In true British style we all start to dress like there is a tropical heatwave the minute the sun makes an appearance. We cast our winter-wear to the back of the wardrobe and have more skin on show. In fact research from Boots UK shows that over half of women (53 per cent*) admit that once their winter tights and footwear are off, they stay off for the summer season - whatever the weather!
So whether rain, wind, sun or hail is around the corner, here is the Boots lowdown on how you can flash your summer-worthy skin with weather-proof confidence. No7 Advisor Samantha Greaves explains:
Brush off that winter skin…
41 per cent* of women say that prepping their body by exfoliating, waxing and moisturising gives them the boost to take that leap into summer. But don’t worry, getting your body ready for summer doesn’t mean hours of prep as simple tweaks will help you whizz through your routine and get even better results:
No7 Advisor Samantha Greaves explains: “Contrary to what most people think, pores do not actually open and close - they do not have any muscles! So to unclog them and get your skin beautifully buffed and glowing, ensure your skin is warm when you exfoliate (just after a bath or shower is perfect) as this helps to loosen up underlying dead skin and daily dirt. It is also important to rinse your skin with the coldest water you can stand after you exfoliate to re-tighten the skin.”
Try rubbing Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Body Scrub, £4.99, into any areas that are oilier such as your back to avoid congestions as these can lead to breakouts. For spot prone skin try finding a shower gel that contains Glycolic acid and salicylic acid to help remove any dead skin cells and regulate sebum production.
Massage your way to a trim tum…
“My top tip on firming up your tummy is rubbing a rich body butter into your skin for a few minutes every day in the run up to your holiday. This helps to stimulate circulation and keeps your skin looking even and toned.” No7 Advisor Samantha Greaves
Try Botanics Rehydrating Body Butter, £8.00, this indulgently rich body butter melts into the skin to soften, smooth and provide a long-lasting moisture boost. Including shea, cocoa butter and coconut oil it intensively hydrates and conditions for ultimate moisturisation.
Get that summer glow….
“Having a bit of colour on your skin can really help you feel more confident when it comes to flashing your flesh” explains No7 Advisor Samantha Greaves. “Try applying a gradual tan which not only gives skin a youthful glow but can also help it to appear smoother on the surface. For even more definition try brushing a layer of instant tan on to your inner thighs to create contour effect. If you’re not a fan of fake tan then try an aftersun with tan maintainer like Boots Soltan Aftersun Lotion with Tan Prolonger, £4.00 – this helps to build a beautifully natural tan whilst hydrating your skin.”
No7 Naturally Sun Kissed Gradual Body Tan, £9.95, is perfect for a beautiful light tan. This gradual tan deeply smoothes and moisturises skin optimising its condition for exposure to the sun whilst its gentle self-tanning ingredients leave behind a hint of beautiful colour that builds day by day into a natural looking year round glow. It moisturises for up to 12 hours and contains a unique antioxidant complex to prepare skin for exposure to the sun.
To keep your tan and stay safe in the sun, why not try Boots Soltan Protect & Tan Ultra-Light Texture Suncare Spray, £7. An SPF30 formulation with an innovative ingredient that helps stimulate your body's natural tanning production whilst protecting you from the sun’s harmful rays. This light-feeling spray disappears into your skin instantly leaving no sticky residue. It provides continuous moisturisation for silky-soft skin, helping to prevent peeling.
For even more expert comments, interviews or product information, call the Boots Summer Team on 020 7025 6657 or email us at BootsSummerTeam@redconsultancy.com
*Online research carried out by ICM Unlimited with 2,000 people in Great Britain. Fieldwork was undertaken in March 2015.
About Boots UK
Boots UK (boots.com), the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, is part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. With 2,511* stores in the UK, Boots UK is committed to providing exceptional customer and patient care, be the first choice for pharmacy and healthcare and offer innovative 'only at Boots' exclusive products such as the UK’s leading skincare brand No7, all delivered with the great value customers love. Created over 165 years ago, the Boots brand is still at the heart of the communities it serves.
*As at 31 May 2015 excluding equity method investments.