From therapeutic bath oils to skin-reviving supplements, Kate Shapland rounds up her favourite January rejuvenators
Tax return. Rain. Excess poundage. This has to be the most miserable time of the year. I’m diverting as often as possible into beauty, languishing in therapeutic oil baths, imbibing healthy juice, nurturing my skin and inhaling the uplifting smell of Amalfi lemons. Let me share my new year besties with you.
Aromatherapy Associates Morning Bath & Shower Oil
I can’t remember a time I haven’t had one of Geraldine Howard’s aromatherapy oils in my bathroom. This is a very refined oil, which you can drop under the hot tap of your bath, or on to your sponge to wipe over damp skin after a shower. It’s an exceptional blend. £40/55ml, aromatherapyassociates.com.
Susanne Kaufmann Nutrient Concentrate
I’m all into nurturing this year, especially my skin, and this is one of the most potent skin rejuvenators I’ve tried. It’s highly moisturising – it contains plant hyalyronic acid to retain moisture in skin tissue and aloe vera – and camomile. Press it gently into skin after cleansing: the afterglow is impressive. £65/30ml, liberty.co.uk.
Neom 3-Wick Happiness Scented Candle
There is no doubt that Nicola Elliott, the founder of Neom, makes the best aromatherapy candles you can buy. Trying is believing and I urge you to treat yourself to one of her candles – you will be impressed by the mood-enhancing benefits. Naturally, Happiness – an uplifting mix of rosemary, lemon and fresh grass oils – is the one for this time of the year. £45, myshowcase.com.
Eat. Nourish. Glow. by Amelia Freer
One of my new year resolutions is to be more considered about my diet. I want to feel lighter and brighter! I’ve invested in nutritional therapist Amelia Freer’s new book and I’m more inspired than I thought I would be. This lady is very good at making healthy eating extremely delicious. £8, ameliafreer.com.
Legology Air-Lite Daily Lift For Legs
Where would I be without my little Legology? It’s my go-to product for days when I feel a bit puffy and/or dragged down by the miserable weather. It’s a deep drainage cream, so works hard to eliminate trapped fluid and toxins and make you feel more positive from the toes up. £60, myshowcase.com.
JS Nourishing Cleanser
Jane Scrivner is one of the most dedicated beauty gurus I know: her quest to ensure every women has the skin of their dreams has taken her all over the world sourcing the finest natural ingredients to create products like this heavenly cleanser. If you haven’t yet tried cleansing with a balm and soft cloth this is the moment: I guarantee that you won’t look back. £43/100ml, janescrivner.com.
JS Rosa Hip Softgels
A double mention for Jane because she has been clever enough to develop skin-preserving supplements to go with her skincare. She knows that good skin takes an inclusive inside-out approach, so she made her antioxidant-rich capsules to be taken as part of your skincare routine. I’m a month in and haven’t yet missed a day – and my skin is definitely pinker and springier! £26/60 capsules, janescrivner.com.
Plenish 3-Day Harmony Cleanse
Anyone who has ever found detox juices a bit of a turn off needs to try one of these, they taste as good as they look. I kicked off the year with this short cleanse and found it curiously easy to stick to – addictive almost – not least because Plenish deliver the juices to you. My favourite of the six juices is the raw Cherry Beets .. OMG. £240/6 x 500ml juices, liberty.co.uk.
Kate Shapland is an award-winning beauty editor for the Telegraph Magazine and co-founder of MyShowcase