By Hermoine Macura-Noble
It is time to refresh your beauty routine to keep up with the sunny days, beach vacations, and outdoor adventures. As temperatures rise, your skincare and makeup needs change, requiring products that can handle the heat and keep you looking fabulous. To help you achieve that effortless summer glow, here is a curated list of beauty products you need now.
Sunscreen: The most crucial step in your summer beauty routine is sun protection. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 is a must-have. Look for a lightweight, non-comedogenic formula that provides both UVA and UVB protection. A good sunscreen for all skin types is the ‘Ultra Sheer’ dry-touch sunscreen lotion from Neutrogena, which offers broad spectrum SPF 55 with UVA/UVB protection.
Tinted Moisturizer or BB cream: Swap out heavy foundations for a lighter alternative like a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. These products provide hydration and light coverage, allowing your skin to breathe while evening out your complexion. A great choice for all skin tones in the Gulf weather conditions is Argan’s multi-tone BB cream, which is infused with organic argan oil.
Hydrating Mist: Stay refreshed and hydrated with a facial mist that contains ingredients like aloe vera or rosewater to soothe and nourish your skin. A good toner is packed with ingredients that offer a brightening antidote to fatigued complexions. Morning Mist from Tropic offers a soothing toning essence made of avocado milk, aloe vera juice and tiger grass extract.
Cream Bronzer: A bronzer can make or break your look which is why it is important to find the right formula, finish and shade. Considering how many excellent options currently exist, it was difficult to pick only one, but Nudestix’s cream bronzer is certainly a strong contender for the top pick. Further building on its range of beloved bronzing sticks, Nudestix has now introduced a variety of new shades with Bondi Belle being a favourite for a day to night look.
Body Scrub: Time in the sun means it is time to show off some skin in your chic swimwear and breezy dresses. To maintain a healthy and luminous glow for the season, it is vital to exfoliate dry and dull skin with a good body scrub. Treat yourself to a relaxing exfoliation experience with the Rose Revival Scrub from ‘& Other Stories’. This product has nourishing and anti-ageing properties to remove dead skin cells and impurities thoroughly and rejuvenate the skin to help you achieve that enviable summer glow.
Shower Oil: Clean, smooth and soft skin are coveted in the Gulf which is why shower oils can be a great addition to your self-care routine. A great choice here is ‘Ritual of Karma Shower Oil’ by Rituals, which transforms upon contact with water from a nourishing oil to a silky soft foam for a luxurious cleansing experience. Wash away dirt, oil and impurities to reveal beautifully soft skin, while reinforcing your skin’s natural moisture barrier. The foaming oil releases the sweet, floral aroma of holy lotus and organic white tea to uplift the senses.
Finishing touch: In the Gulf a common saying is “we smell before we look,” which is why your scent is truly the finishing touch to your routine. A summer scent that lasts is Acqua di Parma’s Zafferano, a subtle fragrance that features saffron and citrus notes such as orange blossom, jasmine sambac, and geranium. The woody and amber notes of tonka bean and vanilla soften the dusky accents of saffron, creating an intriguing and unexpected harmony for both men and women.
Summer beauty is all about embracing a natural, radiant look while protecting your skin from the sun’s harsh rays. The above beauty products are your essential companions for the season. Whether you are lounging by the pool, strolling on the beach, or enjoying outdoor festivities, these products will help you stay gorgeous and confident all summer long. So, stock up on these summer beauty essentials and make the most of the sunny days ahead.
By Hermoine Macura-Noble
The first Australian English speaking News Anchor in the Middle East. She is also the Author of Faces of the Middle East and Founder of US-based 501c3 charity – The House of Rest which helps to ease the suffering of victims of war. For more from our Contributing Editor, you can follow her on Instagram, here.