We have had a rainy June here in the UK with a wonderfully hot July, and August looks to be as up and down as a pair of tarts knickers! But it’s close and when the weather is close we get sticky, we find it harder to breathe whether this be through our nose or even via our skin.
Well, we know the skin can’t breathe, but it can take substances from the outside and bring them in, including a little oxygen. The skin and its appendages, such as hair and nails, make up the integumentary system.
The word integumentary comes from Latin, meaning “to cover,” and that is the skin’s main purpose — to keep the world out and our internal organs protected. By its very nature, skin does not help us breathe. The skin is the largest organ, making up about 12 to 15 percent of our body weight. In addition to protection from outside toxins, the skin offers temperature regulation and sensory reception.
So for example, when the body overheats, it starts sweating, thereby promoting heat loss through evaporation as a way to regulate body temperature.
In humans, sweating is primarily a means of thermoregulation, which is achieved by the water-rich secretion of the eccrine glands. Maximum sweat rates of an adult can be up to 2–4 liters per hour or 10–14 liters per day, but is less in children prior to puberty.
Evaporation of sweat from the skin surface has a cooling effect. Hence, in hot weather, or when the individual’s muscles heat up due to exertion, more sweat is produced.
But sweat also contributes to body odor when it is metabolized by bacteria on the skin, hence there’s ultimately a need to wash regularly. There are loads of beauty products that claim they “let the skin breathe”. What they really mean is that the cosmetics and creams are non-comedogenic, meaning they don’t block pores. This prevents acne from building up, and instead of suffocating the skin, it keeps pores open to allow for temperature control.
Whether this is your face or your whole body, skin needs to be loved, cleaned and well looked after. With the help of these beauty products, your skin will look fresh and clean even after sweating in the summer heat.
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Bramley exfoliating body scrub sweet orange fennel and spearmint
A gentle exfoliating body wash made of the finest essential oils that create a natural fragrance and make your skin feel smooth and nurtured.
Bramley juniper sweet orange and bergamot body lotion
This nourishing body lotion can be applied all over the body after bathing or showering. After having absorbed into your skin, this product will leave your skin silky-soft and smelling fresh and sweet.
Roger and Gallet perfumed body cream golden shimmer
For lasting hydration, use this luxurious body cream enriched with a cocktail of six nourishing oils that create an enchanting fragrance and guarantee soft and moisturized skin as well as a subtle illuminating effect.
Roger and Gallet the fantaisie shower gel with concentrated fragrance
Black tea extract meets soy and spicy notes with this intensely moisturizing body wash. Take a moment to relax and unwind with this gentle cleansing product.
Pixi rose body polish
A nourishing body scrub enriched with fruit extract that will exfoliate and brighten your skin.
Soaper duper zesty lemon body scrub
This cruelty-free and vegan product combines exfoliating coconut and Luffa fruit smoothers.
Alive magnesium plus in shower moisturiser with kale and wheatgrass
Simplify your daily morning routine with Alive’s Magnesium PLUS in-shower moisturizer. The Magnesium as well as the other superfood ingredients, Kale and Wheatgrass, will recharge and improve your skin.
Alive exfoliating shower scrub with charcoal and ginger
An energizing body scrub enriched with Charcoal and Ginger that will deeply cleanse and polish your skin.
Urban Veda radiance body scrub turmeric plus botanicals
Stimulate circulation and gently cleanse your skin with this turmeric-infused body scrub.
Urban Veda reviving body wash with rinse and botanicals
Control your blemished skin and prevent age spots with this body scrub, packed with natural Ayurvedic herbs and botanical extracts.
Alive magnesium plus hydrating spray moisturizer
This sprayable moisturizer will hydrate your skin for up to 12 hours. It absorbs within seconds and leaves the skin feeling soft and silky.
And other stories Fornillo Body wash
Like a beach breeze in a bottle, this richly-lathering bath and shower gel will clean and refresh your skin.
And other stories Fornillo Body mist
Revitalize your mind and body with this fast-drying body mist. Notes of fresh fruit and saltwater washed driftwood create a summery ambiance.
