The more it snows…tiddly pom…the more I realise that my beauty regime needs a seasonal overall. Body and soul need constant warmth and pampering during the hibernating months and even more so when the harsh winter wind is attacking us from all sides. With a steaming cup of twinning’s lemon and ginger tea, I sat down to defrost my fingers and find out the latest and the best solutions to keep us in tact til the next season.
The cold temperature, winds, low humidity and the dry environments of central heating when you are inside all take it’s toll on your skin. Your face is stripped of its natural moisture barrier resulting in flaking, tightness and cracked lips. Here are the best ways to get your skin looking plumped, dewy and spring ready.
Australian Qsilica RESTORE intensive facial oil impressed me in its hydrating qualities but also was a pleasure to apply with its fragrant sweet almond scent. 30ml RRP £19.95 from www.planethealthdirect.co.uk
Nuture’s latest in the range of super skin boosters is the Moisture Boosting Serum. This intensive serum is packed with natural plant extracts to protect your face against both the environment and premature aging. Still inflicted by the odd blemish, I also noticed it calmed down my skin when irritated. 30ml is £9.95 from www.nutureskincare.co.uk
Those pioneering skincare specialists at Trilogy have launched a gentle facial exfoliant which delightfully includes organic rosehip, jojoba and camellia. Used in advance of any moisturiser or oil, this non-abrasive treatment will remove all those unwanted dead cells which make your skin look dull and drawn. 75ml is £21.50 from www.trilogyproducts.co.uk
Green People’s Vita Min Fix is so much more than a moisturiser. Packed with avocado, seaweed and evening primrose, this rich yet non-greasy cream gives tired looking skin an overall. 50 ml is £13.99 from www.greenpeople.co.uk
With the wind whipping your hair, the weather drying out your scalp and often an over use of heated products, your locks can be missing that luscious edge by the end of February. Apart from a trim, there are a couple of products that you can use at home to get your mane looking fabulous.
Loaded with Keratin (today’s magic word in hair), Richard Ward’s overnight hair and scalp therapy masque is everything it promises. My hair was bouncy, shiny and silky-smooth. This masque comes as part of the Seasons Winter Hydrate Kit £24 from www.mycouturehair.com
Hat hair is a thing of the past with Philip Kingsley’s Weatherproof Hairspray. Protecting my locks while also controlling those flyaway moments, I even noticed an increase in shine. 125ml £15.75 from www.philipkingsley.co.uk
Snake skin on your shins, cracked elbow and dehydrated arms are all results of covering up and ignoring your body while the temperatures dropped. But as warmer weather threatens, it is time to get your body in tiptop shape so that when it is warm enough to get those legs out again, you won’t be afraid to show them.
1. Bath & Shower oil
Boot camp training in sub zero temperature needs a reward as powerful as Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Oil. Stiffness, strains and daily tension evaporated and left me feeling energised and invigorated. 55ml £37 from Liberty and Space NK.
2. Body oil
Therapeutic to apply, this Warming Body Massage Oil by Ajala is infused with amyris and fresh bergamot. In all honestly, the entire range of Ajala Spa oils are a treat and smell utterly divine. 100ml is £12.99 from www.ajalaspa.com.
by Emma Parlons
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