The Great Night In

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Men have sheds. Women have – well, we have bathrooms. (And thank heavens for that.) Yes, the rest of the family are in and out of them, too. (Leaving their towels dripping on the floor.) But when it comes to finding sanctuary in the home, there is nowhere better: lock the door, run the taps, lie back and soak your cares and stresses away. Because while we may all fantasise about a fortnight at Chiva-Som (or some other faraway spa), in reality, a night in with some gorgeous bath and body treats is the closest most of us get to a wellbeing escape.

So we should be thankful, then. Because in the past few years, as a beauty editor I’ve been privileged to see first-hand how the beauty world has been falling over itself to offer us pampering potions for at-home treatments: bath oils, salt scrubs, foot treats, face masks – and more. All designed to offer the blissful benefits of a salon or spa visit – but with the bonus: we can enjoy, then flop into our own beds, afterwards. In a perfect world, we’d prepare for this experience by tumbling dry a vast pile of clean fluffy towels, and preparing a relaxing playlist on our iPhones. But because this isn’t a perfect world, all that’s really required is a lock on the bathroom door (or a chair that can be wedged under the door handle), to maximise our chances of privacy.

Whizz up a juice, unroll your yoga mat for a few smooth moves, beforehand – and retreat…

Start with water therapy. Physiologically, the relaxing effects of soaking in water are simple to understand: warm water displaces weight, making you feel light. As your capillaries dilate from its warmth, your blood pressure drops. What’s more, according to Diane Ackerman, author of A Natural History of the Senses, a soak in the tub is ‘a ritual that is restorative, sensuous, religious or calming.’ So: chuck out that ageing flannel. Pension off that rubber duck. And prepare experience splendour in the bath. Read More…

Time-Saving Body Cheats

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Following on from our Summer Hair Short-Cuts which featured here in July, some time-saving body cheats – and a few of Beauty Bible’s best make-up tricks, to give you an instant, glamorous glow, in the blink of a (waterproof mascara-ed) eye…

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For silky skin, become a scrubber. We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: we are constantly impressed by the power of body scrubs to buff away even that stubborn chicken-y skin on the derrière, knees, heels and elbows; a couple of sessions with an oil-based scrub packed with either salt or sugar can transform dull, sluggish skin faster than you’d imagine possible.

Discover skin tints. Unlike self-tanners, body tints are temporary (they shower off, and don’t have the characteristic biscuit-y smell of most fake tans). We’re all converts at Beauty Bible Towers, because they work brilliantly to instantly deliver a can’t-tell-it-from-real bronze tint to bronze pasty limbs, and to even out strap/bikini marks. (A tip: we find that no matter how moisturising the formula claims to be, truly seamless results are achieved by applying body lotion first.)

Feel like a lemon. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze out a little juice, and sit down to read a magazine with your elbows propped in the two halves. The natural fruit acids will bleach the skin (which tends to be darker), while leaving elbows silky-soft. Read More…

Autumn Body Blitz

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The vest season is almost upon us (and I don’t know about you, but I’m already encased in Wolford opaques…) Which means we’re entering a danger zone in terms of body neglect. It’s scarily easy not to give another thought about everything below chin-level until the spring equinox, but the simple truth is that maintaining good circulation from top-to-toe isn’t just cosmetic: it’s important for overall health and wellbeing (helping with blood flow to skin and organs, as well as lymph drainage). Read More…

Ditch The Dinge! Scrubs.

Ditch the dinge by Josephine Fairley

Spring may be bursting into life outside – but after a winter of central heating, biting winds and barely a ray of sunlight, skin can look decidedly less-than-vibrant. In fact, unless you’ve managed to squeeze in some winter sun, the chances are that right now, everything that’s been lurking under a vest/cashmere jumper/your Wolford Velvet Deluxes looks – well, rather like something that has been under a stone. Pale. Pasty. Just plain dull. (And, chances are, dry too – because did you know that clothes actually ‘wick’ the moisture from skin…?) Read More…