Now that winter is well and truly here, update your kit to include these perfect prep products, which work seamlessly to banish flaky, dry skin – and which contain no nasties.
First up is Optiat’s ‘Feel Great’ Coffee Scrub in ‘Mouthwatering Mandarin’, £9.99. This brand is so unique – as it sources high-quality Arabica coffee grounds from London’s artisan barista bars and converts them into eco-friendly scrubs for beauty fiends.
Siblings William and Anna Brightman founded Optiat in April 2016, after having a ‘light-bulb’ moment about the potential of the high amount of grounds that are thrown away each day. Wanting to tackle the waste problem, they realised that the grounds could be recycled and used as the foundation of an eco-friendly beauty product.
Since launching ‘For The Love of Scrub’ range of four naturally-scented coffee scrubs, the duo have now developed a new range of natural beauty products based on unloved, unwanted hemp husks.
The scrub blends the grounds with mandarin essential oils, so while the coffee works as a natural exfoliator (and the caffeine stimulates blood flow to banish cellulite and stretch marks), the oil adds a fruity scent and also hydrates skin. A little goes a long way – and while, at first, it seems odd to use the dark formula which does resemble coffee grounds – it proves successful after you rinse it all off and skin is left feeling deeply clean and smooth. optiat.co.uk
After showering off the scrub, I have been slathering on Odylique’s Toning Fruit Butter, £20. This is so delicious. Another natural product – the brand is renowned for its natural care for sensitive skin – this contains sea buckthorn (which is rich in omega 7) and helps with aging UV damage and stretch marks, toning oils of ylang ylang, bergamot and lemon and hydrating raw shea, coconut and extra virgin olive fruit oils.
Not only does the aroma transport you to the tropics, but it gives serious hydration, so skin feels immediately deeply replenished and supple. I really love the balm texture as it vanishes quickly and easily – leaving skin soft and velvety smooth – and meaning that this step in your regime is quick and effective. odylique.co.uk
Lastly is Janjira’s Marine Radiant White Illuminating Day Cream, £24. This is the perfect complexion base before putting on your make-up, as it hydrates but still leaves skin matt – despite giving it an enlivening effect.
Protecting the skin against signs of ageing, the cream is light and non-greasy, and contains a cocktail of ingredients to create luminous, clear skin (as well as UV filters to protect agains sun damage). The Thai brand is inspired by traditional bathing rituals, and uses natural ingredients, such as lgowhite – the key component of its Marine Radiant White range – an extract of Brown Algae, which has with proven skin brightening attributes. It will brighten your day. janjira.co.uk