Beauty: Weleda Skin Food Saviour

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I love a product that comes with a good history. Weleda's Skin Food is one of those products. It is one of Weleda's oldest products and has been around since 1926- it must be doing something right! Weleda's new Skin Food Saviour Kit includes the infamous Skin Food and also comes with a flannel.

Weleda Skin Food is a nourishing and hydrating treatment which can be used in many different ways. Describing itself as a 'replenishing skin repair cream for dry patches of skin and for added protection' it is made with organic sunflower seed oil, and lots of lovely extracts including chamomile and rosemary. These ingredients make it a great rescue remedy for lack-lustre skin. It can be used on dry skin all over the body and the saviour kit encourages using it as a face treatment. 

The face treatment using skin food has five simple steps:

1 - Thoroughly cleanse skin
2 - Warm skin with the hot flannel to open pores (a great tip that I'll be using when applying any mask)
3 - Apply a thin layer of Skin Food - it's quite thick so you need to be careful not to drown your skin!
4 - Leave on for 10 minutes whilst relaxing in the bath
5 - Gently remove any excess product with the flannel

I have used this and although it felt a bit strange to use such a thick cream product as a mask (it reminds me of E45 cream) it left my skin so super smooth and really quite clear and radiant. My skin was playing up at the time with my rosacea, and this didn't agitate it at all.

Weleda's Skin Food Saviour Kit costs £9.95 and can be bought here*.

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Daisy x

Beauty: 6 Great Face Masks

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I am a huge fan of a face mask. I could never have too many of them and they are a product that I use at least once a week when I have a pamper session - usually I apply it in the bath as the warmth from the bath helps get the mask working. Here are 6 of my current favourites.

1. Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask - I absolutely adore using this mask. It's a thermal mask so you apply a thin layer and feel it warming on your skin. You allow it to cool for 5 minutes and then rinse, or wipe off with a flannel. It is a clay mask and the warming effect helps to open up the pores so that the charcoal and clay can help draw out the impurities from deep within the skin. £10.50 from Boots.

2. Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask - Another clay mask and this is a really popular offering from Liz Earle. It's aimed at oily/combination skin and helps to draw out impurities to leave skin feeling balanced and calm. This is a proper clay mask - thick and quite tricky to wash off (the mask comes with a special sponge) but it leaves skin super soft and smooth. You can try a 15ml version for £6 from Liz Earle's website.

3. Claudia Louch Mineral Mud Mask* - this mask from Claudia Louch is packed full of the good stuff - grape seed oil, avocado oil, aloe, shea butter, vitamin E to name but a few ingredients! This is a cross between a clay mask and a more moisturising one - it aims to shrink pores and leave skin baby-soft. It is free from harsh chemicals and 94% natural so a great one for sensitive skin. It's just a bit on the pricy side! £52.50 from the Claudia Louch website.

4. Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask - Origins are known for their intensive overnight mask which I am yet to try, but this is another great offering from the brand. It's formulated for dry skin and is basically a great big dose of moisture. Algae extracts deliver hydration while Apricot Kernel Oil acts like a 'fountain of youth'. This has been a must-have mask for over winter. £23 from Boots.

5. Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask* - this mask is brilliant for a quick-fix. It's quick, effective and does exactly what is claims to do! Simply apply a layer for between 30 seconds-2 minutes and then remove. It includes natural active ingredients such as aloe vera which give your skin a natural radiance. It isn't suitable for sensitive skin and mine does flare up occasionally, so I only use this every so often for a little boost. You can try a 15ml version for £6 from Liz Earle's website.

6. Skin Chemists Rapid Facial* - This is the most expensive mask of the lot and very pricy it is indeed at over £100 (eek!). It is fantastic though - the glycolic acid in the formulation works by breaking down substances that bond dead skin cells trapped underneath the top layer of skin. These dead skins can then be rinsed away which leaves skin looking super clear and radiant. £117 from Skin Chemists.

Daisy x

Life: Columbia Road Flower Market

On Sunday we decided to take a trip to Columbia Road Flower Market - a place I'd heard lots about and had been wanting to go to for ages. 

It's situated close to Hoxton station and really is a marvel. We made a slight error in that we arrived at 12.45 when it was absolutely packed - it was quite a challenge getting from one end to the other and we did get a bit squished, so I would definitely recommend going as early as possible. The market is open from 8am to 3pm. 

Despite the hordes of people, it was great to see all of the beautiful flowers- and beautiful they were. From cherry blossom to orange trees to the most special kinds of roses. As it was later in the day we got two bunches of roses for £10 and there were plenty of great deals to be found. I am very pleased with these pink and orange roses which are sitting happily above our fireplace.

We also paid a visit to the nearby Geffrye Museum which is a a Museum of the Home. As you walk through the museum, you pass through living rooms from the 17th century to modern day, seeing how they change through the years. We also enjoyed a late lunch in their cafe which is really lovely and worth a visit.

You can find out more about the Columbia Road Flower Market here and the Geffrye Museum here.

PS. How much do I want that gorgeous Pomeranian?!

Daisy x