To cheer up this ‘Summer’
Rain – Rain – Rain. Doesn’t it make you cross! But I have been treating myself to retail therapy; a marvellous cure for this so-called summer.
And giving my skin a boost with some new products!
The weather hasn’t done us any favours; we all know to protect our skins during sunshine – but when you don’t have any signs of sun for day after day, you get a bit down. But a visit to the skincare counters locally is one of best ‘cures’ I know – so here are some products that went into my shopping basket to cheer me up!
I haven’t put in prices of many of the products, BECAUSE – in case you haven’t noticed – there is a credit crunch on. Products that are best for our ‘druggie’ skin tend to contain expensive ingredients (that’s why they work well), and can be very expensive. A lot of the cost goes into paying for research, and whilst there isn’t the money around, companies often offer good deals to enable us to buy their products, hoping that when money is more available that they can recoup research costs – and start doing more research!
So go on-line, or ask your favourite skincare assistant what good deals are available.
Elemis Body Cream
I love Elemis – not least because I am a dedicated patriot, and Elemis are a British company. Since the Jubilee I have come out of the closet and admitted that I search out British-made products whenever I can, and was delighted when the Great British public made McDonalds climb down and buy British reared chicken for their Olympic franchises. So the British company Elemis are always top of my list.
My skin is suffering from ‘tween-season’ blues. The change from a short summer in May to the ‘Queen’s weather’ over the Jubilee bought out Brillo pad skin, so went off and treated myself to a tube of Elemis’s Tranquil Touch Body Cream. It has calmed down the rough patches, and restored my soft skin of which I am so proud.
At the same time I thought I should do something about lines under my eyes, so treated myself to the Elemis Pro-collagen Eye Treatment, and lines are less noticeable. It’s a lightweight texture so it doesn’t drag on the sensitive skin under the eyes , and defense against nasties such as pollution.
Then I thought I really deserved a treat, so added a jar of their Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream; this really is one of the best face creams, and works wonders on my ‘druggie’ skin and the rough patches. It’s only a few days, but already I can feel the skin is much softer. https://www.timetospa.co.uk
Their Even Better makeup is a dermatologist-developed makeup that helps restore uneven skin tone. Gently patting this on my face evens out the variations, and I end up with really good looking skin, although I never know what to make of comments like, “you do look well”. It helps when you are in despair because drugs cause your skin to break out in blotches! But what do I look like normally!
There must be an Even Better Make-up colour for you, as they offer 25 different shades in the range, reckoning to cover a wide range of tones. It also has an SPF of 15; which although not strong enough for bright sunlight, is adequate for outdoor wear on most days. And like most Clinique products, it is very competively priced at £23 www.clinique.co.uk
Neom Organic Bath Oil
I have been staying with cousins, and they kept on coming into the room sniffing and saying “something smells good”. It was my Neom products, which made life very easy for all the birthdays that happened at the same time!
I have been rubbing this onto my skin as a counter for the side effects of some new drug that is leaching out the moisture from my skin. I was scratching myself all over, as the new pills were so draining, but a few days rubbing in Neom oil and my skin is blissfully free of itching.
My favourite scent is Moroccan Blush Rose, but if anyone wants to give me a present (hint hint to those I http://www.neomorganics.comam staying with!) I am happy with any of the scents. They are all based on natural plant extracts etc. and contain things such as Lavender and Rose which were used for antiseptics. www.neomorganics.com
Living Nature gentle make-up remover
Travelling as I am doing at the moment, I do like the Living Nature products in their flat-backed eco-friendly bottles. They slip into a corner of my bag, and are easy to pack. Another thing in their favour is that this make-up remover is also good for removing eye make-up – in fact it won an award as best remover from The Green Bible.
Gentle Makeup Remover is a highly effective but extra-gentle cleanser to instantly soften and remove makeup. It’s non-drying and skin-calming formulation is soothing – an infusion of cleansing Kumerahou, hydrating Harakeke Flax Gel, and nourishing Active Manuka Honey. It also contains Eyebright and Witchhazel extracts (natural anti-inflammatories and skin conditioners), to soothe the skin.
Of course it is fragrance and allergen free, making it suitable for sensitive skin.
To use: Apply to warm damp cotton pad and gently wipe away all traces of makeup.
For all skin types, especially sensitive skin. www.livingnature.com
This weird summer we are having is making everything topsy-turvey. Once we put away lip salve when Spring came; now I use this all year long. New Zealand is producing excellent products for cancer ‘hit’ skin, and the latest is Kiwiherb’s Calendula Ointment for lips. wwwkiwiherbs.co.uk
And I can hardly believe it – but the sun is peeping out! What more could I want? !!!