As soon as the clouds part and sun shines on Britain, those of us lucky to live on these isles let the heat get to our head. We flock to beer gardens, race to the beach and lay unclothed and uncaring in parks until we begin to tan.
But, one downside to all this incessant sunbathing is that our standard grooming routine simply can’t cope. Your usual moisturiser dries up quicker than you can say ‘sunstroke’, your shower gel still leaves you feeling sticky and grubby and your fragrance dissipates as soon as the sun hits it.
So, to fortify your bathroom cabinet for the season, we’ve rounded up a simple five key products that will keep the rays at bay while letting you maintain your summer glow.
To moisturise and protect from the sun: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15
Blending one of the best products that Kiehl’s has ever produced — their inimitable Facial Fuel — with some extra sun protection was a surefire way of turning this classic moisturiser into the king of your bathroom cabinet.
It both protects your skin from those harsh UV rays, whilst lifting and revitalising dried out skins after long, hot evenings spent at summer pool parties.
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15
To stop lethargy in its tracks: L’Occitane Aqua réotier fresh moisturising mist
When your neighbour’s BBQ starts to get out of hand — it’s Britain, it’s bound to happen — and you can’t even escape all the drunken shouting and clouds of heat by jumping into the pool, you’ll have to find another way to perk yourself up.
A siesta is an option, but if you’ve got things to do and can’t afford the luxury of a nap, keep a bottle of L’Occitane Aqua réotier fresh moisturising mist to hand. It’ll perk you up, and stop your face drying out in the sun. Because even if your neighbour’s burgers were burnt, it doesn’t mean you face has to be.
L’Occitane Aqua réotier fresh moisturising mist
To stay smelling fresh: Floris 1927 eau de Parfum
If you’re lucky enough to live in London in summer, you’ll know the charms of a riverside beer garden, Royal Park parties and Pimms on tap. But you’ll also have to contend with ice shortages, really hot-desking and the sweaty Central Line. Bad smells, in other words, will abound.
Thankfully our dear friends at Floris have released a fresh, sparkling citrus fragrance. 1927 will combat the fumes and vapes and heat haze admirably, and allow you to travel from Shepherd’s Bush to Holborn and still come up smelling of roses.
Floris 1927 eau de Parfum
For a frequent freshness top-up: Creed Aventus Soap
An oft-overlooked part of your daily grooming regime sits in your soap dish. Used multiple times every day, your soap both cleanses your hands and tops up your scent throughout the day — and can make more of a difference to your grooming routine than any scrubs or tincture ever could.
So it pays to invest in the best. Creed’s offering infuses their incredible Aventus fragrance directly into the bar to give you a fresh feeling after each and every use.
Creed Aventus Soap
For a light, bright start: Czech & Speake Neroli hydrating body wash
Starting the day feeling fresh, light and clean is key to staying cool in summer. From Czech & Speake, this body wash is infused with their iconic Neroli fragrance, and promises to get your day off to a bright and breezy start.
You’ll step out of the shower shrouded in the scent of bitter orange and ylang-ylang blossoms, and without any hard or heavy fragrances weighing you down, will feel fresh and unburdened for the day ahead. Now that’s what we call invigorating.
Czech & Speake Neroli hydrating body wash