My Top 10 Products and Treatments
As well as keeping up with what the latest seasonal fashion styles/trends and colours that are being modelled on the runways in London, New York, Paris, and Milan, our skin, hair and make up styles are also reflecting the sign of the times. The changing seasons always inspire us to try something new and different and we all love an opportunity to shake things up and try the latest new skin, beauty and hair care developments that are revolutionary in the way we look and feel today.
The secret in finding the right products to suit our needs are not always as easy as we all hope; instead it’s a minefield and can often be confusing as well as impossible to know where to begin. Most consumers are aware of “buzz” words and trends but can easily get caught up in the jargon and not know what actually works and which product range/brand to buy.
Like most things, there are only a few products/treatments that stand the test of time and are ageless in their performance to give us extra confidence in our appearance.
The following skin and hair care products/treatments are just a few of my favourite beauty rituals.
SANCTUARY SPA SALT SCRUB
I love the Sanctuary Spa products and in particular the Spa Salt Rub. This is an amazing product that uses sea salt from the dead sea to encourage exfoliation as well as to stimulate and promote skin renewal; leaving the skin feeling perfectly smooth and beautifully soft.
The product includes a rich mix and blend of oils that include jojoba, coconut and almond, which leave the skin looking and feeling radiant and delicately scented.
VITALIBERATA- Gradual tan lotion for the Body & Face
Colour- Warm, Deep & Deeper Deep
Starting Price £10.30 - £15.75
This product choice comes as a real find as it evens out my skin tone as well as giving me a real healthy illuminating glow. The gradual tan is a real trend, in terms of colour and quick development. This is a streak free tan that dries quickly.
It's so easy to use and apply, leaving you with an even and a very natural tan that lasts for days. This product is also a light-weight, nourishing lotion, that leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated whilst continuing to self develop.
Remember to: like all tanning products, prep your skin by exfoliating first. Then apply the product in circular motions, using a tanning mitt.
KERASTASE - Hair Products
Hair type- Dry, oily & damaged
Starting Price - £12.99+
I simply can’t be without this range of Hair Care products. Whether my hair needs a thorough cleanse, conditioning or needs to be repaired from colour damage, Kerastase never lets me down.
Over the years, Kerastase have continued to further develop and create exceptional hair care. Making this a “must have” hair product as everyone’s everyday essential. This collection of products, suits all types of hair conditions and is at the forefront of reinvention by restoring/conditioning hair.
This is a superb and unique range of carefully concentrated oils and soothing extracts that leave your hair feeling luxuriously nourished and should be performed daily for those who want great looking hair.
Suitable for all skin types
Starting Price- £55.00 for single treatment
Microdermabrasion is a treatment that I have every 4 weeks. When performed well; this treatment helps to restore and even out my skin tone and texture as well as removing the surface layers. Once dead and damaged skin cells are removed, my skin immediately feels and looks smoother, fresher and healthier.
Microdermabrasion appeals to all clients, especially those who have brown spots, mild acne scars, sun-damaged skin, dull or ageing skin, fine lines/wrinkles and uneven skin tone and texture.
A normal course of Microdermabrasion treatments varies between 1-2 a week to every fortnight, monthly or every 6 weeks. Your therapist will direct you in terms of how many you may need.
EPIONCE- Foaming Cleanser & Balancing Toner
Ideal for all skin types
Price- £24.00 for the cleanser & £25-26.00 for the Toner
I’m loving the Epionce range. With regular clinical trials, this range offers many products that help to cleanse/prepare, correct/boost; restore and protect the skin.
The Gentle Foaming Cleanser; successfully removes dead skin cells, make-up, natural oil and environmental impurities without causing any irritation by leaving your skin feeling comfortable and clean. The Cleanser also helps to balance and restore the skin's natural pH.
Like all cleansing routines, toners act to re balance the skin. The Balancing Toner is best for normal/dry, combination and sensitive skin (may be used for all skin types).
