Early morning pick-me-ups
One thing I hate about Autumn/Winter is waking up when it's dark outside. When it's dark outside I really struggle to wake up and get going. For years I've made use of the Aromatherapy Associates oil products to spruce me up first thing - the
Stopping clogged pores and protecting your skin from dehydration
Regular readers will know all about my combination skin, I have a really oily t-zone but my cheeks can get quite dry and sore. I tend to commute by train a lot in the colder months, which means my skin is exposed to the wind and rain. Therefore my skin really suffers from dehydration, but if I use too many greasy products on it my pores become clogged. I loved Hayley's (from Tea Party Beauty) tip of adding an extra exfoliating product into your routine. Caudalie's Deep Cleansing Exfoliator* is perfect for this as it's perfect for all skin types. It uses lots of active ingredients to renew cells and help the texture of the skin.
Protecting your body from dry patches
My feet, knees and elbows really suffer with drying out in the colder months. I loved Ting's (from The Ting Thing) suggestion of adding a few drops of body oil to your regular moisturiser for an extra boost. She mentioned that you can do the same with your skincare routine. You could add the Renight Oil from Comfort Zone* to your night cream for something super indulgent.
The perfect at-home spa evening
I shocked the group with the news that I hate baths, I just find them so uncomfortable and boring, so for me it's all about making the shower as luxurious as possible. The Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil by Aromatherapy Associates* is perfect for this, simply rub the oil onto your body and then jump under the shower. Your skin feels soft and nourished, but you also leave the shower feeling ready for bed. For me the next important step in any at-home spa is a good face mask.
The new Trufflesque mask from Temple Spa* is one everyone needs to try. First of all lets discuss the fact that it is GOLD, you can feel yourself glowing before you even take it off. The goal of the mask is to leave your skin feeling more plump and super hydrated. It's also packed with lots of great anti-ageing ingredients, which helps to create the appearance of instant youthfulness in the skin.
Lastly we all agreed that you need a lovely hot beverage, lots of ladies were a fan of hot chocolate, including Chloe (from Lady Writes) who suggested Hazelnut Hot Chocolate - YUM! Some of us have been testing the tea from Camilla's Tea House London* and it's some of the best I've tried. So far I've tried Lemon and Ginger (Zest Tea), Very Berry and Green Mint and it's hard to pick a favourite.