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by Karen Shaw

After a month in lockdown, the cracks in your usual beauty regime may be starting to show… along with your roots. If like me you’ve spent the last few weeks ‘working from home’, stock piling food, organising lesson plans for the kids, painting every skirting board in the house, cooking and cleaning while trying to keep your sanity intact – then I congratulate you. Well done. You’ve made it – but whatever you do don’t look in the mirror…
My skin is dry, my hair is grey (again) and frizzy, my skin is definitely saggier, I do however still have a splattering of gloss on my broken nails, but that’s from painting the skirting boards! I don’t even know who I am anymore. Who’s that crazy looking old lady who keeps staring back at me through the mirror? We may not be able to leave our homes, if we aren’t able to escape to the spa for a beauty boost then let’s at least escape the lockdown (for as long as the bathroom door holds!) with some of my favourite beauty buys to help create the perfect spa experience, all tried and trusted and delivered to your door. From the head down to the toes, it’s time for YOU to treat yourself…

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Now is the time for the humble bath to make a comeback. In these uncertain times, having a tranquil bath that can restore your sense of self, reduce anxiety and soothe aching muscles, has never been so important. 
Here Lorna Veale, the founder of No Secrets, who created a range of clean bathing and body products, after years of struggling with health issues linked with toxic cosmetics, cleaning products and environmental nasties, shares her top tips and the products she created for transforming bath time into a beneficial experience.

No Secrets Bath Jelly
A one-of-a-kind bath jelly is deliciously different: a tactile, melting syrup designed to be applied to the body before entering the bath.
Massage the jelly into dry skin to stimulate circulation and relieve tension. As the heat from your body warms the jelly, the refreshing and reviving, aroma of bergamot, petitgrain, eucalyptus, juniper and lavender essential oils fills the room. Sink into a hot bath and the jelly dissolves into a therapeutic bath oil with the skin-softening goodness of our exclusive seed oil blend. Skin is left divinely smooth (but never sticky) muscles are soothed, stress melts away… from £18. nosecretsbeauty.com

No Secrets Bath Sugar
This  luxury bath sugar is traditional bath salts with a twist… more finely ground and beautifully scented, perfect for enveloping you in a bathing heaven. Add a few scoops to a hot bath, lie back and relax. The heady calming aroma of geranium, ylang-ylang, neroli, lavender and patchouli will fill the room and soften the skin. £30. nosecretsbeauty.com

Sheridan Australia’s Elissa Bath Robe
For those extra special moments, wrap up in Sheridan Australia’s Elissa Bath robe. The luxury robe has been made for extreme softness and instant absorbency from the finest combed ring-spun Egyptian cotton yarns. Beautifully finished with contrast piping along the shawl collar and pockets. The Elissa robe brings the finishing touch to the ultimate spa day at home. Elissa Robe. £75. sheridanaustralia.co.uk 

Olverum Bath Oil 
A highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils, carefully blended to work synergistically, and a very effective way to naturally relieve stress and help you achieve a great nights’ sleep. Olverum is also a great way to ease aching or sore muscles (such a treat after a workout!) and is the perfect soothing antidote to a cold or flu. It has a gorgeously aromatic, unisex scent. This time-honoured formulation has remained largely unchanged for 83 years, and until now has only been known by a cult following in the UK. Olverum; 125ml – £35 (25 baths), 250ml – £62 (50 baths). www.olverum.com

The Dr Teal’s collection delivers the ultimate wellbeing experience which can be tailored to everyone’s preference and lifestyle. The product range includes: Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution £7.99, Foaming Bath £8.99 and Body Wash £7.99. Dr Teal’s products are available in Boots, Superdrug, ASDA and Amazon.co.uk

