It’s the time of year we’ve all been waiting for – and, no, we’re not just talking about summer. Today officially marks the start of Love Island series 3, and we caught up with the show’s host Caroline Flack to find out everything’s she’s got to say about her hopes for the new series and the beauty rituals she’ll be following during her busy presenting schedule…

Hi Caroline! We’re so pleased you’re back for another series of our favourite show. Is there anything you’re hoping for from the new series?

Last year was so good, but I think it was good because it was relatable. I want it to feel real again this year, and I like it when all the situations feel genuine. Even when Kady had a moment last year, everyone was like ‘We’ve all got a bit of Kady in us – we all have those crazy moments now and then’. We want those genuine feelings to show again – we don’t just want it to be a massive bonk fest.

What would you not leave for Love Island without?

SPF50 sun cream – it’s very hot there, and we’re filming in the sun the whole time. I’m a big fan of high factors in sun cream, to keep skin protected.

How do you usually prepare your body for summer?

I do lots of exfoliating and LOTS of moisturising. I used to be in the sun a lot, but now I try to stay out of it more than I ever used to. I think the first day on holiday is always the scariest when you’re a little pale – and there’s nothing healthier looking than a spray tan. I’d much rather get a spray tan than sizzle my skin in the sun.

Do you switch up your diet or your fitness regime?

Yes, I try to keep up my diet all the time – winter and summer – but especially before summer, when I know I’ve got to get into my cossie.

How do you keep your skin looking flawless in the sun?

I use lots of moisturiser – I definitely over-moisturise and use lots of coconut oil. I cook with it and I put it on my skin and on my face. It’s the key to everything for me.

Do you use cleansers as well?

Yeah, they’re great. A cleanser for dry skin suits me best.

Do you have any tips for staying body confident in the summer when you’re in a bikini?

I drink LOADS of water – it’s a tip people give over and over again, and it’s such a good one. I tend to drink more water when I’m on holiday, and always notice that my stomach isn’t as bloated as usual, and my skin is clearer. The more water I drink, the better I feel.

Do you do anything to keep your hair looking lovely in the sun?

I use coconut oil on it. It makes my hair look a bit weird and shiny at times, but it works wonders. I usually cover my hair in it for an hour, then wash it off in the shower. My hair feels amazing afterwards!

What do you usually use to keep frizz at bay in the sun?

I go as low key as possible on holiday, so I always take a sea salt spray. I let my hair air dry in the sun, then spritz a bit in to make my hair look really beachy. No one’s got time on holiday to get out the straighteners – they weigh down your luggage, anyway – so I just like to keep hair light and beachy.

Do you have any holiday selfie tips?

I point the camera downwards when I’m taking a selfie. Always take a selfie from above, never from below, your chin. I think sunlight is the most flattering light of all.

What beauty advice would you give your teenage self?

I used to worry about all sorts of things, so I’d love to go back to being a teenager again and not worry. I would tell myself not to worry about how I look, and that we’re all born in different shapes and sizes. No one’s the same, and it’s your uniqueness that makes you special. You’re only young once – you have to enjoy it.  

What’s the best piece of beauty advice you’ve ever been given?

Always take off your makeup before you go to bed. Even if I’ve had a couple of drinks or I’ve been working late and feel really tired, it only takes five minutes to take off your makeup. No one wants to wake up with mascara stains all over the pillow.

Do you have any beauty idols?

I’ve always copied my mum’s style. She taught me how to do my makeup when I was really young. My mum was a real 60s platinum blonde and always had a dark smoky eye, so I’ve always done my makeup like that as well – we do it exactly the same.

Do you have an ultimate beauty mantra you always stick to?

When I get out of the bath, before I’m even dry, I slather my skin in moisturiser, then lie on my bed and let it soak in.

Where’s your favourite place to go on holiday?

Ibiza – there’s something very magical about that island. As soon as you land, there’s just something amazing about it. It’s not as crazy as people think it is – it’s very beautiful, and there’s something about the air there. We usually stay in a villa – it’s lovely!

Would you say you’re a bikini or a swimsuit girl?

For me, it changes. I like a one-piece, I feel more comfortable in it, and I think there are so many options now. I really love a strapless one-piece. They’re just so cool, with all the different shapes you can get. One-pieces have made a nice comeback, and they’re very retro. And they give you such a good waist, too.

What are your fashion staples on holiday?

I pack light when I go on holiday because you end up wearing the same thing over and over again on the beach. You need a good sarong, which you can tie into different dress shapes or wear it as a headscarf. I never take heels – just a nice pair of sandals or flip-flops. A hat is really important so that you don’t get too dehydrated or burnt, and something to throw on over a bikini on the beach.

What’s your ultimate summer tune?

Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)

You can catch Love Island on ITV2 every day from 9pm

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