The sun is appearing more and more often in London, and that means I have to start prepping for that summer bod'. Not only meaning getting back in shape after too many pain du chocolats, but also to get my skin ready. Most important: sunscreen. I mentioned La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunscreen in my French pharmacy bucket list already and it's one of the best I've used. It's thin, almost runny, and sinks into the skin real quick without leaving your skin look greasy or white. I got the Anthelios AC Matte Extreme Fluid SPF 30 as I'm always interested in trying new things and it just pulled me in because it claims to be matte. Prior to my Sunday run, I applied this, and after a good 6 km run I still looked rather presentable. Not only does it not melt off, it also is quite a good base for make up.
As London is not know for it sun, slapping the fake-tan on immediately is a no-no in my books. I'm quite fair in the winter, thus going from milky-skin to Jersey Shore tan would be a bit too obvi. My best bet is a gradual tan, so the people around you won't notice a big difference at once and it will all look semi-natural. When I saw the Garnier SummerBody Moisturizing Lotion on offer at Boots I decided to take the jump and try the light sun-kissed version of this much raved about product. Pleasantly surprised by the scent - apricot-y, and the color pay-off is in one word: subtle.
Something less exciting, but still necessary: showergel. I love Dove's body products as they all smell amazing, this peach shower gel just lifts up my mood. It smells very nice, sweet but not too overbearing. Just my style.