Cold creams are mak­ing a come­back

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - BEAUTY BITES -

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.

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