Alteya Certified Organic Instant Radiance Face Polish Rose Jasminium.
The microdemabrasion properties of this Bio Instant Radiance Face Polish Rose Jasminium effectively remove dead skin cells and gently purify pores to improve overall skin texture and glow. This natural and organic exfoliant, with gentle raspberry seeds and antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract, helps instantly buff away dry, dull skin, resurfaces and refines skin texture to reveal smoother, more radiant complexion. The innovative and organic formula helps seal in moisture for a long-lasting comfort and glow. £23 lovelula.com

Alteya Organics Hydrating Flower Toner.
Finish the pampering session with this lush toner infused with youth-preserving Rose Water, hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and active antioxidants, helping tone, soothe and balance skin. The water-based toner is the first step to plump skin – it prepares it to receive further treatments which help the skin seal in natural moisture £13. lovelula.com

New SKINBUDDY
A sheet mask designed specifically for bearded men (and it’s suitable for men without beards too!). It includes ingredients specifically for men’s unique skin, and is sized to fit larger male features, as well as having a detachable strip for men with beards.
SKINBUDDY’s creator Oliver Barg says: “With many of us staying at home, we’re suddenly looking for new and novel ways to spend our time. Many men struggle to find the time for a self care route, but over the recent months, I’ve seen an upsurge in sales on the SKINBUDDY website, proving that whilst we are going through a difficult time, it’s also a perfect time to start a self care routine. Looking after yourself has never been so important, and any kind of self care routine can greatly help to reduce stress and boost your mood. And for a limited time only we are offering a buy-one-get-one free promotion on the SKINBUDDY website” £23.50 for a set of 5 masks www.skinbuddy.com

Love Hemp CBD Infused Cellulose Fibre Mask
Made with advanced Nano-Emulsified CBD, the super charged sheet mask is infused with THC-free hemp oil and various plant extracts to promote healthy, hydrated skin. The 100% cotton mask wraps the skin to prevent active ingredients from evaporating, allowing for complete penetration to visibly improve the appearance of fine lines, pores and make skin appear supple and dewy. Suitable for Vegans. £6.99. love-hemp.com

Silky Bae BaeVac
The BaeVac’s microdermabrasion head provides a solution for common skin complaints, including shallow scars, blocked pores, fine lines and unbalanced complexion. The BaeVac has a silver head which was designed to replicate the microdermabrasion techniques used by skin care clinics, but at a fraction of the price. This system uses diamond treatment tips to exfoliate the skin. They work by removing the dead skin cells from the top layer of skin (the epidermis) and stimulate the production of new skin cells. The BaeVac comes with a selection of 6 detachable heads, designed to do anything from hard to reach areas of your nose, to light mass extraction of blackheads on your cheeks. Each technique delivers improved skin tone, the reduction of pore appearance, and makes skin smoother, clearer and rejuvenated. The BaeVac effectively minimised the appearance of large pore and helps to remove the dirt that causes acne and blackheads. It also works to remove dead skin cells and soaks up excess oil and dirt to reveal cleaner skin. Silky Bae BaeVac, £24.99. silkybae.com

NEW Hydra-Glow Sleep Mask – £32 (50ml)
A beauty boosting, deeply hydrating face mask which rejuvenates skin overnight
A nourishing overnight treat with a blend of richly hydrating Green Algae and plant Squalane to help stimulate collagen production and lock in moisture where your skin needs it most. Vitamins and precious Omega-3&6-rich oils soothe, soften and beautify the skin, whilst the antioxidant properties of flavonoids offer powerful purifying and anti-inflammatory benefits. Awaken to a revived complexion with a renewed skin glow. Scented with a blissful blend of warm citrus notes to clear the mind and soothe nervous tension, aiding a restful sleep.

