As the days here grow increasingly shorter and colder, I find my skin and hair really taking a hit. I've by no means discovered the perfect skincare (there are still a few things on my wishlist I think could be game-changers) but I thought I'd share my winter pampering favourites with you. Here's what I've been using on freezing nights when I have no desire to step outside.
I always take showers, very rarely a bath (I find I am too tall for our bath, plus I tend to get bored). In the shower I like to use the Phyto Phytoneutre Clarifying Detox Shampoo (£10.50) once a week to deep clean my hair and leave it healthy and build-up free. I also like to give myself a good exfoliating with my favourite scrub of many years, Soap and Glory Sugar Crush (£8) - it smells so citrusy and refreshing that I am instantly in a better mood.
After stepping from the shower newly clean and sloughed-off, I light a nice candle and then I like to apply a little La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP (£8.85) as a leg and body moisturiser. It's soothing and sinks in quickly, and is free of fragrance and parabens. It helps soothe my freshly shaved legs. Then I apply Soap and Glory Heel Genius (£5.50) to my feet and pop on a pair of socks. I know people say to do it at night and wear the socks overnight but I find that I overheat and the sensation is unbearable. So I just do it for the evening, and remove the socks before bedtime.
Next is the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment (£25.45 full size)*, massaged through my hair from the mid-ends down to leave shiny, soft, tangle-free hair. Sometimes I let it dry naturally, other times I'll give it a quick blow dry.
After all this, it's a moisturiser - I've been using the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (£28 full size)* in a relatively thick layer like a mask and removing after twenty minutes with a cotton pad, and then Monu Collagen Eye Cream (£22.50)* to add extra moisture where I need it most thereafter.
For nails, it's a quick file, paint and addition of Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter (£6.25) - unbeatable - and Soap and Glory Hand Food (£5). For any persistently dry skin spots, or very dry hair, I add a few drops of Nuxe Huile Prodiguese (£29.50), and then I sit back and relax with a good book.
I'm sure this routine will change over time as I work to improve my skin, but for now I think it works really well.
What's your pampering routine?