You may or may not know from our pale skin, but when it comes to being out in the sun, us potatoes need to be super smart, and super careful. Our beach trips (and summer existence in general) are always about balance; maintaining a glow without getting sunburnt, and beautifying both from the inside and out in ways that are both healthy and rewarding. That’s why we teamed up with The Body Shop to create The Smart Girl’s Guide To Summer; your summer survival kit chock full of summer skin care and beauty tips—giving you all you need to know to achieve a balanced, healthy summer skin glow.
During summer, you’ll never find us baby-oiled up on a beach, but you will find us with the right SPF, such as The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, a go-to skincare routine, the right beach accouterments and a diet that’s – shall we say – ‘bathing suit friendly.’ Our summer must-haves range from chic sportswear bathing suits from Lisa Marie Fernandez to a Cherry Limeade Smoothie that will leave you feeling satisfied yet light. Forget the tan girl’s guide to summer, here is The Smart Girl’s Guide To Summer from yours truly, your potatoes…
The Weeks Before The Beach
For your skin…
Summer – and any beach getaways you have planned – will be all the more enjoyable with a glowing, fresh-faced unblemished look.
Get in Tea Tree mode. This means taking care of your skin each night with a Tea Tree face wash, toner and treatment oil that will clean and purify your skin, combat an oily appearance, and fight blemishes. First use The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash to clean and purify, then The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner to absorb oil, then lastly the all-time essential The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil on any existing blemishes to dry them out. Wait a few minutes, then apply our new obsession, The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser to hydrate and restore yourself to glowing skin health, thanks to the power of Camu Camu from the Amazon—containing 60x the Vitamin C power of an orange. This should be your morning and nighttime moisturizer for a 24-hour glow.
For your tan…
You can get your tan before even hitting the beach, and you can do it the healthy way— (without baking in the sun).
Each night, spread on some delicious Honey Bronze for some color, moisture and a natural glow. Both the The Body Shop Honey Bronze Tinted Face Gel and The Body Shop Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist give an even-bronzed look. You’ll instantly have the perfect, matte tan, and you can give your skin a quick pick me up any time you need a bronzed boost. Healthily achieved without sun, we love this approach to bronzing, sparing you sun damage and an oily appearance, because there’s nothing worse than an oily potato.
For your diet (i.e. beauty from the inside out)…
What you put inside your body is just as important to skincare as what you apply to your skin. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, start shaping up with a few healthy recipes that truly embody our ‘beauty from the inside out’ concept. Here are four easy go-to’s (that can oscillate between breakfast, lunch and dinner) for the week leading up to your beach weekend. They also keep well, meaning you should bring them with you to snack on at the beach.
Cherry Limeade Smoothie
1 cup Frozen Cherries
2 tablespoons Lime Juice
1 tablespoon Camu Camu Powder
2 teaspoons Agave Nectar
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
1/4 cup Ice
Blend all ingredients together for 1 minute. Keep cool until ready to drink.
Peach, Kale, and Goat Cheese Salad
1 bunch Kale, stems removed, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 tablespoon Shallot, minced
2 Peaches, cut into slices
1/3 cup crumbled Goat Cheese
1/4 cup Sunflower seeds, toasted
2 tablespoons fresh Lemon Juice
3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, shallots, salt, and pepper. Massage the kale gently with the dressing. Toss with peaches, goat cheese, and sunflower seeds.
Berry Basil Salad
1/2 cup Blueberries
1/2 cup Strawberries
1/2 cup Raspberries
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 tablespoon fresh Basil, chopped
Stir all ingredients together. Let sit for 20 minutes before serving.
Cucumber Basil Water Infusion
4 cups Cold Water
2 cups Cucumber, thinly sliced
2 sprigs fresh Basil, lightly crushed
In an air tight container, combine water, cucumbers, and crushed basil. Seal the container tightly with a lid. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Do not let the cucumbers and basil infuse for more than 2 days. Enjoy over ice.
The Day of The Beach
So your skin’s clear from all the Tea Tree action, your legs and face have a natural tan, now all that is left to do is prep and beautify your skin the morning of.
For your skin…
Upon waking up, start the day with Vitamin C (and not the kind in OJ). Use your The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser, which will clarify your skin giving you a natural, healthy glow. Just so you potato heads know, this is the kind of moisturizer that infuses your skin with moisture rather than sits on top of it.
For your makeup…
You can apply makeup or choose to go fresh-faced, and either way be sure to end your routine with a The Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer, a must-have skincare meets makeup product. This will give you a rosy tint and boost your matte tan with a natural, healthy radiance. For light contouring, color and an extra flush, apply The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Domes (there are three difference shades depending on your skin tone) to your cheekbones. Make sure to pack both, as you can touch up with them throughout the day.
What to pack…
Besides your two touch-up products, you need to have the right accessories at the beach. That includes the absolute best pick for every beach must-have.
The Ultimate Beach Bag: This straw market tote from J.Crew is the perfect beach-day go to. Everything fits in it, so the contents will include your beach towel, The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Domes, The Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer, SPF and of course, your picnic, which should include the four recipes mentioned above.
The Ultimate Beach Towel: When it comes to a beach towel we go for less color, more patterns. We’re currently loving this one from Toteme.
The Best Cover-Up: Fitting to The Body Shop mantra, Lem Lem cover-ups are sustainable and eco-friendly (and awesome, can we add?).
The Best Bathing Suit: You may want to break the bank with your summer bathing suit, or you may want a more affordable option: We’re giving you both, one as chic as the next. Bikyni is a great option for a more affordable – and customizable – swimsuit, while Lisa Marie-Fernandez is a favorite for a bit more of a splurge.
Keep up the good work with Cucumber Basil Infused Water and your The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser – both will work equally as well to hydrate you inside and out after long periods in the sun.
If you want to maintain healthy skin and a tan throughout the summer (our recommendation!), continue your Tea Tree, Vitamin C and Honey Bronze tan regimen. Also, feel free to add in exfoliants like The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion or The Body Shop Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish before moisturizing when your skin gets dry and needs a refresh.
That’s our smart girls guide to skincare, sand and summer…happy healthy sunning!
*Sponsored by The Body Shop. Photographed by Alli Shepherd.