Often we spend so much time, money and effort on our skincare and makeup regimes that we often overlook the potential of products lingering on our bathroom shelves. A great body wash, face mask, hair treatment or bath oil can make all the difference, even if they’re not necessarily the most exciting or filled with the latest technology – if anything, most of our bathroom essentials haven’t been upgraded for decades. However, that doesn’t mean there’s not pleasure to be found and products to be enjoyed; little swaps or additions can make all the difference and ensure our bathrooms are a place we want to be. On that note, here are some of the bits and bobs I’ve been enjoying and think are worth lingering in front of the bathroom mirror a little longer for!
Kind & Natured Oatmeal & Aloe Body Wash (£4.99)
Not the most exciting thing in our bathrooms, body wash or shower gel often leaves a lot to be desired; it’s functional and often a bit too much for our sensitive morning senses, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great affordable alternatives out there. 97% natural and free from Sulphates, Parabens & Petrochemicals, Kind & Natured is light and delicately fragranced while being enriched with some great ingredients – including comforting Oatmeal and soothing Aloe to leave skin feeling cleansed but conditioned. I love the scent and the way it makes my skin feel, plus it’s a fiver!
Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Repair & Protect Conditioner (£3.99)
I’m definitely a bit of a shampoo and conditioner snob, thanks to my years working in hair care development, and Pantene is usually one of those brands I stay away from (because the formulas have historically been filled with far too much silicone, which leaves hair limp and dull over time) but this three minute conditioner has convinced me otherwise. It includes Panthenol to help strengthen, while glycerin conditioners help to smooth the surface and leave hair feeling nourished; although it’s not a product I’d use every wash, when I need a little helping hand and my hair is looking exceptionally dull it’s a quick boost that works a treat.
Time Bomb Peace & Quiet Coconut Cleansing Oil (£25.00)
great night time cleanse is one of life’s little luxuries, so using
efficacious and sensorial products makes that experience even the more
pleasurable. Time Bomb, created by Lulu, have some little secret gems
that I really do love – and this new coconut cleansing oil has joined
them at the top of my list. It contains a blend of Grape Seed, Sunflower
and Safflower oils along with Coconut Oil (known for powerful
antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties) to deliver
effective cleansing with a touch of hydration. It effortlessly removes
makeup and impurities (although it does struggle with mascara) to leave
skin feeling and looking fab.
Nia Wash + Glow Fash Wash (£20.00)
Twenty quid for a face wash may seem steep, but this has been in my shower for months and I’m still not even half way through. The sulphate-free non-foaming cleanser helps to gently wash away impurities without stripping skin, thanks to its light foam (created by pumping in air as it’s released from the pack) that feels like a treat every morning. It contains NIA-114, a patented molecule that fortifies and protects skin against the impact of lifestyle stressors, Murumuru Butter Extract to gently cleanse and soothe skin while helping to lock in moisture, Olive Extract to provide essential fatty acids for skin hydration, soothing Chamomile and antioxidant Goji Fruit Extract. So a touch more than your usual Neutrogena then! Developed specifically for those in their 20’s that want effective products without the faff or added nasties, this is actually a great all-round face wash no matter your age.
Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish (£46.50)
Although eye-wateringly expensive, this really is incredibly effective and will last a hugely long time too. Microdermabrasion (intensive exfoliation) is nothing new, but this polish utilises a
triple action approach to skin renewal in a single treatment thanks to a
blend of physical, chemical and enzyme rejuvenators. It contains
professional grade crystals (used by dermatologists) to smooth skin, as
well as Papaya Enzyme and Glycolic Acid to help dissolve impurities that
contribute to congested pores, dull and dry patches. Cell renewal is
stimulated, encouraging skin to renew itself, which with regular use
helps to provide a brighter and clearer complexion while boosting the
performance of your skincare too – simply because products can penetrate
deeper to where they need to be. A wise buy.
Murad Pore Extrator Pomegranate Mask (£30.00)
Undoubtedly one of my favourite skincare brands, thanks to their super effective products that deliver professional results, this ten minute pick-up from Murad is a welcome new addition to their range. The addictively scented formula extracts impurities and excess oil like a magnet, while Polylactic Acid polishing beads work to dissolve dead skin cells for a visibly refined surface texture; Pomegranate Extract promotes a brighter and more even tone, leaving your complexion feeling fresh, re-balanced and glowing. After ten minutes of this on my t-zone my pores are visibly reduced and my overall complexions smoother, making it a great morning pick-me-up or pre-event solution.
ESpa Fitness Bath Oil (£34.00)
I’ve been having all sorts of problems with my legs, back and shoulders in the past few months, thanks to a combination of long periods of time working at a computer and being a bit over-zealous in the gym. ESpa’s fitness bath oil is a great addition to my weekly bath-time, as the oils help to relax the muscles and mind simultaneously. Restorative Indian Bay and Clove Bud oils deeply soothe and relax, Lavender helps calm a busy mind, while Sweet Almond Oil deeply nourishes for beautifully soft, supple skin. Get in my tub!
What products are you loving in your bathroom right now? Any treats I need to know about?
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