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  1. Summer days can be troublesome for our skin care routine and with so many products to choose from it's difficult to make the right choice. Luckily I was contacted by a local Tropic Ambassador, Diana Yerkess who wanted to share some secrets and top summer products from the UK's fastest growing beauty company .

    So here's what Diana recommends from Tropic's summer range.

    We are all encouraged to apply suncreen daily, Diana explained that Tropic suncreeens are all mineral based, meaning they reduce free radicals and don't harshly react to UV rays. They are great for sensitive skin and the natural ingredients are so much better for the envioronment. Tropic Skin Shade sunscreen comes in factor 15, 30 and 50, is water resistant and prevents premature skin aging. What's not to love!

    Tropc Skin Shade MIneral Sun Protection.  £28 for 200ml

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    For everyday sun protection, Diana also recommends we add the following products to our summer routine. These three items complement the Skin Shade range beautifully. 

    Sun Balm: A facial suncreen balm for areas prone to burning - SPF 50 - £16

    Tinted Skin Shade: More than a tinted moisturiser, this has an SPF of 50 and protects against aging - £24

    Sun Soothe: A cooling aftersun lotion, with Aloe Vera, and vitamin E, just in case we over do it - £18

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    Summer days are all about looking and feeling our best, so Diana has picked out two gorgeous treats that will help us glow and feel amazing in the sun. I think both of these products would be perfect to take on holiday with you, ideal for making your sun tan shimmer. 

    Sunlight Cream Highlighter: With vitamin E and coconut oil, it brighten and illuminates creating a dewy glow. £18

    Summer Goddess Shimmering Body Oil: coconut and jojoba oils infused with a golden shimmer and vanilla fragrance. £28

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    Tropic skincare has a great ethos, beautiful packaging and uses wonderful ingredients that are kind to us and the environment. I would like to thank Diana for sharing these wonderful products with us in The Sun Room and if you want to try  them for yourself, or view more of the Tropic range, you can - just follow the link to Diana's shopping page at Tropic here: www.tropicskincare.co.uk/shop/dianayerkess  

    Roll on summer and thank you for visiting the The Sun Room,

    Candice x

  2. A sarong in your suitcase is always a great idea. These versatile garments can be worm in a variety of ways, they pack small and are usually inexpensive. At KUKShades we get lots of questions from customers about the sarong... so we thought we put them all together and answer them, in The Sun Room, just for you.

    Q. How see through are sarongs?

    Our sarongs by Pia Rossini are made from a light polyester and would be described as sheer, so there is an element of 'see through' to them. Even the darker colours let a little light through. If you have a sarong in a block colour you could always double it over for extra coverage. The halter neck style is also a great way to cover the front. With a patterned sarong, the colours and mix of shapes divert the eye, making it harder to see through. So if you are a little unsure, maybe a patterned sarong is the option for you. 

    Q. How do I wear my sarong?

    There are lots of ways to wear your sarong but some styles do take a bit of practice. The key is to wrap, fold and tie it, to hold it in various styles. There are lots of video tutorials on YouTube with hints and tips. Some, however, can be a little bit overwhelming. Our favourite is this one by Itchy Feet Diary, it's so clever with 8 easy to follow styles.


    Q. How do I care for my sarong?

    Looking after your sarong is easy. a gentle wash in the machine or a hand wash will be all it needs. Dry it flat and you are ready to go.

    Q. Do they come in different sizes?

    Generally with a sarong, it's one size fits all but they can come in different sizes, so do check the label or dimensions listed. If you are wanting to try some adventurous styling, a larger size would be easier to work with. The Pia Rossini saongs we sell at KUKShades are 100cm x 180cm - perfect! 

    Q. What is the different between a sarong and a kikoy? 

    In terms of how you would wear a kikoy, then it is very similar to a sarong. A kikoy however, would look and feel different. Kikoys are usually made of cotton and would look more like a beach towel. Some kikoys have toweling sewn onto one side. 

    So there are our most frequently asked questions about beach sarongs. If you have one for us, please get in touch,

    Candice x