The holiday is over - it’s time to put back what the sun took out of hair and skin...
Ten years of research into the effects of the environment on skin have lead beauty brand Origins to create Smarty Plants, a complexion corrector with SPF20. An intuitive delivery system means that, after using Smarty Plants, if your skin comes into contact with certain triggers, the green tea, vitamin C and E serum will release targeted protection. The product also refines skin texture and colour-corrects blotchy or uneven skintone. £28 at John Lewis, it comes in light/medium and medium/dark.
Get your Autumn Glow on. New Ultra Radiance Serum from Beyond Organic Skincare combines the latest scientific know-how with clinically proven active botanicals. The amber-coloured serum, £65,packed with botanical actives and Vitamin E, smells divine thanks to its essential oil mix. It has a light gel consistency and helps promote cell renewal and improves the skin’s visco-elasticity. The gel is highly concentrated so only a little is needed. Dot over the face including around eye area, then massage in gently with the finger tips using small circular movements. The Beyond Organic range is manufactured in Cornwall using the very finest organic ingredients, and made in small batches with true artisan craftsmanship. It’s available from selected retailers and at www.beyondorganicskincare.com or call 0845 500 3550for mail order.
Skin anti-agers shouldn’t just stop at the neck. No matter how much your face says ‘just turned thirty’, if your hands aren’t properly cared for they’ll give the game away. Applying a good quality lotion, like Dr Ceuticals hand de-age cream (£9.99 from Boots), morning and night can help shield against future damage and also diminishes the size and colour of those tell-tale age spots on the backs of your hands. The cream can be used overnight beneath a pair of cotton gloves as a deep hydrating treatment.
All that colouring can leave your hair parched. Replenish damage and protect your recent colour job with Surya Brasil Colour Fixation Restorative Hair Mask. It contains 15 different nourishing herbs, nuts and fruits from the Amazon forest and claims to dramatically improve moisture, suppleness and shine of coloured hair. Also containing Brazilian cupuacu butter, buriti oil and rice protein, which strengthen hair’s cuticle and preserve the strand’s natural moisture, for best results use with a thermal cap or hot towel for a spa-like intensive treatment. It’s £9.99 at www.yourtonic.com
If your skin looks like it’s got the holiday blues, treat it to a dose of Liquid Gold by Alpha-H (£31.50 at beautyexpert.co.uk). This best-selling Australian skin resurfacer helps to fight wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage. It works like an overnight facial, brightening and revitalising dry, tired-looking skin. Use at night two to three times a week instead of a cream or moisturiser to help kick-start skin’s natural regeneration process.