Oh winter you are a cruel edged sword. On one hand you are imparting your cinnamon-scented gifts a la hot toddys, snuggley evenings in front of Attenborough with a roast dinner, cracklng fire places and warm toes in socks. And on the other slightly cracked paw is the baffling dehydration, hair frizz, chapped lips and parched cheeks that comes with the advent of the most wonderful time of the year. Just When we think we have evaded the skin-scorching summer months, winter rears its cosy, central-heating blasting head. Many of us find our skin and hair even dyer than during summer.
In the feel-good beauty I talk about some of my favourite products which help me feel my best and maintain a happy inner and outer glow. Check out my rundown below of my favourite nourishing products for those biting winter months.
MIXA's soothing body lotion is paraben free, and makes parched winter skin battered from central heating and wind-flaying soothed and soft. Double win.
I am a huge convert to French skincare brand Sananflore, whose organic products are crafted all from botanical plants in France, especially their Rebalancing botanical night concentrate, an organic dry oil that illuminates whilst you sleep, tightening pores and hydrating parched skin to reveal a complexion that could rival a a baby’s bottom. Equally Sanoflore's Rose Ariana Botanica Divine Bare Skin Cleaning Milk does what it says on the tin, infused with Organic Cornflower Hydrosol with soothing and decongesting benefits.
Tan luxe the butter Gorgeously glossy and soft a butter, this quick-drying, lightweight gradual tanning moisturiser takes all the pain out of at-home bronzing. Richly nourishing and glow-giving, wake up feeling like you’ve spent 2 weeks in the Maldives, not chattering your teeth in London.
Kerastase Paris’s Nutritive Range are the only mane soothsayers I'll trust my parched damaged tresses with. Whether my hair is getting crisped and frozen solid in the snowflakes of winter’s touch, or on my travels to the tropics in search of waves, I keep my hair nourished and soft with the nutritive range.
Stance Socks Knee High Socks are a winter necessity to keep tootsies cosy and warm when padding around the house, I live in these right now.
Whilst the heady mix of gluwein, intense amounts of snuggling, cold noses pressed against eachother for mistletoe kisses makes for a sexy concoction, parched and cracking lips do not. The whipping wintery winds can play havoc with ones kissers, I love Deceleor’s Intense Nutirtion lip balm to keep my pout kissable and soft.
Nails Inc Vitamin E Cuticle Oil Pen is a simple staple that packs a punch: specially created for targeted hydration of the cuticles, say sayonara to any ragged hang nails and dry nails.
A solid road-testing of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid confirms the rumours: this no frills, no fuss brand that strips away flowery OTT packaging where much of the spend in products can be found to provide hard-working, cost-effective products. The incredibly hydrating Hyaluronic Acid has had a profound effect on my skin which is as glowing and fresh as it would be with summer's kiss.
Pukka Three Ginger Tea is a warming swirl of organic ginger, galangal & golden turmeric that keeps tired winter bodies ticking and healthy. I pretty much have a main-line to this during the winter months.
Dr Sebagh Skin Perfecting Cream is a daily essential for nourished, clear skin. Packed with an ingredients list that work to counteract damaging pollutants, and sodium hyaluronate to help prevent moisture loss, a firm Mad To Live favourite for natural, fresh skin.
Thanks and stay tuned for next in the Feel-Good beauty series, DISCO, BABY...