And other stories Fornillo Body jelly
This lightweight, non-sticky formula moisturizes and refreshes your skin. It absorbs quickly and has a fresh and fruity fragrance.
L’Occitane Verbena refreshing exfoliating pulp
If you want to prep your skin for summer, this is your go-to product. Enriched with cooling menthol, this body scrub refreshes and deeply cleanses your skin.
L’Occitane Verbena Frappé to body cream
This light, zesty body cream is perfect for hydrating your skin during the hot summer months. For an instant shot of freshness, put it in the fridge overnight.
L’OccitaneMasque Visage Apaisant
Comfort and soothe your skin with this mask enriched with freshly picked blackcurrants from the Ardèche.
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CLARINS exfoliating body scrub for smooth skin
This refreshing and moisturizing exfoliating body scrub is the perfect preparation for any following skin treatment and helps you achieve a firm, youthful-looking body.
CLARINS extra firming body lotion
For increased skin density and elasticity, this refreshing body lotion is an essential. Rich in regenerating and firming plant extracts, this product will make your skin satin-smooth.
Ameliorate transforming body lotion
A fragrance-free, lightweight, easily-absorbed formulation that will improve your skin texture and condition.
Aromatherapy revive energising exfoliator
This skin-brightening and smoothing exfoliator will leave your skin reawakened and radiant.
Aromatherapy Support travel edit
This specially curated, travel-friendly edit ensures comfort and contains all the basics for your next trip. Contains Breath Roller Ball, De-Stress Muscle Gel, Hydrosol Sheet Mask and Intensive Skin Treatment Oil.
This Works perfect legs 100% natural scrub
For a natural body glow, try out this buttery exfoliating balm made with mineral-rich Himalayan and sea salts.
Wild vanilla orchid body cream
This cream containing shea butter, sweet almond, and organ oil is buttery yet fast-drying. With its flowery smell, it’s perfect for spring.
Floral street wild vanilla orchid body wash
This lightly foaming gel formula fortified with Pro-Vitamin B5 will soften and protect your skin all through the year.
Kiehl’s creme de corps
A nourishing, skin-smoothing body butter specially formulated to improve skin texture enriched with the finest skin-nurturing ingredients.
Koehler smoothing oil to foam body cleanser
This smoothing cleansing oil enriched with gentle Castor Oil will leave your skin feeling nourished, velvety soft and moisturized.
Peony Mor Blossom hand and body milk
A luxurious lotion that will give you a satin-like finish and remind you of spring with its flowery notes of Peony, Orange and Cherry Blossoms.
Peony mor Blossom sugar crystal body scrub
A delightful aroma of floral and fruity scents. This exfoliating Sugar Crystal body scrub delivers a complete and pure luxury experience. A gentle polish to reveal skin that’s smooth, silky-soft and prettily perfumed.
Stories by Eliza Grace No 2 hand and body lotion
A light hand & body lotion that provides all the nourishment and hydration which your skin needs. The lotion feature a delicate hint of the fragrances of Bergamot, Bulgarian rose, spiced with ginger, cardamom and green tea.
Stories by Eliza Grace No 1 hand and body wash
A mild, foaming hand & body wash that purifies and moisturises your skin. The body wash highlights a gentle hint of Stories’ fragrances. With Aloe Vera remitting moisture and retaining attributes to keep skin soft and supple and Provitamin B5 which moisturises and softens the skin.
Containing Glycerin and Coconut Oil-based foaming cleansers used to give a gentle, non-drying, soap-free cleansing system.
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Le Couvent Amorem Body Scrub
This luxurious formula works to soothe and refine your skin with a delicate scrub while improving tone and texture at the same time.
Le Couvent Amorem hydrating body cream
This moisturizer, enriched with extracts of Rose water and Calendula, will leave your skin feeling smooth and silky with its Cold Cream formulation.
Davines OI hand balm with raucous oil
Protect your skin from damage caused by sun, wind and cold with this hydrating and moisturizing hand balm for all skin types.
