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Products to Swear By


Freckles gone? Legs covered in scales? Pores big enough to fall into? Same. Time to rediscover and rely on some of my never-fail products that work as something of a reset button for winter-parched hair, skin and body. Stay in, switch off and rest easy as these potions work their magic.



Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser | This thick, dewy cream is both light and rich all at once. As with all Liz Earle products, it’s rooted in natural science and is my ultimate day-to-day moisturiser especially if my skin is breaking out or feeling a little more sensitive than usual.



Chantecaille Detox Clay Mask| This mask has got me through many a bad skin day. If I’m having a bout of bumpy, under-the-skin spots thanks to hormones, lack of sleep or just lack of luck, putting this on and letting it steam in while in a hot bath makes my skin feel a million times better if I have a big event or party to go to. As with any clay mask, it’s detoxifying and moisturising all at once and goes on like a dream.



Santa Maria Novella Rose Water | I first bought one of these years ago on a work trip in Florence and have been hooked since. The purest, cleanest rose water you’ll get your hands on and the perfect calming toner to put on after cleansing and before moisturiser. If you must use face wipes (but really, really you shouldn’t) go over your face afterwards with this for a purer, less-synthetic polish.



Body Shop Vanilla Chai Body Butter | Like me, you might not have stepped into the body shop for a while after spending most of your teens in there shopping for body sprays and shea lip balms. But I recently rediscovered their body butter and seriously, why have I been using anything else as a moisturiser? It’s thick and buttery so perfect for winter and this one smells like a sweet Chain latte AKA good enough to eat. Sandwich between a bath and clean sheets at bedtime and I guarantee instant Hygge.



Ouai Hair Oil | I wouldn’t know what to do without a hair oil and this brand is brilliant. It’s light so never weighs hair down but super nourishing and free from any nasties. My hair is super flyaway and damaged right now after lack of maintenance and being tucked inside scarfs and wooly jumpers, so I’m using double the amount of this elixir right now.



Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair | If you’re anywhere from your mid/late twenties to early thirties, it might be time to start investing in one good quality anti-ageing product. Gulp. Don’t worry, nothing intense or radical, but something that just boosts your current skincare routine and safeguards against everyday wear, tear and pollution. I’ve had Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair in my routine on/off for the last 4 years and am beginning to step it up and be more religious about using it. I think a serum is the best way to first introduce an anti-ageing product to your roster, and this really is a bit of hero product. It’s amazing at calming skin after a day in the sun too and the eye cream and Intensive Ampoules make for the ideal trio. The eye cream especially in my new favourite thing to apply at night. I love laughter lines and already have a good few of them (and one mammoth frown line), but no one wants their face to a be a literal map to their past just yet right? The foil mask is great too if you really want to soak in the stuff.



Eve Lom Cleanser | The ultimate oil/balm cleanser, I first bought this back in university as a real indulgence (I felt very mature) and have been using it on and off ever since. At this time of year, there’s nothing I like better to get rid of every ounce of makeup, close pores and add a bit of a glow to my tired-ass face. Apply to a dry face, rinse a muslin cloth under really hot water and hold on the face for three seconds and repeat three times. Then use the cloth to remove all the excess cleanser and finish with a cold muslin cloth over the face make everything zing.



Davines NouNou Hair Mask | I’m using this mask on a daily basis at the mo and leaving it on for as long as I can in the shower. Processed and brittle is exactly what I’m battling with at the minute and this mask (and accompanying shampoo) is a real lifesaver to wiry, blonde locks that threatened to break at any moment. Smells kind of like caramel too which is always a bonus.



Mario Badescu Drying Lotion | Pimples are a part of life, or my life at least, and mine seem to be particularly clingy, often hanging around for weeks before totally disappearing. I’m very bad at not picking/squeezing/touching them which probably doesn’t help (sorry if that’s TMI) but I’ve realised that it’s worth putting time in to stopping them before they start, rather than the makeup to cover up the skin that isn’t behaving. This drying lotion is amazing at zapping spots before they fully erupt. I just dap on with a cotton bud at bedtime and leave overnight. Just don’t shake the bottle as tempting as it looks – the separation is normal.


Christopher Robin Volumizing Mist | My new hair hero I can’t really be without now. I’ll admit I was sold on the ‘rose water’ bit but it’s not just a pretty, sweet-smelling face. It works like a charm at adding texture and natural volume to fine hair without being sticky or grease-inducing like a mousse or anything usually labelled with ‘volume’. If you haven’t discovered Parisian colourist Christopher Raeburn yet and are a sucker for seriously good hair products, I would definitely recommend his range.
Happy washing, rinsing, dabbing, spraying and combing people. Sometimes we all need to feel good from the outside in and it starts with great products that make the best of the best bits of you.

Ph. by Frances Davison