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From sunscreen to waterproof mascara, here are the beauty essentials you’ll need for summer.

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 sunscreen 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. REN’s clean screen mineral SPF will also protect your skin from damaging blue light from laptops and phones.

You’ll find more SPF products and after-sun creams in your local store.

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Opt for sweat-proof make-up

Sunny days are all well and good until you end up with mascara smudged all round your eyes and foundation-coloured sweat dripping off your top lip. This is where sweat-friendly products come into their own. For your eyes, waterproofing has moved beyond just mascara to encompass eye liner 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.

You’ll find more waterproof make-up in your local store.

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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 (find it in store) is also a good idea when humidity picks up, as your skin will be holding on to more of its own moisture.

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Words: Sophie Hines

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