Beauty Knowhow: The boost your body needs now
From smoothing to strimming (yes, really), these are all you need for a post-Christmas pamper
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Body Treatment (£68, sarahchapman.com); Philips SatinShave (£53, amazon.co.uk); Prai Beauty Ageless Night Hand Creme (£18, marksandspencer.com)
And now for the reboot part of this week’s programme. I find this is also the time of year when you can get down to the beauty maintenance that might fall by the wayside amid the throes of the party season (if yours went ahead) and the rush to meet those end-of-year deadlines. So here are some of my favourite choices for a bit of a turbo-boost.
If you’re one of those people who can go out with stocking-free legs and toes even in the depths of winter, you may be up to speed with your pedicures. But if you’re a bit more like me and tend to overlook a dry heel when your feet aren’t on show, let me introduce you to the Philips SatinShave (£53, amazon.co.uk), an electric shaver now available with a foot-file attachment. My word, this is the best of its kind that I’ve ever used. It smooths things out easily, speedily and brilliantly. The extra heads help with other upkeep, too – there’s a shaver and a strimmer for bikini-line areas. It’s a maintenance gamechanger and a DIY pedicure essential.
For some excellent bodycare, Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis range has just relaunched the Overnight Body Treatment (£68, sarahchapman.com) for a limited time. Part of the increasing trend to apply from top to toe the kind of efficacious formulas traditionally reserved for the face, this lightweight serum helps to brighten and smooth plus boost collagen – all while you sleep.
La Mer The Hydrating Facial (£205 for six, spacenk.com); Scentiana Replenishing Body Cream (£85, ila-spa.com)
Another wonderful just-released bodycare favourite is Scentiana Replenishing Body Cream (£85, ila-spa.com). The sumptuous smell of jasmine, rose and sandalwood combined with the rich but instantly absorbed texture may make you think it’s just another plush and standard-issue creation. But there’s a bit more to this: it harnesses some biotechnology and bougainvillea plant stem cells to help boost collagen, radiance and hydration. Your skin will drink this up and look the better for it.
Give your hands a treat with the new Prai Beauty Ageless Night Hand Creme (£18, marksandspencer.com). I’ve been applying this just before bed for a couple of weeks now and the skin on my hands is definitely looking plumper and dryness has been kept at bay (which is quite something in my case).
If you want an instant reboot for the face, I’ll direct you to my trusty steed of a sheet mask: La Mer The Hydrating Facial (£205 for six, spacenk.com). I know these are expensive, but they’re individually packed so you can keep them till you need them. This is what I use for an extra boost just before a party or an important occasion. Super-saturated with hydration, the mask sheets plump my skin, leaving me looking glowing and remarkably fresh faced.