Early Spring Clean…

…ok so it’s not quite Spring yet, but it does feel like it’s so close due to this surprisingly warm weather we have had for winter! If it is due to climate change then all the more reason to be that little more ecologically aware, make your green footprint even bigger starting from today!

But back to the body – in winter our skin can become like a lizard’s and needs to be sloughed, brushed and buffed back to shiny, smooth perfection! Our circulation too can be sluggish as perhaps we spend more time inside on the sofa or in bed hibernating! The best way to wake up and renew our skin is by  dry body brushing, an old, old technique that really works.

Dry-Body-Brushes

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Organic Foot Love

Organic Pedicures

As the summer drifts hotly, sweetly, dreamily by our feet can become somewhat dry, cracked and battered by the daily abuse of ill-fitting sandals, hot sand and dry climates.

Happy Feet

Certainly living here in Spain my feet get super damaged by the heat and I have to be careful not to end up with cracked-heels, not nice!

Here are some lovely, luscious, luxurious organic pedicure tips! Including a corresponding yoga pose to ease tired legs and feet.

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Easy Home Hair Mask

The autumn has now gone and winter is setting in, that means lots of blow-drying and central heating amongst other things (cashmere socks, hot chocolates, log fires…!)  With the change of season our skin and hair can often suffer, breakouts, dryness, redness, brittleness etc. so I decided to share my home hair mask which is very simple and effective, though I can’t vouch that it will suit everybody’s hair of course!  But whenever I use it my hair is much softer afterwards and it also nourishes the scalp too.

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French Pharmacies…

…are simply the best! I always visit one when I go to France.

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This time I picked up a collection of treats from Caudalie, Avene, Sanoflore, Weleda, and the bonus is that they’re a bit cheaper than in the UK.  Weleda’s massage oil is just amazing and contains apricot kernal, wheatgerm and jojoba oils as well as essential oils, no parabens or mineral oils in sight thankfully. Its great to use post shower on damp skin, having dry brushed the skin first (always in an upwards direction towards the heart). The dry brushing stimulates the circulation and buffs off dry/old skin. I really recommend this to prepare ‘winter’ skin for summer outings!
Sanoflore’s pluie micellaire démaquillante or micellar cleansing droplets is a beautiful cleansing water that smells divine. It contains rose flower water and is so soothing on the skin, it has the ‘Ecocert’ accreditation, again ensuring no use of synthetic ingredients or parabens. Thumbs up!  Caudalie is an absolute favourite of mine and I always use the pulpe vitamine eye and lip cream, as recommended to me by a fellow makeup artist 7 years ago!  As a brand they don’t use parabens, mineral oils, synthetic perfumes or test on animals, though they are not certified organic.

Top makeup artist Lisa Eldridge did a post on her video blog a while back about her love for the French pharmacies too!  See her post here.