For me, Sundays are all about relaxation. I like to get myself sorted for the week ahead – any work I have to do gets done, I spend a couple of hours at the gym, working out and enjoying the steam rooms and sauna, and when I get home I treat myself to the most luxurious of bubble baths, face packs and hair masks.It’s a nice way to end my week and prepare for the new one, and one of my newest additions to my relaxation ritual is Yogandha’s beautiful Relax Body Oil.
When I was at Harvey Nichols’ incredible yoga class (you can read about it here) I was lucky enough to meet with the founder of Yoganha Oils – the fabulous Sinead Duffy. Getting to chat to her about her love and passion for the brand was seriously inspiring – her enthusiasm was infectious, and I just loved the way she encouraged everyone to really tune into their bodies, and see what fragrance blend most appealed. For me, it was the Relax Oil, a blend of lavender and vetiver oils which are just heavenly.
Talking to Sinead was incredibly interesting, and the amount of effort she has put into Yogandha is truly admirable. Absolutely every element of the product has been carefully thought out – even the cardboard box the oils come in is an origami-esque work of art, designed by her neighbour, it’s glue free so it’s compostable too.
The Relax Body Oil really is just a delight to use. I tend to reach for it after my evening shower, as it feels so nourishing on the skin, and the mix of lavender and vetiver is just incredibly calming. To reap as much benefit from the scent as possible, I concentrate on applying it to my arms and chest, and it just sinks into skin, leaving skin moisturised and smelling divine. When I was talking to Sinead, she told me all about how her oils are all natural, so the beneficial properties of the oils are absorbed into the skin, so it does your body real good!
Yogandha Body Oils are priced at £25.00 and they are available from Harvey Nichols
I’m sure that I’m not alone most mornings, when I wake up with puffy eyes. I hardly even need to look at a carb or alcohol, and in the morning, I feel like I need to spend hours with cucumbers or cold teabags to kill the swelling, but thankfully, This Works have come to my rescue with their brand new Light Time Open Eyes – a nifty little tube which promises to refresh, brighten and de-puff. So basically, work morning magic!
I have to profess something of a weakness for This Works. Their sleep sprays are heavenly, and I have fallen in love with their array of luxe body oils and creams, and with a name like This Works, you know you can rely on them! Thankfully, Light Time Open Eyes is definitely a morning must-have!
In the mornings, I tend to use a gentle foaming cleanser when I’m in the shower, then use a soothing moisturiser once I’m out. After applying my usual products I simply squeeze a little of the formula out, and then use the metal nib of the tube to gently massage the Light Time Open Eyes around the orbital area. Taking a couple of seconds in the morning to treat the area feels wonderfully indulgent, and I can really see the difference on the mornings I use it.
For an extra-relaxing session, I’ve been keeping my tube of Light Time Open Eyes in the fridge so that both the formula and the metal tip are icy cold. Using the cold version means that the formula is even more effective, and it feels so refreshing to use – it’s pretty much an espresso shot in a tube!
If you suffer from dry or lined skin around your eyes, Light Time Open Eyes really is a must have! The formula feels wonderfully rich and moisturising to use, and it really plumps and primes skin, so any concealer or shadows you apply go on super smoothly!
This Works Light Time Open Eyes is priced at £25.00 and is available here.
With the change of the seasons, I can also feel a real change in my skin. I can’t get away with summer’s lightweight moisturisers thanks to time spent passing in and out of central heating and cold winds, so I’ve been looking for a way to pamper my skin a little bit more than normal. Kiehl’s have made this incredibly easy with their Skin Rescuer.
As the name suggests, Skin Rescuer is a complete SOS for anyone who needs a little TLC, and since my skin has been feeling awfully dry recently, I couldn’t wait to try it out! If you have normal or oily skin, the Skin Rescuer can be used as a regular moisturiser, although since I need a tonne of hydration, I apply it before my regular cream. I love the formula’s soft, herbal scent, and the texture is surprisingly rich and nourishing. My skin completely drinks the formula up, and there isn’t a trace of it by the time I get round to applying my second cream.
The Skin Rescuer is designed to basically be your wintertime must-have! It combats everything from redness to signs of stress and fatigue, thanks to a formula rich in Rosa Gallica which works to stop inflammation, Mannose which strengthens skin, and Camomile to soothe and comfort. For someone like me, the cream is an absolute god-send! Applying it before my regular moisturiser means that redness is my skin tone is effectively reduced, which means I can even ease up on how much foundation or concealer I need to use. In addition to it’s soothing properties, it also works to amazingly well to combat breakouts.
Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is priced at £29.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
Now that the weather is getting really rather cold, I’ve noticed that my skin is even drier and more sensitive than usual. Where I can usually get away with applying a rich moisturiser at night, it’s just not enough any more, so I’ve been turning to Renu’s Nourishing Treatment Oil to hydrate and nourish my skin.
Even though the oil says that it’s aimed for mature skin, I’ve found it to be perfect for giving my skin a good dose of much-needed hydration. Since the Nourishing Treatment Oil has such a thick texture, I’ve been applying a few drops of it every evening after cleansing to eradicate any signs of dryness or irritation.
I am absolutely in love with how nourishing and luxurious the oil feels to use, and the formula is absolutely packed full of skin-friendly ingredients which work to moisturise and condition the skin. These include Rosehip and Blackcurrant oils to soothe the skin and help maintain suppleness and elasticity to enhance a natural, healthy glow.
Renu Nourishing Treatment Oil is priced a £22.95 and is available here.
As the weather is getting colder, I find that I need to put a little more thought and effort into my skincare routine to keep everything as hydrated and as moisturised as possible.
Since I’m a big fan of face masks, I thought I would give one which focused on adding moisture rather than cleansing a go, so I opted for ARK Skincare’s SkinPerfector Hydration Injection Masque. Packaged in a chic minimalistic white tube, ARK Skincare promise that the masque will ‘quench skin, plump wrinkles and restore vibrancy.’ So I thought it would be the perfect thing to pop on whilst I gave myself something of an at-home spa evening.
After giving my face a really good cleanse and exfoliation, I simply smooth the Skinperfector Hydration Injection Masque over my face, neck and chest and let the formula get to work. Depending on how dry and dehydrated my skin is, I leave it on for anywhere between 5 and 20 minutes before removing it with a hot towel.
I love how luxurious the rich formula feels to apply, and my skin really feels pampered after I’ve applied it. The formula itself is filled with skin-favourite ingredients including Hyaluronic Acid Booster which drenches skin with moisture, optimising the circulation of water through all skin layers and providing 24-hour protection against water loss, whilst Sugar Beet and Abyssinian Oil intensely nourish the skin leaving it feeling velvety soft.
ARK Skincare’re SkinPerfector Hydration Injection Masque is priced at £35.00 and is available here.