Cold creams are making a comeback
Cold creams are oficially back on our beauty radar thanks to a number of big brands launching their very own modern day versions.
So, what exactly are they and should you be using one?
The OG product, Pond’s Extract, was created by American scientist
Theron T Pond in 1846 and was essentially a witchhazel blend to treat cuts and bruises.
However, in the early 20th century, the brand adapted to it into the burgeoning beauty world, replacing its healing blend with two new makeup products, one of which became known as Cold Cream.
The product quickly became a irm favourite among those in the know and still is to this day. Fast forward to present day and the core ingredients and purpose of cold cream remain very much the same — using simple emulsions of high concentrations of mineral oil and waxes, like beeswax, in water to remove makeup and protect your skin against moisture loss. Ideal for dry or sensitive skin, the bathroom cabinet stalwart makes for a worthy addition to your modern day routine because, not only are they relatively affordable and incredibly gentle, they also work double-time to moisturise even the dreariest of complexions. Simply invest in your cold cream of choice, slather onto your skin — damp or dry — and gently wipe off with a wet washcloth. Throughout the summer months our hair has seen its fair share of cool-girl beach waves, messy buns and braids. However, the time has come to forgo undone texture in favour of taming your mane and achieving super-smooth, glossy locks.
And there is no better time to treat yourself to a salon blow-dry than autumn/winter.
This season, bouncy tresses were seen all over the runway from side-parted waves at Balmain to lawlessly-inished styles at Fendi courtesy of Sam Mcknight.
Sadly, an everyday glossy A-list blow-dry is out of the questions for most of us – but don’t despair, because there are actually plenty of tricks you can employ to achieve the ultimate athome blow. The way you blow-dry your hair can make or break the end result, so to ind out the best techniques we spoke to hairstylist and GHD UK ambassador, Zoë Irwin.
“Once you’re out of the shower with freshly washed hair don’t try to tackle it instantly with a dryer and brush. Your hair doesn’t start to take shape until the last 20 per cent of the drying process and using high heat and brushing wet hair can be very damaging, so this is wasted energy.”
Instead, Irwin suggests applying a small amount of serum or hair oil through your hair along with a heat protector before tilting your locks to the side and drying with a medium heat up in a circular motion. “Remember, heat rises so the most eficient way is to dry the hair from the underneath up,” she adds.
Once your hair is 80 per cent dry, Irwin says the next step is to section your hair from air to ear. Then place a brush underneath the hair and hold your hairdryer over it, following through to the ends. When working on the back separate the hair in the centre and bring around and forward over the shoulder. This will make it easier to style and control.
Top tip: Use the nozzle on your hairdryer for an even smoother inish.