My hot hints for CHILLED GLAMOUR!
Ever heard that you should keep your beauty buys in the fridge to make them last longer and wondered if that were true? Well, there is some logic to it: heat does play a part in breaking down formulations and altering their composition because most beauty products contain oils, and higher temperatures can shorten the lifespan of a scent, foundation or moisturiser. Factor in direct sunlight and the process speeds up. So if your beauty must-haves currently bask in heat and light on a windowsill, remove them immediately! If you are clever and your stash is in a dark, cool cupboard, then it’s safe enough. But what, if any, items should we be chilling?
There are some benefits to refrigerating certain cosmetics, but with our temperate climate this is only really useful while on holiday abroad. For example, cold temperatures make nail varnish thinner so it’s easier to apply and dries quicker: this is especially valuable abroad when no amount of waiting around helps avoid smudges.
Likewise, keeping your moisturiser chilled can help to cool your skin and reduce redness instantly on a hot day. Be careful, though: moisturisers are a blend of oil and water so accidentally allowing them to freeze will cause the cream to separate and become useless. Make sure that your fridge isn’t on the very coldest setting first!
Women suffering hot flushes and dehydrated skin will enjoy the cooling effect and moisturising benefits of spritzing cool thermal water on their face, neck and chest whenever an overheating flash occurs. Thermal water is prized for its nourishing and healing mineral content; to protect the purity and compounds in the water, it is usually packaged at source from the spring itself — metal containers being the preferred packaging to keep the water cool and away from light.
Chilling the water simply adds a skin-calming factor while you replace lost moisture from the upper layers of skin, which the minerals help soothe and repair. Regular tap water contains impurities so spritzing the skin with this can actually be dehydrating. Spray thermal water whenever needed, on bare skin or over make-up. La RochePosay, Vichy, Evian, Uriage and Avène are all thermal water brands and are available from chemists nationwide.
Even using the best sun protection, you may experience some reddening of the skin, and with it dryness, so aftersun is another item to consider chilling. Whether you have a cosmetic one or have picked up a more natural aloe vera gel, it is nicer to use when lightly cooled to help take down any heat in the skin. Just remember, keep your chilled-out cosmetics to the front of the fridge, where the temperature is mildest. If a product contains scent, put it in a sealed container. Your beloved bottle of Chanel No. 5 will be safe enough but it’s not a flavour that works well with Cheddar! Merumaya’s founder, Maleka Dattu, spent three decades working at some of the world’s leading cosmetic companies and has launched her own anti-ageing skincare line. This serum is the hero product and contains 10 potent active ingredients for radiant, more youthful skin.
In just 17 months this powerful serum from Clarins has become the brand’s top-selling product, with 15,000 units sold in Ireland (that’s 140 per day!). Designed for women aged 25-plus, Double Serum contains 20 plant extracts, housed in separate oil and water barrels. These mix when the serum is pumped and the concentrate gets to work on the skin, replenishing moisture, balance, youthfulness and luminosity. The nationwide delivery service now offered by M&S means you can get exclusive brands, often discounted, delivered to your door or local store. And this nail brand is one to covet. Leighton’s Miracle Drops speeds up drying time over any polish colour and adds a high-shine finish.
MERUMAYA ICONIC YOUTH SERUM €43.50, arnotts.ie CLARINS DOUBLE SERUM Clarins counters LEIGHTON DENNY MIRACLE DROPS €15, marksandspencer.ie