N.B. For those who have oily/sensitive and problem skin, the Lytic Gel Cleanser is more suitable as well as the Purifying Lytic Toner, as it is an active and soothing formulation that helps to gently reduce oil and breakouts, while balancing the skin's natural pH.
LIPOTRIPSY- FACE (Line & Wrinkles)
Ideal for all skin types
Price-600.00 for 6 sessions
Lipotripsy is a facial skin tightening technique which helps to smooth, tighten and firm the skin’s appearance. What I especially like about this treatment is that it helps to reduce facial wrinkles, my skin feels tighter and it helps to contour and sculpt my face.
During the procedure an applicator is placed against the treatment area and releases and passes radial waves into the skin. The treatment acts to generate collagen production. There is no recovery time, other than a slight reddening of the skin immediately after the treatment that does disappear within 30- 60 minutes and results are immediate.
The treatment is recommended twice a week for 3 weeks.
ELIZABETH ARDEN PROTECTANT - 8 Hour Cream
Suitable for all skin types
Starting Price- £26.00 – 52.00
The media frenzy over this product is not a lie! This face product should be in every girl’s beauty bag. The first obvious difference from other creams is that it is more like a balm and has a very unique smell. The product is however, easy to apply.
This cream offers moisturising benefits that continue to restore your skins condition by acting to relieve rough, dry and irritated skin all year round.
The Eight hour cream’s real magnetism and strength appears in the way it is designed to perform and make a difference in skin care. This product is a multi-purpose cream that offers to act as a first aid and relief for chapped lips, smoothing rough and dry areas; as well as conditioning nail cuticles.
RESTYLANE - Vital Light (Skin Booster)
Ideal for all skin types
Price- between £200 and £400 per treatment
Once in a while, I feel that my skin needs a real boost and sometimes exfoliation/deep skin cleansing treatments and hydration creams are just not enough… No matter what I try, there are periods throughout the year when I need a little something extra…. Restylane Vital, helps keep my skin to look amazing.
Unfortunately, with time we lose our skins natural production of hyaluronic acid due to age, sun damage and other environmental factors, thus leaving the early signs of ageing on our face, neck, décolletage and hands.
Restylane Skinboosters, such as vital and vital light, helps to restore the skin’s elasticity and skin formation .These boosters are purposely designed to hydrate the skin within, in a way that other skin care treatments/products simply can’t. The procedure involves injecting several small punctures into the dermis.
Restylane Vital typically takes just 15-30 minutes. Once injected, the product immerses evenly into the skin. The overall appearance is very fresh and natural looking.
N.B. Restylane Vital is not permanent and is performed whenever you and your practitioner feel your skin needs a “boost”. Most patients choose to have a review and/or follow up treatment every 6 to 12 months after the initial treatment.
L’OREAL - Nude Magique CC CREAM
Ideal for most skin types
Price - £9.99
I purchased this product back in May of this year, purposely wanting to wear less make-up and so far I haven’t been disappointed.
This Colour Correcting cream (CC) works with the skin’s natural tone and helps to reduce the appearance of sallow/dull and tired looking skin, as well as reducing redness. On application, the white foam transforms to colour, acting as a foundation to perfectly blend to your natural colour.
This product incorporates a revolutionary fusion between skincare and cosmetics and offers a light formulation that hydrates and protects with addition of SPF included.
LEIGHTON DENY- Touch & Go Cuticle Oil
This is another product that I carry with me everyday! It’s easy-to-use and quick to apply. The Touch & Go Cuticle Oil is a treatment that leaves the cuticles feeling nourished, conditioned and looking healthy.
This product gives instant moisture for dry and damaged cuticles and is perfect quick fix and one treatment I cannot go without.
We all have our own trusted and favourite products with the best beauty formulas that we all rely on. With the Autumn season upon us very soon it’s a great time to try something new! Striking lip colours, sleek hairstyles, bold dramatic eyeliners as well as skin peels and injectables can all help to make us feel great about ourselves.