Monday, 28 August 2017

Head To Toe Hydrating Treatments

hydrating treatments

No matter your skin type, everyone needs to include hydrating treatments into their routine. And by routine I don't mean just skincare, as our bodies and hair also need a good seeing to from time to time! Here's a few of my essential head to toe hydrating treatments.


FOR THE FACE 

It may be a little bit of a princess product to some, but the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is one heck of a hydrator. It's more a liquid moisturiser than a feel-nice spritz, which makes it so versatile. I quite like using it either between layers of skincare in the colder months for a hydration sandwich, or as a primer. It contains hyaluronic acid, red algae and squalane, all of which intensely moisturise the skin. Squalane makes a great primer as it absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving a perfectly smooth canvas. A little does go away with the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist though as it's quite a wet spritz which can ruin your makeup if you spray it a little too close when setting your makeup (I learnt the hard way!).

When it comes to skincare, my hydration treatment of choice will always be masks. Not only is it super relaxing to assign a little self care time and have a pampering bath, but I find that my sensitive skin responds so well to a face mask. The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask is a gloriously thick and sticky pot of joy. It does resemble honey in texture, so it's easy to smooth all over the complexion. My skin is baby soft and much brighter since I've been using this mask once a week. Honey acts as a natural antiseptic so its awesome for calming breakouts and reactive skin.

hydrating treatments

hydrating treatments

HEALTHY HAIR

I do like a good hair treatment and tend to switch between leave in treatments, oils and masks, but I'm really enjoying the Maui Moisture Strength & Anti-Breakage Agave Mask at the moment. Maui Moisture is a new brand from OGX and I'm pretty impressed so far. The main ingredients in all Maui products are aloe vera juice and coconut water which is intensely hydrating. There's no silicones, parabens or sulphates, so the soft silky hair you're left with is truly nourished, rather than coated in ingredients which make the hair feel nice but don't actually improve it's condition. After a few weeks of using this mask I'm also definitely seeing less breakage and my hair is much less frizzier.

hydrating treatments

HANDS AND HOOFS NEED HYDRATION TOO

I like to have a fancy smelling hand cream in my bag with me at all times, but a more nourishing treatment is also a must. The Mane 'n Tail Hoofmaker Hand & Nail Therapy* is my treatment of choice as it has drastically changed the condition of my nails. A thick smothering of this before bed keeps the hang nails at bay for me. My nails are still short, but much less drier and my cuticles are looking much healthier and less dry. I put this onto my feet too for an extra treatment which works even better with cotton socks over the top to seal it all on. Not very glamourous I know, but so worth the effort!


hydrating treatments

FOR SOFT AND SILKY LIMBS

I'm using quite a lot of Palmer's products at the moment, but for good reason as it's all really darn nice! I wrote a separate post all about the Palmer's skincare range, but today I'm going to focus a few products from the Coconut Oil range which are perfect hydrating treatments. Now, body lotions are not particularly sexy, and it takes a lot for me to regularly use one. I have super dry skin so I know I should apply a lotion all over every day, and as much as I care for my face and douse that in all my lotions and potions on the daily, I'm just not as disciplined with my body. The main reason is that most lotions feel sticky and take an age to sink in, whereas I want to pop my pjs on straight away! Do you see my dilemma?

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Body Lotion* is a little bit different though. Its intensely hydrating, so this bottle is going to last me an age, but it also sinks in super quickly. In fact, it actually transforms from a fairly thick lotion into a soft oil when massaged into the skin, making it feel like a much more expensive fancy treatment. In terms of scent, while it's distinctively coconut, it also combines Tahitian Monoi Oil and Tiare flower petals, which give it a light and delicate floral edge. Much more luxurious that the majority of body lotions I've been accustomed to in the past. My skin feels super soft and nourished, and when in the morning it's still silky and smooth.

For the more rougher dry areas such as knees, elbows (and in my case), legs, a body butter is an essential treatment. The Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Body Cream* is unsurprisingly very similar to the body lotion, except that its a gloriously thick body cream formula, perfect for those areas that never feel soft enough. It offers 24 hours of hydration and my skin has never felt softer. Although it is thick, it also turns from a cream into a soft oil like the lotion does which is really unique.

HYDRATED KISSABLE LIPS 

To keep my lips in check I'm using the Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Lip Balm*. I always prefer a stick balm than poking my finger into a pot which isn't very hygienic, so I always have this one to hand. Because it contains coconut oil its really hydrating and melts straight into my lips - perfect for prepping before lipstick. My lips are quite cracked at the moment so I'm super reliant on it right now!

What hydrating treatments do you love?

Laura

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