I was very lucky to be treated for my birthday with a heavenly facial and massage combination. I’m not sure about you, but I have always been very self-conscious, especially about my face and my facial care routine.
So, I have devised the perfect pre-make-up prep within these five beauty essentials for the run up to Christmas.
Let’s start with a recently discovered product I had no idea about, Lush have made The Sunblock, an SPF 30 sunscreen wash, yes that’s right, you rub it on in the shower, and it gives you high SPF protection. You can even carry this little bar of magic with you and reapply as it’s designed to melt with our body temperature. The bars come in a 100g size, and you need a third to cover your whole body. With all natural ingredients, (which there aren’t many of) it includes a calming calamine powder which is a great combination with chamomile blue oil which will soothe your skin. It also contains cocoa butter and sesame oil which helps to rehydrate dry or tired skin. Remember, it is just as important to use sunscreen in the winter as it is in the summer; sunlight has no preference.
Another Lush product which is a must have, not only as a moisturised but also a primer, Magical Moringa doubles as both. Now we can finally cut down on all the products we use daily. This moisturiser leaves your skin feeling fantastic as it seeps in to give a matte finish to your skin, prepped for whats to come. So wear it under your make-up, or without any make-up at all, it will leave your face looking and feeling beautiful. You may find it hard to stop rubbing it in as the mix of moringa, rose hip, argan oil and organic shea butter leave your skin feeling velvety soft.
Another fantastic product that should be in everyone’s routine is GinZing moisturiser from Origins. The whole GinZing range is fabulous. However, this moisturiser will lift a dry and tired face, hydrating it through the year. I have been using this for about ten months now, and my face has felt moisturised without that sticky feeling you get from oily build-up. GinZing is light and oil free which is perfect if you have combination skin or larger pores, like me, as there is not much to clog up my pores. It is made up of skin boosters such as Ginseng and coffee bean to refresh your face and reduce redness dependant on your skin type so if you love some radiance and need an energiser for your face, look no further.
We all need to take care of our hair, and at times, we can be lazy, especially at this time of year – unless there’s a Christmas party to get to. Everyone’s bathroom should have Moroccanoil. If you’re not sure which one to go for, start with the light option which is made for thin/medium hair. Different countries have different chemicals in the water, so you will have to judge how dry your hair is wherever you are. I find that the water in the UK makes fine hair like mine greasier, quicker. If this happens to you, the light oil will be the right one. If you have thicker, curly or very dry hair, go for the normal oil. This oil will nourish your hair and make it feel silky soft. It is also good for protecting against heat like hair dryers or straighteners if you don’t use anything at the moment. It’s also good if you struggle with brushing as it will leave your hair tangle free.
Finally, a favourite of mine. In fact, this is something I use day and night and the only thing that touches my face apart from the moisturisers and make-up. Micellar water. I use the Garnier Micellar water for sensitive skin as it cleanses my skin perfectly and also mattifies. This was the first one I actually bought, and it has lasted for so long that I didn’t want to buy more when I don’t need it yet. If you have tried a Micellar water that you would recommend, please get in touch, and I would love to try it too. Micellar water has been around for a while, and it’s a wonder how many people didn’t know about it. Micelles are attracted to dirt, grime and oil, and they draw out impurities and dissolve them without drying out your skin. There are no harsh chemicals that you may find in some toners which leave your eyes stinging. It is so gentle that you can also use it on your eyes to remove makeup, although, for any stubborn water resistant makeup, you may need a different make-up remover.