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Summer Body Care Must Haves For Healthy & Glowing Skin

Summer Body Care Must Haves
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Our skin is demanding. With weather too hot or too cold it becomes dehydrated and doesn’t look it’s best. Good body care products are essential all year round but obviously, differ from summer to winter. I’m here to talk about the ones I’ve been using recently, particularly those I’d recommend. 

I feel as though I’m writing this post a little late but bear with me. It may feel as though summer is over, but we actually have over a month of it left! Some of these are sun depending, but others are just good, general body care products that you can use pretty much all year round. If you’re heading on holiday soon then pay close attention to the Gatineau mention, if not, we can always keep our fingers crossed for another heatwave.


I didn’t want to make this a post heavy on fake tan, as I’ve mentioned some favourites before. I had to include this though, as it’s been a staple body product of mine for a few years now. It’s amazing for last minute top-ups when your tan is fading (or gone). It takes just a few minutes to apply, doesn’t transfer to clothes easily and doesn’t have much of a scent. This is basically foundation for your legs and has airbrushed mine so many times.


Summer Tan Beauty Products
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For those of us who are naturally pale, tanning can be an infuriatingly slow process. This summer I’ve discovered Gatineau’s Tan Accelerating Lotion and honestly, it’s a game-changer.

Okay, so it is pricey, but if you want a beautiful tan the safe way, then this is the body care you need. The lotion prepares the skin for exposure to the sun, kick-starting the natural production of melanin to achieve a quicker, longer-lasting tan. Key ingredients such as mélatogénine™, vitamin E and grapeseed oil combine to protect against UV rays whilst toning, tightening and moisturising the skin.

I’ve been using this lotion for most of the summer and can honestly say that I’ve never tanned so well. You may have seen that we visited the Dominican this summer, but considering how little I tanned on our (longer) trip to Mexico a couple of years ago, I’m confident that the Dominican sun is only jointly responsible alongside the tan accelerating lotion. I continued using this when we got back to the UK and throughout that lovely July weather and my tan got even deeper.


Garnier UV Water SPF
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Antipodes Hand & Body Creams
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I’m not too fussy when it comes to which SPF I use, but the UV water is the one I’ve been reaching for this summer. It’s cheap and does the job you need it to. After spending over $100 (that’s US dollars and no, I’m not joking) on sunscreen when we were in the DR, I couldn’t recommend packing more rather than less if you’re travelling anywhere hot.


We were lucky enough to see a decent amount of sun throughout July and I’m hoping it hasn’t left for good. Although I love the warmer days, we all know the risks of sun exposure, which is why I’ve included SPF as a must. However, alongside the already known, more serious sun risks, it can also cause dryness and dehydration. Moisturising regularly is key, and I’ve been using the antipodes hand and body creams. They’re so rich that you can feel them working instantly and they feature some great, natural ingredients for both moisture and lovely scent.


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A high-end body scrub isn’t something I’d typically splurge on, but I got this free at the ClarinsxInthefrow event. Although moisturising is important against dry skin, using a body scrub to rid ourselves of dead skin cells is an equally important step but one which a lot of people seem to miss.

This claims to soften, smooth and firm by polishing the skin and stimulating skin cell renewal. While I find a lot of cheaper products that I’ve used in the past effective, I’ve worried about how harsh they feel against my skin. This one has a creamy texture and gently exfoliates, benefitting my skin in exactly the ways Clarins claim it should.


*  This post contains gifted items. As always, all words, images, and opinions are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information. 

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  • Reply Sophie Naylor

    I’ve been in need for a new hand cream! I switch between so many brands but still haven’t found my perfect one yet, unfortunately. Excited to give this one a go x

    August 22, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I love a good hand cream and I love that these are great for both hand and body! Love a high end multitasker! x

      August 23, 2019 at 9:13 am
  • Reply A Cup of Wonderland

    As someone who has to be careful what skin products I use I found this really helpful. I’m definitely going to check out the Garnier UV water to use to help protect my skin. Thank you!

    August 22, 2019 at 5:50 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad! SPF is so important isn’t it, I love this one as a super affordable option! x

      August 23, 2019 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Kim

    Thanks for sharing these! I like the sound of the body scrub and UV protection. My skin is fairly dry and I burn very easy so these sound like good fits.

    August 22, 2019 at 6:01 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      If your skin is dry then the Antipodes hand and body cream would be perfect for you too! I’m so glad you found this helpful x

      August 23, 2019 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Aaliyah

    I thought summer was over but now It’s actually really warm and sunny so this post can at a perfect time. I haven’t tried a spf water before but that sounds really great as I hate the white cast that sun cream leaves in the skin. A body scrub is such a must for the summer months! X

    August 22, 2019 at 6:03 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s actually be gorgeous the last couple of days hasn’t it?! I hear we’re in for a good bank holiday too which is amazing. I dislike SPF cream too and much prefer either this or a fine mist spray! Absolutely x

      August 23, 2019 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Lucy

    I really need to try the Sally Hansen airbrush leg tanner – sounds great!

    Lucy | Forever September

    August 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s a go-to for me, perfect when you’ve got last minute plans and haven’t tanned etc! x

      August 23, 2019 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Grace Louise

    Gorgeous post Hun I love your picks and your photos are gorgeous!! x

    Grace Louise ||

    August 23, 2019 at 9:33 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    Oooh! I love that you can get a quick tan with the Sally Hansen spray. I’ve heard a lot of things about the tanning lotion. It does make a difference! It is so important that we still get protection from the sun at the same time. I need to check out the Clarins scrub! Thanks for sharing all of these summer products!

    Nancy ♥

    August 24, 2019 at 5:07 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I do usually fake tan properly but boy is this good for last minute coverups! The Clarins scrub is great- so gentle for a body exfoliant! x

      August 24, 2019 at 8:22 am
  • Reply Radi

    I love a great body scrub and enjoy a nice fake tan 🙂

    August 24, 2019 at 6:36 am
  • Reply Katie

    I’ve always loved the Sally Hansen airbrush legs too! Such a good quick fix!

    Katie | XX

    August 26, 2019 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Jazmin

    I’d definitely be interested in trying out a high end body scrub, but I always end up buying the cheaper options. I love sanctuary spa at the moment. Maybe one day I’ll splurge xx

    August 27, 2019 at 8:36 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I typically buy the more affordable ones too but this was a lovely change! It’s maybe something to use Boots loyalty points on or put on a gift list! x

      August 29, 2019 at 7:45 pm
  • Reply monika

    I definitely agree with you, Sally Hansen airbrush legs is a really great product:):**Have a nice day!

    September 1, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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