Today, feels like the last day of summer – it’s Sunday, sun is shining and it’s October, it’s still warm (ish) – all this things make me think we’re holding on to borrowed blue skies and the cold is coming clock is ticking. So seems perfect to do a run down of some products I’ve enjoyed this summer and more than likely will be showing up in my winter kit.
I got on the matcha bandwagon a bit late, but I really like it. It’s my naturally powerful fat free booste of energy round about 11am, when I need something to take me through to lunchtime. Consisting only of three ingredients Matcha Green Tea, Yerba Mate and Milk Thistle, I like the fact that it’s not too prescriptive – you can add it to just about anything – juice, rice, yoghurt, cereal, ice cream. I can’t do too many instructions – go left, go right, jump over your head, no thank you. This is simple enough to use and I just add the required amount to some watered down juice after my run and I float around feeling virtuous, slaying down my emails.
I’m not a big fan of face creams at any time of day, I tend to go straight to a face oil, but I’ve loved the light and bouncy texture of this cream. It doesn’t smother my skin, rather it just gives airy coverage. My skin feels comfortably hydrated and fresh, without needing anything else on top. Rose is renowned for its ability to heal and regenerate the skins texture, so it’s an ace moisturiser to have in the cabinet. A lot of people shy away from rose thinking its for mature skin types, but I think works across all age groups very well, so use it! It will also be perfect for cold weather season to balance out any topical seasonal dryness, especially on the cheeks.
Talking of oils, I adore this one. I first spotted on facialist extraordinaire Nichola Joss’s Instagram page and she said it was a good un’. She was right. Formulated with Abyssinia oil from Ethiopia, Rosehip oil, Blackcurrant seed and Vanilla oils which are potent antioxidants and have skin softening properties. Blackcurrant in particular helps skin to hold on to hydration and plays in important role in helping to regenerate the skin on a topical level. Interestingly, it is sometimes used as a substitute for evening primrose oil due to it’s Omega 6 properties. I enjoy using it for a therapeutic evening facial massage as it has such a featherweight texture. It absorbs well, with no residue and the sweet and warming scent of vanilla is lovely too.
What did we do before Hyaluronic Acid? Anyway this one is a little gem, like mobile phones, the more versions of hyaluronic acid that get released the more improved they become. I’m going to skip over the incredibly long name and ignore the ‘anti age’ bit. No product is going to stop ageing and there’s no reason to be against it IMO. Anyway, this is third generation, five type hyaluronic acid and simply excellent at deeply hydrating the skin and creating almost invisible support and incredible bounce the entire day. It’s fab for anyone suffering from dehydration (all of us) and dryness. It is not sticky!! Hallelujah. It also gets a special mention because its one of my most recommended products to clients during consultations and they always report back that they’d be lost without it now it’s in their regime. I think the price tag is also great for such a powerful product.
This is as fresh as they come and great for cleansing whether it’s a single (no make up day) cleanse or a double cleanse. Even though it’s a nice thick gel texture, it’s not too slippery and you’ll still be able to start off your facial massage, getting in the nooks and crannies to dislodge dirt. It’s very gentle and gets skin comfortable clean with no squeak or stripping it bare, which is what you want your cleanser to do really. Cucumber and rosewater make it a soothing pleasure to use and cocoon your skin. I’m on my third tube, so that’s saying something. Suitable for all skin types and can’t see it causing any problems, though if you do have problematic acneic skin you should probably be using something with a bit more treatment to it.
We loved this (my we I mean my entire household!) because we all suffer from dry skin and it certainly kept us moisturised without any ashiness in sight. It’s a thumping tin of moisture and protection – just look at the first six ingredients – coconut oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, beeswax, cocoa butter, sunflower oil – Not only will these ingredients moisturise, they will also form a ‘seal’ on the skin, stopping moisture from escaping, which is why it’s best to use soon after a shower when you’re still moist and can trap a layer of moisture in the skin. The scent is a little overpowering, people will smell you. Even when you’ve left the room. Still worth it though and will be worth it during a cold drying winter.