Heal Thyself

As summer brings light and warmth, these new treats for your skin create a tranquil space, whether you’re home, says Claire Brayford…

The skin shield
Concerned about pollution and its impact on your skin? Reach for this daily serum from UK brand Wildsmith Skin. Alongside plant-derived and nutrient-rich botanicals, it defends against pollution and oxidative stress with an antioxidant complex to neutralise and engulf free radicals, peptides to protect and repair, a sugar film to trap external stressors, and a protective shield for digital blue-light pollution. Your skin will feel protected and hydrated.
4D Protection Serum, £80, Wildsmith Skin

The hair oil
Bringing Indian wisdom to western hair care, Fable & Mane never cease to amaze. Their weightless hair oil mist adds shine, hydration and plenty of love to sun-damaged locks. Enriched with AHA-rich red hibiscus for radiance and Indian gooseberry for vitamin C provision and UV protection, it is scented with delicious notes of jasmine and sambac. A daily must-spritz.
Hair Oil Mist, £26, Fable & Mane

The candle
Imagine the scent of summer at a pagoda by the ocean; the sea breeze carrying heady notes of spiced tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine. Imagine… but even that doesn’t come close to Diptyque’s classic fragrance. To celebrate the exquisite scent, capturing the childhood memories of late cofounder Yves Coueslant, the brand’s limited edition Do Son collection feature candles, hand cream, a luxury gift set and imagery by photographer Tim Walker. It’s the fragrance to let the everyday float away.
Do Son Collection candle, £60, Diptyque

The nail strengthener
Weak nails? Danish vegan nail care brand NailKind’s new strengthener is essential. It has bio-sourced ingredients, including bamboo extract (a natural source of silica) to restructure the nail’s keratin, plus vitamin E to protect nails against external aggressors, and AHAs to restore, rejuvenate and harden. Each coat creates a protective barrier that builds resistance
to breakages.
Tough Love strengthener, £9.95, Nail Kind

The tinted serum
Oh for the haze of a sun-drenched day and the glow of sun-kissed skin. While you daydream of getaways, capture the radiance with Rose Inc’s ‘barely there’ hydrating tinted serum. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s brand bridges the gap between skincare and makeup – perfect for those who prefer sheer, radiant coverage. Infused with hyaluronic acid, the serum plumps and smoothens the skin, with squalane to weightlessly hydrate. It’s a luminous way to
get glowing.
Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum, £36, Rose Inc

The smile boost
Self-care begins with oral care. It’s the foundation of holistic health and wellbeing. Swiss whitening brand vVardis was born of a desire to erase the world’s most prevalent disease, tooth decay. Combining patented technologies with clean ingredients and no abrasives, its whitening formula eliminates initial tooth decay, restores, strengthens and whitens teeth, and provides long-lasting protection without sensitivity. In short, a whitener that is good for you.
Whitening Collection Oral Care Set, £157, vVardis

The foot spray
When the sun shines, we realise our feet need an MOT. Dr Barbara Sturm and luxury shoe brand Aquazzura’s spray relieves and revitalises tired, stressed, winter-bound toes. A powerful cocktail of ingredients includes witch hazel, plankton extract, hyaluronic acid, noni – a plant-based deodorising ingredient – and tetrapeptide, which soothes irritated skin and reduces redness. You’ll have a spring in your step!
Foot spray, £50, Dr. Barbara Sturm

The exfoliating serum
‘There is no better ingredient than lactic acid to give an immediate glow,’ says Hollywood aesthetician Shani Darden. Her exfoliating serum lets you wake up to just that. Applied overnight, the powerful yet gentle AHA and PHA cocktail supports your skin’s natural renewal. Containing hydrating hyaluronic acid, soothing aloe vera concentrate and antioxidant-rich tea extracts, it helps skin look smoother and brighter come morning.
Lactic Acid Exfoliating Serum, £76, Shani Darden

The facecloth
Hypoallergenic, acne-fighting and anti-ageing, the humble facecloth has come a long way since your grandma swore by it at bedtime. Today it is as integral to skin health as your cleanser. At the pinnacle is LA brand Resorè, whose flannels are naturally antibacterial. Traditional cloths are hotbeds of bacteria, but this one’s hypoallergenic fibres stay clean and so does your skin!
Face towel, £35, Resorè

The skincare
Created by artist and producer Alicia Keys and dermatologist Dr. Renée Snyder, clean skincare brand Keys Soulcare’s illuminating, complexion-priming serum promises to help you radiate confidence. The vegan formula is bursting with antioxidant-rich rosewater to replenish dry, dull skin, and niacinamide to brighten and balance. And each package features a soul-empowering affirmation.
Let Me Glow Illuminating Serum, £25, Keys Soulcare

The fragrance
Eco-consciousness is high on the beauty agenda. Ex Nihilo, with fragrances made from sustainable and advanced ingredients, is one of the most talked-about new perfume houses. Its latest scent, Lust in Paradise, will whisk you to the French Riviera, with white peonies, tiaré flower, bergamot and fresh notes of lychee.
Lust in Paradise Riviera Eau de Parfum, £110, Ex Nihilo

The handwash
Inspired by the founder Isadora Belfort’s Brazilian upbringing, Herlum is the clean unisex body-care brand to know. It’s vegan, free of palm oil, and made in the UK using sustainably-sourced ingredients. Isadora brings the magic of Brazilian botanicals, beginning with this sandalwood and grapefruit handwash. Calming and effective, it is enriched with murumuru butter that retains your skin’s moisture, plus coconut and antibacterial extracts. The rainforest-inspired scent is conjured from upcycled flowers, uniting woody and spicy notes of freshly sliced grapefruit and creamy sandalwood.
Handwash, £29, Herlum

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