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Cold weather skin care

All Areas > Health & Beauty > Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Author: Val Starr, Posted: Monday, 19th October 2020, 09:00

I am often asked questions on various beauty subjects, particularly which products have proven effective in my experience. With the colder weather now here, many of us find we share similar problems; hopefully some of these product recommendations might help to answer your questions.

Itchy scalp
Central heating and dry conditions in our home and office can cause our scalps to become very itchy and flaky, which sometimes makes it hard to resist scratching. Our high street pharmacies sell over the counter shampoos, often containing tar product, which some find quite harsh.

The go-to brand for an itchy scalp is Phillip Kingsley, whose flaky/itchy scalp anti-dandruff shampoo can be very helpful alongside their flaky scalp conditioner. Gentle to use, these products don’t strip the hair and very often immediate relief can be found.

Moisturise your hair
Just like our scalps, our hair can become dry and dull with heating and hats. Again Philip Kingsley to the rescue with the excellent Elasticizer Deep-Conditioning Treatment. This product was originally created for Audrey Hepburn whose hair was in poor condition owing to all the products used when making movies. As you can see, it has stood the test of time, and is still winning awards today.

Apply to wet hair (to get the most benefit), leave on for twenty minutes or preferably overnight (pop on a shower cap to protect your pillow case) a couple of times a week. Use regular shampoo to remove. It will not leave any residue or weigh the hair down, but will leave your hair soft shiny and manageable, so said Audrey!

If your budget is tight try olive oil on dry hair. Leave on for twenty minutes or more if you have time. When washing out it is best to apply shampoo first before adding water – this method helps to wash all the oil out.

Dry feet
Margaret Dabbs London is the go-to foot hygiene expert – her premium clinics and salons now operate worldwide. Just because our feet are not on display so much does not mean we should forget about them. If you suffer from cracked heels, Margaret’s Cracked Heel Treatment Balm works miracles. The Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion also absorbs and hydrates the feet and is non-greasy.

Of course these products are higher priced than the average pharmacy products, but you get what you pay for. Not all of us can indulge in these pricier products, though, so why not put a thick coat of moisturiser or Vaseline on your feet and pop on a pair of socks overnight – that too will help sort dry feet.

Make up remover
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ is seriously hard to beat. Creamy and rich, it removes all make up – including mascara! Do your eyes first so you are not dragging eye liner and mascara all over the rest of your face. Apply to dry skin on your face and neck, and remove with a warm, wet muslin cloth. This helps to gently exfoliate at the same time, leaving your skin squeaky clean and glowing.

All the products I have recommended were invented here in the UK and are now best sellers worldwide.

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