This morning I woke up with parched skin, it feels tight, dehydrated and a little sensitive. I have a love/hate relationship with the central heating – it plays havoc with my skin yet keeps me cozy and warm whilst it’s freezing outside. Time for damage control! Today will be spent layering serums, moisturisers and a drop or two of oil. This got my thinking about new products I want to try and Sisley came up on my radar. About 10 years ago I was prone to breakouts, mostly around the forehead and jaw area. At the time I was working in Harvey Nichols and the team at the Sisley counter soon became my best friends. After trying some heavy duty cleansers that left my skin stripped and sensitive I was advised to start a new regime using Sisley products. I started cleansing with the Phyto-Blanc Buff and Wash Facial Gel which I found gentle and refreshing. This was followed by Ecological Compound which is a lovely light moisturiser that soothed and hydrated my skin. Around twice a week I used the Express Flower Gel Mask which again was nice and light plus it really brightened and hydrated. My skin cleared up and for a long time I was a Sisley advocate, recommending it to anyone and everyone. But you know how it is, over time I was lured toward other brands and different products but I still have fond memories of the brand that helped fix my problematic skin. Recently I’ve heard great things about Sisley face masks and the Black Rose Precious Face Oil, these seem to be hero products within the range and are definitely on my 2016 wish-list of new products to try.
A weekend of long walks with my dog are great but they can leave me vulnerable to the common cold or even worse the flu. To avoid this I have a selection of go-to supplements that keep me at my best. Work is particularly demanding at this time of year and with the party season about to enter full throttle I’m going to be busier than ever. Warm water with lemon first thing in the morning makes a huge difference when it comes to cough and cold prevention, the high dose of vitamin C is a warrior when it comes to killing unwanted bacteria. You can check out my ultimate hot water with lemon recipe here. Staying alkaline is key to keeping fit and healthy so I mix a couple scoops of PH Miracle Greens to a bottle of water, add some alkaline drops for an extra boost and drink this throughout the day. When combined with water and lemon in the morning this mixture should keep unwanted germs at bay. Lastly I take FOUNTAIN Super Green Molecule* daily which provides the equivalent of 6 green salads in a teaspoon.
A lot of my posts open with a comment regarding the weather. Hmm, I guess I’m obsessed except I like to differentiate myself from the majority of folk as I tend not to complain about it. Hot, cold even fog or rain – I love it all and I always feel the need to alter my skincare routine to ensure I get the correct type of protection. The first snow fell over the weekend and it’s now super cold here. I like to run outdoors and freezing cold air is way harsh on my precious skin. So! I switched up last weeks moisturiser to my favourite face oil from Herbivore Botanicals*. This moisturising powerhouse contains Organic Golden Jojoba, Organic Argan, and Organic Rosehip oils. The juicy cocktail of goodness absorbs into my skin perfectly, leaving me hydrated and happy! Face oil’s are great for many skin types including oily or combination. They provide essential fatty acids which maintain the nourishment and hydration levels of the skin. You can purchase a bottle for yourself at WOODBERG the website is also in English and they deliver worldwide. WOOP WOOP!
Colder weather and cozy central heating I love but my poor skin says ‘wah wah wah’ as it begins to shrivel up – unless I take precautions! I’ve incorporated protective skin care into my daily regime that complements my environment. And I have some superb new products that I’d like to share with you. First up is the Carrot Butter cleansing balm by Organic Pharmacy. This is my first time using a cleansing balm and I find it the most comforting experience. I scoop a penny sized amount and massage it over my entire face for a couple of minutes to boost the circulation, and it feels so, so, so good, the consistency is thick and greasy which sounds gross but feels great, especially if your skin is dry. I received a muslin cloth which I believe is sold separately, you should run this under hot water, wring out and press onto your face before wiping off the excess balm. This feels so incredible I can’t even explain. Next up is the eye cream and moisturiser from Grown Alchemist, this is a very cool natural brand from Australia. I like the minimal packaging but crucially it really nurtures my skin. Natural moisturisers absorb nicely into the skin which I put down to their lack of silicone or any petroleum type ingredients which tend to lay on the surface when I use them. This allows me to slather on a really thick layer and leave it to soak in. My skin begins to plump and I’m left looking socially acceptable again.
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In this post I have a round up of the best natural and organic soaps from a selection of different brands*. I like to lather up in the shower with an old school bar of soap and this selection suits a variety of different skin types.
GROWN ALCHEMIST BODY CLEANSING BAR – Geranium Leaf, Bergamot & Patchouli. This luxurious soap bar smells delicious and is perfect for gifting as it comes in it’s own sleek box. Bioactive ingredients detoxify and moisturise the skin. Available at NICHE-BEAUTY for 19,50 €. Suitable for all skin types.
BUCKLERS MOISTURE RICH SOAP. Fine grains of vanilla bean gently exfoliate the skin whilst shea butter, honey and almond oil moisturise. Available at WOODBERG for 12,00 €. For sensitive or dry skin.
LE BAIGNEUR LES TROIS SAVON DU BAIGNEUR. A collection of three soaps that come perfectly wrapped will also make a great gift. The first soap exfoliates using natural coconut pulp with peppermint oil to soothe. The Relaxant soap uses cedarwood oil which has relaxing properties, blended with uplifting petitgrain. The Tonifiant soap uses activated charcoal to draw out impurities and has a warm spicy aroma of black pepper and clove. Available at GREENGLAM for 27,00 €.
SOAPWALLA GLYCERIN SOAP BAR – Rosewood, Cedar & Clay. Perfect for oily or acne-prone skin whilst preventing over-drying. Can also be used as a shaving bar. Available at many destinations including SOAPWALLA for $10,00.
* All of the soaps featured were PR samples.