Let’s face it, the past few months have been stressful enough – we’re due a break. And frankly summer should be off-season for anything high-maintenance.
Whether you are WFH in August or actually managing a getaway, right now we are all looking for no-fuss makeup, hassle-free hair and stress-free style.
Here’s what can help you look and feel your best, with as little effort as possible:
Get the D
Lots has been written about the importance of Vitamin D in recent months and although we’re (hopefully) getting sunshine about now – it important to keep levels high.
Myprotein makes a convenient spray in both Vitamin D3 and B12 that ensure everyone gets the essential micronutrients and vitamins that we might miss if we’re in front of a laptop.
Vitamin D3 Spray, £8.99, My Protein
This award-winning collagen drink supplement is packed with the highest concentration of marine collagen on the market. It’s also infused with vitamin C, which works with the collagen to enhance skin rejuvenation and tissue renewal.
A fuss-free and easy addition to your beauty regime, users say that their skin feels softer, more hydrated and firmer.
Comes in 14 ready-mixed 10ml sachets; can be added to hot or cold drinks.
Collagen Drink Supplement For Women, £32.99, Absolute Collagen
Shake it Up
Too tired to make your own? These are insta-healthy meals. Purition is 100% whole food shakes, are made from crushed nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables and come in ordinary or vegan recipe. All are gluten-free and low in sugar.
Flavours include superfood ingredients such as turmeric and beetroot.
Original Discovery Box, £12.99, Purition
Soak it Out
Epsom salts have long been hailed by wellness experts for instantly de-bloating and helping with water retention.
These from Westlab do even more. Mixed with essential oils, the Alchemy range helps draw fluid and toxins from the body and can soothe tired, aching, overworked muscles and revive body and mind.
Plus they smell great.
Westlab’s Recover Epsom Salts White Willow & Eucalyptus, £5.99, Amazon
The Sauna Blanket
These brand new sauna blankets are built with layers of infrared heating and toxin-free fabrics that lets you feel like you’re in a spa without ever leaving home.
You just roll it out on a heatproof surface – like your bed – and use a handheld controller to begin heating it up. The blanket uses far-infrared heat that makers promise can help detoxify the body, rejuvenate skin, reduce stress, burn calories and give you that relaxed, stress-busting feeling a sauna does.
Benefits also include better blood flow, sleep and of course, there is the calorie burn (who doesn’t love a workout you can do lying down watching Netflix?). 30 mins to an 1 hour per session recommended.
Infrared Sauna Blanket, £374, MiHigh UK
The Brush Off
Dr Galyna Selezneva, London’s top ‘Body Doctor’, gets asked every day about cellulite. If a visit to her or another expert practitioner is not on your summer agenda, she advises to drink more water and move more – but the most important thing? Dry Brushing!
Calling it, “one of the most underrated and effective ways to beat cellulite”, Dr Galyna advises just a few minutes a day, is enough to see results. It improves lymphatic drainage, and fluid retention and lessens cellulite. Results are instant and lasting.
Dr Galyna Selezneva, Rita Rakus Clinic
A sustainable and organic brand created by Danish born US based, make-up artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis, these are the brand’s hero cream blushes together with a complementary highlighter shade which gives an instant glow.
Minimalist and sleek, the shades work together to create the ultimate bronze and flushed duo for light to medium skin tones and blush and highlight for deeper skin tones.
Kjaer Weis Flush and Glow Duo, £41, Content Beauty Wellbeing
Instant Face Firmer
Is lockdown face a real thing?
If you’ve picked up a bit of puff during all of this, this wonder cream can have you looking sleek and sharp on your zoom call in no time.
Tighter skin, instantly, minus the toxins of injectables. Beloved by cheekbone superior girls like Gwyneth Paltrow, Sienna Miller and Victoria Beckham, it’s packed with plant extracts and high actives and relies on neuropeptides (naturally derived from algae) to smooth skin. Regularly named as a best natural alternative to Botox by beauty editors.
V-Tox, £105, £99, Linda Meredith
Bronze and Sculpt
Only sold online, this is a great way to cheat a tan.
Giving your face an instant, natural sun-kissed glow, it’s packed with ingredients that illuminate, hydrate and perfect the skin.
It comes with a Face Mist and handy Face Lifter Brush that makes it go on really evenly and without staining your hands.
The Bronze & Sculpt Duo, £55.00 Amanda Harrington
All in One Tancream
The golden glow you love with none of the fuss. Free of odours, orange tones and streaks it gives a great sun-kissed complexion but also sun protection.
