20 November 2018Last updated

Summer kind of gorgeous

Think your bikini is the enemy? Call a truce with our top tips to help you get your best beach body yet!

Sonam Basantani
27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
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First things first: make sure you have a clean canvas. Applying a scrub will get the circulation pumping (great for combating cellulite), and if you’re using any creams, oils or fake tans, removing surface dead skin cells will allow them to penetrate deeper into the skin. You can DIY your own scrub by taking a cup of sugar and mixing in three tablespoons of honey and your favourite essential oil.


Skin Nourishing Body Scrub Dh235, Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Sugar Scrub Dh167,


Waxing is our preferred hair removal method as it tugs hair straight from the roots, lasting three to six weeks (look for Cirepil or Lycon wax, which is less painful as it reduces the pull on the surrounding skin). Laser hair removal is effective too, but give it a miss if you’re planning to be in the sun soon after as it can lead to pigmentation. If you have to shave then follow these tips for preventing razor rash: exfoliate, then soften skin with baby oil; shave using a four-blade razor and shaving gel; finish with rubbing alcohol to close pores and swipe with a non-scented deodorant stick to prevent razor bumps.


When the weather is this hot not only should you be increasing your water intake, you should also be upping your moisturising game. Start by turning up the heat of your shower a little to open pores, then apply oil to your skin under running water – the oil gets into the pores and leaves dry skin supple and hydrated. If you find oils too sticky or greasy, opt for a body balm. A balm is heavier then a regular body lotion but lighter in oils, so skin will be smooth but not greasy.


Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil Dh210 (110ml) Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Body Cream Dh90, Boots

Scream for sunscreen

Sun protection should always be top of your beauty regime, but especially during the glare of the summer. Be sure to reapply your SPF throughout the day as these creams do wear off. And remember, nothing gives you 100 per cent protection: instead of choosing the cream with the highest SPF (which doesn’t necessarily give you higher protection), opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVB and UVA rays.


Clarins Sun Control Stick SPF 30 Dh155, Harvey Nichols Lancaster Sun Sport Sunscreen SPF20 Dh140, Sephora Original Sprout Face & Body Sunscreen Dh110,

At a stretch

For stubborn stretch marks we still stand by classic products like Bio-Oil, which has been clinically proven to reduce scars and stretch marks with daily use. By boosting skin’s elasticity, it helps skin look fuller and smoother, fading stretch marks, and reducing the possibility of new marks forming. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter is another old favourite, which combines cocoa butter with vitamin E, collagen and elastin to plump up and tone skin – and it’ll leave you smelling like a scrummy bar of chocolate.

Stretch marks

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Stretch Marks lotion Dh45, Bio-Oil Dh45 (60ml), Boots

Faux tan

Nothing makes you look better than glowing bronzed skin, but with the UAE’s scorching temperatures, baking yourself in the sun for a tan is neither comfortable nor safe, regardless of how much protection you use. The solution? Fake it. An all-over faux glow brings out muscle definition, creating the illusion of a slimmer frame. We also love that our despised stretch marks are hidden under a layer of glorious sun-kissed colour.

Faux tan

Xen-Tan Dh190, Sephora St Tropez Gradual Tan Dh110, Sister’s Beauty Lounge Nuxe Sun Self Tanning Body Dh124, Bin Sina Pharmacy

Fight cellulite

There’s nothing like the dreaded orange peel to make you feel less-than-ready for bikini season. The best way to fight cellulite? Dry brushing – do it in an upward circular motion to help stimulate the lymphatic drainage and smoothen skin. Following up with good-quality serums and creams will help facilitate the process and improve results.


Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control Dh280 Ren Body Contouring Anti-Cellulite Gel Dh190, Harvey Nichols

Damage limitation

If your skin is seeing red after a bit too much sun exposure, an after-sun product will soothe the skin, replenish lost moisture and prevent it from peeling. Try keeping your moisturisers and sun lotions in the fridge so when you apply it, it instantly cools and calms your skin.


Hawaiian Tropics After Sun crème Dh32, Spinneys Urban Veda Soothing Day Cream Dh135, Holland & Barrett

Fresh scent

Instead of spritzing on your favourite fragrances this summer, switch it up with scented dry oil. An oil is stronger in scent and heavier in consistency so it lasts longer on the skin and keeps it moisturised too. If you’re not big on applying oil all over, use a tiny bit on your pulse points and let the scent linger.


Dr Hauschka Rose Body Oil Dh92, MOR Mashmallow Body Oil Dh214, The Nail Spa

Put your foot in it

Can’t get to the salon every week? Keep cracked heels and hard skin at bay yourself with the new Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation System – it has everything you need from a pedicure device, even a smoothing brush and balms for the softest feet ever. Or try Foot Rescue from Skin Republic. These little foot booties have an amazing 18-plant-extract formula that cools and gives feet the TLC it needs in just 20 minutes.


Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation System Dh895, Sephora Skin Republic Foot Rescue Dh25, Boots

Hot head

You know you have to protect your skin from the sun, but did you know you should be protecting your hair too? 
“I always cover my hair at the beach with a scarf,” says international hairstylist Nicky Lazou. Go the extra mile and spritz on a hair-protective SPF mist too before you wrap your hair in a stylish scarf. For already dry, damaged tresses, get a pampering sesh in at the Ricci Capricci Salon with their must-try BB treatment for hair – at Dh500, it’s worth every penny as you leave the salon with softer-than-ever, glossy hair.


Sachajuan Hair Control Treatment Dh330, Harvey Nichols Lancaster Sun Beauty Hairspray Dh110 L’Oreal Mythic Oil Serum Dh186, Loft Fifth Avenue Salon

Shake up the make-up

Summer is the time for a make-up switch. Heat and humidity not only make you sweat off your make-up, they also clog your pores. “When it’s hot outside (and cold inside!), your pores will be expanding and contracting more than in cooler weather. If you’re wearing a heavy layer of make-up this will contribute towards clogged pores and lead to breakouts,” says make-up artist Hannah Lisa. Invest in cosmeceutical products that allow your skin to breathe and combine the benefits of skincare with the coverage of make-up. We are in love with Caudalíe’s new genius Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser SPF20, which contains a serum to even out skintone and improve the appearance of dark spots, combined with a matte-finish, medium coverage to disguise any flaws! Add on a tinted lip and cheek tint, a swish of mascara and you’re done. “If you’re worried about coverage, dust a bit of translucent powder over the T-zone, and touch up throughout the day,” says Hannah Lisa.


Caudalíe Fluide Vinoperfect Dh205, Nars Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara Dh125 Benefit Benetint Lip and Cheek tint Dh150, Sephora

Sonam Basantani

By Sonam Basantani