From cooling skincare saviours to editor-approved SPFs, waterproof products that will keep brows in place even in the pool and haircare heroes to nourish frazzled hair, scroll on to find out which summer beauty products we cannot live without, all available to shop at Space NK.
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There are some skincare heroes that we use year round – hyaluronic acid and a good cleansing balm, for example – but there are some that really come into their own in the warmer months. Case in point, Summer Friday’s super gentle Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution, which sloughs off build-up from wearing more SPF than usual, as well as dead skin cells from sun-beaten skin. Use it over night for softer, smoother and brighter skin.
We’re also loving the Ceramighty™ AF Eye Balm,which is new to the Drunk Elephant family. Formulated with strengthening ceramides, vitamin F and omega-rich plant oils and butters, the balmy consistency soothes holiday-tired eyes after a night of too many sundowners.
When it comes to getting a natural summer glow, vitamin C is the essential ingredient you need to add to your beauty arsenal. Space NK are delivering the goods with their Essential Vitamin C Edit, a roundup of their bestselling, most trusted products all packaged up in a beauty box with an incredible £148 saving – the box retails at £115 but is worth £263! The expert edit has been curated by the Space NK team and includes the likes of Murad’s antioxident-rich Essential C Cleanser; Oskia’s Super C Smart Nutrient Beauty Capsules that are perfect for getting the glow on the go; and Dr Dennis Gross’s Dark Spot Sun Defense Sunscreen SPF50, which protects and gives you an added boost of hard working skincare ingredients at the same time. This is one beauty box you don’t want to pass up.
We’ve curated this expert edit, that includes a free radical fighting cleanser, supercharged capsules, a restorative mask and more, to help you boost your radiance and find the best way to slot vitamin C into your daily skincare routine. Ready, steady, glow!
And finally, for those days when the mercury is hitting 30+, get yourself a bottle of Mario Badescu’s cult Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea – a steal at just £6.75. The cooling spray hydrates, invigorates and tones the skin, and is a great finishing spray to use on top of your makeup. Keep it in the fridge to make it extra icy.
Hair can feel straw-like, lacklustre and even change shade (if coloured) during the summer months if you don’t look after it correctly. Luckily we have a whole bounty of go-to products that keep our locks in great condition
First up, and a new discovery, is Melanin Haircare. The ingredients are rooted in celebrating natural hair with safe, paraben- and sulphate-free ingredients and products that nourish the hair deep down. We love the Multi-Use Pure Oil Blend thanks to its potent blend of argan oil, sweet almond oil, baobab oil, jojoba oil, geranium oil, sage oil and vitamin E – phew! It’s lightweight but powerful enough to really nourish, whatever your hair type.
If you’re already a fan of Olaplex you’ll be excited to hear about their new addition, the No.4 C Clarifying Shampoo. The deep conditioning shampoo works to remove impurities that can damage and dull the hair – think excess oil from the heat, chlorine from the pool and heavy metals and pollutants from over stying. Think of it as a reset and use once a week for stronger, cleaner hair.
Next up is one of our hidden gems of haircare, Color Wow’s Dream Coat Spray, a treatment that essentially works like a raincoat for your hair. Spray it in post-wash/condition, then style with heat which in turn sets off a heat-activated polymer to seal, tighten and compress the strands, leaving them with a sleek overall shine. It’s honestly a game-changer of a product for those that suffer from frizziness in humid weather.
And finally, keep locks safe in the sun with Bumble & Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer. It protects against UV and heat damage and tames flyaways – we love using it to hold a sleek low bun in place on warm weather days.
For a light base that still gives decent coverage but doesn’t make you feel cakey in the heat, Eborian’s CC Cream is a winner. It sits somewhere between skincare and makeup and lasts all day.
Similarly, if you’re looking for an eyebrow product that won’t budge from sun, sweat or sea, Chantecaille’s Brow Definer gives natural, fuller looking brows instantly from morning to night, no matter how many dips you have in the pool.
The beauty editor-approved Uncomplikated Setting Spray keeps makeup in place all day, reduces shine and comes packed with factor 50. A handbag essential if you’re off to a summer wedding this year.
And finally, we’ve long loved Nars’ Laguna Bronzer and they have just added a cream formulation to the family. Giving off that same golden glow, it comes in an easy to use cream that can be seamlessly blended into the skin. Buildable and flat in colour, it also works beautifully for contouring.
Body Shimmer & Smoothers
Let’s start in the shower with Sunday Riley’s Charcoal Smoothie Body Scrub. If you suffer from those bumpy, under-the-skin spots on the top of your arms or thighs, this helps to smooth them out and nourish the skin deeply. The clever formula uses salicylic acid and lactic acid to clarify any rough patches, as well as natural exfoliating powders to massage away dull and dead skin cells. On top of that, activated charcoal is mixed with manuka to pull impurities up and out of the skin for a balanced deep clean. Oh, and have we mentioned the incredible packaging?
Whether you’re off on holidays or not, this cult hero will make you feel like you’re in the tropics thanks to it’s vacay-esque fragrance. Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (it had us at the name alone) is a nutrient-packed formula of cupuaçu butter, coconut oil, açaí oil, guayusa and Brazil nut, which helps to hydrate the skin while delivering a rich dose of essential fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals. Obsessed.
Down to the feet and Margaret Dabbs is the OG when it comes to hardworking products for your hands, feet and nails. This treatment oil heals cracked, calloused and dry skin, as well as damaged nails, ready for you to pop them into your favourite summer sandals.
And finally, finish off with Summer Friday’s Pool Time Glowing Body Oil on the shoulders, décolletage and across the shins for high shine glam. Infused with the scents of almond, vanilla blossom and coconut, it smells divine too.
When it comes to summer beauty essentials, SPF should be top of your list. Space NK not only stock the basics, but a whole harem of goodies that nourish and protect head to toe.
Starting with the face, go no lower than SPF 50 – and that applies all year round, not just in summer. We love Ultra Violette’s Supreme Screen Hydrating Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ for coverage that sits beautifully all day and under makeup; or ditch the foundation in the summer heat and opt for their new Daycream Screen SPF 50 Tinted Veil with a hint of coverage instead.
For lips, Hello Sunday’s Fragrance Free Lip Balm: SPF 50 has taken up permanent residence in our tote bag, acting as a barrier for lips that become dry and sore in the heat, protects them with added SPF 50 and sets them up with the perfect primer for your usual stick or gloss.
And finally, even though we insist on SPF 50 on the face at all times and at least 30 on your body whilst in the sun, when it’s particularly hot, pop Coola’s Pina Colada SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray in your bag for top ups throughout the day. Ideal for holidays, its water resistant for up to 80 minutes and super lightweight.
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