NEW Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask
A pore-purifying detox mask to mattify and balance combination or oily skin
A brightening, deep cleansing charcoal face mask with glow getting results. Expect a serious skin glow and new levels of skin softness. This skin-refining, pore-purifying detox mask draws out impurities, controls oil production and mattifies the skin whilst reducing the appearance of pores. Activated Charcoal is a highly absorbent material which binds itself to environmental pollutants, oil and dirt in the skin. Pores blocked with oil and dirt will appear larger, using activated Charcoal to remove these polluting factors will make pores look less visible, whilst reviving the complexion. The activated Charcoal Green People use is sustainably sourced from coconut shells which are a by-product of other coconut-based products, i.e. milks, oils etc, and which would otherwise be thrown away. £21 (50ml)

Green People products are available from www.greenpeople.co.uk, independent health stores, Ocado and selected Waitrose, Wholefoods, Planet Organic and Revital.

With everyone being at home and unable to make it to the salon, a lot more people are having to turn to colouring their hair at home.
Josh Wood and his team have NOW LAUNCHED complementary ‘At Home Colour Video Consultations’ with the expert colourists at Josh Wood Colour.

Permanent Colour
12 shades, 100% grey coverage, ammonia % PPD free, plus a specially formulates colour complex for condition and shine. £10. Available at Boots and joshwoodcolour.com. Online hair consultation and live chat with stylists to help find your perfect shade. 
Root Concealers Blending Brush
Effortlessly blend away grey regrowth semi-permanent colour that lasts up to 3 washes.
£15. Available at Boots and joshwoodcolour.com
Tinted Dry Shampoo 
Add volume and refresh your hair while covering grey roots in an instant.
£10. Available at Boots and joshwoodcolour.com

Nanogen 7-in-1 Hair Thickening Shampoo for Women
The powerful hydrating formula provides a host of incredible benefits designed to keep your hair and scalp in optimal condition for thick, healthy hair. Nanogen’s 7-IN-1 Shampoo takes a multitargeted approach to hair thickening for women in one simple step. Many of the product ingredients are based on skincare-inspired technology to support scalp health. The range is available at nanogen.com, larger Boots stores, at boots.com.  This is a great time to really nurture your hair and scalp and delivers instant results that make hair thicker and easier to style. nanogen.com/7-in-1-shampoo-for-women

Naturally Luxe Confections from Cake Beauty 
Something sweet has landed in the UK. Introducing totally to-die-for, naturally luxe, cruelty free hair care products from iconic Canadian brand Cake Beauty; exclusively available at Boots in store and online.
Cake Beauty is a blend of playful indulgence with naturally inspired ingredients. From decadent textures to sensorial fragrances, every product is created and designed to give the soul what it needs and the heart what it wants. Because a girl shouldn’t have to choose between natural and girlie greatness. We create with heart. #ThisIsCakeland. 
Cake Beauty was founded by Canadian born Heather Reier, whose passion for playful indulgence and naturally inspired ingredients created the sweet legacy called Cake, including a hair care assortment of 13 confections that are now available to buy in the UK. 
Guided by its five founding principles: Created in Canada, no animal testing, 100% Vegan, naturally luxe and totally-to-die-for, Cake has taken both Canada and the US by storm, quickly becoming a cult favourite beauty brand loved for its delectable textures, naturally inspired formulas and affordable offerings. 

InStyler’s MAX PRIME Revolving Styler
Makes a salon blow dry quick, easy, and all from the comfort of your own home. With a 32mm Revolving Barrel and 360° of power, it delivers bombshell curls, beachy waves, or sleek and straight, without trapping the hair between two hot plates and leaves hair soft, silky and healthy for days. Available at Boots now with a third off £59.98

Tints of Nature Hydrate Bundle
the perfect spa like treat for dry and damaged hair. Start with the Hydrate shampoo to cleanse, treat with Hydrate Treatment for an instant moisture boost and finish off with Hydrate Conditioner for soft, shiny locks.
Available at tintsofnature.com RRP £14.99
Tints of Nature currently have FREE shipping (save £3.95)

6 Steps to Relieve Stress for Healthier Skin 

with Claudia Talsma (Owner of natural skincare brand Salcura)

2. Sleep – Sleep is the body’s chance to repair and regenerate.  Aim for 7-8 hours unbroken sleep per night, switch off all electrical devices such as laptops and televisions and avoid staring at your mobile phone an hour before bed.  Avoiding alcohol, caffeine after 2pm and food after 8pm will allow your body to focus on entering sleep mode.

