Friday, 8 December 2017

Winter hair heroes

At this time of year you want to protect your hair from the winter elements as well as from damage caused by overuse of heated appliances.

In addition to using a masque once a week, it is also a good idea to apply a leave-in conditioner to help keep your hair soft and subtle. 

Here are my favourites.

Kérastase Keratine Thermique Smoothing Taming Milk, £18.50,
This pre-blow-dry lotion will protect your hair from heat and is perfect for helping to calm frizz and fluffiness as well as combating humidity. This is a superb treatment. My hair is also a lot easier to style after using this.  

Leonor Greyl Tonique Hydratant Moisturising and Vitalising Leave-in Mist, £19.70
Enriched with amino acids and seaweed, this is the ideal treatment for parched hair helping to keep it silky soft. It does not contain parabens or silicone. You can use it on wet or dry hair. I use it whenever my tresses need a boost.

72 Blow Dry Cream, £14.99,
Can be used on all types of hair. It offers good heat protection as well as giving a moisture boost. It also has a special UV filter which is especially good if you colour your hair as it will help to reduce fading. A great styling cream. Also worth trying is the Repairing Oil (£14.99) containing cocoa oil, which aids in the battle against frizz leaving your locks lovely and shiny. I really enjoyed using this combo as did my hair.

Lee Stafford big smoothing brush, £10.99, Boots
Best suited for those with short and medium-length hair. I like the fact is has an open barrel as you spend less time drying your locks. It has flexible boar bristles so you can create good tension making it easier to smooth out any fluff or frizz.

By Daralyn Danns

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Spotlight on L’Occitane Lavender Cleansing Hand Wash, and Lavender Moisturising Hand Lotion

When you are making your house sparkle for Christmas why not give your bathroom or downstairs loo a special look with a great hand wash and hand cream for guests to use.

I am a fan of L’Occitane products, especially the Lavender Cleansing Hand Wash, (£16) and matching Lavender Moisturising Hand Lotion (£21). The delicious scent conjures up memories of summer days in Provence. The pale lilac colour looks classy in any bathroom.

The gel does not dry out your hands and has just the right amount of scent. The hand lotion, laced with honey and shea butter, is lovely and moisturising and absorbs quickly into the skin. Ideal if you live in hard water areas.

If you like candles, the Winter Forest Scented Candle (£19) with aromas of pine needles, peach and cinnamon will keep bathrooms warm and inviting.

By Daralyn Danns

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Great creams to boost winter skin

The cold weather may give your cheeks a rosy glow but it can also leave your skin feeling dry. Here are three great creams that will help take care of your complexion over the winter months. 

Do not forget to apply sun screen, especially if you are spending time outside.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, £34
This lightweight non-greasy cream/gel will be your best friend over the winter months (or for that matter any time your skin cries out for a drink of moisture). From just one application you will notice a difference. It absorbs easily and makes your complexion feel as soft as silk and look visibly plumper. In the evening, I add a tiny amount to the top of my cheekbones to add a sheen. This is has been a firm favourite of mine for years. 

Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets All-in-One BB Cream in light, SPF 25 PA++£39.50
As well as hydrating the skin it helps to protect it from the environment as well as hiding imperfections. Makes you look fresh and wide awake. 

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream - Normal to Dry Skin, £36
This cream has light texture which sinks into your complexion leaving it feeling super hydrated. There is a version with a sunscreen but I prefer to use a separate one.

Eau Thermale Avène Crème peaux intolérantes, rich, £16.50, Boots
A favourite brand of French women, the range has been developed with a minimum of ingredients. Free of preservatives, parabens, fragrance and alcohol, this rich cream is ideal for those with sensitive skins. Infused with Avène Thermal Spring Water, it will calm any irritation and redness while protecting your complexion. It is surprisingly light and will not leave your face feeling greasy.

By Daralyn Danns