Daisy Dickinson gives us the newest and most nourishing updates for autumn skin
We’ve had a scorcher of a summer and, while I’m certainly not complaining, what we need now is a little extra hydration to keep our skin healthy. As well as guzzling plenty of H2o, skin is crying out for some extra moisture to help it recover from dryness, flaking and overexposure to the sun, all of which can all be eased with some simple products and regimes.
It’s pretty simple, but moisturising the skin every day will maintain supple, soft skin, help prevent the signs of aging, and prolong a tan. One of my faves for smothering on is Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, but for a summer scent I adore the Coconut Oil Formula, and new in the range you’ll find Firming Body Lotion and Body Firming Sheet Mask (£7.99 each, Superdrug). With seaweed extracts and guarana, the deliciously tropical products work well as a two-step process, promising
to tighten and firm in as little as two weeks.
For a super cool way to remove your make-up, e.l.f. Makeup Remover Balm (£5, elfcosmetics.co.uk) is a handy stick which slicks on and melts like butter onto skin, gently smoothing away all traces of muck and make-up. For an even squeakier clean, I’m currently obsessed with Face Halo (£18 for a three-pack, beautybay.com) – little fluffy discs of microfibre magic. You simply wet them and wipe away make-up, no product needed (but used in combination with the e.l.f. stick is total harmony). Each halo can be used a couple of times before chucking it in the washing machine with your clothes and it can be washed 200 times. It is absolutely time to put the cleansing wipes down and opt for this eco-friendly and gentle alternative. And for a pocket-friendly pop of hydration, Love Boo Magic Balm (£12.99 loveboo.bom) is a British-made balm, originally crafted for mums as a multi-tasker for everything from elbows, to cuticles, lips and nips. The dinky 30ml tube is great for chucking in your bag.
There’s nothing better than a gel for smoothing over hot skin, and the latest launch from Goldfaden MD is quickly becoming my post-summer go to. When sweat, suncream, salt and chlorine have had the better of your skin, the Detox Hydrating Gel (£60, spacenk.com) is a beautifully clearing moisturiser which aims to help prevent breakouts while refining with salicylic acid and all sorts of other goodies. It’s super-soothing too, and leaves skin feeling hydrated but never greasy.
Another wobbly-wonder is Arbonne Rescue & Renew Detox Gelee (£56, arbonne.com), for your whole bod; this cooling gel can be applied to tired muscles and is great post-workout. Juniper berry fruit oil helps replenish moisture and lavender and tangerine provide a relaxing aroma. Tip: pop it in the fridge for an extra cooling effect.
I’m all for saving time with my skincare, and the Perricone MD Refreshing Shower Mask (£32, cultbeauty.co.uk) does just that. The cooling gel mask delivers a moreish cooling sensation as it works to soften and soothe skin. Designed to be used as you wash, ingredients are activated by the shower’s heat, and thanks to the gloriously thick texture it doesn’t slide straight off as soon as you step in.
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Continuing my obsession with at-home nails, I’ve upped my game after discovering MoYou – THE place for nail stamping. Creating ultra-detailed and funky nail art just got easier. Nail stamping is the craft of creating mini prints by scraping nail polish over metal patterned plates (£5.99), and stamping to your nails. MoYou’s mega library of patterns has plenty of colours and accessories too. I really love the tropical range.