Beauty products can make you feel good on the inside whilst helping you to look great on the outside, says Frankie Rozwadowska, it’s all down to the ingredients
It’s cold, it’s grey, it’s dark. This can only mean one thing: It’s January. The most gloomy and miserable month of them all. Well it’s about time we kicked January’s butt and beat the blues, put a little spring in our step and just enjoyed some chill out time after all that festive excess. There’s nothing like treating yourself to a few small luxuries to release those powerful feel-good endorphins – and these miracle ingredients will soon banish those blues away.
A rose in bloom is a sure fire way to put a smile on your face, so it’s little wonder this scent is known for its anti-depressant properties. Rose helps to balance the mind (so you think more positively) whilst restoring the heart chakra -encouraging your inner spirit to come alive with a new lease of life. So remember, roses are red – and they won’t leave you blue.
For your face: Pukka Ayurveda Uplifting Toner – £17.50
Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist, Sebastian Pole, goes beyond heavenly herbal teas to create skincare that’s certified organic, naturally active, and based on the ancient Indian philosophy of Ayurveda (which promotes health and wellbeing). This light, refreshing toner, rejuvenates the complexion and tones the skin with a delightful and delicate fragrance. Proper pukka.
For your body: REN Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra Moisture Body Oil – £34.00
Made from the oil of Moroccan roses, this divine oil is formulated to intensively replenish the skin, lock in moisture, and give you a healthy, youthful glow. It restores elasticity, comforts, protects against oxidative damage, and combats the signs of premature ageing – all whilst making you super soft
A little luxury: Jo Malone Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne – £95.00
This limited edition cologne intense is so luxurious we defy you not to feel like a new person after just one spritz. Laced with precious ingredients, it’s both rich and textural – with darkest Damask rose, smoky oud wood, clove and decadent praline- all combining to create a deeply sensual scent.
Whether it’s oranges, lemons, limes or clementines – citrus fruits all contain limonene – a chemical proven to stimulate the brain and boost performance. Used in natural medicine to treat depression and hysteria, citrus smells are incredibly uplifting as you can actually feel the invigorating movement of the molecules stimulating your senses – giving you that ‘buzz’ they are often associated with. So what better to give you that much needed pick me up than these energizing products?
For your face: Darphin Organic Tangerine Aromatic Care – £47.00
An explosion of citrus in one facial oil which contains concentrated blends of pure tangerine, grapefruit, sweet orange and lemon. Restoring skin’s natural radiance whilst combating signs of early ageing, it also awakens tired looking skin. Fabulously fragrant, a few drops massaged onto your face first thing is all you need for that get up and go.
For your body: Ushvani Kaffir Lime Shower – £32.50
The Kaffir Lime has been used in Asian herbal remedies for centuries due to its powerful healing properties (treating coughs, colds, digestion issues and lowers blood pressure) – but it also imparts balancing effects with its uplifting fragrance. Use this in your morning shower and you’ll start the day with clean skin, a clear head – and a little added zing.
A little luxury: Rodin Olio Lusso by Recine Luxury Hair Oil – £60.00
Formulated by renowned hairdresser Bob Recine and packed with an impressive number of essential oils – including orange flower oil and limonene – this gorgeous product promotes elasticity and leaves locks silky smooth and shiny. Either use on damp or dry hair as part of your styling routine, or add a few drops to your conditioner for extra nourishment.
Not only a calming cuppa, chamomile can relax and soothe as part of your skincare routine. Healing numerous skin conditions from psoriasis and eczema to acne and mild burns – it also heals the mind by calming frayed nerves and reducing stress and anxiety. Proven to increase levels of Glycine in the body (the nerve relaxant chemical responsible for relieving muscle spasms), chamomile is the cure for a tense body and blocked mind.
For your face: Chantecaille Flower Infused Cleansing Milk – £54.00
Chamomile to calm, rose to moisturise, mallow to reduce inflammation and jasmine to increase cell turnover – this super hydrating milk removes impurities and makeup to heal and nourish the skin. A combination of flowers, vitamins, organic oils and sugars leaves you thoroughly cleansed with the sweep of a cotton pad.
For your body: Alison Claire Lavender & Chamomile Body Lotion – £12.00
Sweet almond oil and aloe – strong natural moisturisers – join forces with witch hazel and ginkgo biloba (known for their anti antioxidants and astringent properties) to boost skin’s defence and protect against life’s stresses and strains. Add chamomile and lavender to the mix, and you have serenity in a bottle.
A little luxury: Neom Cocooning Home Candle – £39.50
Candles are one of the ultimate indulgences, and this one from Neom is no exception. The perfect antidote for tired bodies and minds, there’s not a synthetic fragrance in sight – just pure essential oils of chamomile, jasmine and ylang ylang. With light and fruity top notes of mandarin, these ultra-florals shine through to create a sweet, subtle scent – enveloping you in your own cloud of heaven.
It soothes, it relaxes, it reduces stress and it acts as a powerful (yet mild) antiseptic. This is why lavender is one of the best all-round essential oils. With its sweet, crisp scent – it induces relaxation, calms the central nervous system, and promotes a blissful night’s sleep – something many find hard to achieve after a stressful and hectic day. Switch off with a dose of this lilac lifesaver and leave your worries behind.
For your face: Antipodes Organic Resurrect Facial Toner – £18.99
With gentle lavender, chamomile and sweet sage comes this effective step to your cleansing ritual. Providing hydration and moisture to dry, stressed skin, this toner also helps to minimise the appearance of pores and clarifies your complexion. There’s no better way to spray away the day.
For your body: Dr Hauschka Lavender Bath – £18.25
Lavender imparts a soothing warmth – calming red, sore and tired skin. Just what our bodies needs after a busy day. Instead of feeling weakened and exhausted, the calming and revitalising properties of this gentle oil provide a sense of wellbeing that will leave you totally horizontal – and not just because you’re in the bath.
A little luxury: Diptyque Feuille de Lavande Room Spray – £34.00
Even the busiest of us can reap the rewards of this scent-sational spray. With the soothing distillation of lavender’s sweet flowers mixed with its refreshing green leaves, you can create your own peaceful oasis in a light lavender mist.