Indian summers are synonymous with having fun and getting fried! Now whether you’re braving the heat on your way to work, shimmying at a music festival or socialising at a sundowner, our sun-safe summer skin care & beauty essentials will help you strike the perfect balance for body, beauty and peace of mind. After all, nobody should sweat the small stuff.
A face mist by any other name might feel as sweet, but this is our number-one pick for the season. Made of roses handpicked from the Himalayas and steam-distilled for purity, it’s a natural astringent and pick-me-up for heat-stressed skin. A quick spritz will hydrate, balance your skin’s pH levels and sweep away sweat and impurities. The benefits of rose water are manifold and this rose water serves as a toner too.
Added bonus: We love that you can share this skin-saver with your man. Kama’s Rose Water does double-duty as an aftershave, minus the damaging inclusions of perfume and alcohol.
Emerging from the water looking like a drowned rat isn’t an attractive look on anyone, unless you’re on the cast of Baywatch. "Luckily surfer-girl chic needs no stylist." All you need to do is spray it evenly on towel-dried hair from root to tip and work in body and texture with your fingers. This hair spray is suitable for all types of hair.
Runway Dispatch: Who says you can’t rock beach waves after dusk? Blowdry your hair to add body, shine your lids and cheekbones with some shimmer, and you’re ready to hit that summertime soiree.
No summer set is complete without sunscreen! And when it’s dispatched from Korea, the reigning king of skincare, we know it’s going to do a good job. Offering heavyweight and all-natural UV protection, Innisfree’s UV Protection Stick glides on easy for quick application, doesn’t leave an oily residue and works to block sweat and sebum.
PS: A triple-threat sunscreen, this protectant stick also has anti-aging and whitening superpowers.
Join this season’s glitterati with Makeup Revolution’s Redemption Eye Palette in Iconic 1. We love this eyeshadow palette because it’s the perfect balance of matte, shimmer and shades can help you achieve any of S/S 17’s runway beauty trends, from unicorn for the everyday girl to 80’s disco glam.
Beauty Tip: From left to right, you can switch up the swathe and look for any occasion and step out looking like the glamorous summer goddess you really are.
Whether you’re pouting about the heat or for the perfect #SummerSelfie, make it just so with a pop of colour and added protection with this lip balm. Available in a range of summer-happy shades, the high pigmentation formula lends a more saturated stain than other tinted lip balms without compromising on moisture.
Icy Surprise: Don’t freak out if your lips start to tingle after you’ve put this on. It leaves a minty flavour that makes your lips feel like they’re under an AC vent – a win-win in the season, if you ask us.
Assaulted by dirt, pollution and heat through the day? Everyone’s skin needs a little soothing. Cue ancient Aloe: a gift from our country’s very own green gods, the miracle plant has anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties. The Face Shop’s sheet face masks are the stuff of legends, leaving your skin soft, supple and ready for your day in the sun.
Psst: Since it’s dermatologically tested and non-intrusive, this is a great product for sensitive skin types.
There’s no reason you can’t look like a bronzed goddess, even if you’ve spent all summer in the arctic environs of your office. Prepare for an ethereal, sun-kissed glow to make you look like you went from sand carpet to red carpet in a hot minute. We particularly love this face bronzer, because it includes micro pearls that blend naturally into the skin and add a little bit of shimmer.
Pro Tip: Shimmery bronzer looks best underneath the cheekbones, and can double as highlighter down the bridge of your nose.
When it comes to friends for your follicles, nothing’s better than Moroccanoil’s miracle treatment oil formula. Nourish sea-sick, dry or damaged hair with this versatile hair serum, that can be used to condition, style or set your hair. The formula’s foot-soldiers transport proteins, fatty acids, Omega-3, vitamins and antioxidants to restore, repair and rejuvenate.
Hair How-To: Pour out a small amount and massage into clean, dry hair before you blow-dry, or after to discipline fly-aways and dry ends.
Fight the elements and tame your frizz with this one of the best leave-in hair creams, a knight-in-shining for most hair types, especially in the summer. Infused with Keratin, Quinoa and Vitamin B5, it restores lustrousness and strength, with a bonus SPF inclusion that protects your hair from heat damage.
Expert Advice: For maximum results, put a coin-sized scoop on damp hair, and apply it evenly to your mid-lengths and ends. No pesky fly-aways or bumps, we promise.
A cult classic over the decades, Davidoff’s Cool Water is still going strong come 2017, with its latest addition, Night Dive. Both sweet and sexy, this perfume for women includes notes of Mandarin, Ginger, Patchouli, Cedar Wood and Hyacinth mingling together to create a fresh, aquatic scent that screams – albeit subtly – summer.
Mesmerise: Spray some of this heavenly fragrance on before your next date, and thank us later.