Summer holidays are a great time to relax and spend time with family and friends to wind down before the new year starts off with a bang.

It’s also a time when taking care of your skin should be placed high on your list of priorities, as the sun, chlorinated pools and sea water can all wreak havoc on your skin.

We round up the top essential summer beauty items every girl should own for maximum protection and coverage to keep skin in tip-top shape all holiday long.

Get masking

Face masks come in many shapes and forms and are aimed at treating a multitude of skin concerns – hello sheet masks! From oil control to inflammation or dehydration, we can all agree that by the time the end of the year rolls by, skin really needs a bit of extra TLC. Relax stressed skin (and your mind while you’re at it) by treating your skin to a calming face mask to keep skin at its optimum.

Sheet masks are effective in delivering nutrients straight to the skin – providing intense hydration – as they are infused with ingredients to deeply nourish skin.

DESTINY lovesSkin Republic Stem Cell Plant Protein Face Mask

Skin Republic Stem Cell Plant Protein Face Mask, is aimed at protecting and repairing damaged skin cells to revitalise ageing skin. Available at Red Square, Edgars and Dis-Chem.



TheraVine Purifying Herbal Mask, is aimed at treating an oily T-zone, thus keeping inflammation at bay.



QMS Hydro Foam Mask, R865, for stressed skin not only hydrates skin, but also contains amazing ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid (to keep skin soft), Jojoba oil (an amazing anti-inflammatory to calm sunburned skin) and shea butter (keeps skin supple and firm).

Make SPF your best friend

Not only can a good sunscreen help minimise and prevent hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone caused by sun damage from our harsh climate, but it also helps prevent premature ageing.

Although skin cancer is on the increase, there’s a misconception that darker skins don’t need sun protection. According to Dr Sven Fey, Head of Product Development Nivea Facecare at Beiersdorf, Nivea’s parent company, while dark skin does offer some sun protection (and shows fewer signs of premature ageing), it’s still susceptible to discolouration (hyper-pigmentation) and dark marks. SPF is essential for everyone – regardless of race or age.

Don’t forget to protect your hands and neck area as these are places that often get overlooked.


Eucerin Sun Oil Control Dry Touch SPF50+

Eucerin Sun Oil Control Dry Touch SPF 50+, has an ultra-light formula that absorbs quickly into skin without leaving a shiny residue, which is perfect for those with oily or acne-prone skin.

Anthelios XL Comfort Cream[1]

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Cream SPF 50+ (50ml), is non-perfumed and protects skin from DNA and sun damage. It’s best suited to sensitive or intolerant skin and doesn’t leave a white residue on the skin. Available from Dischem.