If you've neglected
your hands and feet over the winter months
now would be a good time to begin a spring routine.
Before you know it gloves and boots will be put away
and if you're lucky enough to be taking an early sunshine
break, you'll need to give your feet some attention
before you set off.
In the long winter days I find I do a lot of handicrafts
and DIY which can really take a toll on hard working
hands and, like most people my feel are hidden under
socks and boots for months on end. And if you're a
garden lover, like me, now's the time to really take
care of your hands as each weekend mine are busy planting,
clipping and getting generally grubby!
you have neither the time or finances for regular
manicures or pedicures there are many really goods
products around to include in your routine.
If you neglect to put hand cream on your hands each
time you wash them then include an intensive treatment
at bedtime to make up for it - L'Occitane's hand cream
and foot cream both contain soothing shea butter and
can be applied in a thick layer before going to sleep.
Within a week you will really notice the difference
in the softness of your skin in these areas.
Ideally washing in a good quality hand was lotion
is preferable and less drying tan soap.
to one of Molton Browns gorgeous hand wash and hand lotion
duo's to leave by the sink. Not only do they clean and soften
beautifully but the fantastic aromas will make sure you
use the product.
If you cuticles are a little rough, rubbing in a soothing
cream any time you have a spare few minutes will really
benefit them, toe-nails as well as fingers. Again L'Occitane
do a wonderful tub of shea butter concentrated balms with
various plant extracts to choose from and these little tins
are excellent to keep beside the bed and even come in mini
handbag size tins.
Liz Earles Superbalm Concentrate is also a great product
to keep nails and cuticles in good shape but doe have quite
a sharp 'aromatherapy' herbal smell. When you have your
nails in shape invest in really good nail products as those
with cheaper ingredients can really strip the nails.
Try OPI's fabulous range of colours and their varnish remover
is less harsh than supermarket brands. If your nails are
less than perfect or you are desperately trying to grown
them, keep to very light shades which are very forgiving
and always make nails appear cared - for.
I love Christian Dior's 007 white crystal shade which is
neutral and quite feminine. If you fancy really dark colours
you will have to give yourself a little more time and never
skip the base-coat as coloured varnish always strains the
nail if used regularly, and finish with a really tough top
coat - Seche Vite is far and away the best on the market
and dries the quickest too, or wear it alone to give a highly
polished shine to the nails.
Philip Kingsley product would suit my hair?
At this time of year
I often get asked to recommend products for dry, itch scalps.
Spring seems to be a particularly bad time for scalps it
seems, I think months of cold weather accompanied by centrally
heated rooms not only dries out the skin on our faces but
also the scalp.
Using a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner can often
alleviate a dry scalp but for a really itchy scalp I find
that Philip Kingsley's range especially formulated for this
problem has great results. The shampoo and conditioners
may well do the job alone but for a particularly dry scalp
the tonic, which can be applied at any time is a real bonus.
Philip Kingsley has 45 years experience as a trichologist
and his range includes treatments for various problems and
are suitable for most hair types including colour - treated.
have to confess
to being a little lazy when it comes to exercise routines
- my excuse being that I run a large house and garden and
get all the exercise I need chasing round after a busy family.
But I have very kindly been bought one of those huge exercise
balls for my birthday and as I was completely exhausted
after just pumping it up, I think I had better start using
All you experts out there will doubtless know its benefits
but as yet I haven't bounced about on it - I'm waiting for
a quiet moment when the house is deserted, just in case
I do roll off and make a fool of myself!