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6 essential summer beauty products you need to add to your shopping list

From SPF to dry shampoo, feel summer-ready with this haul of beauty must-haves…

Long sunny evenings, day festivals, a vacay (or staycay), impromptu after-work drinks – yes, summer has arrived and we’re here 100% for it.

But alongside the wardrobe switch-ups and the busy social schedules, there are the specific beauty products needed to help get us through the summer months. 

And, because we’re all being a bit more mindful of our pennies, investing in a few good-quality items that’ll see you through any summer occasion (yes, even camping) is the way forward.

Here, we’ve selected six of our favourite beauty heroes for the season. Use individually or all together to help nail your best summer yet… 

  • 1. The dry shampoo

    What on earth did we do before dry shampoo

    Ideal for breathing life into any lacklustre hair moment, dry shampoo is the MVP of summer beauty products. 

    This COLAB+ Dry Shampoo Overnight Renew boasts an overnight detox formula to help absorb oil and care for your scalp while you sleep, plus the calming scent is ideal for festival-goers at the end of a long day dancing in a field (and trying to sleep in a tent). 

    Wake up to dreamy, revitalised locks without having to stick your head under the tap.

  • 2. The high SPF

    Suncare and sun protection is a highly individual thing, so always make sure you’re buying the right SPF to suit your skin type (sun cream SPF50 is highly recommended for the face).

    That being said, there are a lot of different formulations on the market that offer the same high level of protection, with added beauty benefits.

    Vichy Capital Soleil Solar Protective Water Hydrating SPF50 is one such product that has a high level of sun protection, alongside ingredients such as Vichy Volcanic Water and hyaluronic acid to protect and hydrate sensitive skin.

     Ideal for every summer scenario.

  • 3. The beauty multi-tasker

    A tinted lip balm with SPF is about to become your new beauty buddy. 

    Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Lip Cream SPF 15 has a luxurious texture to nourish lips, while the pigment leaves a subtle sheen of colour. 

    Also, this can double up as a cheek tint if you’re heading for drinks/dinner straight from the beach. It’s also great for popping into your bumbag at a festival to keep your lips soft and moisturised throughout the day.

    Plus, it comes in a great selection of colours to suit every style, skin tone and summer moment.

  • 4. The face mist

    There’s a reason why Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray makes beauty wishlists year after year.

    That’s because its iconic formula can be used to refresh, calm and soften the skin, while also soothing skin sensitivity, sunburn, skin tightness, itching caused by dryness or to fix make-up. 

    Suitable for all types of sensitive skin, keeping a can of this in your handbag will ensure you’re never short of a hydration hit. It’s the perfect antidote to hot commutes, humid train journeys and tight, post-beach skin.

  • 5. The aftersun

    Whatever your skin type, investing in a good aftersun is key to keeping skin soft and hydrated in the summer months, especially if you’re travelling somewhere hot or planning on putting in some serious beach time.

    Clarins Refreshing After Sun Gel contains aloe vera and watermelon to help soothe and nourish skin after sun exposure, plus the fresh fragrance smells like holidays. 

    Apply after your evening shower instead of your usual body lotion to help prolong that holiday glow.

  • 6. The deep conditioner

    The combination of sea, sand and sun can have a damaging effect on our hair, so if you’re lucky enough to be heading away somewhere warm this summer (or even if you’re hanging out in your local park), treating hair to a deep conditioning mask will help minimise dryness and breakage.

    Camille Rose Algae Renew Deep Conditioner is a 65 vitamin-packed moisturising and strengthening treatment infused with blue-green algae to help give summer hair a much-needed moisture boost, while added biotin stimulates growth. 

    Simply apply to wet hair and leave for up to 20 minutes for fully glossy effect.

Ready to give your beauty bag a summer restock? Boots has everything you need for all your holiday and festival essentials