As much as many of us are keen during this time of year to set off like migrating sparrows to warmer climates, a certain amount of beauty preparation is required in order to avoid looking starkly pale against tanned locals, and to ensure your body is guarded against the sunâ€™s deadly rays.
Clinique Self Sun Tinted Lotions for Face and Body are a good place to start; both oil and fragrance free, they absorb easily, deliver a boost of moisture and the 'medium to deep' version of the body lotion provides a noticeable colour after just one application (so attention to detail when applying is a must.) As neither contain sunblock, it is vital to slather on UV protection over the top to avoid a rouge-tinted tan (and obviously to considerably lessen the risk of skin cancer.) Darphinâ€™s Vital Protection sunblock with SPF 50 creates a â€˜botanical shieldâ€™ on the skin, comprising Edelweiss and Vitamins E & C to neutralise free radicals (unstable molecules caused by UV rays which attack healthy tissue.) It also contains 100% mineral filters to protect against both UVA and UVB.
Lastly, if your nails need some last minute tidying up, The Chelsea Day spa are offering the Speedy New York Manicure and Pedicure, where hands or feet are soaked, nails are trimmed and filed and a polish is expertly applied (but make sure you're wearing trousers if you're having a pedicure as the treatment beds face out onto waiting clients...) Being able to watch vintage episodes of Sex and the City as well as getting thoroughly pampered by the cheerful and friendly staff are further plus points.
Chelsea Day Spa's New York Manicure is Â£12.50, New York Pedicure is Â£18.50, based on 2nd & 3rd Floor, 69a Kingâ€™s Road, London SW3 4NX. For appointments call +44 20 7351 0911
Edited by Viola Levy - 01 Jul 2011 at 3:02pm
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