September is upon us and the air is becoming distinctly chillier, leaving you under no illusion that summer is over. However sunshine always makes an appearance, whatever the time of the year, so let me share my August beauty ‘trials’ with you, some of which are potential all-year-round ‘beauty keepers’.
Skinesis Skin Insurance SPF 30, 30 mls, £44
It has been a busy year so far for Sarah Chapman, with the opening of her new flagship clinic in Chelsea and the launch of several new additions to his skincare range, including her first supplement. In late July Sarah launched a product that I was quite excited to try, even without knowing what’s it like to start with, as sun protection is not only a major cause of ageing but sadly cases of skin melanoma seem to be on the rise.
Skin Insurance SPF 30 is ”an advanced stem cell active cream that perfects and helps protect skin from infrared, thermal and UV ageing”. Sarah has been advocating daily SPF protection long before mainstream press picked up on the subject and looking at Sarah’s own skin you can see that she is a testament to what she recommends via her own daily skincare routine.
This smart formula contains bioactive and multivitamin complexes that in tandem mimic vital Vitamin D and essential skin minerals, while encapsulated photosomes harness daily light energy and assist slowing down of the skin ageing process, as well as increase skin’s own tolerance to UV light.
This light-weight cream is tinted and has Skinesis distinct, flowery smell that personally I find uplifting and smile-inducing. I use it in the morning, after applying Sarah’s Morning Facial Oil, but am sure you can easily find the way to work it into your own personal skincare regiment.
The tint might look a little dark when it comes out of the tube but when you apply it to the skin, it sinks into the skin pretty much without a trace, making it look somewhat flawless. Sarah recommends applying it on top of your usual moisturiser and if you want to add some colour to your skin, you might follow it up with a BB cream or stick foundation – that depends on your personal preference. Skin Insurance also contains smart light scattering powders and the tint tends to adopt to your own skin shade, so I tend to just add some concealer where my skin needs it, add some bronzer and highlighter, followed by some blusher and then just get on with my day. There is also no need to use primer, as it acts as a perfect base for your make-up.
Ingredients: High Performance Actives: Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Flax seed, Sea Buckthorn, Omega 7, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Niacin, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Zinc gluconate, Copper Sulphate, Selenium Amino acid chelate, Silica (From natural source), Iodine (from kelp), Lutein, Lycopene, Hyaluronic Acid, Choline, Coenzyme Q10, Lavender, Hops, Resveratrol, Black pepper.
I have only used this product for a few weeks but it already has become indispensable when I want to look dewy & protected from UV. Smart beauty can be achieved with speed in the morning, when you have the right tools in your arsenal & this one is a worthy, multi-tasking addition to your morning skincare routine, irrespective of your age !
W3LL People Bio Bronzer Stick, £27
I am proud to call myself a natural warrior and part of the W3LL People tribe, partly because after meeting Shirley and James, two of the founders behind the brand, it was hard not to fall under their genuine charm and contagious enthusiasm in creating the products that enhance your beauty naturally, without jeopardising your long-term wellbeing. Another reason is that their products deliver in spades, with modern, advanced formulas and colours that match the skin tone, support the environment and make a woman look beautiful or glamorous, if the occasion calls for it.
The Bio Bronzer stick that I want to tell you about was a follow-up to my RMS Buriti bronzer purchase earlier this year and to be honest, I was simply curious to see how they compare. I started testing this on the skin that wasn’t pasty white but already had a Mediterenean tan and have given my family and friends plenty of laughs in the process, as I was applying it like a navy seal applies his special staff to the face before going on a jungle mission – wide stripes on my forehead, middle of the nose, apples of my cheeks, under the nose and on the chin, exactly where the sun normally hits your face. It is a darker shade than RMS Buriti Bronzer (I use it when my skin is not as tanned, as it is a subtle product) but it spreads easily and looks fairly natural on your face. In actual fact, I created a perfect marriage in the process of my make-up experimentation – apply this bronzer with RMS‘s recently launched skin2skin brush and you will have a picture-perfect, made-up face that looks very natural. Instead of using a face tanner, use this bronzer and your face and neck will look like you have just come back from a holiday.
