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YOUR BACK-TO-BACK SUMMER CALENDAR SURVIVAL GUIDE

Anya Elliman
Writer and expert18 days ago
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A close up of a model with tanned skin and curly hair wearing a light-coloured face mask on her face with her mouth open a bit

Spring is turning swiftly into summer and before you know it, your calendar will be filled with back-to-back plans that leave you with little-to-no space for ‘me time’. From wedding invitations and trips away to festival season starting (need beauty inspo? Why not discover Team CB’s Go-To Festival Make Up Ideas), you’ll no doubt start to find yourself booked, busy and craving some much-needed TLC.

That’s where we come in. We’ve put together some new and trending treasures you’ll need for the mornings after and the moments in between for when you *just* need a little self care to bring yourself back to top form. From nourishing body moisturisers to spa-in-a-jar candles and soothing sleep masks, our edit of wellbeing wonders is sure to help revive your skin, senses and space during the summer rush.

ON THE GO ESSENTIALS…

Find yourself without the self care sidekicks that make you feel instantly refreshed when you’re out and about? Fear not; our selection of never-leave-without heroes make busy days that little bit easier. From hydrating face mists and sun-shielding SPF’s to volumising hair heroes, these summer saviours are perfect for popping in your bag for when you need a quick beauty pick me up. Don’t worry, you can thank us later…

Want to feel revitalised in seconds? Call off the search because Gun Ana’s Protective Face Mist delivers just that. A lightweight formula, this multitalented marvel grants your complexion with a wealth of hydrating ingredients – we’re talking hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and tremella (also known as snow mushroom) – to re-energise your face whenever, wherever. Ready, set, spritz…

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Primed to have a pride of place in your handbag, gym bag, bum bag (AKA on hand at all times) is Luna Daily’s The Everywhere Spray to Wipe. Kind to skin, this hero can be used directly or on a tissue (to create an eco-wipe which can be flushed away) to cleanse all areas of the body. It blends notes of fresh jasmine and soft amber with the brand’s THERMA-BIOME complex to support, nurture and protect your skin's natural microbiome. Talk about an on-the-go cleansing companion…

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Keep your sunscreen topped up throughout the day with Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Dew Balm SPF 30. Did you know this sheer stick does more than defend your skin from the sun? It’s also bursting with brightening niacinamide and hydrating hyaluronic acid to leave the skin instantly glowy. Plus, this nifty must-have is infused with barrier-boosting squalane, which helps the formula glide effortlessly across your complexion. Protected, refreshed skin? Check.

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Feel like your locks are losing oomph as the day goes on? Meet the mane must-have that instantly refreshes and volumises tresses. A finely milled unique formula, Hair Gain’s Peptide Puff Dry Shampoo is formulated with a blend of nourishing biotin, antioxidant-rich caffeine, strengthening red clover extract and moisturising peptides to not only revive strands, but also provide comfort to the scalp. Say a fond farewell to oil, sweat and odour and hello to instant volume, body and texture…

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WIND DOWN WONDERS

Our next round of essentials is for those who have trouble switching off after a busy day – forget counting sheep, why not wind down the evening with a spa-worthy session that’ll have you clocking off in no time? From indulging in a luxuriously long shower with your favourite shampoo and conditioner to kicking back and letting a face mask work hard while you're doing the opposite, these must-haves are the ultimate staples for a self-love ceremony. So, turn down the lights, pop your phone on mute and let that feeling of fluster become a thing of the past…

If shampoo was a car wash service (bear with us here), OUAI’s Detox Shampoo would be the equivalent of a full valet – AKA what better beauty staple to use to reset after back-to-back plans? This once-a-week treatment boasts apple cider vinegar to cleanse away product build-up and hydrolysed keratin to support fragile strands. The result? Locks that feel soft, silky and scented.

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Ideal as a pre-party pick-me-up, Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask plumps and brightens dull, lacklustre skin in just 15 minutes thanks to a nourishing blend of niacinamide, floral extracts and butters. Oh, and did we mention this mask can be re-used up to three times? So, remember to store it away neatly once you feel glowy and refreshed.

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Or maybe take your masking moment to new heights with The Light Salon’s Boost LED Mask – a transformative tool delivering the results of a professional LED treatment at home. Using near-infrared light and red light (the most powerful of the wavelengths), it reduces the look of fine lines whilst boosting hydration and increasing skin’s firmness and elasticity. Get ready to welcome in a spa session from the comfort of your own bed…

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Before you fall into a deep sleep, invite in a new level of bliss to bedtime with Spacemasks. An absolute must-have for those slow evenings, these luxe, self-heating eye masks offer instant relaxation thanks to an infusion of soothing jasmine and gentle air-activated warmth. Incredibly gentle on the skin and eyes, they’re your one-way ticket to a serene slumber where you’ll wake rested and ready for the day ahead.

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THE MORNING AFTER…

Imagine this: you’ve had a long week, you’ve gone to sleep, but come morning, you still feel tired. What do you do? Slip into some comfortable clothing (read: pyjamas) and indulge in a morning of ‘me time’. From setting the mood with soothing candles and reviving eye patches to lathering your limbs in buttery body lotions, these morning must-haves help you start the day feeling relaxed, revived and ready to go again…

Start the day the right way by taking your daily vitamins – in particular The Nue Co.’s Prebiotic + Probiotic (60 capsules). A modern-day multivitamin, this signature blend of prebiotic inulin and probiotic complex is designed to keep your gut as happy as possible. Delivering 15 billion spores per daily dose through a unique system, it works to leave you feeling healthier and more energised over time.

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Woke up to tired, puffy peepers? Meet the latest all-in-one innovation working to instantly hydrate, refresh and revitalise, Dr Barbara Sturm’s Everything Eye Patches. Formulated with a powerful hydrogel concentrate, these gentle yet effective masks reduce the look of dark circles, puffiness and fine lines, all while delivering intense hydration. What to expect? Soothed and re-energised under-eyes…

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Indulge in the ultimate self care session with the secret to intensely nourished skin AKA Sol de Janeiro’s Delicia Drench Body Butter. A body cream that does it all, this luscious body butter works in harmony with bacuri butter and the brand’s Brazilian Soothing Complex to replenish and revitalise limbs. And, as the name suggests, it smells 'Delicia' (AKA delicious) thanks to sweet notes of velvet plum, sugared violets, vanilla orchid, sheer sandalwood and vetiver.

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Would it really be a lazy Sunday morning without striking a match to Maison Margiela’s Replica Lazy Sunday Morning Candle? It’s time to transport the senses to moments spent buried beneath freshly washed cotton sheets, rays of light dancing between the shutters, the crisp rustle of the morning paper can be heard – in short, you’re experiencing the scent of ‘soft skin and bed linen’. What more could you ask for? And, breathe…

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So, sit back, relax and enjoy your summer knowing you’re stocked on the essentials needed to survive the sunshine-filled season bursting with back-to-back plans…

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Anya Elliman
Writer and expert
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Anya is one of Cult Beauty’s Junior Copywriters. A huge lover of all things skin and body care, time spent intently researching product ingredients has resulted in a mass of skin care know-how (which don’t worry, she’s more than happy to share). When Anya's not treating herself to a new Maison Margiela fragrance or Aesop hand cream, you'll find her at the latest natural wine bar with friends, buying a new book (even though there is already a stack waiting), or walking through Hampstead Heath with her regular order of an almond latte.
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