Blended with organic sunscreens, it has SPF 50 UVA protection and combines natural gradual technology and instant tanning without clogging pores, allowing the skin to breathe.
Tancream All in One Self Tan, Bronzer and SPF50, Ideal World TV
Tired of scrubbing off old spray tan? Looking to get rid of bronze streaks, while you relax?
This new bath bomb from Lusso Tan is the world’s first tan-removing bath bomb, just relax in a bath filled with essential-oil infused water and watch your tan dissolve before your eyes!
Full of skin-loving ingredients, the Lusso Tan Bath Bomb removes tan in a matter of minutes, while repairing and protecting the skin at the same time. The longer you soak, the better the tan-removing results.
Summer Meadow Bath Bomb, £8.50, Lusso Tan
Specifically designed for the delicate eye area, these little beauties work to stop eyes from looking tired, no matter how little sleep you’re getting.
Stick under the eye for around 15 minutes and notice immediate results.
Filled with antioxidant-rich flower extract serum that feels cool to the skin and aims to smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles, the pack contains 5 x 2 eye pads.
Rose Blossom Glow Hydro-Gel Eye Pads 5 x 2 £29.90, Eclat Skin London
Instantly glam up with these beauties.
With eyelash extensions having been on hold because of Covid, award-winning Dollbaby London has come up with a way to boost your lashes that is easy, effective and mess-free.
The UK’s first 2-in-1 eyeliner and lash adhesive, the Dollbaby Duo Pen works with any strip lashes (with or without magnets). Simply line the eye with two coats like a regular eyeliner, apply your lashes immediately on top of the liner (no drying time required) and go!
Unlike other eyelash glues, there’s drying time and it’s not sticky or messy. And the pen’s ultra-fine tip is easy to apply. Vegan and cruelty-free, it comes in black or clear for a more natural look.
To remove, simply peel lashes off and remove eyeliner with normal makeup remover. Will give you approx 30-40 applications
Duo Pen, £19.75, Doll Baby London
A Five Minute Facial
Why go to a salon when you can give yourself a 5-minute facial in your own bathroom?
A fantastic do-it-yourself facial peel, skin looks clear, clean and smooth instantly. Made with with dead-cell sloughing glycolic acids, powerful pomegranate enzymes, gentle bamboo scrub grains, purifying salicylic acid and anti-free-radical stem cells from raspberries.
Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial, Beauty Pie Members £10.26, Beauty Pie
No more chub-rub
Pretty summer dresses can also mean painful, sweaty and chafing thighs in the hot summer sunshine.
Smoovall is a skin contact spray that leaves an invisible protective layer that prevents the soreness and irritation caused by friction (chafing).
It’s a non toxic spray and unlike the common roller balms and powders, is non-greasy and invisible.
Skin contact spray, £14.99, Smoovall
Summer Mini-Survival Kit
A super affordable summer essentials kit packed with everything you need beauty-wise.
New from GlossyBox, it includes everything from an ultra gentle facial peel, a jet lag recovery mask, a coco shimmer body mist, lip balm, nail polish, dry shampoo body cream, tangle teezer and lip balm.
Summer Essentials, (valued over £95, but £30 for subscribers and £35 for non-subscribers), Glossy Box
Soft Peel Socks
No time to social distance at a salon? Why not pedi at home?
This 7-day peel sock is the bomb. Just pull these on like socks, tape them around your ankles, wait an hour, wash, and 7 days and some very impressive exfoliation later, you’ll have feet so soft you’ll want to show them off.
Ingredients include glycolic and lactic acids, natural fruit extracts of grapefruit, orange and lemon, plus sweet almond and coconut extracts.
Dr Glycolic Soft Feet 7-Day Peel Socks, £3.92 Beauty Pie
Remove and Chill
This one is a game changer.
Remove & Chill is the first of its kind: an innovative, waterless, acetone-free removal cream that dissolves nail polish, nourishes nails and actually smells good. It’s a nail polish remover cream, enriched with hydrating essential oils that removes nail polish in 3 minutes.
It’s also travel friendly.
Remove & Chill Nail Polish Eraser Cream, £14.25, Beauty Mart
A One-Blow-Dry Summer
Want freedom from a hot blow dryer this summer? Who doesn’t?
Celebrity stylist Edward James has created a signature treatment that offers smoothness without the hot air. Not to be confused with a Brazilian blow dry, which is made for thicker, stronger Brazilian hair, this one is gentler and suits finer hair.
