Looking Good for Christmas

It’s the time of year when we start thinking about parties, hair, nails, makeup and, of course, new frocks! It always seems a bit of a shame that Christmas arrives just as the bad weather is setting in and our hair, nails and skin are beginning to suffer. Here are a few questions and answers about looking good for the party season:

Q. What can I use on my dry brittle hair to make it shine?

A. Baldwins have just the answer! The Synergy Shampoo for dry hair contains parsley, sandalwood, chamomile and coconut oil. Try it together with the Ylang Ylang and Lavender condition for dry hair and you’ll see sparkling results. For a real treat, use Aubrey Organics Desert Herb Shampoo. With its ultra mild formula it will revitalise dry hair, strengthen the hair structure and promote elasticity. You’ll be left with soft manageable hair that looks strong and healthy.

Q. My nails are a mess! I intend to have a manicure before the office party but I’d like to find a product that will help prevent all this splitting and breaking.

A. Broken nails are a sign of nail dryness and weakness, which could be due to several things. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, make sure you’re getting a good balanced diet and take a Vitamin E supplement, renowned for putting the life back into hair, nails and skin. Secondly, try not to wear nail varnish all the time; a few days without it will allow your nails to breathe and absorb moisture naturally. Thirdly, wear gloves when you wash up or do household jobs that involve putting your hands in detergent, and finally, give your hands the time they deserve by having a regular manicure if you can. As an ongoing treatment, Baldwins Laughing Bird Shea Butter Hand Cream will be as good for your nails as your hands. Massage the cream into your nails and cuticles regularly and you’ll soon notice a difference.

Q. At this time of year my skin takes on a sallow tone. Is there anything I can do to make it look more healthy?

A. For a start, keep the remnants of that summer tan going for as long as possible by using a little tinted moisturiser on your face and body. It’s much more healthy to moisturise than to lie under a UV lamp for long periods of time. Your skin will also appreciate a pick-me-up such as the Rosa Fina Facial Toner from Baldwins. You can use it as a spritz any time as it’s suitable for even the most sensitive skin and will enliven your complexion. It’s most effective when used after cleansing and is ideal if you suffer from blemishes or redness. If you really want to treat yourself, or you’re clever enough to drop hints about what you’d like Santa to bring you, the Barefoot Botanicals Rosa Fina Essential Skincare kit is a luxurious treat that combines a whole skincare regime in one gold coloured package. It includes mini sizes of radiance face oil, radiance facial cream, body conditioning lotion, ultra firming eye cream, cleansing milk and the facial toner mentioned above.

Baldwins stock lots of organic and natural skin care products. Take a look at the website for more ideas or talk to the helpline staff, who are always happy to give you further advice and help you choose products. Contact them on 020 7703 5550.

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