3. Try to get some breathing space – Of course things are tough in the current situation. Your home life may be a little more tense than usual and you may be arguing with those close to you more often. Of course it is difficult under lockdown with nowhere to go! Sadly we often take out our stress on those closest to us.  The next time you find yourself about to pick a fight with your child or partner, think ‘Is it worth it?’  This allows you to re-frame, walk away into a different room and deal with the stress in a healthier way. Take a deep breath and count to 10.  

4. Attitude of gratitude – Yes life has dramatically changed but try to focus on the positives. Every night, make a list of three things for which you have been grateful for that day; do this over the next few weeks.  Focusing on what we have instead of what we lack allows us to be more positive about our lives.  Remember – there is always someone worse off than you, especially during this time. 

5. Laughter – One of the easiest and least expensive scientifically proven ways to reduce stress and tension.  A small Japanese study found that participants with atopic dermatitis experienced a reduction in symptoms for two hours after watching a funny film, even after being exposed to allergens.  This was thought to be due to a reduction in stress hormones.

6. Try to break bad habits – Anxiety and worry can cause people to indulge in bad habits such as drinking alcohol excessively, smoking and, in people with skin conditions, picking or scratching problem skin.  We know that alcohol and cigarettes are not good for your skin and your health in general so it makes sense to seek support in cutting them out of your life.  Try not to let lockdown cause you to drink or smoke more than usual. It will play a part in stressed skin. 

Salcura Bioskin Body Wash
Bioskin Body Wash is a natural wash to gently cleanse the dry, itchy and sensitive skin whilst enjoying a shower. Water can further dehydrate the skin, so having a showergel that takes care of the skin whilst taking that shower is very important. Our ‘nasties-free’ nutrient-rich formulation will leave the skin feeling soft, smooth and nourished. Containing gorgeous natural ingredients like SunflowerGreen Tea and Argan will make this Body Wash suitable for those even with the most sensitive of skins. The wash does not foam much as it is that natural, but it will leave your skin feeling nourished and soothed. £ 10.39  salcuraskincare.com

Ecooking Vegan and dermatologically tested body Scrub.
This new scrub from Ecooking is designed to maintain clear and healthy skin all over the body. Use once a week to keep dead skin cells at bay. Available in three refreshing scents to stimulate the senses.
Key Ingredients:
•  Natural Sicilian salt gently removes dead skin cells whilst stimulating blood circulation.
•  Organic sunflower, argan, shea butter, almond and natural kukui oil deliver instant nourishment for smoother, hydrated skin.
•  Natural Vitamin E protects against free radicals and provides long-lasting hydration.
RRP £27. ecooking.com

Ecooking Self-Tanning Mousse
Contains a host of natural ingredients to give the skin a gradual and healthy glow all year round. This lightweight vegan formula glides into the skin for an even, streak-free tan.
Key Ingredients:
•  Dihydroxyacetone/DHA (derived from sugar beets and sugar cane) gives skin a natural healthy glow.
•  Hyaluronic acid provides instant replenishment and hydration.
•  Glycerin binds moisture to the skin.
•  Cucumber extract calms and hydrates the skin.
RRP £25. ecooking.com

1. Problem shared – If you find things are getting on top of you, and don’t know which way to turn you can get in touch with our customer services and they will try to help in the best way that they can. Salcura can help you during this time.  Alternatively call a friend or relative. Don’t suffer alone.  

