The Met Office reports from London don’t show any sign of a let up in the Big Freeze over the coming week, so this week I am concentrating on beauty products and treatments that will protect, revive and nourish winter-battered skin. It’s important to remember that skin, nails & hair need a little more help, not just because of the freezing wind, but because central heating has a particularly desiccating effect.
Of course oils are going to be a first choice for hard core protection, and the great thing about the new generation of cosmetic oils is that they are dry oils, formulated to not leave a greasy film, but to effectively moisturise, as well as helping to seal in that moisture. Keeping the skin supple helps avoid skin drying out and cracking, which also stops small wrinkles forming.
I’m a big fan of Caudalie products in general: they’ve been a constant on the blog practically since I started it six years or so ago. Whilst the serums are always in use, during the winter I reach for Caudalie Divine Oil (Huile Divine) and massage it into my face at least once a day for a few minutes.
Containing grape, argan, sesame and hibiscus oils, in addition to Caudalie’s patented anti-oxdiant Polyphenols, which aim to help fight damage caused by environmental aggressors, Divine Oil both nourishes and hydrates the skin. Grape oil in particular contains a high concentration of omega 6 and vitamin E, both of which can make skin more supple, and feel more hydrated. It also smells, well, divine, wafting a mélange of grapefruit, rose and something woody.
It’s a hard-working multi-tasking product: it can be used as a hair treatment — I use it on my dry ends as a de-tangler, a cuticle oil, for dry skin patches on the body (elbos & knees especially), for massage and, of course, on the face.
Each bottle of Divine Oil sold supports the Coeur de Fôret Association: one tree is planted for every bottle sold and, by the end of 2012, Caudalie estimated that 150,000 trees will have been planted in the Amazon through sales of the oil.
Divine Oil contains no Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes,Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs or Triclosan