I know I don’t post a lot of product reviews, but I had to share some recent finds. Between the chilly temperatures and dry heat of the radiators in my flat, my hair and skin have been losing serious moisture– leaving my hands dry and cracked, my face a bit dull, and my hair increasingly straw-like– not ideal! Luckily, I found a few things that have helped solve this.
Walking by Neal’s yard I am almost always temped inside by the amazing, soothing fragrance wafting out of the door. They also have an amazing array of skincare products that are organic, cruelty-free, vegan, and smell amazing. I asked for some help finding a moisturiser that would repair my dry skin and settled on the jasmine-scented Enriching Cream thats meant to help skin retain moisture while protecting and restoring dry areas. Just putting it on feels a bit luxurious, and the best part is that it follows through on its promises.
Even after a cold, windy run this managed to soothe my skin, reducing redness caused by cold and wind, while adding moisture to the areas that need it most. I use it as a night cream because I like something with SPF for daytime, but if you don’t mind layering this would make a great day moisturiser for colder climates.
On to the next problem. London’s water has a lot more dissolved solids than I was used to, and I noticed my hair getting dry within a week of moving, but it took me considerably longer to find a shampoo/conditioner that helped. Of course the best way to help your hair is to not wash it every day, but because mine is so fine the most I can get away with is every other day (I’m seriously jealous of those of you who can go several!).
After a few trial and errors of conditioners and shampoos (some of which I’ve repurposed as shaving cream on my legs) I found these two by John Masters Organics. Having tried two different sets already, I was a bit skeptical, but thankfully successful! The evening primrose shampoo, which smells amazing, removes product buildup without drying, and the lavender and avocado conditioner softens and moisturises without weighing down my fine hair. I’ve even used a small amount as a leave-in conditioner on a lazy Sunday with pretty positive results– my hair was softer, more manageable, and was not at all heavy or greasy, which is usually the case after using something so moisturising.
Now, to enjoy cold-weather activities again, perhaps ice skating at Somerset House?