Keep your summer beauty vibes going through September
On the back-to-school run, the Duchess of Cambridge showed off a sun-kissed complexion and lighter hair – a look that’s bound to inspire.
A great way to banish the autumnal blues, sporting a beach-fresh look throughout the month of September works well with a transitional wardrobe and helps to maintain super healthy skin and locks.
To get the look, the first thing you’ll need is a skin detox, creating a smooth and hydrated base. Exfoliation is the first step – and the ultimate beauty tool for removing dulling surface debris, Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant.
For the body, Elemis’s Devil’s Mint Body Scrub provides the perfect wake-up call for lazy summer skin – the fresh mint body scrub gently cleanses, nourishes and smoothes the body by removing dead skin cells. Elemental Herbology’s Facial Detox Purifying Face Mask might also help if your skin is congested, eliminating surface toxins and balancing sebum production whilst helping to brighten and soothe the skin, leaving it soft, clear and glowing.
Detoxing your hair is also on the menu. L’Oreal Professionnel Source Essentielle Daily Shampoo, made with 99% natural origin ingredients, gently cleanses and purifies the scalp to eliminate impurities and excess oil; Alterna Caviar Clinical Daily Densifying Shampoo is a daily, sulphate-free cleansing treatment that instantly thickens hair, whilst purifying and protecting the scalp; and Shu Uemura Gentle Radiance Cleanser, suitable for fine, natural, normal to dry, slightly oily hair and frequent use, and with a calming yuzu fragrance, removes all residue and impurities from the hair fibre whilst ensuring the scalp is left soothed, rebalanced and light to the touch.
A light conditioner is best to ensure your hair isn’t weighed down by product: Kerastase Nutritive Lait Vital is a very light nourishing fluid for normal to slightly dry hair that selectively treats and nurtures the hair’s most sensitised areas without weighing it down; Dermalogica’s Daily Conditioning Rinse restores softness and shine for vibrantly-healthy hair- thirsty, damaged ends thrive on the nourishing ingredients including panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) to intensify shine without adding extra weight, and grapefruit, lavender and geranium essential oils to invigorate the senses.
To keep those lightened locks in great shape, try Redken’s Color Extend Blondage Express Antibrass Mask, an ultra-pigmented, powerful toning hair mask to fight brass and help keep blonde colours cool, bright and healthy, and Forever Blonde Dramatic Repair, to help restore health and vitality in an instant.
Showing a bit of root in September is not a bad thing, but if your regrowth is getting out of control, root touch-ups are one of our fave lightened hair hacks. Try Color Wow Root Cover Up Blonde or L’Oreal Professionnel Hair Touch Up Dark Blonde.
To contrast your beach-bleached hair, a healthy, golden glow is a must. For the face, go subtle with Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser for Face, a luxurious day cream to instantly moisturise, enhance radiance and deliver a gradual sun-kissed tan all year round. A daily moisturiser, it’s enriched with Vegetan™, which is naturally derived from wheat, to develop a subtle gradual tan on the top layer of the skin. Combined with its light rice bran oil, Total Glow leaves your skin feeling nourished and velvety smooth.
And for the body, St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Body cleverly combines serious skin care benefits with a healthy touch of bronze. Infused with soothing aloe vera, this lotion will help give you smoother skin while building a gradual golden tan for the autumn. If your skin has a naturally darker tone, ditch the self-tan and try a generous helping of Elemis Skin Nourishing Body Cream, with nourishing starflower, camellia tea seed oils and vitamin E. An indulgent body cream, it replenishes and softens dry and very dry skin, leaving it silky soft, smooth and supple.