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From SPF moisturisers to waterproof mascara, here are the essentials you need in your summer beauty toolkit

Protect yourself with SPF

Wearing sun protection is probably the most important thing you can do for the health and appearance of your skin, and while you should be wearing SPF products all year round, in summer, they’re particularly important. Happily, many formulations are now non-greasy and won’t clog your pores, and there are plenty of moisturisers and make-up products that pack in SPF protection alongside other benefits, such as hydrating the skin. Just remember you need to reapply sun protection throughout the day for it to be effective, and the amount you should use is more than you might think – about a teaspoon’s worth of product for the face, for example.

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REN Clean Skincare mineral SPF cream
REN’s mineral sunscreen with SPF30
Glow protection day cream SPF25
A hydrating cream with SPF25
Murad City Skin broad spectrum SPF50 cream
Murad’s SPF50 is ultra-lightweight
Ultrasun anti-pigmentation SPF50 cream
An anti-pigmentation sunscreen from Ultrasun

Opt for sweat-proof make-up

Sunny days are all well and good, until you end up with mascara smudged round your eyes and foundation-coloured sweat dripping off your top lip. This is where perspiration-friendly products come into their own. For your eyes, waterproofing has moved beyond just mascara to encompass eyeliner and eyebrow pencils, too. As for your base, sheer products look and feel better in the summer – try a tinted moisturiser and, if you need more coverage, simply add concealer in the areas you want to target, rather than applying a full face of heavy foundation.

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Stila Smudge Stick waterproof eyeliner
Waterproof eyeliner in eight shades
Autograph daily defence tinted moisturiser
A tinted moisturiser with SPF30
Autograph twist-up blusher
Autograph’s blusher doubles up for lips
Diego Dalla Palma water-resistant high-precision brow pencil
A water-resistant eyebrow pencil

Change up your skincare routine

It’s worth noting that some skincare products make you more sensitive to the sun, such as those containing retinoids and acids. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop using them at this time of year – just make sure you are slapping on SPF30 or above every day. If you find cleansing balms too heavy in the heat, try swapping for a cleansing milk or gel. For some, switching their normal moisturiser for an oil-free version is also a good idea when humidity picks up, as skin will be holding on to more of its own moisture. For more skincare advice, sign up for our Sparks Live event with beauty expert and This Morning presenter Sarah Jossel, where she’ll be sharing her wisdom and tips.

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Origins oil-free moisturiser
Opt for an oil-free moisturiser
Nuxe SPF50 spray
SPF spray for a midday top-up
M&S cleansing milk
Cleansing milks are light but effective
Formula SPF30 day cream
Formula’s day cream packs in SPF30

Words: Sophie Hines

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