When it comes to healthy habits, the number one tip everyone gives you is to drink more water. Working from home, I’m pretty good about always having a glass of water or cup of herbal tea to hand, but when I’m out and about, I’m easily distracted, and by the time it gets to about 2pm, I realise I’ve not drunk nearly enough water to stay properly hydrated.
When I stumbled over HydrateM8’s tracker water bottles, I realised it was exactly what I need. A slick reusable bottle, the back has timings printed on it, so you can stay on-track all day long (and you don’t need to wonder when exactly the last time you had a drink). Just refill when you hit 12pm and you’ll easily hit the 2 litre target by 6pm everyday. The built-in straw makes it easy to use, even when I’m on the go or in the car, and I’ve even taken it to the gym with me, as it’s so convenient to use.
HydrateM8 have a range of adorable colour options available, some even have cute quotes on them, if you’re in need of a little extra boost. They’re priced at £15 and are available here.
When it comes to annual traditions, a trip down to London for some festive shopping and treats is always a favourite. One of my first spots to head to is Ladurée – I just adore their gorgeous cafes, and the treats inside are just divine. Obviously this year I won’t be heading down to the capital as usual, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be able to enjoy my annual Ladurée treats thanks to the absolutely beautiful advent calendar which they sent over.
Decorated with the most beautiful illustrations, the advent calendar is filled with sweet treats which I’ll be able to enjoy all season long. From sugar-covered hazelnuts to the most beautiful chocolate cameos, this is a serious upgrade to your regular advent calendar.
I can’t wait to enjoy the calendar next month – I’ve already got it set up in the study!
Ladurée advent calendar is priced a £35 and is available here
When it comes to winter evenings, there is nothing which can compare to an evening spent cosy indoors, snuggled up with a book, leaving the to-do list until tomorrow. A big part of the enjoyment is lighting the perfect candle – there’s nothing better than snuggling down and enjoying a heavenly scented evening. During the recent cold blast, I’ve been absolutely loving the Study candle from local favourite The Botanical Candlemaker.
Designed with the studious in mind, the candle mixes together Lavender, Peppermint and Rosemary in a blend which is gorgeously fresh and soothing. Within a couple of minutes of lighting the candle, the whole room smells gorgeous, and it creates the perfect backdrop for a snug evening in. The brand describe the scent as ‘like taking a deep breath in’, and honestly, they’re spot on. Lighting the candle makes everything feel so gorgeously calm and serene – it would make the perfect gift too!
The Botanical Candlemaker’s Study candle is priced from £20 and is available here.
When it comes to festive treats, I’m not sure you can get anything quite as indulgent as a luxury body product. I always love to get people something they probably wouldn’t indulge in themselves, and Isa Lazo products are among some of the most glorious I’ve tried.
Presented in a thick velvet box inside a sturdy gift box, the jar of Body Scrub feels more like unearthing a jewel than a regular scrub. The jar it comes in is similarly glam, all black glass and crowned with a golden lid. This isn’t the type of product you’re going to want to hide at the back of the cupboard!
Using the body scrub is a treat from start to finish. The formula is blended with tea tree oil and cranberry seed, so it works to slough dead skin, whilst smelling beautifully fresh. The formula boasts 100 active components as well as anti-microbial properties, so your skin is left both silky soft, hydrated and absolutely glowing. Crucially, there are no micro-plastics in the formula – all the buffing comes from cranberry seeds – so it’s eco-friendly as well as lovely to use!
My favourite method for using the scrub is apply it directly to dry skin, working it into areas which need a little TLC. To keep mess to a minimum, I usually do this in the shower, then I hop into a pre-run bath. This means my skin gets to drink in all the goodness from the formula, rather than just hosing it down the drain. It feels like a spa treatment thanks to the aromatherapy benefits from the Tea Tree Oil. As the scrub melts off in the hot water, it leaves behind a hydrating layer of oil, which feels absolutely incredible, and once I’m finished in the bath, I make sure to moisturise well and then head to bed. It’s such a glorious product to use, it would make the loveliest gift this holiday season!
Isa Lazo Body Scrub is priced at $96 and is available here.
The winter is here, and if you want to have shiny, healthy-looking skin at Christmas, you need to learn how to protect it and treat it throughout this damaging season. Because the atmosphere is so dry during winter, your skin can take some severe punishment, especially if you maintain the same habits you used in summer. Below you’ll find the best practices for treating your skin in winter.
Use Lukewarm Water
It can get cold in the winter, and after coming in from it, you might want to take a piping hot shower. Although this might seem appealing, it’s one of the worst things you can do for your skin. A hot shower like that will strip away your skin’s natural moisture barrier and leave it exposed to the cold, dry atmosphere. This is when cracks in your skin start to appear, and conditions such as eczema develop. Instead, treat your skin with lukewarm water and apply a moisturizing product soon afterwards. This will trap the moisture in your skin.
The atmosphere in winter is not only cold, but it’s also dry. This dryness is what causes your skin to crack, resulting in unsightly damage. The way to avoid this is to stay hydrated from the inside and from the outside. Throughout the day, make sure you drink plenty of water and install a humidifier in your home. Drinking water will give your skin that extra bit of moisture in the dry air, and a humidifier will help to reduce the dryness of the atmosphere in your home, at least.
Choose Skin Care Products
Choosing the best skincare products for your skin type and for the season is vital to navigating the winter and keeping your skin healthy successfully. In general, regardless of your skin type, you want to protect the natural moisture barrier your skin produces. You can do this by avoiding hot showers and trapping the moisture with moisturizing products. Cleansers are also OK as long as they contain moisturizing agents.
Protect Your Skin
If you want to avoid cracked, broken skin during the winter, one of the best ways is to protect it against the dry atmosphere. As well as using the best practices above, it’s a good idea to wear a hat, gloves, and a scarf. Suncream is also useful, even in the winter. Just because you can’t see the sun doesn’t mean the UV rays won’t damage your skin and cause breakouts, learn more about how to treat rosacea and other conditions at the link.
Exfoliating the skin can be a good idea, especially in the summer if you have oily skin; at other times, however, and with the wrong type of skin, the treatment can cause severe damage and leave your skin exposed to the elements. Although exfoliating can be good at times for removing dead cells and encouraging regeneration, it will remove your skin’s protective barrier in the winter. If you have oily skin, you can exfoliate once a week; otherwise, it’s best to avoid it.