Davines OI body wash with raucous oil
Moisturize and soften your skin with this silky body wash, suitable for all skin types.
Byredo Rose of no man’s land body cream
The luxurious formula of this body cream soothes and pampers the skin while also leaving a nice, delicate floral scent.
Suszanne kaufmann travel body kit
This travel kit offers five different products: Shower/Shampoo 50ml, Body Lotion 50ml, Oil Bath for the Senses 25ml, Body Scrub 15ml, Mask Intensive Repair 10lm Sachet. Conveniently packaged in a travel-compatible bag, this set will make your next trip a feel-good experience.
Penhaligon orange blossom hand and body lotion
With its enchanting fragrance, this lotion will create the feeling of a stroll through orange orchards in bloom.
Penhaligon Blenheim boutique body and hand wash
This product containing gentle ingredients will produce a rich lather and leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed.
Votary hydrating body oil bergamot and mandarin
This body oil instantly absorbs and leaves your skin glowing and radiant. It has a fresh and summery smell.
Tam Dao shower balm
This silky balm transforms into a washing foam upon contact with water and delicately perfumes the skin. With its woody notes of Tam Dao, it reminds of a sandalwood forest.
Diptyque body balm fleur de peau
Give your body a chill of freshness with this gently nourishing perfumed body balm enriched with a musk of Fleur de Peau.
Sisleya L’integrale anti-age concentrated firming body cream
For a visible firming effect on stomach, arms and thighs, try out this powerful anti-aging concentrate for the body. Your skin will look younger, firmer and revitalized.
Carthusia Uomo bagnodoccia body wash
With this smooth, adaptable blend, you can wash and take care of your skin at the same time. Its high concentration of natural extracts makes this product feel fresh and natural.
Kat BURKI body butter
This formulation of complex and cold-processed oils will make your skin feel silky smooth. It’s very hydrating and absorbs quickly, making it the ultimate summer essential.
This luxurious product made out of natural plant-oils will clean and care for your skin in the most gentle and moisturizing way.
Amouage Figment Women Shower Gel
A luxurious treat for your daily cleaning ritual, this specially formulated shower gel will maintain your skin’s radiance and suppleness.
Chantecaille retional body treatment with rose and edelweiss
For smoother and more youthful-looking skin, this body cream infused with encapsulated Retinol is a must-have. It will moisturize dry patches and make the skin look firmer.
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This Works perfect legs gradual tan
This streak-free tanning serum does not only colour your skin but also repairs and perfects it at the same time.
Isle of paradise self-tanning drops
Just add some drops of this product to your favourite moisturizer for a natural, streakless golden glow. You can choose from 12 different shades.
Isle of paradise glowing clear self-tan mousse
Achieve a light, sun-kissed glow with this completely clear water-to-mouse formula that will leave no streaks or pesky orange tones.
Isle of paradise express ultra-dark self-tanning mousse
Get the fastest, deepest and darkest glow with this moisturizing express formula in up to 6 shades.
St Tropez gradual tan in shower lotion
This product will give you a sun-kissed glow in just 3 minutes. You can conveniently make this part of your daily shower regime, and don’t even need to moisturize afterward.
St Tropez gradual tan watermelon infusion
Get a streak-free, buildable glow with this lightweight lotion that will also nourish and moisturize your skin for up to 72 hours.
St Tropez prep and maintain tan enhancing polish
This product perfectly prepares your skin for a long-lasting, evenly faded tan. It is suitable for all types of tan and specially formulated to work with self-tan.
Nuxe sun hydrating enhancing self-tan
In just two hours, get a natural and uniform tan with this moisturizing cream. The application is easy and fast and does not leave any marks.
Nuxe shimmering dry oil Huile Prodigieuse
Nourish and illuminate your face, body and hair with this multi-usage dry oil. With its non-greasy feel and its captivating fragrance, this product is perfect for use after sun exposure.
Dermalogica water-resistant broad protection 50 SPF sport for face and body
This lightweight formula defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assault without leaving a greasy after-feel.
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