The thought of baring your pale, tired skin after months spent hidden under oversized cardigans and jeggings can be a terrifying prospect. But with the annual girly holiday fast approaching, it’s time to put some serious effort into prepping your skin to its beach-ready best. Add a few staple products to your beauty routine now to help you feel like a goddess come bikini season.
Soap and Glory; Flake Away
Every girl worth her weight in fake tan knows that exfoliation is the key to smooth and vibrant skin. Scrub away the evidence of winter with Soap and Glory’s Flake Away (£6.64). With Shea butter and almond oil this sweet-scented scrub is a must-have for dull, tired legs that have endured a season of freezing weather.
Crabtree & Evelyn Lip Butter
A sucker for anything in pretty packaging, I’ve fallen in love with Crabtree & Evelyn’s Vanilla Crème Brulee Lip Butter (www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk). At just £6 a pop these cutesy lip butters also come in Crème de Menthe and Crème and Honey. Soothe and nourish cracked lips with one of these oh-so-scrummy lip butters for a sweet, summer-ready pout.
Xen Tan Transformer Gradual Tanner
Say no to orange and yes to natural olive skin, thanks to Xen Tan Transformer Gradual Tan (£14.95). Unlike other self-tanning products Xen uses olive tones similar to those found in naturally sun kissed skin; it’s no wonder it’s become a celebrity favourite. If you’ve never delved into the world of fake tan due the fear of turning Satsuma orange, then try this gradual tanner that builds up colour slowly, meaning no scary patches or streaky legs when you wake up.
Lily Lolo Mineral Makeup
I’m always searching for a lighter feeling foundation come spring time, and thanks to Lily Lolo’s range of mineral makeup – I think I may stumbled across my new favourite – in Blondie (£7.29). Rather than leaving my skin feeling powdery like some other products I’ve tried, the result was dewy and silk-like. The pigmentation was good and my skin colour was brilliantly even. Lily Lolo also let you purchase sample sizes of their extensive collection of shades, a snip at £1.29, to ensure you find the perfect match.