As to the ingredients, they are as follows: Tri-Isostearyl Citrate, Caprylic Triglyceride, Ethyl Macadamiate, Beeswax, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/Plyglyceryl-3 Esters, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Silica Silylate, Caster Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Olive Fruit Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius, Green Tea Seed Oil, Aloe Extract*, Malic Acid, Vitamin E. [+/-: Mica (CI 77891), Iron Oxides Umber (CI Yellow 42), Orange 5 Lake(CI 4370) Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005)] *USDA Organic
So as you can see, this small but mighty stick offers antioxidant protection derived from green tea seed oil, while a combination of aloe leaf extract and olive oil will help your skin be well hydrated (provided you drink plenty of water throughout the day, of course !). Truly a must product, irrespective of the time of the year.
Caudalie Make-Up removing Cleansing Oil, 100 mls, £18
This latest launch from Caudalie combines the power of grapes and sweet almonds, fused together in a cleansing oil. The cleanser was developed to dissolve impurities and remove all types of make-up ( I was told on good authority that it even removes mascara and having tried it wearing one coat of W3LL People mascara, I can testify that it did the work gently but effectively, with no ‘panda’ effect ).
Ingredients: Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate*, Caprylic/Capric Tryglyceride*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) seed oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) seed oil*, Tocopherol*, Parfum (Fragrance)*. (147/065) * Plant origin.
It works for all types of skin, even sensitive, and smells enticingly like almonds & warm summer air in France. Dispense one or two pump on dry skin, massage it all over your face and neck, add a little water to emulsify the oil and then wash it all off. Alternatively put one pump on the face, massage, emulsify it with Caudalie’s grape water and wash it off with warm water – the beauty of Caudalie, is that the brand gives your instructions and tips, but doesn’t tell you how you should use their products – letting you find the way to utilise them to the maximum advantage of your skin instead.
Maybe because I have been going to Caudalie for many years now just the smell of their products makes me feel dreamily content, reminiscing of the days and nights spent in the happy cocoon of their vineyard and Spa – that is something unique and is to be appreciated and treasured. As for this cleanser, I enjoyed using it in a warm month and during my recent travels but think it would work nicely in autumn and winter as well.
Teatox Thermo-Go, £24.90
Why would I include a tea thermo bottle in a blog about skincare might you ask? Well, good quality tea, particularly green or white, especially freshly brewed, brings you multiple benefits. I am a fan of teabags ( and I know a professional tea tester who told me that a good quality tea in a teabag is as good as loose tea brewed in a teapot ) but am also impartial to the art of tea making and brew some for myself or my guests in my Japanese teapot – a wonderful ritual to have in your daily life, might I add.
When I go to the gym I take a bottle of water with me or a bottle infused with some herbs and fruit to ameliorate the taste but you don’t see many people with a tea thermos often, do you? A coffee in a steel mug yes, but tea? My recent discovery of this Teatox Thermo-Go Bottle, made from glass, bamboo, silicone and BPA free plastic was an interesting game changer when it comes to my fitness aligned drinking habits.
Teatox was created by two old-school friends, who, inspired by a joint trip to Asia and with a help of a Zen Buddhist monk, who helped them gain insight into traditional Asian tea culture, created Teatox loose teas, as well as the above mentioned bottle. Regular tea-drinking can have a powerful effect on our bodies and minds, so to have a modern, tea-infusing thermos that allows you to savour the drinking experience while on the go, combining efficacy and emotion, is certainly something that I very much appreciate.
Choose the tea that you want to brew, boil the kettle, let it stand for a couple of minutes after it reaches the boiling point and switches off, then slowly pour the water over the tea or herbs that you want to infuse in the stainless steel tea infuser, close the lid and let the tea stand for five minutes. Hey presto, a delicious glass thermos of tea that will stay hot for longer, yet will feel comfortable in your hand due to the double-wall designed glass bottle.
It will also come handy when you are feeling under the weather and want to cosy up under the bed covers with a book and a steaming drink close-by. It is also pretty to look at, which only enhances your tea-drinking experience whether you are at home or out and about. No more boring still mug at hand, an eco version that is good in equal measure for the environment and for one’s well-being instead. All you have to do, is just decide what tea you fancy – and cleaning it is very easy too!