We’re still in the middle of winter so hand moisturiser is probably on top of my list of most used products at the moment, although there are a few other products that have been essential in my routine in the last month or so I wanted to share with you.
I’m going to start by telling you something I have very mixed feelings about: wrinkles. I’ve got a few, and most recently I found that I have not just fine lines around my eyes, but ACTUAL wrinkles. And I don’t think I mind, but a part of me feels a bit bothered about it. On one hand I am turning 30 very soon and I think the overall health of my skin is very good, but on the other hand wouldn’t it just be great to never have any wrinkles and look forever young??
That’s of course not an option, so to find a nice middle ground I’ve decided I’m not going to mind wrinkles, but I’m also going to start fighting having any more by using Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex eye cream. I don’t believe this cream will reverse anything to be honest, but I do think it has the opportunity to hinder further development of wrinkles. According to Dermalogica, this is what the active ingredients in the cream can do:
“Retinol and tissue-regenerating peptides plus Vitamin C fortify skin to help strengthen against fine lines and related signs of aging. Exclusive UGL complex helps retexturize while Oat Proteins and Fraxinus Extract firm.”
Sounds great! I think. As a former dermatologist I’m always slightly sceptical of the claims of big brands and what their products can do. However saying that, Dermaloigica is one of the few brands I’ve actually had some visible results from using their products, so I really hope the same will be the case for this eye cream. So far I’m really liking it, but I’ll keep you posted…
The next couple of products I want to talk about is Olsson Haircare for sensitive skin. Olsson is a Scandinavian brand selling hair care products that are gentle on your skin and is fine to use if you have allergies or asthma. This is what they say on their website:
“Many of the ingredients found in beauty products can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma attacks. So when developing the Olsson product range, the hair care experts at Olsson left out all the common allergens such colour, perfume and parabens, but to be sure then all the products were scientifically tested and certified by the Danish Asthma and Allergy Association to ensure they are allergy-free and help prevent the risk of asthma and allergies.”
Personally I don’t have any allergies although some hair products do leave my scalp itching every now and again. I’ve been using this shampoo and conditioner from Olsson for the last few weeks and I have to say that I’m so sold on this concept, not just for the fact that it’s free of all that stuff it doesn’t need, but because as a results of that it doesn’t leave any residues in your hair after washing it. I have a problem with shampoos and conditioners such as L’Oréal Elvital as they always leave residue in your hair that results in the hair going greasy quicker. The Olsson shampoo and conditioner retails from £9.95 at Boots for a 325ml bottle.
The last product I wanted to talk about is the Bumble and Bumble Blow Dry serum. I’ve been using a blow dry hair protector from Tony and Guy previously and even though the product was good, the spray bottle was a bit annoying as I struggled to get the product evenly distributed throughout my hair. I much prefer this serum as it’s really easy to distribute and doesn’t make the hair heavy at all. After you’ve finished drying your hair you can’t feel the product in your hair at all which is the main thing I’m looking for in a heat protection product (apart from protecting my hair from the heat!) Another big plus is that the smell is gorgeous as well without being overpowering. I got the 150ml bottle from Boots which retails at £23.
If you’ve tried any of these products, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments below or on Twitter!