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Beauty: My mayday miracle workers

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These are the proven products I turn to in an emergency

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May Day is back and it’s a time of year that always lends itself to plenty of floral-inspired shopping ideas. But, since we covered this recently for Mother’s Day (you can still find our selection on you.co.uk), I thought instead I’d take an alternate route combined with a slight pun. So these are my favorite Mayday picks – like in the products I currently trust to help me when I need help with a beauty SOS.

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I realize, of course, that the word ‘mayday’ has nothing to do with traditions to mark the first day of summer. Still, it gives me a hook to snag this roundup of loyal followers — a list that can help me with everything from cheering me up when I look tired to emergency protection if the revelation of the body is suddenly (and unexpectedly) pushed onto me. Hope you find them all useful too…

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THE HAIR SAVIOR

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo, £23, spacenk.com

This updated version of the already awesome dry shampoo is one of the non-negotiables in my beauty bag. When you don’t have time to wash and style, it can prolong a blow-dry for days and keep the hair fresh and clean without itchy consequences on the scalp.

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THE NIGHT BOOSTER

Whind Kasbah Stars Radiance Replenishing Night Serum, £80, uk.whind.com

A mild acidic formula that helps smooth and brighten skin overnight with aloe vera to soothe. Excellent if you need to banish the dullness.

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THE POCKET SKIN SOFTENER

Vaseline Expert Care Instant Dry Skin Rescue, £3.99, superdrug.com

Strictly speaking, it’s a body lotion, but I use the little tube as a hand cream – and it’s a serious beauty aid. It almost always accompanies me because it works wonders on dry and even chapped skin.

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THE SUN PROTECTOR

Altruist Dermatologist Family Sunspray SPF50, £9.50, altruistsun.com

One of the best sunscreens and ideal for sensitive skin. It’s now available in a handy spray bottle so it’s easy to squirt and go – which might not sound glamorous but it’s useful. It is also reef-friendly.

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THE SMOOTH OPERATOR

Ruby Hammer Nail file, £18, rubyhammer.com

I never use anything other than glass files like this as they are gentler on the nails and much faster and smoother in their work. I love this red because it’s easy to find!

THE NAIL NOURISHER

Manucurist Green Oil Nail Treatment, £14, en.manucurist.com

My nails can be a bit brittle and this is my last SOS treatment for them. A nice blend of six oils, one drop will do all the nails on one hand and I definitely notice a difference after use.

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THE SHINE BUILDER

Jones Road Shimmer Face Oil, £29, jonesroadbeauty.com

Very subtle effect, it brings a little light and radiance to the face, neckline and body. It can be used mixed with or over a moisturizer. This shade is Pink Opal but there is also a paler pink, champagne and bronze.

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