Beauty: Summer products with a fruity flavour
Packed with everything from moisturising oils to exfoliating acids, via an alphabet of vitamins known to soothe, smooth and brighten, fruits offer rich pickings for beauty brands. This summer’s star products have a tropical flavour, as Alice Ryan reports
Proof that a true-matte finish can be achieved without parching lips, Too Faced’s Peach Puff owes its creamy, comforting texture to a vitamin A and C-packed infusion of peach and fig milk. The colour, delivered via a nifty twist-loaded puff applicator, is subtle and super lightweight to wear, yet also impressively long-wearing; apply rose-pink Stoked in the morning and your lips will remain prettily flushed all day.
L’Occitane Invigorating Face & Eye Mask, £29, loccitane.co.uk and L’Occitane, Rose Crescent, Cambridge and arc, Bury St Edmunds
Appropriately for a mask whose key ingredient is melon, this new face and eye formula has a sorbet-like texture which - especially when applied following 10 minutes in the fridge - is deliciously refreshing. Rich in vitamin C, loved for its skincare superpowers (it’s said to lighten, brighten, detox and protect), it’s particularly good at deflating puffy under-eyes.
Hailing from sugary fruits, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are wondrous exfoliators, being both super-efficient and super-gentle on skin. Using extracts of pineapple (to exfoliate and soothe), prickly pear (to moisturise and smooth), lemon and apple (to brighten), this gel mask leaves skin physically softer and visibly brighter in 15 minutes. Plus it smells like a pina colada.
BeYou Orange Leaf & Grapefruit Bath Bomb, £5.99, beyouonline.co.uk
These bath bombs contain twice the usual level of both oils and botanicals, making them singularly indulgent and headily fragrant. Available in four fruit and floral flavours, with its zing of citrus Orange Leaf & Grapefruit is designed to give skin and mood a boost. Handmade in the UK using all-natural and sustainably sourced ingredients, they’re vegan, too.
Jo Loves Mango Thai Lime Parfum, £110 for 100ml, joloves.com
Initially released in limited edition, such was the customer demand for Mango Thai Lime - which manages to strike that fresh-yet-warm note synonymous with sunny summer days - it’s being added to the core Jo Loves Fragrance Collection as of this month. Inspired by travels in Thailand, the fruit flavours of sweet mango and sharp lime are balanced by spicy black pepper and clean mint leaf. Like all Jo Malone’s fragrances, it mellows beautifully with wear.
It’s a teeny yellow tube with a big reputation: created in 1937 by American Alfred Woelbing as a remedy for dry, chapped lips, Carmex is now one of the world’s best-loved balms, with more 130 sold every minute. Blended with cocoa and meadowfoam seed oils, the balm is famed for its ability to heal and hydrate, and this summer’s new fruit flavours, all of which contain SPF 15, conjure sun-baked holidays - lovely.
Mu-Lac Mu-Bye Micellar Water, £13, mulaccosmetics.com
A suspension of micelles - surfactant molecules which, by their very nature, attract oil and dirt like filings to a magnet - micellar water is loved for its ability to remove makeup at speed of light with no need to rinse: magic. This iteration, from new Italian vegan brand Mu-Lac, is one of the best. Thanks to extracts of brightening lychee and moisturising pomegranate, it enlivens the complexion while cleansing.
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