BEAUTY & WELLNESS
The Sustainable Summer Beauty Edit
By Alexa Scott-Dalgleish
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The definitive list of everything you need to prep, hydrate, protect and nourish skin during the summer months.
Preparation is key when it comes to sun-centric skincare and this exfoliating scrub is favourite of ours, drawing out impurities and removing dead cells to ensure a long-lasting tan. All ingredients are derived from plant-based sources such as sugar, which keeps your pH-value balanced, and nourishing perilla seed oil, which helps to regenerate the skin cells and give an anti-inflammatory effect.
This high protection sunscreen does not only act as protection from the sun but also as a powerful skin revitalising lotion.
It delivers superior, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection whilst the latest “C-Pep™ Elastyl” Technology visibly improves early signs of aging by increasing cell turnover to resurface the skin, clarify and smooth skin tone, improve the appearance of wrinkles and surface elasticity, and redefine skin texture. And all this in just a few weeks! It is non-greasy, non-sticky, extremely lightweight and features a sheer touch and matt finish, leaving you free from the dreaded sunscreen slick, even in the warmest of climates.
Carefree, playful and forever on trend – beach hair is the must-have ‘accessory’ to elevate your holiday look to the next level. Whilst it may seem nothing more than the result of a quick dip in the ocean, many of us will know that it can be a laborious look to nail. Enter Fragile Cosmetics’ volumising and texturising hairspray, crafted with a rare blend of over 99% natural ingredients that promise just the right amount of tousled-ness.
Naturally scented with notes of rose, geranium and citrus, this hairspray contains active ingredients such as antioxidant-rich hemp oil to help build hair strength and stimulate hair growth, organic nettle extract to prevent hair loss and fight dry scalp, and organic mint extract to improve blood flow to the scalp.
Indigenous to the forests of Southern Morocco, Argan oil is particularly rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids which are paramount for healthy hair, skin and nails (which all take a beating from the summer sun and need as much TLC as possible during these months!). For centuries, this wondrous elixir has been used by Moroccan women for its numerous skincare and anti-aging properties, one of which was protection from the desert climate. Recent studies have found that high levels of vitamin E and Antioxidants in Argan oil helped protect the skin and hair against free radical damage caused by the sun, preventing burns and hyperpigmentation as a result.
Packed with Tocopherols and Omega Fats, this multi-tasking oil is also great as an aftersun thanks to its inflammation and redness-reducing properties. What’s more, Inka Botanical’s Moroccan Argan Oil is 100% natural and organic and has a wonderfully light consistency, perfect for slicking on before running out to take on the day.
A fresh and fruity hair fragrance is a must for finishing off a summer look. Brumee’s Apricot & Pomegranate hair fragrance is water-based and crafted with ECOCERT natural fragrance extract as well as natural Aloe Vera extract to both scent and nourish your hair. Its top notes include apricot pit, blackcurrant and white peach, whilst its heart notes are pomegranate and pear juice and its base notes are plum and brown sugar. It’s also 100% natural and vegan!
Aloe Vera has been used as a topical skin treatment since ancient times, when it was prized for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and cooling properites. The latter two make it particularly popular for sun burns, with plant enzymes and naturally-occurring vitamins preventing the skin from peeling and some studies showing its ability to reduce the time skin needs to heal!
Irene Forte’s After Sun taps into this ancient knowledge with its potent fusion of Aloe Leaf Juice, Vitamin E, and Multi-Vitamins (A, Pro-B5 & E) which, combined, help to calm, hydrate and protect. It also includes Omega-rich natural oils like Sweet Almond, Pistachio and Olive, to help replenish and support the skin’s barrier to environmental stress.
Baiobay’s Hydrating Gel-Cream is a facial moisturizer with 99.7% ingredients of natural origin. Coconut Water and Hyaluronic Acid moisturise your skin whilst Pomegranate Extract works on producing a radiant glow. The texture is halfway between a gel and a cream that hydrates without leaving a sticky film on the skin, making it ideal for use in warmer climes. 42% of the total ingredients are from organic farming as certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to the Cosmos standard.
If your holiday schedule allows, your skin will thank you for an indulgent mask treatment. The main ingredient in Hurtig Lane’s mask is Australian Pink Clay – a miracle powder that owes its pink hue to its mineral-rich content.
Naturally high in Silicia, Zinc and Magnesium, the clay helps to draw out toxins and impurities plus reduce the appearance of pores, all whilst locking in moisture. This mask contains 55% pure pink clay powder which is collagen boosting and a natural antioxidant, and is naturally organic, paragon free, vegan and cruelty-free, as approved by PETA. Every ingredient in this mask has been carefully picked to help provide a clear and glowing complexion.
With a unique blend of natural plant resins, this balm offers a highly protective, smoothing and soothing effect overnight. It combines three exceptional plant butters to ensure intense hydration including Murumuru to repair, Copoazu to plump and the Karité to nourish. All are 100% natural and 100% organic or wild-harvested, leaving skin visibly restored, hydrated and glowing, night after night.
The delicate under-eye area is often the sun’s biggest victim, so be sure to invest in a top-quality cream to give it the helping hand it needs. This potent eye cream from Romilly Wilde lifts and firms the delicate under-eye area. Specifically targeting fine lines and crow’s feet, the metabolic formula is packed with antioxidants to boost the cell metabolism and ultimately strengthen the skin, supporting the eye structure and any sinking or depletion in the orbital area.
It is enriched with plant actives including Schisandra Berry, Sea Chamomile, and Chinese Hibiscus, supporting the skin’s natural regenerative process. It also includes patented ingredients such as Initial EPT+TMG from the Tuberose Flower, bringing brightness to the skin and working to remove dark circles.
Alexa is the Content Manager at Talia Collective. Previously, she worked for a top travel PR firm with a focus on sustainability in London, before moving to Madrid to learn Spanish and cut her teeth as a freelance travel copywriter and PR consultant.