5.    Instant tan (With a golden glow)

We tried : Xen-Tan Sunless Tan with 24k Gold Leaf, $40

What’s the claim? A hydrating, instant bronzer containing 24k gold. It also acts as a self-tan deodorant.

Description: Instant tan (With a golden glow)

Inge’s verdict: “If you’re having a Staycation this summer, or need to banish your pale winter limbs in time for a beach holiday, instant tan is the fail-safe go-to for achieving a natural, golden glow. But does a tan containing actual gold leaf offer anything extra? I was keen to find out. The very dark brown colour of the tan rubbed in surprisingly sheer so much so that the hardcore tan fan might use it simply to enhance their regular tan of choice. The glistening gold particles gave my skin a subtle shimmer without making me look like a disco ball, and the smell (designed to block the whiff of any self-tan used underneath clever) was a refreshing mix of cucumber and melon. A big thumb-up from me after all, every day’s a good day when you’re smothering yourself in gold!”

6.    Protect hair (without the oil slick)

Description: Paul Mitchell Sun Shield Conditioning Sprays

We tried: Paul Mitchell Sun Shield Conditioning Sprays, $20

What’s the claim? A must have poolside compassion that not only protects the hair from UV exposure but adds a vibrant shine too.

Inge’s verdict: “With 90% of visible changes attributed to ageing caused by the sun, UV-protectant sprays and gels for your hair are a great idea. The only problem is that they all contain oils, so invariably leave your hair looking a bit greasy. Although this one contains conditioning oils, it didn’t sit as heavily on the hair as others I’ve tried, and the gorgeous tropical scent just made me want to apply more and more as the day went on! I also turned the slightly oily finish it gave my hair into a virtue by creating a slick summer look: gather your hair into a low side pony and secure with a band, then simply nab a few exotic flowers and pin them behind your ear!”

Other summer essentials that deserve a place in your case…

  1. Revlon Nail Enamel in Gold Coast, $10

            There’s nothing like a wash of gold on the nails to set off a tan.

  1. Schwarzkipf professionnal BC Bonacure Sun Protect Travel Kit, $22
  2. Murad Absolute Bronzing Boost SPF15, $47

            A multitasking facial bronzing balm that firms and conditions. Treat yourself to this travel- sized kit of hot-weather hair heroes.

  1. Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation, $41

            This foundation survives anything: swimming, sunbathing, partying…

  1. Topshop Highlighter in Sunbeam, $14

            Flatter your tan with healthy highlights on your cheeks.

  1. Garnier Ambre Solaire Golden Touch After Sun, $14

            You’ll slather on this sexy sparkle even if you’ve not been in the sun.

  1. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sun Lotion, $22

            Has Moisturising Glycerine and silk proteins to keep skin hydrated.

  1. Caudalie Divine Oil, $38

            A miracle oil that gives you an all-over evening shimmer.

  1. Mark Hill Holiday Hair Anti-Humidity Spray, $9

            The humidity-hating ingredients in this finisher will see off any frizzy Flyaways.

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