YOU’VE WORKED ALL winter long to get your body bikini-ready, so don’t let your beauty routine prevent a day at the beach from feeling like anything but. From skin-smoothing body scrubs and cellulite creams to soothing after-sun lotions, we’ve sussed out this summer’s hottest products. Go ahead and strut your stuff with with poise and pride.
Smooth moves: When you’re sporting a barely-there bikini, there’s no room for rough knees, elephant elbows and scaly patches. But after a winter spent ensconced in wool, your skin may be more lizard-like than lustrous. To whisk away dead cells, slather on Natura Bissé’s Body Glyco Peel. Brewed with glycolic acid and aloe vera, this refreshing all-over gel softens weather-beaten skin and stimulates cellular turnover so healthy young cells can make their way to the surface. This gentle yet effective exfoliator also clears the way for products to penetrate more effectively and even diminishes the formation of ingrown hair follicles so you can wear that itty-bitty bikini bottom with confidence.
Curve appeal: You’ve toned, you’ve tightened, you’ve devoted more time to the gym than you care to admit. Yet cellulite still persists. The sad truth is, cellulite is here to stay, no matter how many stairs you climb. Fortunately for you though, you can conceal it with the magic of caffeine, which attracts water to the skin and temporarily smoothes out any divots. Valmont’s D. Solution Booster harnesses the cellulite-curbing power of caffeine to contour the skin and diminish dimpled areas.
A better block for all-day exposure: Between splashing in the surf, rolling in the sand and sweating on that chaise longue, your sunscreen has to work extra hard when you’re relaxing at the beach. Make sure you stay shielded by applying Shiseido’s Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++. This silky emulsion touts serious sun protection thanks to SuperVeil-UV 360° technology, which ensures that the water-resistant formula adheres completely to the skin’s surface, fully preventing UV penetration.
A better block for touch-ups: When you need to reapply on the run, stash DermaQuest’s On-the-Go Finishing Powder in your purse. Imbued with 15 percent zinc oxide and 15 percent titanium dioxide, this mineral block comes in a handy powder formula that can be brushed on over makeup.
A better block for sensitive skin: To safeguard sensitive spots that are more prone to sunburn, try La Prairie’s Ultra Protection Stick Eye Lip Nose SPF40. This contoured swivel stick guards against UVA and UVB rays while nourishing the skin with seasourcedminerals.
Rep-hair: You don’t leave your skin exposed when you head outdoors, so why let your hair fry in the sun? UV rays degrade keratin and fade that gorgeous salon colour you pay so much for, but you can stay glossy with Sulwhasoo’s Camellia Hair Oil. This restorative elixir contains powerful antioxidants that shield your strands from free-radical damage caused by UVBs. Rich in oleic acid, the application also forms a protective layer over tresses, sealing in moisture so hair stays shiny and soft.
Post-roast recovery: No matter how much sunscreen you swab on, your skin may feel the worse for wear after enjoying a day in the open air. Heal your hide with Estée Lauder’s Nutritious Radiant Vitality Essence Oil. This vitamin-booster is packed with pure pomegranate extract, natural lipids and vitamin E, which help rebuild the skin’s barrier to quell irritation and prevent moisture loss. For skin that’s extra thirsty, apply La Mer’s Moisturizing Cream on top. This sea-derived formula relies on Macrocystis pyrifera – a North American Pacific sea kelp – to repair past damage.
Cool it: On days so hot that you swear the thermometer must be wrong, refresh your face with DiorSnow’s White Reveal Extreme Cooling Gel Mask. Infused with Icelandic glacial water, this unique treatment can lower the skin’s temperature by a staggering 4°C, which helps stall melanin production and produces a more uniform tone. A little flush is sexy; fire-engine-red is not.