En Vogue: the best new beauty products of summer 2018

As soon as summer comes along, it’s time to switch up your skincare regime to suit the new season. Store those rich, heavy creams and moisturizers right along with your winter coats, and make the switch to lightweight gel moisturizers, hydrating serum hydrating face mists, SPF moisturizers, and post-sun hydration-boosters. The latest launches are all geared towards keeping your skin protected while you’re outside, and soothing and restoring it once you come back inside. Here are all the new heroes to add to your beauty arsenal.

Best Water-Based Gel Moisturizers

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Gel Cream, 13£

Quench your skin’s thirst with the replenishing powers of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Cream Gel for combination skin, an intense and long-lasting gel-cream that provides up to 48 hours of hydration. This refreshing gel formula will rehydrate dry and dehydrated areas of the face with a moisturizing fusion of hyaluronic acid and sugars. Enriched with 15% Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water, the lightweight formula leaves skin plumped and fine lines smoothed for a fresh and rested appearance.

Nuxe Aquabella Moisturising Emulsion, 21£

Get tailor-made hydration for your combination skin with the Nuxe Aquabella Beauty-Revealing Moisturising Emulsion, an ultra-fresh moisturizer with a ‘bare skin’ finish. Created especially for those with both oily and dry areas, this lightweight formula instantly melts onto skin to smooth, refine and reveal radiance. From the first application, skin becomes well-balanced and takes on a dewy glow.

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cooling Gel Cream, 36£

Target dehydration and shine in one with the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cooling Cream Gel, a moisture-boosting cream-gel with a matte finish. With its cooling gel texture, the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cooling Cream Gel will provide an instant dose of hydration for thirsty skin. Perfect for normal to combination skin types with areas of dehydration, the Hydra-Essentiel Cooling Gel Cream will immediately refresh and hydrate, whilst promoting a shine-free finish.

Darphin Hydraskin Light All-Day Skin-Hydrating Cream, 37£

Darphin Hydraskin Light All-Day Skin-Hydrating Cream is ideal for normal to combination skin, this light gel cream features HYDRA-STRUCTURE™ Technology, a high-performance hydrating complex of powerful yet natural ingredients from Nature (Salicornia Herbacea, Butterfly Lavender) to help build up skin’s moisture levels and defend your skin’s critical moisture reservoir.

DIOR Hydra Life Intense Sorbet Creme, 48£

An “emergency” balm that helps nourish with moisture and sooth the skin. This luscious balm helps intensely nourish the skin and reinforces its moisture balance. An incredibly lightweight butter texture that delivers ideal nourishment with a non-greasy finish. Results: the skin is firm, smooth and soft. Day after day, the skin seems more luminous and naturally beautiful.

Best Hydrating Face Mists


PAYOT Brume Éclat – Anti-Pollution Revivifying Mist, 20£

Refresh and invigorate your skin with the PAYOT My PAYOT Brume Éclat – Anti-Pollution Revivifying Mist, a reenergizing spritz that brightens and beautifies all skin types. The infusion of superfruit extracts, açai, and goji berry awaken and provide your skin with antioxidant protection, while added hyaluronic acid re-plumps and hydrates your skin throughout the day.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist, 21£

Infuse your skin with instantaneous hydration when you use the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist, an ultra-fine water spray that rejuvenates your complexion. With the power of super fruits, vitamins, and antioxidants, this super-fine water mist leaves your skin feeling refreshed and comforted. Added coffee seed extract provides your skin with defense from harmful free radicals, whilst calming apple seed extract ensures instant relief for irritated areas.

Institut Esthederm City Protect InCellium Spray, 35£

Get boosted daily defence against the skin-related stresses of city life with the Institut Esthederm City Protect InCellium Spray, an effortless solution to the effects of pollution and photo-ageing on the skin. The perfect partner for urban life, and ideal for all skin types, the City Protect InCellium Spray is a protective blanket for the face and body that will fit seamlessly into your routine.

Best Hydrating Serums


The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics, 5.90£

Get ultra-lightweight surface hydration for your skin with The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics, a daily-use serum for all skin types that crave water. Lighter in feel than hyaluronic acid, but just as effective, Marine Hyaluronics harnesses the potency of marine-derived water reservoirs that attract and hold water on the surface of the skin. These sustainably-sourced derivatives includes a rainbow of skin-friendly marine bacteria, from Hawaiian red algae to micro-filtered blue-green algae, plus glycoproteins and amino acids to support the skin’s health.

REN Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion, 34£

Immediately boost your skin with the quenching care of the REN Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion, a daily treatment that works in perfect harmony with the skin. Supercharged with water, this caressing emulsion infuses the skin with instant care by both drawing in and locking in moisture. Firstly, water is circulated throughout the skin using peptides for a smoother, fresher appearance. Then, water is locked in thanks to hyaluronic acid, which plumps skin from within.

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum, 44£

Rehydrate thirsty skin with the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum, a lightweight moisture-boosting serum for all skin types. The Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum has a refreshing formula, which contains organic leaf of life extract, a highly resilient plant that protects against moisture loss by restructuring the skin’s hydrolipidic film.

Vichy Mineral 89 Serum, 22£

A daily dose of vitality for your skin, the Vichy Mineral 89 Serum plumps, hydrates and protects your skin, day after day. The Vichy Mineral 89 Serum provides your skin with a multitude of benefits by penetrating your complexion with deep hydration, as well as keeping your skin defended against daily pollutants. Mineral 89 encourages a complexion that is radiant, moisturized and healthy.

Best BB and CC Creams with serious SPF


La Roche-Posay Hydreane BB Cream SPF20, 15£

Ideal for all skin types, even the most sensitive, this BB creme formula unifies the texture and the color of the skin for a more perfected appearance. The skin appears fresh-faced and brightened, with lasting moisturization, smoothness and softness. La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water ensures that the complexion is infused with daily soothing care.

Vichy Idéalia BB Cream SPF25, 25£

Unify, perfect and smooth your skin with the Vichy Idéalia BB Creme SPF 25, an innovative formula with “anti-grey”, illuminating technology. The 6-in-1 Idéalia BB Cream formula works to boost the skin’s natural luminosity both immediately and over time. It deeply hydrates for up to 24 hours, smoothes wrinkles, refines the skin’s texture, reduces the appearance of dark spots, and protects the skin with advanced UVA/UVB protection.

Givenchy Doctor White 10 CC Cream SPF50, 35.5£

Create your ideal tone with the pioneering Givenchy Doctor White 10 CC Cream SPF50, a fusion of makeup and skincare for a fresh complexion. Non-oily and non-sticky, this perfecting base reinvents an ideal complexion. At the heart of the formula is White Correct Balance technology, the pinnacle of Givenchy’s research into the chromatic balance of skin brightness, which evens the complexion with an association of four colour pigments: blue, green, red and gold. This combination works to correct flaws and create a halo of beautiful light.

Dior Hydra Life B.B Crème, 46£

Inspired by Asian beauty rituals and developed in partnership with Dior makeup artists, Hydra Life BB Creme combines the moisturizing and protective powers of a skincare product with the complexion-perfecting and skin-evening properties of a foundation.

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