Sugar Coated Hair Removal
Made from pure sugar syrup and water, Sugar Coated is the future of hair removal and the ethical alternative to waxing that will have you yelling “give me some sugar!”
Not only is Sugar Coated ultra-effective, more gentle on skin and the environment, but it is also vegan, 100% natural, completely water soluble, biodegradable, and eco-friendly with its washable and reusable strips.
Inspired by an ancient method of hair removal dating back to 1900 BC, sugar waxing is tried and tested, and loved by generations.
Sugar Coated covers every hair removal need with a full body kit, as well as specific to leg hair, facial hair, bikini line, underarm and arm, and even hair removal on tattooed skin. 
Each of these is made with a specific essential oil including rosehip, lavender, calendula, lemongrass, and almond for optimum skin healing and nurturing.
Say bye to those super sticky waxes, burning creams and painful epilators and give your skin a sweet treat with Sugar Coated Hair Removal.

And For Everywhere Else…

NEW! Jo Malone London Gardenia & Oud Absolu
A solar floral emerges from the depths of smoky, sultry oud and warm amber, evoking a captivating vision of radiant gardenias blooming in the Arabian desert. Unexpected and alluring, the scent is enhanced by enduring white musk for a smooth finish.
RRP £200 Available now at: jomalone.co.uk

Natural Wellness Box
Features luxe beauty, wellness and health products, as well as an indulgent healthy snack and drink in each collection. The box promotes natural beauty from the inside out. This is the ultimate indulgent wellness & self care package for anyone looking to improve their wellbeing or someone in need of some me- time. This would be the perfect box to receive during self isolation. 
All products featured in the collections are vegan, cruelty free, and focus not just on beauty, but on health and wellness from the inside out. You can expect to find beauty products, snacks, supplements, superfoods and drinks/teas. Each collection is themed, and comes with a detailed insert with product details and information on how to take any supplements or health products.
‘You will not only feel beautiful on the outside, but our luxe themed collections in each box will leave you feeling beautiful on the inside too. All boxes are carefully curated to ensure the ultimate subscription box experience and include the best beauty and wellness brands in a themed collection.’- Catherine Fieldhouse, Founder of Natural Wellness Box.
Boxes and gifts are available for bi-monthly, six and twelve month subscriptions, or you can choose a one off box. Gift vouchers can be sent for all of our gift subscription orders, so your recipient will be able to get excited about the boxes of wellness that they will be about to receive.
You can purchase one wellness box for £37, a six month subscription (3 boxes) is £100 and a twelve month subscription (6 boxes delivered) is £200. You can also subscribe to Natural Wellness Box for £35 every other month.
Visit naturalwellnessbox.co.uk now to start your wellbeing journey!

HoMedics Bubble Mate Foot Spa
Sit back and unwind with the HoMedics Bubble Mate Foot Spa! Designed for overworked feet, this foot spa is equipped with features including bubble-turbo strips, pedicure attachment, removable pumice stone, massage nodes and a MAX fill line. The HoMedics Bubble Mate foot spa is sure to become the perfect addition to your house. If you’re looking for the best foot spa treatment to soothe tired feet then look no further, with powerful jets and invigorating massage, your feet will be feeling fresher than ever! HoMedics Bubble Mate Foot Spa with Keep Warm Function – RRP £39.99 Homedics.co.uk, Amazon

Beverly Hills Formula Teeth Whitening Kit
If you have 30 minutes to kill, you may as well spend it by getting whiter teeth! Simply apply the strips and wait for those pearly whites to come through. £20. Beverly Hills Formula Whitening Kit

Ashley & Co Waxed Perfumes
Ashley & Co is a design-led scent company, pared-back in style and ethos: environmentally sensitive, adaptive and functional. Bringing natural ingredients and style to your home, Ashley & Co offers beautifully crafted and sustainable products to recreate the serenity and calm of the spa, in your bathroom. Set the tone with Ashley & Co’s range of Waxed Perfumes. The candles are individually hand poured in New Zealand, using 100% natural wax and an unbleached cotton wick, allow the elegant scents to elevate your mood and relax. With a range of carefully crafted scents across light and floral to fruity and sweet, choose the scent that is right for you and enjoy up to 50 hours of burn time. 310g. Not tested on animals. £50. johnlewis.com 

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