An ammonia-free glossing oil adds shine and moisture followed by Edward’s secret formula – a smoothing keratin applied to the frizziest part of the hair with a paint brush.
It’s £100, takes 15 minutes, contains no formaldehyde and is heaven in humidity. It lasts for up to 6 weeks, ensuring you will never resemble Monica from Friends even in the hottest days of summer.
British Blow Dry, £100, Edward James London
Easy, Clean Hair
This is a great dry shampoo that cleans hair and lets you go longer between washes.
It uses Living Proof’s ‘triple cleaning technology’ to absorb and remove dirt, oil and sweat – you just leave for 30 seconds and let the cleansing begin.
A time-release fragrances helps hair smell clean- a great way to wash less often protecting your fresh head of colour after your long-awaited salon appointment!
Living Proof Dry Shampoo, £19.99, Living Proof
Long Hair Don’t Care
These seamless clip-ins are amazing. Instantly change and update your look with no effort at all.
They are comfortable and lay flat on the scalp which means no irritating bits poking through your perfect coif.
Their silicone band technology fuses and bonds every single strand of hair at the top of each weft which means there is less shedding and tangling too.
14in Seamless Clip In Human Hair Extensions, £95, Foxy Locks
This 100% vegan friendly, cruelty-free brand makes waxing fun (well, as fun as it can be).
Enriched with things like apricot extract to soothe and moisturise the skin, plus Vitamin E for its antioxidants and anti-ageing effects, the body hair removal jelly is fuss-free and works fast – in just 5-10 minutes.
For use on body hair of all lengths. Suitable for sensitive skin Available in 3 scents – Strawberry & Watermelon, Pineapple & Coconut and Blueberry & Passionfruit.
Pink Shimmer Hair Removal Jelly, £9.99, Nuthing
If your eyebrows are an untamed as they’ve ever been – enter a summer must-have. This painless eyebrow trimmer looks like a stylish pen and trims eyebrows at the touch of a button.
A precision-engineered shaper, this nifty gadget has a tiny and super-accurate micro-precision trimming head, encased in 18 karat gold plate.
JML Finishing Touch Flawless Brows, £19.97, Amazon
Quick Hair Gone
Banish those unwanted hairs once and for all.
Intense Pulsed Light uses warm gentle light to put hair to sleep. preventing them from growing back for up to six months. Users see 92% hair reduction after three treatments and it works even on sensitive areas, Philips Lumea Prestige adapts to skin tone to be comfortable and effective.
The brand’s most effective IPL yet
Lumea Prestige, £399, Phillips
This body cream is a winner – instantly improves skin texture and condition.
Using the exfoliating powers of lactic acid to sweep away dead cells, and a potent blend of alpha hydroxy therapy and sweet almond oil, it locks in hydration for 24 hours, strengthens the natural moisture barrier and improving elasticity.
Dermatologist approved – it gives an instant radiant glow, with a lovely summer fragrance.
Transforming Body Lotion Illuminating Glow, £22.50, Ameliorate
After Workout Hair
This is a great lift for sweaty post-workout hair. Designed to add natural looking volume to fine, flat hair, created with gym-goers in mind, this Post Gym Refresh Spray from V05 is new and lets you go from gym to drinks without anyone any the wiser.
It has starch to draw out any excess oil from the hair and gives your locks a volume boost for that bouncy, freshly-washed look.
VO5 Post Gym Refresh Spray , £4.39, Boots.com
The first thing you notice about these high waisted leggings by Proskins is that they are extremely flattering. But there’s a serious bonus – the high-tech fabric is fused with active ingredients that claim to improve circulation and skin tone.
Designed to use optimum levels of graduated compression, which can help support tired muscles and joint,. the leggings are made with micro capsules containing aloe vera, caffeine, retinol, vitamin E and ceramides, which are designed to help smooth and moisturise skin.
The micro capsules are designed to remain in the garment for at least 100 washes and the extra firmness created within the lower leg acts like the compression socks you wear on a plane by improving blood flow and circulation.
Proskins Intelligent Slim Plus Range Leggings, £64.99, Ideal World TV
Skincare while you work out, so you no longer need to choose between your bottom and your face – FaceGym Training Sticks turn your workout into a multi-tasking experience.
Applied to clean skin before you work out, they use a patented, controlled release delivery system triggered by heat and moisture to release ingredients at optimum times during exercise.
Formulated with MyoSKNFIT™ technology, Training Sticks are rich in three clinically tested, next generation stem cells together with vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids to preserve skin moisture and elasticity.
