A New Leaf for Winter
OK, I give in - as one of those summer-loving sorts who stubbornly insists on doing the school run (make that shiver) in bare legs and flip-flops when everyone else has, sensibly, taken cover under tights and snuggly boots, I know when to concede. Temperatures are dropping, the nights are drawing in, there’s that crisp, autumnal bonfire smell in the air and children are talking Christmas lists. So, what better way to get into the mood for the season of crunching leaves, hot chocolate (hoorah) and hunkering down, generally, than by treating yourself to a few autumnal beauty treats?
Warm is definitely a word that describes the new season’s beauty feel, along with rich, deep and, yes, delicious (back to that hot chocolate again ...).
Taking it from the top, post-summer hair often benefits from a lustre-boosting, colour-enhancing treatment in the form of shampoos, conditioners and colour ‘glosses’ which help to restore dry, faded tresses. At home, look out for shade-enriching and brightening haircare formulas, such as John Frieda’s Brilliant Brunette Shine Release Original Shampoo and Conditioner (£4.89 each at boots.com) or the Luminous Color Glaze (£6.99, as before, a gel-cream formula inspired by pro salon treatments (to help restore shine and vibrancy to post-summer blondes, try the Sheer Blonde variants). Or try Charles Worthington’s Results Colour Bright Brunette or Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner (£4.55 each, also at boots.com). Alternatively (and especially if you’re not sure what sort of formula would be compatible with your hair, colour-treated or otherwise - put yourself in professional hands and ask about salon glossing and semi-permanent colour options.
More important than colour, however, is condition. As the colder months set in - and to help replenish moisture after the summer months - think about switching to a more moisturising shampoo and conditioner. The much-loved salon brand Paul Mitchell’s new Awapuhi Wild Ginger range contains a ‘keratriplex’ (try saying that with a mouthful of hot chocolate and marshmallows), designed to penetrate tresses and help to repair and seal them against further environmental damage. Try the Moisturizing Lather Shampoo (from £6.95) and Keratin Cream Rinse (£7.95) for daily care (visit paulmitchell.co.uk, or find your nearest salon by calling 0845 659 0012).
Fans of Liz Earle’s naturally-based, top-to-toe beauty goodies will love her first venture into haircare. The new Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner (£7.50 each) are formulated with gentle, naturally super-nourishing ingredients and smell wonderful (at lizearle.com).
Between washes and whatever the weather, keep hair tamed and glossy-looking with the nothing-short-of-fantastic Moroccanoil range of styling creams and shine boosters, such as the classic Hydrating Styling Cream and the Glimmer Shine Spray. They all smell yummy, as well as being really effective. I wouldn’t be without these products now, as a curly girl (locate your stockist at 01296 620555).
Whilst the loading up on layers, be sure to keep sandpaper-like skin at bay by slathering on the body lotion or cream after every bath or shower. That mama must-have, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Formula Lotion (£4.99 at boots.com), now comes in an intensive Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream (£2.19 a tube, as before) that’s ideal for keeping on top of rough spots like elbows, heels and knees (even if they have gone into hibernation).
Last, for now, but not least - the easiest way to update your beauty kit for autumn is at your fingertips. This season’s soft caramel, dark chocolate and warm berry nail colours will instantly take your look - and your mood - from end-of-summer to autumn-polished. Try Jessica’s new Custom Nail Polish (£8.95) in Bittersweet, a glossy toffee (jessica-nails.co.uk); Orly Nail Lacquer in Coco Beach; L’Oréal Paris Resist & Shine Titanium (£5.99) in new Burgundy Black and Nails Inc.’s new Nail Polish (£11) in new - wait for this - Cocoa Bliss, a limited edition inspired by Cadbury’s Dairy Milk. (at nailsinc.com). Oh. My. Gosh. What better way to start the new season? ...