Mairead Robinson recommends some tips to keep you going through the party season together with some gift ideas.
While the Christmas and New Year period is usually a very pleasant time to spend with family and friends, the winter months can be hard on our skin and hair, making looking glamorous that much more difficult. The first thing to remember is to moisturise well morning and night, and don’t forget to use lotion or oil on the body after the shower. Locking in moisture to the skin is essential to avoid skin becoming dry and flaky, and of course drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
Most people now will moisturize their face and body, although generally not as much as they should do
however how many think about their hair? Wind and rain – on top of colouring and hairdryers – plays havoc with our hair often leaving it dry and brittle, especially as we get older. Frazzled lengths and ends can lead to tired-looking broken hair and seeing a tangle of broken hair left in your brush is depressing. PANTENE have produced a new Breakage Defence range of shampoo, conditioner, tonic and intensive conditioner which are scientifically designed to protect the hair from root to tip. The result is strong, shiny hair with more fullness to brave those winter elements.
So many people are now finding that they have sensitive skin, and a lot of products just do not work for them as they have a bad reaction such a rash, when they use them. LA ROCHE-POSAY is a real leader in products for sensitive skin and one of their latest products – Redermic Anti-Ageing creams combine science with sensitivity. They use a unique combination of pure Retinol with an exclusive Retinol booster complex to enhance efficacy of the formula, while maintaining suitable tolerance on the skin. The face and eye creams tackle all the problems we associate with ageing skin, wrinkles, irregular skin tone, premature age spots and dark circles. This is great news for people with sensitive skin, finding a product that really works, and does not cause an adverse reaction on their skin.
Those who visited the Active Over 50s show at the RDS in Dublin last October might have come across a stand promoting a new anti-ageing cream called RENU 28. This is causing quite a storm in the cosmetic world as it guarantees to provide dramatic anti-ageing results in 28 days. I know many people purchased the cream at the Show and I would be very interested to hear how you got on. I am giving it a trial myself over the month, and I will share my experience of it with you in the next issue.
We should all be looking fabulous and much younger by the New Year if it proves to deliver on the promises. So, do email me at email@example.com if you are using this and let me know how you found the results.
And so to Christmas itself, and while we can prepare ourselves for an enjoyable social whirl, we do need to think about gifts for friends and family. There are so many really attractive gift-sets of cosmetics and beauty products on the market this year, that you could solve nearly all your present buying choices in this department alone! The great thing about the gift-sets is that they generally represent excellent value for money; as the products combined generally work out costing substantially less than they would if you bought them individually. Some brands also offer a small bag of samples or miniature size products when you buy a large gift set, so you get a little pressie for yourself too!
Don’t forget the men in your life when looking a cosmetic gift packs too – there are some excellent “manly” packs available with shaving products and skin care that most men like to use these days.
And if you, or somebody in your family likes the glamorous look, there are some fabulous products from NYX available including Eye Shadow and Lip Colour kits, complete with mirror and applicator. These sets are really popular at the moment and are available for a limited time only. I love the Smokey Eyes kit which is available at just €12.99 and makes a really acceptable gift.
Of course you should not forget to treat yourself as well as buying for family and friends and as soon as the New Year celebrations are over, it is time to think about pampering and spoiling yourself a little. If you are off to the sun, or braving the Irish winter, you will need to care for your skin. While selecting gifts for others, why not pick up a vanity bag from NIVEA containing Shower Gel, Deodorant and Moisturising cream? This will take good care of you wherever you are spending the next few weeks! This is perfect to bring with you if you plan a short trip away. Nivea has lots of other lovely stocking fillers for both the men and women in your life, as well as for yourself this season, so check out their attractive and affordable gift packs.
A very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year to all