Last week’s ‘heatwave’ had a LOT of us realising just un-ready we are for warmer weather. Too pasty, too bumpy, too wintery-looking for far too long (or was that just me?). Luckily, there are a batch of affordable beauty products launching for summer, which will help us get seriously (and easily) ‘de-wintered’ and ready to bare all.
Keep your eyes out for Nivea‘s new Body Mousses, £3.99. Launching in June, these are perfect for warmer months and for holidays in exotic climes. With a super-light texture, which nicely sinks into the body and limbs, and absorbs immediately, this is the perfect replacement for thick skin lotions and creams, which can be too sticky when the temperature rises.
Best of all they give long-lasting moisture (48 hours to be exact) due to their rich, caring oils and moisture-locking lipids. Available in three scents, my favourite is the Wild Raspberry and White Tea, which oozes blooming floral and fruity notes. I love a foam formula – normally in a shower gel – so this is a novel product which delivers moisture to even the driest skins. Foam it on and watch it sink in for immediate results.
If your bikini is looking tighter than you’d like and your shorts are a little snug, don’t worry. BOD‘s glorious 20 Minute Mermaid Bath Prep, £11.99, could be the kick-start you need to banishing the bloat.
Claiming to help shift 1-3lb of water retention in a 20-minute bath, the pink salts give a mulit-layered attack. The unique bath salt complex firstly works to drive out sweat, toxins and stubborn water weight, to reveal a smoother more sculpted finish. As well as giving your bath water a pink and sparkly effect, you will emerge – mermaid-like – with a subtle iridescence.
The salt range is 100% vegan and kind to your skin. Simply pour the whole bag (yes, it seems like a lot) into hot running water and wait for it to dissolve, swirl the water around for a magical moment as the water become bright pink – soak away and dream of summer. It looks good and gives results. Available from ASOS.com
Finally, are these new lip-focused launches from Be For Beauty. Base Lip Solve is a new generation of superhero lip balm, available in two applications, to keep lips in tip-top condition. Not only do they target cold sores, bu they also contain SPF30 to protect lips from sun damage, and shea butter to keep lips hydrated and nourished.
Perfect for everyday use, as your go-to lip moisturiser, Base Lip Solve Bullet, £7.50, is clinically proven to weaken the cause of cold sores. Containing liquorice root, an anti-inflammatory, it reduces swelling, redness and discomfort and works to banish cold sores and helps to fight them returning. It’s great to use as your daily lip balm, as it not only has the benefits of a usual balm, but also has the added bonus of fighting nasties which cause cold sores.
With its hygienic applicator, the Base Lips Solve Tube, £7.50, meanwhile, is the ideal solution if you’re suffering from the effects of cold sores and need to keep lips moisturised at the same time. It offers more of a targeted treatment to reduce the discomfort of cold sores and works in partnership with the Bullet’s everyday formula. Kissable lips guaranteed.
Available from beforbeauty.co.uk