Facial Skincare SOS!

Has winter taken it’s toll on your skin? It’s common for your skin to feel more dull, look a little more tired and be all-round less glowy during the cold winter months than it is over the summertime.  Well, don’t worry- I’m here to help!

Being a little tomboy as a child and with the nature of my job, I’ve always tended not to wear much make-up. Meaning that on a day-to-day basis, my skin is often completely bare. I prefer it that way, but it does mean that when winter hits and I no longer have my summer bronze to do the job, I need to look even more so towards my skincare routine to keep my skin glowing. I am obsessed with moisturising (I moisturise my face three times per day and body at least once, sometimes twice), so it’s no surprise that I’ve trialled a fair few products. Here are my fave ones to give your skin that much needed boost!

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The Body Shop Body Yogurt

So, Summer has officially come to an end (even if the weather isn’t saying so just yet- I’m actually typing this while sat outside trying to soak up the last of the sun) and the thought of Autumn has me scrambling to hold onto my tan for as long as naturally possible. FYI, I am not a sun bed user and aren’t so much a fan of fake tan, so they are out of the equation! I could book flights to a hotter destination, which may still happen, but as a quick fix to maintain healthy glowing skin I’m choosing to ramp up the moisturising!

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My Health & Beauty Travel Essentials

So the weather here in the UK has been miserable for the last few weeks, leaving everybody feeling ready to book their 2018 getaway(/s). I love to travel, always choosing to visit as many hot destinations as my bank account allows, so you would think by now that I would have nailed packing light… Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. I’m a, ‘better too much than too little’ kind of gal. However, I do have a list of key items that I always pack no matter what. Take a look below at what items travel with me wherever I go:

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash

I don’t particularly like to apply too many products to my face, as I believe that it’s best to let your skin breathe. I’m also very aware of the high amount of chemicals in most of these products, so feel it’s best to minimise this as much as possible- after all, anything that you apply to your skin and don’t wash off is absorbed.

Anyway, there’s only a few skincare items that I actually allow near my face and this is one of them… Tea Tree Facial Wash by The Body Shop. A refreshing organic tea tree based wash to open up your pores and remove impurities, leaving you with clearer skin. The item that I reach for first if I feel a blemish on it’s way. I also use this as part of my everyday routine, as it’s gentle enough to use daily.

It is recommended for blemished skin however I’m actually lucky enough not to suffer too much with outbreaks. I still find the wash perfect to awaken and freshen my face and if a spot does attempt to break loose, my Tea Tree Facial Wash usually does a very good job of keeping it away. An amazing one for anybody suffering with acne, but I also recommend it all round!

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See what The Body Shop have to say below…

Our Community Trade organic tea tree oil comes from The Kenya Organic Oil Farmers’ Association (KOOFA), a co-operative of over 550 small-scale organic farmers around Mount Kenya National Park. Our products contain only pure leaf essential oil, made with hand-harvested leaves and gently steam-distilled for an exceptional-quality purifying essential oil. The leaves are steam distilled within 12 hours of harvest, using a gentle heat to ensure a high quality tea tree oil. Our trade helps provide the smallholder farmers of KOOFA with a steady income, which means that they can develop sustainable farming systems and fund community projects in their local area (The Body Shop, 2016).

There’s no scrimping on quality, rated 5 stars online by users and priced at £5.50 for a 250ml bottle, it’s actually a bit of a bargain. x

& Other Stories Bath and Body

Taking care of your skin is just as important as looking after any other part of your body and & Other stories are making it so much more enjoyable. Their Bath and Body range not only makes your skin feel great but also smells delicious (there’s even a scent to suit every taste)!

From body scrubs, washes, mists and oils to hand lotions and soap, they have every body care product that you would wish for to keep your skin glowing daily and it doesn’t just stop there… Each set of products is available in a different scent. All so yum that I’ve had to list a few below!

Moroccan Tea- fresh mint leaves stirred into sweet amber tea.

Arabesque Wool- deep earthy oud with a twist of citron.

Shinjuku Bloom- scattered cherry blossom petals after the rain (my favourite).

Lemon Daydream- zesty citrus dappled by sun warmed wood.

Floral Memento- dusty violets settling amongst bergamot trees and peony dreams.

Steel Gardens- petals swept in a silver haze revealing hints of forever floral.

Punk Bouquet- frothy vanilla soda on a rebellious rose bouquet.

Tangier Tales- a veil of dark amber lingers over sultry pear.

Botanic Whisper- vivid orange blossom tinged with coriander.

Belleville Bakery- tangy lemon juice melting into creamy vanilla.

And the list goes on… These really are sweet treats that you don’t have to feel guilty about! In fact, your skin- and nose- will be thanking you plenty! Available in store and online, with prices ranging from £4 to £12. They make the perfect gift (for others or for yourself) and will make your bathroom look and smell heavenly. Enjoy xx

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Glowing Skin- The Simple Way

After a long winter, it’s no surprise if your skin is looking tired and dull. Chances are, it’s crying for some well deserved TLC. Spring may be in sight, promising the sunshine and freshness that our skin needs to be it’s best, but it’s just not close enough!

I’ve found a solution and it’s from one of my favourite skin care brands, Simple. Simple Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream is a light moisturising face cream with vitamins, gradual tan and it’s kind to your skin. I’m not really one to use tanning products, but Simple Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream builds a soft natural glow rather than an obvious tan and leaves my skin feeling soft and ready to take on the world (or the hottie I spotted around the office)!

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I have very sensitive skin and feel no worry to use Simple, which refuses to use artificial colours, perfume or harsh chemicals. This product is a god send and will be part of my beauty routine until the sunshine arrives. Vary the amount of times you apply this moisture cream dependent on your skin tone. I have olive skin and use two to three times a week, but to all girls with lighter skin, it’s fine to use more!

For a natural glow to make your skin healthy and happy, try Simple Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream for just £4.99 (or currently in Boots for £3.33)! xx