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.
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….
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.