Five tricks for a low-maintenance summer beauty routine

Whether you’re jetting off for a week in the sun, staycationing in the UK, or simply want to free up your time to enjoy weekends in the warmer weather, try our speedy tips to minimise your beauty routine…

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Some of us love nothing better than a few hours devoted to a bit of beautifying self-care. And some of us can think of much better ways to spend that sort of time. If you’re the latter, try our tips to streamline your regime without compromising on the look you want…

1. Ditch the razor

On average, we shave once or twice a week for 10 minutes, and about 10 per cent of women shave every day. That's a lot of time when you could be enjoying something else.

While it’s entirely up to you whether you remove body hair or not, if you do choose to go smooth then it’s worth investing in the Braun Silk-épil 9 Flex. A ground-breaking innovation, it’s the world’s first epilator with a fully flexible head that adjusts to your body contours for effortless hair removal. It removes hairs that even waxing misses for a smoother finish that lasts up to four weeks, freeing up more time for you to have fun.

2. Protect your skin

Protecting your face from the sun is non-negotiable. Go for a product that does double duty, giving you both moisturisation and sunscreen in one formulation. Olay Complete Every Day/Night Sunshine goes one step further as it also has a subtle sunless tanner.

Self-tan works best on exfoliated skin. Fortunately, as well as offering effortless hair removal, the Braun Silk-épil 9 Flex comes together with attachments to make it a versatile and complete beauty set, including a cleansing brush for exfoliation.

3. Forget nail polish

Painting nails can be a nice way to pass the time, but if you’re trying to streamline your beauty routine then it’s got to go. Go for a gel mani/pedi instead. It’s quick, dries almost instantly and lasts for ages.

4. Sort out frizz

With summer heat, there often comes humidity, which can mean hours battling frizz with different conditioners and styling products. If your hair is prone to frizz, try a Brazilian keratin hair treatment. It bonds with the natural keratin in your hair to rejuvenate and straighten it, for a long-lasting sleeker look.

5. Simplify your make-up

A full face of make-up can look overdone in summer, and there’s always the danger of it melting off your face before lunchtime. Instead of your usual foundation, go for something lighter, like Olay Complete BB Cream SPF 15 or Olay Total Effects 7in1 CC Cream.

And instead of worrying about doing your brows and applying mascara on the daily, book into a beauty salon to get your lashes tinted and your brows sorted. Just one visit and you won’t have to worry about them for a couple of weeks.

What are your favourite beauty short-cuts in summer?
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