Your Guide to Feeling Summer Ready From Head to Toe

summer ready

Summer’s almost here and we’re adjusting our routines and our wardrobes accordingly, pulling out the floaty dresses, snapping up new swimwear and preparing to look and feel gorgeous in the heat – and by that we mean feeling good and not chasing unattainable body shapes! Whether you’re sticking around in the UAE or whizzing off for Eid and the summer holidays, prepare to do it all with style! From perfect pedicures to healthy hair, fashion faves to a huge dose of body confidence – here’s to a few months of fun in the sun.

Hair…

First thing’s first – get your hair sorted for summer to keep it healthy and easy to manage (plus looking great!). If you’ve always wanted to go a little shorter then this is the time to do it – (there’s nothing like a cute cut that’s easy to style post swim) or if not then make sure to get those ends trimmed, roots fixed and condition sorted.

 

Head to the Den Salon in Arjan for all your hair needs, from balayage to treatments, in a gorgeous bohemian space where good music, great coffee and even complimentary shoulder massages are part of the deal. (psst… you can get your nails and lashes sorted at the same time. Perfect).

Tuck those tresses under a hat like this woven straw version by Cos which comes in a versatile beige or black, is super chic and is as good at protecting your hair as it is for shading your face. Prefer a visor? We love the options available at Dubai based Seawashed

Face…

If your skincare routine has slipped a little (we hear you) then now’s the time to refocus. Book in for a facial to refresh and remove dull skin cells and enable skin care products to soak into the skin better. We love the revolutionary Skin Laundry laser facials which are available in  both corrective and preventative using the safest energy-based technology to help boost collagen production, improve and blend skin discoloration, minimise the appearance of pores and tighten skin at the deepest level. The treatments are safe on all skin tones and there’s absolutely no downtime.

summer ready facial skin laundry

Invest in a lightweight moisturiser with added SPF for easy everyday protection – the Kiehls Ultra Light Daily UV Defence is perfect – and don’t forget about your lips! Keep them soft and kissable with the Sun Bum nourishing lip balm containing SPF (and while you’re at it, stock up on Sun Bum sunscreens for the whole family – available at Sand Dollar, along with a huge collection of swimwear and summer clothing – you’ll want it all).

Recreate that gorgeous ‘just back from vacation’ effect without the sun damage by investing in self-tan that won’t make you look like an oompa loompa. Our fave? Tan-Luxe’s The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops; a multi-award winning formula that works by adding a few drops to your favourite serums and moisturisers for a sunkissed glow.

 

Ok and there’s one accessory that every face needs when the sun shines and that’s a fab pair of sunnies like these by Le Specs at Level Shoes.  

 

Body…

No we’re not advocating crazy diets and unrealistic routines but rather embracing the sunshine with confidence with a few tips and tricks to get you feeling fabulous. Kick things off with a burst of endorphins – we’ve made it no secret that we are mildly obsessed with Barre Effect and all its benefits, not just sculpting your physique (although that is an added bonus) but celebrating what your body can do and giving you a big boost!
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summer ready barre effect

Nourish from within – a flatter tummy is often the result of good gut health so fuel up with nutritious foods, drink plenty of water and try integrating bone broth (known for promoting digestion, better sleep and so much more) into your diet – order from the clean living company and snap up a deal on a week’s supply.

Make sure you have a sizzling swimsuit that makes you feel fantastic. Hunza G – with its ‘one size fits all’ ethos fits and flatters all shapes and comes in lots of colours (buy online from Sand Dollar and you’ll receive your order the same day – ideal for last minute panics or impulsive vacations!). 

Feet…

Prepare your feet for strappy sandals and transform your tootsies into works of art with a pampering pedicure. Snob salon in Jumeirah and Arjan is our go-to for the very best nails created by the loveliest technicians – and their monthly offers are too good to miss (a full body massage, gel mani and gel pedi for under AED 400? Yes please!).

Snob Salon Arjan - Snob Salon Express, Dubai, Diamond Business Centre, Building C- Unit G06 - دبي | Fresha

Alleviate any summer stress (eg entertaining kids and battling temperatures) with a reflexology session at Dubai fave Mary Foot Spa. This no-frills destination offers a foot massage with a difference, concentrating on areas of tension and literally melting away any worries – it’s our little secret anytime everything feels a bit much. 

Put your best foot forward in a pair of Ancient Greek Sandals, handmade in Greece using traditional techniques. From frilly lace to edgy studs, rose golden leather to black velvet, the label’s offerings merge heritage with modernity for achingly cool footwear. Whether you need an ever-versatile black gladiator or a statement-making golden slide, the label has a style for you,  from sandy beaches to city streets, you’ll feel like a goddess. 

Words by Kaya

 


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