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Keep your summer glow glowing in autumn

The gloriously warm summer sun on your face,spritz in hand and tanned limbs may feel like a distant dream but fear not… There’s no reason to let your glow go(even though summer is loooong gone). We’ve rounded up the essential exfoliators, scrubs, lotions, and potions (read: self-tanning saviours) to help you keep glowing this autumn (and beyond).

1. Scrub-a-dub dub

medik8 press and glow tonic delux size against a green ripple backgroundThis powerhouse cocktail from Medik8 (no, not that type of cocktail!) packs a mighty punch with its glow-giving properties. We all know the road to gorgeous, glowy skin involves (gently!) removing the dead surface cells, and the {Press and Glow} tonic is a toner (with a twist, wink.) It gently exfoliates, resurfaces, hydrates and smoothes without irritating sensitive complexions. It utilises intelligent poly-hydroxy acids which are larger than other AHAs and BHAs, meaning it only exfoliates the uppermost surface of the skin while working as a mighty moisture magnet too. The aloe vera in this formula helps to reduce reactivity, and the prickly pear extract works to encourage cell renewal to leave you looking luminous. It really is a formidable cocktail.

Get radiant skin in 3,2,1…with Malin and Goetz {Jojoba Face Scrub}. Perfect for polishing congested, textured and rough skin, this non-abrasive scrub restores your glow in no time. With its supercharged formula incorporating a moisture-retaining humectant duo of glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, a trio of microspheric exfoliant beads that are powerful but gentle and a nourishing blend of jojoba esters, milk, and oils this is your answer to rebalanced, hydrated, radiant skin.

Let’s not forget to lavish your limbs with some love too. Enter Biossance’s {Squalane + Enzyme Sugar Body Scrub}. It’s a super gentle physical exfoliant that’s powered by enzymes and sugar crystals to gently lift away scales and leave silky soft skin in its wake. In a  14-day survey of 37 women aged between 18 and35, 100% agreed that this limb-loving exfoliant reduced the appearance of bumpy skin, uneven texture, and flakiness after two weeks! 


2. Moisturiser Madness

An all-in-one balm that helps restore your skin barrier (especially when you’ve been a little heavy-handed with the exfoliator) good light’s {New Moon Balm} is your skin savior. Packed full of hyaluronic acid and glycerin this has a super-charged hydration duo in its formulation. This little balm also contains panthenol (vitamin B5) which helps to restore and rejuvenate your skin, and it’s protective prowess is further fuelled by the addition of vitamin E. Repair and conquer with this miracle balm.

Chantecaille’s {Sheer Glow Rose Face Tint} brings make up and skin care together in the most glowy, skin-benefiting way – and let’s not forget, it’s the last word in luxury.. Whether you want to lend ‘high points’ a sophisticated gleam or to brighten your under-eye shadows (be gone!) this gel-crème formula will give your face the radiance it deserves. Full of good for skin ingredients like mondo grass extract to help restore skin barrier function, and tamarind extract (that mimics hyaluronic acid) this multi-tasking marvel will help level up your glow.

Want a deeply moisturising fruit punch of a lotion that happens to smell like a tropical beach? Kopari Beauty has you covered with {Guava Ultra Restore Body Butter}. This feather-light formula is powered by coconut oil, skin-protecting vitamin E, nutrient-rich mango butter ( which contains omegas 6 and 9, fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and E), hyaluronic acid, prickly pear, and vitamin B5 to leave your skin super supple and soft.

And we can’t reminisce about the summer sun without mentioning Sol De Janeiro and the iconic {Bum Bum Cream}. The OG in derrière care, this gorgeously scented wonder cream is infused with a super hydrating blend of cupuaçu butter, açaí, and coconut oil, and the star of the show: guaraná. A (top secret) fruit that contains the most potent form of caffeine on the planet (5 x more than in coffee). It’s this that gives your bum-bum the ultimate boost  – stimulating circulation while it helps to smooth  the look of lumps and bumps..

3. Tan-tastic 

st tropez tan tonic drops on a white background

New in from Tan-Luxe it’s The Crème. This little self-tanning masterpiece blurs the line between skin care and self-tan giving you the most natural gradual tan while quenching dry, lacklustre skin. Full of heavy-hitting ingredients – including the brands famed ‘Penta-Cell Complex’ (composed of amino acids, antioxidants, and skin-identical lipids to strengthen and fortify) – this protects and replenishes your skin barrier while gradually building the most gorgeous, just-back-from-holiday tan.

How about an instant tan that gradually deepens? That doesn’t smell like biscuits and is quick-drying? Loving Tan has the answer with their Deluxe Bronzing Mousse. Made in Oz (so you know that they know what they’re doing) this pro-level formula gives you streak free tanning glory with its high concentrations of active ingredients to deliver a darker tan in just one layer

Or would you prefer to customise your glow? St Tropez is here with its Luxe Tan Tonic Drops that you can add to your favourite moisturiser and tailor to meet tan demands.. Dermatologically approved and suitable for sensitive skin, these concentrated tanning drops are laced with a 100% natural tanning active, as well as a cocktail of skin-loving ingredients such as niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, echinacea, and acerola cherry extract.  

4. Bronzing Queen

model with super sculpted cheek bones

What better way to add some gorgeous faux holiday radiance to your face than a quick swipe with your favourite bronzer?  New in from NARS is their dreamy, airy scented, ultra easy to blend {Bronzing Cream}. Infused with monoï de tahiti oil from tiare petals it has skin softening properties that lock in moisture (and your glow) for hours on end.

Unlock beach bronzed perfection with Charlotte Tilbury and the {Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer}. Created using a magic ‘film’, it seals in the skin care benefits and instantly boosts the appearance of your complexion for a humidity (read: sweat!) resistant glow. Plus, it boasts finely milled pearls for a healthy, illuminated bronze glow and silky polymers that ensure completely flawless coverage for both the face and body. Ready, steady, BRONZE. 

For an effortlessly bronzed look that is easily blendable and super natural (depending on how heavy-handed with a brush you are, of course) is Vieve’s Modern Bronzer. This super buttery formula glides smoothly across the skin giving you a lit-from-within glow that’s not cakey and instantly makes you look like you’ve just stepped off a flight from Bali *le sigh*… 


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Rina Teslica

Rina Teslica

Junior SEO Copywriter

Rina is Cult Beauty’s Junior SEO Copywriter and has always had a passion for beauty and skin care (rich moisturisers are her obsession). What started as a love for The Body Shop and their famed Born Lippy lip balms (in ‘Watermelon’ of course!), she is now more interested in finding products with proven effectiveness instead of broken promises. A loud and proud VIEVE fan, Rina owns nearly every item of the range and recommends the brand to anyone who will listen... When she’s not intently reading ingredient lists, you can find her either immersed in multiple true crime podcasts or co-hosting her own parenting one, with an *extra* hot cappuccino in hand.

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