Your 100% Greek Summer Beauty Kit

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Now that Greece is experiencing real summer heat, it is important to have a proper skincare and beauty regime that not only takes care of your skin but also helps you feel good in the warmer weather.

There is an abundance of wonderful Greek beauty products that are ideal for summer and we have put together our top picks for 2019!

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In the sun:

Top Face Guards

Korres Mat Tinted Face Cream SPF50 or SPF 30

A light, shine-free foundation and complete sun protection all in one, this winner is part of Korres’ red grape products range. Great as anti-ageing, antioxidant treatment that helps prevent or decrease sun spots and offers a youthful glow.

Frezyderm’s new Cream-To-Powder Sunscreen SPF50is made using ingredients from Peony flowers and goes on like a cream but turns to a soft powdery texture, resulting in an even skin tone. 

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Refreshing & Reviving Facial Spritz

Frezyderm Anti-Thermal Sea Water Mist

A skin-soothing mist that has anti-ageing qualities and is enriched with Spring Sea Water from Bretagne. Helps to protect the skin from ageing factors such as oxidative stress, supports the skin’s collagen and elastin production and reduces obvious effects of sun damage.

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APIVITA Greek Mountain Tea Face Water

High in antioxidants and made with mountain tea from Mt Olympus, this face mist protects the skin against premature aging, oxidative stress, and UV radiation. It refreshes and rejuvenates the skin offering a feeling of coolness in the heat.

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Body Talk

Intermed’s Luxurious Suncare Antioxidant Sunscreen Invisible Spray Water Resistant SPF50 

This is a transparent, easy-to-apply, non-greasy sunscreen with Vitamin C that locks in the skin’s moisture, doesn’t come off when you swim and shower and prevents premature ageing.

Youth Lab’s Wet Skin Sun Protection Dry Oil For Face & Body SPF50 is a dry oil that has a tan accelerating ingredient for faster bronzing. It’s made with the “wet skin application” technology, which means you can apply it immediately after a swim and is also sweat and waterproof. The smell is great too –  a blend of watermelon, magnolia and rose.

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Let it Glow!

Laouta Beach Body Oil SPF6

It’s made with hippophaes, herbal extracts and the main ingredient of either Cacao, Fig or Mastic. The trendy, completely natural oil is packaged in an eco-bottle made from sugarcane and although its SPF factor is low it can be added on top of another sunscreen to enable a deeper tan.  

Laouta also has created the lovely Deep Hydrating Glowing Body Oil which contains bronze dust that makes sun-kissed skin even more alluring. The 100% natural, handmade product contains olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, apricot oil, avocado oil and has a delicate geranium and grapefruit scent.

For even more gorgeous glow, try Messinian Spa’s award-winning Royal Jelly & Helichrysum Hair & Body mist. With a feel-good aroma, subtle sparkle and deeply moisturising ingredients including royal jelly, organic olive oil, and Panthenol this is great for post-beach beauty.

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After Sun Care

Apeiranthos Natural Skincare has created a soothing, regenerating and beautifying Rose & Aloe Toner, which soothes the skin from the heat of the sun as well as offering a good dose of antioxidants. 

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Messinian Spa’s After Burn Cooling Gel contains aloe, chamomile extract, glycerine and Panthenol to nourish the skin, alleviate sunburn or sun-caused skin irritations. It also contains vitamins A and E and organic olive extract which have antioxidant effect and the mint in it offers a lovely coolness.

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APIVITA’s After Sun Cooling Gel with Fig & Aloe is also delightfully nourishing and soothing, its cool aloe offering a sense of relief, as does the sea lavender, green tea, almond oil, vitamin E and provitamin B5. The scent of fig is sensual and sweet, reminiscent of Greek summers.

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Hair Care

Freshline’s PORPHYRA Leave-in Dry HAIR Oil Color & Heat Protection can be applied to the hair in the sun or after, helping to protect and soothe it from the sun’s damaging rays, repairing frizzy, damaged hair and protecting hair colour. Ingredients like Porphyra extract, prickly pear, and Abyssinian oil leave hair smooth and shiny.

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Summer Essentials

Akeso sells a top-notch Beeswax Cream (Keralifi) for Insect Bites and Burns, something we all need in our summer tote. Containing St John’s Wort, Calendula, lavender, and mint, the cream is refreshing, soothing and alleviating, regenerating the skin and offering respite from stings.

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Laouta’s Repair Balm is for Face, lips and body, softening, moisturising, protecting and repairing skin damaged by sun, wind or other seaside irritations like sun rashes or eczema.

It contains extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, sweet almond, shea butter, cocoa butter, Helichrysum, sea buckthorn, sage, calendula, and sunflower.

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Aegli’s Remodelling Day and Night Facial Cream (Light essence range) is a great option for fuss-free facial care,  as it contains so many great ingredients you won’t need much else- 15 organic ingredients prevent ageing, help soothe and restructure the skin and offer deep moisturising effects.

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Korres’ Pure Greek Olive SPF20 Lip Balm is perfect as a base or on its own for all-day summer wear that’ll keep your lips soft, kissable and crack-free.

Alexia Amvrazi

Alexia Amvrazi enjoys the thrill of discovering beauty in the world around her. With a passionately hands-on approach to Greece's travel, gastronomy, holistic living, culture, innovation and creativity, for 20 years she has explored and shared her findings with the world on all aspects of the country and its people via writing, radio, blogs and videos. Although her childhood and early youth in Italy, Egypt and England left her feeling somewhat root-less, she is by now firmly connected to her native land, bravely weathering the hurricane known as the Greek crisis!