Lifestyle and ageing means loss of vital moisture and nurients. Stephanie Smith selects products to rejuventate.
created for those who feel they are in need of a complete body overhaul – and who doesn't feel like that right now? – luxury Italian spa brand Comfort Zone brings us an anti-ageing body patch and a body cream to promote firmness by draining and making supple the skin from both inside and out. You simply apply one each day and keep it on for 24 hours and it works best, says Comfort Zone, when used in tandem with the D-age body cream, to target and firm problem areas using Kamani Oil (from an evergreen tree native to East Africa). The cream costs 47 for 200ml and the patches are 43 for a month's supply of 28, from www.comfortzoneskincare.com and on 01827 280 080.
Birch leaves have a powerful drawing action, stimulating the movement of fluid in the body to cleanse and detox. Dr Hauschka's Birch Arnica Body Oil is full of natural, time-honoured ingredients to give an invigorating boost and relieve muscular aches and joint pains. Restorative nettle and strengthening burdock combine with regenerating arnica extract to relax sore muscles. Massage in after showers and saunas. It costs 17.11 for 75ml from www.drhauschka.co.uk
There is no better restorative treatment than sleep, although vital moisture can be lost to skin and hair in the night-time if sleeping on cotton and polyester pillowcases. New SilkPerfect Pur Pillowcases use the natural amino acids of silk to help retain and promote hydration, while also providing a silky-smooth, fine soft and natural fibre to give a smooth base for your face, helping to banish morning wrinkles and ridges and help prevent long-term wrinkle development. It also acts to smooth hair for morning, with those strings of amino acid preventing frizzing and split ends. The silk pillowcase costs 20 from www.silkperfect.com.
Inspired by the abundant orchards of the Mediterranean, Crabtree & Evelyn's new citron, honey and coriander collection launches this week to cleanse and nourish the body while uplifting the soul with heavenly scents. The range is free from parabens and sulfates and filled instead with botanical oils and good-for-you indulgent honey. The Skin Smoothing Body Scrub costs 15, with sunflower seed wax granules, from stockists on 0800 111 4406 and on www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk.
L'Oreal's new Youth Code Serum has become a bestseller, with more than 100 sold daily. It has the same active ingredient (Bio-lysat) as Lancome's Genifique, although it's 24.99 compared with Genifique's 77 for 50ml. L'Oreal Youth Code Serum is available at Superdrug and until January 25, customers buying one can get another Youth Code product free.