I’ve had a little refresh of my beauty cabinet with some new (and old) finds.
Firstly, I’m buying into the latest ‘double cleansing’ trend and am really seeing the difference in my skin texture and appearance. It’s a trend influenced by Asian beauty methods, where a quick swipe with a make-up remover just doesn’t cut it. In Japan and Korea, women are obsessed with cleanliness and there are a multitude of products to cater for cleaning the skin, from cleansing oils to powders.
I start my routine with a good cleansing lotion to get rid of all the make-up and surface dirt. Among my faces are Garnier’s Fresh Cleansing Lotion (that gets rid of all the muck quickly) and leaves skin feeling alive and fresh. I have also been reunited with my old teenage favourite Anne French Cleansing Milk, which is a fantastic budget buy that gets rid of make-up quickly and leaves skin feeling baby soft. And then finish off with a good facial wash or cleansing oil, which leaves the face soft and dewy. Both available at www.boots.com
Also new to my beauty cupboard and regimen are a selection of oils – see above. Contrary to their image, good quality beauty oils do not leave the skin or hair greasy, but rather inject a level of moisture that you can’t find with other products.
Dr Organic’s Virgin Coconut Oil Monoi Moisture Melt Body Oil comes in solid form, but run it under the hot tub or place in a little hot water and it turns into a fluid oil. This can be used all over – body, face, hair and nails – and is blissfully indulgent. It penetrates the skin and the fine oil drenches limbs with moisture – a real treat. Available from www.drorganic.co.uk
Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil, is one of my most loveliest new finds. The nourishing formula clams and deeply hydrates and minimises the signs of ageing. It is also brilliant for skin prone to redness. Containing a blend of pure rose otto, palma rosa and rose geranium essential oils, the oil plumps up skin and fortifies. It also contains ant0-oxidant rich Arctic cloudberry, rose hip oils, cucumber and starflower oils to comfort and soothe. Gorgeous. Press onto skin after cleansing or in the morning for a dewy, radiant finish. Available from www.balanceme.co.uk
Pai’s Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil is a fantastic multi-tasker. It refines the appearance of damaged skin and fine lines and is said to have the most concentrated Rosehip Oil on the market today. Great as a targeted remedy, press onto skin with fingertips to condition, firm and repair. It also contains high levels of Trans Retinoic Acid which delivers Pro-Vitamin A to the skin without causing irritation. Available from www.paiskincare.com
Meanwhile, A’Kin’s Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil can be used under moisturiser and has the same properties to help heal and soften the skin. Available from www.akinbeauty.co.uk
You have to be slightly wary when using hair oil as a little too much can cause hair to seem greasy and heavy – not a good look! But This One Light Hair Oil is fantastically light. Simply spritz on hair before blow drying for to nourish and smooth or after for a finishing shine. It contains Moroccan argan oil, Brazilian pequi oil and jojoba oil. Available from www.superdrug.com