Summer beauty products are all about indulging in fun and frivolity – think shimmery highlighters, bold lipsticks and bright eye colours. However, when it comes to summer body products, it’s time to get serious. We want the very best, the most effective out there – whether that’s adding a streak-free golden glow with a fake tan, protecting skin with a high quality sunscreen or ensuring firm, toned pins with a beautiful new body oil. Read on for our edit of the very best body products to buy this summer – all thoroughly tried and tested.
The key to soft, supple, toned skin is hydration – and the easiest route to that is a body oil. Post-shower, use Omorovicza’s divinely-scented Firming Body Oil from top-to-toe, and watch the skin transformation. With geranium, sage and rosemary, this silky body oil has a botanical, slightly citrusy perfume, making it perfect to energise and invigorate in the morning. It’s made with an expert blend of rich oils (plum almond, apricot kernel and calendula), while vitamins A and E soften and boost collagen production, leaving skin toned, smooth and glowing. We swear by it.
Instant tans. Too shimmery, too orange, too streaky; the pitfalls are many. Vita Liberata’s new Body Blur is a lightly tinted cream which gives a natural glow to skin – think of it as foundation for your body. It’s a favourite with make-up artists, and we can see why – Body Blur instantly evens skin tone, masks imperfections and gives skin a flawless finish – think of this as foundation for your body. Once applied, the water-resistant formula stays put until you wash it off. Yep, it’s not cheap, but this really does work – it’s instant body-confidence in a bottle.
Everyone needs a signature summer scent and Juliette Has A Gun’s addictively sexy White Spirit is ours. Heady with fragrant summer blooms and seductive woody undertones, it’s an enigmatic concoction that somehow feels perfect for sunny days that turn into sensual nights. It opens with pretty floral notes of jasmine and tuberose, before the amber and sandalwood kick in, and things suddenly get a whole lot hotter. White Spirit is sweet and innocent on the surface, but ridiculous sexy once it gets going. Expect people to ask you what perfume you’re wearing.
A lightweight, yet super-moisturising SPF50 sunscreen, Aesop’s Protective Body Lotion ticks a lot of boxes. Absorbing quickly into the skin and leaving absolutely no white residue, the spray-and-go formula makes this a must-have for water-resistant high factor sun protection lasting up to four hours. It also moisturises as it protects, thanks to avocado, sweet almond and jojoba oils. The spearmint-lemon aroma is refreshingly different and wonderfully uplifting too, making this a new RIH favourite.
Tanning in the shower may sound like complete madness, but trust us on this one! St Tropez’ clever gradual tan works in just three minutes, leaving you with a golden glow that looks 100% natural. So what’s the catch? There isn’t one. Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion doesn’t smell weird, colour is even and fades naturally – plus, applied over 2-3 days, you can gradually build up a deeper colour to suit you. One application is enough to give an afternoon in the sunshine glow though.This is the gradual tan lazy girls have been waiting for – it’s so easy, we can’t quite believe it.
Does anyone else find it slightly strange that pretty much every single foot cream out there smells of peppermint? Sure, it’s fresh, but it does remind one just a little of toothpaste… Our go-to pre-pedicure treat is the quite frankly revolutionary Sapphire & Oud Foot Cream from luxe bodycare brand Prismologie. Infused with amber and oud, it’s rather sensual scent – in fact, we’ve been known to use this as a hand cream too. The fragrance is designed to calm and soothe, while antioxidant-rich ingredients smooth and hydrate, leaving you with perfectly-soft, summer-ready feet.
You know you should be wearing an SPF everyday to protect your skin – and summer’s the time to up the ante. While some sunscreens can feel heavy, Murad’s new Luminous Shield is a lightweight lotion with myriad skincare benefits – broad factor SPF50 aside. Porcelain flower extract works to create an even skintone and illuminate the complexion, while green tea brightens and firms. Luminous Shield gives skin a glowy, radiant look, and it works brilliantly as a base for makeup too, creating a smooth, even finish. This is one to keep using even after the summer’s gone.