I went to get my hair cut the other day and my lovely, lovely hairdresser (I’m not being sarcastic – he is actually really very nice) told me that my hair needed a bit of a refresh; that winter had brought out the green tones in my hair and that it was making my eye bags more prominent. As you can imagine, it was a lovely thing to hear but it was actually a pretty accurate summary of the way I felt – a little bit see-through coloured and shrivelled. So, I chopped off a good 10cm of hair, got rid of all the split ends and am now pretty much downing water and rolling around in moisturiser to rehydrate my skin.

Jokes aside, I have actually been cutting down on the caffeine and trying to drink more water and I’ve found a few great skin and haircare products that have been working miracles to rehydrate my skin after the winter months.

HydrationFirst things first, before I throw out all my tights and get back to dresses and cropped trousers, I’ve been hydrating my skin (mainly my legs) with this new Björn Axén Organic Body Cream that I just got. I’ve also been using the body wash but I think I’d recommend the cream over the body wash. I’m not normally a vanilla scent kind of girl but this is really subtle and the bergamot really steals the show leaving a nice delicate citrus scent on your skin. Like most natural body creams I’ve tried, it takes a little while longer to rub into the skin than other creams but it’s great and I like that it comes in a pump bottle – it somehow makes me more inclined to moisturise after a shower. Björn Axén is a Swedish brand and this is their line of body care products that are all natural and organic, mainly vegan and come in climate neutral packaging… although I’m not too sure I know what that really means.

Hydration for spring

OK, now let’s talk about La Mer…I have one main golden rule here on my blog and that is that I don’t talk about a product or a service that I have been gifted if I wouldn’t willingly pay the retail price for myself. I received this at an event and this pot of cream costs 200 CHF (£150). Yes, 200 CHF – that’s the price of a nice pair of shoes, a good chunk of a handbag and well, a sizeable part of my monthly rent and yet still, I can honestly say that I would (and will) be buying this again. This is not just La Mer Cool Gel but actually a little pot of heaven and hands down the best moisturiser I have ever tried. Go out and get it, you might weep a little as you punch in the code to your credit card but you won’t regret it.

La Mer reviewIf you’re looking for more intense hydration and into the idea of a face mask but don’t like the mess, or just cannot be bothered, these two are great alternatives:

The Valmont Prime Renewing Pack is another incredible find. It also comes with a high price point but you can use it very sparingly. I like to pat a layer on under my eyes over night when I’ve got a big event or meeting coming up. Honestly, there is nothing quite like this to get rid of eyebags. Valmont is a luxury Swiss skincare brand that you often see used in spas around the world. I recently had the pleasure of meeting a bunch of women from the Valmont team at a perfume event and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a group of women with such amazing skin.

A more affordable alternative to the Valmont mask, is the Clarins SOS Hydra mask. It works in a similar way (although not quite as effective) but it’s something like a quarter of the price. On a Sunday when I get out of the kitchen at Le Pointu after cooking brunch, I have a shower and wash my face and then layer on this mask. The lower price point means I don’t feel like it’s a waste and the best thing – you can leave it on as long as you like and rinse it off, or even leave it on all night which is convenient for me after a brunch shift as I do tend to fall asleep within a matter of minutes.

Sofia Clara hydration must haves

Out of all the products I’ve tried recently, this is one that I am certain is here to stay in my skincare routine for a long while. It’s the Aesop In Two Minds Facial Toner (on the far left). I feel like this line of products was made for my skin type. I have combination skin that’s actually quite sensitive and I’ve never used a toner before because I always felt like it was too harsh. This is gentle and I am convinced that it has actually reduced the size of my pores and cleared my skin. I use it after washing my face on a cotton pad and leave it for a few minutes before moisturising. Game changer. I’ve already used half the bottle.

The Clinique Moisture Surge Spray is certainly not an essential but it’s quite a nice little spray to add a little extra moisture, especially if you have dry skin. You can use it after a toner before moisturising or to refresh over your makeup. I like that there’s no alcohol in it and it’s fragrant free. When I have day trips to Geneva with meetings from midday to 6 p.m. and then an event in the evening, this is a really nice thing to use to freshen up when you don’t really have time to do anything else.

Redhydrate your skin

And lastly, a little mention of this Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Leave-in Conditioner for any of you in between haircuts and in need of a little extra nourishment on the tips of your hair. As you know from my last post, it’s always a struggle to fit in appointments like hair cuts so this is a great one to use on the tips of towel dry hair if you’re feeling like your hair is a little raggedy. Plus, there’s just something about the smell of Paul Mitchell products that I just love.

There we have it; a little selection of products that I’ve been using to hydrate my skin. I’d love to know what you think about this kind of beauty post. I’m really into all things skincare but don’t often post much about it but I’ve had lots of questions from friends recently and above all, lots of compliments on my skin so I feel like I’m really figuring out a combination of products that work for me.

I’d love to know what you think! Thanks for stopping by for a read and I hope to see you back here soon. xS

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