Winter Saviours by Kate Duggan
If your skin is feeling the drying effects of central heating, or you’re just in need of a winter pick-me-up, we may have the answer.
When it’s dark and gloomy outside, a bright splash of colour is always welcome. I’m going for Glossworks Nail Polish in Flamingo. This rich coral shade is very easy to wear and seems to suit most skin tones. The polish is not too drippy and it’s also vegan and free from formaldehyde, parabens and the other chemical ‘nasties’. It’s £12 from www.lovelula.com.
I do love something that has an instant effect as well as a long-term benefit. Image Skincare AGELESS Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler delivers on both counts. Hyaluronic acid is a real workhorse. It helps the skin to lock in moisture and has an instant plumping effect, so minimises the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Long-term, it also stimulates collagen, combats free radicals, improves skin elasticity and more. At £80 for a small bottle it’s not cheap, but you do only need a tiny amount. www.imageskincare.co.uk
If you’re in the market for a new moisturiser, try Kimberly Sayer’s Restore Anti-Ageing Cream. It’s designed to moisturise, tighten, firm and soothe skin, while protecting from environmental damage. It’s rich enough for dry and mature skin but absorbs easily and isn’t greasy. £29.50, www.lovelula.com.
The cold weather can wreak havoc with your skin, but if your hands are feeling dry and sore, there may be another culprit to blame – your hand wash. Most liquid hand washes contain ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin. Try swapping to a bar of soap instead. Faith in Nature, Bentley Organic and Weleda are good brands to look out for or try your local health food store or farmers’ market for locally made natural soaps.
If your skin does get dry and flaky, you might want to invest in a healing balm. Odylique’s Ultra Rich Balm is very hydrating, 100% natural and suitable for sensitive skin. It’s made from shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax and sea buckthorn oil, all of which help to nourish and protect skin. A little goes a long way and you can use the balm all over, including on lips and hair. From £9.50, www.odylique.co.uk.
Looking for a budget-friendly, calorie-free, alcohol-free treat? The Kiss Naturals Eye Palette is just £3 from Wilko and features 12 neutral shades, from light beige to chocolate. £3 for 12 eyeshadows, a mirror and a brush? It seems rude not to.