long after you’re out of the shower. If sunburnt or wind chapped skin is an issue, then nothing will take the heat and itch out of it better than Dr Barbara Sturm’s Aloe Vera Gel. A definite upgrade from old-fashioned gels, this one also contains purslane to repair exposed, inflamed skin. For added bliss, keep it in the fridge and slather on liberally when skin feels sore.
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