Training Stick Mini-Set, £65, Face Gym
One Week Flat
For those stress-eaters among us, Covid and lockdown may have led to a bit of extra padding.
Promising to beat the bloat, fast, those probiotics offers a 7-day course of friendly bacteria drawing on 5 billion live cultures as well as 0.3g FOS fibres.
Gluten-free, vegetarian, take for seven consecutive days by sprinkling on (cool) breakfast or adding to water.
OptiBac One Week Flat, £8.99 for 7 sachets and £24.99 for 28 sachets, OptiBac
An SPF that does a double act.
Created by celebrity facialist Kate Somerville, this no-fuss, fine-misting SPF 50 protects from the sun but also instantly sets make-up, reduces shine, and provides a matte finish for a soft focus effect.
Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF, £32, Kate Somerville
Sun Bum is a lifestyle company that creates a wide range of premium, cruelty-free sun care products.
This is a really convenient way to add SPF protection on the beach or at a park – no messy creams – just smooth it on your face where needed.
Sun Bum SPF 30 Sunscreen Face Stick, £11.99, Boots
Sea Side SPF
How many times have you faithfully applied SPF only to have it immediately wash off?
This hero SPF spray is water resistant, making it ideal for the beach where there is intense sun radiation and high humidity. The spray is water-resistant and its innovative airless packaging, with a special valve, ensures an easy and even application.
Sea Side Dry Mist 50 SPF, £22.00 Beauty Base
Like a hormone/nicotine patch but with a difference. This one comes with 8mg of slow release CBD. It works over 24 hours and is great for sleep, anxiety, stress.
Your body heat activates the patch – releasing 8mg of full spectrum CBD through your skin and into your bloodstream over 24 hours.
Keep out of reach children. Do not use during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
CBD Miracle Patch X30, £30, Disciple London
Lip Balm Stick
Lipstick that doesn’t melt is always a good thing. Bonus, it’s a stick that combines a lip balm and lipstick in one. These one-stop do-it-all dream lip balm sticks, give moisturising, high-cushion, sheer, brilliant colour that softens and soothes at the same time.
Shine Up Lip Colour Balm Stick, £5.00, Beauty Pie
Floss and whiten at the same time! This wonder tool gets rid of 25% more stains than brushing alone and removes up to 99.9% of plaque.
Whitens your teeth in just 4 weeks, removes stubborn stains and at the same time, helps keep your gums healthy.
Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser, £76, Current Body
Skinny & Instant Cocktails
Instantly turn a drink into your favourite, low cal cocktail? Over seltzer these are delicious – and really do resemble the real thing!
Available in classic cocktail flavours that include Cosmopolitan, Sex on the Beach, Porn Star Martini, Espresso Martini and Pina Colada. Drops are vegan, sugar free and have no booze in them, just the flavour.
#Not Guilty Sugar Free Flavoured Cocktail Drops, £3.99, The Skinny Food Co
We’re all looking for sanitisers right now and these from HAAN are so pretty – they are also convenient because they spray without any mess and are fragrant, portable and hydrating.
These 100% recyclable spray bottles are travel-size, so you can take wherever you go, guaranteeing more than 100 uses per bottle.
Scents include: Sunset Fleur, Citrus Noon, Dew of Dawn, Morning Glory, and Wood Night;
HAAN Hand Sanitiser, £5.95, packs of three for £17.50, and packs of five for £28.50. Beyond Living
Soft AND Clean
This hand sanitiser is packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid,
it doesn’t act like paint stripper on your hands or make you grimace with the smell. It feels great, smells greats, works a treat and comes free (while stocks last) with one of the best natural deodorants on the market.
Hyaluronic Hand Sanitiser, £19.99, Indeora
Mask it Up
Keeping your germs to yourself has never been more stylish.
One size, with elasticated loops, they are comfortable, breathable, washable and soft on skin.
Pink Logo Face Mask, £7.99, Glossy Box
Lipstick that won’t Come off on Your Mask
Last but certainly not least, no one wants lipstick stains on their pretty new mask. Here’s one that works:
This matte, non-transfer lipstick by Catrice Cosmetics is long-lasting and comes in a wide range of shades.
Silky and smooth it dries in moments, coating the lips with smooth, kiss-resistant colour that won’t cake, smudge or transfer to masks.
Enriched with nourishing Moringa Butter, this lip lacquer moisturises lips leaving them plumped and hydrated. Completely cruelty-free & vegan-friendly.
Matte Pro Ink Non-Transfer Liquid Lipstick, £4.99Just My Look