Beauty to beat the tube strike with…

Listening to all the honking-horns outside my window and reading all the stressed out tweets about horrendous grid-lock and long walks to work today and tomorrow got me thinking about which beauty treats are must-haves to beat the stress of the London tube strike and here are my recommendations…

To relax after a stressful journey or at the end of a stressful day:

Tisserand Soothing Body Lotion with Organic Lavender, Ylang-Ylang and Bergamot (£8.50 from www.tisserand.com)

There is nothing like lavender to sooth body and mind, this neat little pump-action bottle is perfect to pop on your desk for a quick soothing treat for your hands when you reach the office (probably best not to start a full all-over body lotion session at work). If you prefer something soothing to help you chill out after a long day, then use at home for all over relaxation- ideally applied before bed to help you drift off into an aromatherapy-induced slumber…

The lotion is light, so not best if you have dry skin and it does smell strongly of lavender so if you are not a fan then probably best to avoid, but personally I like the smell of lavender and do find it relaxing.

If you are stuck waiting for a bus in the lovely early-summer drizzle:

Philip Kingsley Weatherproof Hairspray (£8.50 for 125ml from www.philipkingsley.com)


Philip Kingsley is one of the leading authorities in hair, with his world-famous Elasticizer being of cult-status for over 20 years. The weatherproof hairspray is a non-aerosol hairspray that promises to deliver protection, hold and shine whatever the weather. As it is non-aerosol you have to go easy on the application, spray a couple of squirts from a distance to make sure the spray doesn’t make hair go crispy (my hairspray pet-hate).

This spray does offer good hold and protection from the elements, but the fact that it is non-aerosol means that it is better suited for thicker hair, that doesn’t suffer from a lack of volume.

If you have to resort to walking to work:

Vitage anti-oxidant skin protector SPF30 (£13.70 http://www.cosmestore.co.uk/)

The first point I should make, before talking about Vitage is that anti-oxidants and SPF skin care should be a daily part of any skin routine. Don’t get sucked into the belief that because the sun isn’t out you don’t need an SPF- if it is daylight, then it means the sun IS out- no, it might not be as hot (as you would like) but the UVA and UVB rays are still managing to quietly and slowly suck the youth out of your skin- so protect it, unless you like the shrivelled raisin look at 30?

Onto Vitage… anti-oxidants are fantastic for any city-based beauty junkies who are exposed to higher levels of pollutants than country-dwellers so need a little extra skin protection to keep your face glowing.

This lotion is light and easily absorbed and doesn’t leave a film on skin like some face-creams that contain SPF. It does have a hint of that ‘summer’ smell which might help you ignore the fact that you are stuck walking to work in the drizzle….

AND FINALLY….If you are trying to get somewhere important but in a que of about 5,000 people looping twice around Liverpool Street station and feel like your head may explode….:

Then try Bach’s Rescue Cream (£5.15 for 30g.) packed with the same soothing, anti-stress, benefits as the famous Bach’s Rescue Remedy but with added moisturising, skin-soothing benefits to prevent the signs of stress from showing up on your skin. Suitable for anywhere that needs a soothing, moisturising boost Bach’s Rescue Cream is the holistic equivalent of Elizabeth Arden’s famous Eight Hour Cream.

I can’t promise this will get you anywhere on time, but at least your skin will feel soft when you arrive.

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