Time to show some skin

Time to show some skin

Get ready for shorts, floaty dresses, swimwear and cut-offs with these skin-friendly summer treats

If you popped on your shorts or bikini during the recent sizzling spell – and got a shock – you’re not alone: the first signs of summer can remind us that our bodies have been rather neglected over the winter and early spring weeks.

It’s time for that to change.

Whatever your skin shade or condition, nothing beats wearing less layers in the summer months and feeling the warm summer breeze on your skin. We all deserve to wear less in summer – and a healthy dose of pampering, self-tanning, moisturising and exfoliating can make the world of difference to the look and condition of your body.

So take your pick from the latest summer-friendly body products and get ready to show some serious skin…

Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream – the biggest skin issue at this time of year is dehydration: refresh and replenish your body with this divine Hydrating Cream. With hydroxy acids and essential plant oils to smooth and condition skin, it provides gentle exfoliation and hydration to leave skin toned and smooth – perfect for summer. Botanical extracts and essential oils moisturise and condition, and the non-greasy emulsion, which absorbs easily and provides immediate hydration results, makes this popular product from Dermalogica excellent as a massage medium.

Decleor Beach Body Ready– for ultimate summer skin, alternate the Systeme Corps Moisturising Body Milk with the Aroma Confort Gradual Tan Body Milk, both included in this kit, every day for a week. Exfoliate once a week with the brilliant 1000 Grains Body Exfoliator, which delivers double hydration and double exfoliation, then massage the firming and detoxing Aromessence Svelt Body Refining Oil Serum all over the body (or on targeted areas such as hips, thighs and/or stomach). You can also try an aromatic bathing ritual by applying Aromessence Svelt Body Refining Oil before getting in the bath – and spraying a few pumps on top of the water directly before stepping in – and then inhaling deeply as you relax in the water. Summer bliss.

Elemis Total Glow – enjoy beautifully bronzed skin with this multitasking, decadent body lotion. Instantly moisturising and hydrating the skin, it delivers a flattering sun-kissed glow, improving skin tone and texture. Instantly moisturising, nourishing and conditioning ­it provides long-lasting hydration and gradually builds an even, natural-looking tan.

Karin Herzog Body Shimmer – combining glamour and luxury with real summer results, the new 150ml size of this shimmering, super-hydrating cream for the body, fragranced with summer citrus, is ideal for the season of sensational skin.

Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport – once you’re ready to flash that flesh, make sure you protect it: this sheer solar protection treatment defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assault. Oleosome microspheres help enhance SPF performance and counteract moisture loss triggered by extended daylight exposure; its lightweight formula helps neutralise damage and bind moisture to skin without a greasy after-feel. This summer, shield your gorgeous skin daily with a powerful SPF50 that protects against skin-ageing and environmental assault.

Decleor Summer Oil SPF30 – a silky sun oil with a delightful fragrance, Summer Oil has been expertly formulated to offer your skin protection against the effects of the sun’s UV rays. Easy to apply as a spray, it contains UVA and UVB filters to help protect skin from the signs of ageing. After application, skin feels sublimely soft, moisturised and beautiful – and you can apply it to your hair too, so it feels just as deeply nourished and soft as your summer body.