• Nicola Meir

My Favourite Skincare Products

🌟My Favourite Products🌟 #whatnicrecommends

Quite often I am asked for product recommendations by friends and clients. So I thought I’d share my favourite products with you.

💦ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy

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💫This is a treatment mask which is applied before bed and left on overnight to provide moisture to the skin. Perfect for skin that is suffering from the cold change in weather and the dehydrating effects of central heating.

💫 It contains Hyaluronic Acid and Konjac root to smooth and hydrate.

💫Chicory Root Extract helps to reinforce the skins natural barrier function which means it helps to stop moisture loss from the surface of the skin. Therefore giving it a smoother, softer, fresher look come the morning.

💫 It smells divine! Like a spa – Lavender, cedar wood and ylang ylang.

💫 Suitable for all skin types.

💫 I use once a week just before bed. After I’ve applied serum or facial oil I massage this into my skin – face, neck and décolleté until it turns white. I then wait a few minutes before going to bed.

(I’m not paid to recommend any of the products I’ll post about. They are purely my go to products which I use on myself and on many of my clients 😊)

❄️Facial Moisturiser❄️

💫The Abnormal Beauty Company – The Ordinary – Natural Moisturising Factors – (A rather long winded name for a moisturiser!)

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I love this moisturiser because not only does it contain some great ingredients which are effective in hydrating the skin, it’s also less than 🌟£7!!! 🌟 An absolute bargain!

💫 It contains Hyaluronic Acid to smooth and hydrate the skin, Amino Acids to boost the skins ability to store water and Dermal Lipids to strengthen the skins natural barrier and improve elasticity.

💫 It is fragrance free so suitable for skin that is often sensitive.

💫 I use this cream if my skin feels particularly dry. I often have a stubborn patch of psoriasis on one cheek and this cream is rich without being greasy.

💫 I apply this to many of my clients as the last skincare step during a facial, especially at this time of year.

👏🏻Hand Cream👏🏻

🌟L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (containing 20% Shea Butter)🌟

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💫This hand cream has won numerous awards over the years and a tube is sold somewhere around the world every three seconds – that’s how good it is!

💫It is definitely one of my desert island products! I’ve been using it for over fifteen years. For six years of that I was L’Occitane’s UK Training Manager, which is when I first discovered it and even though I no longer work with the brand I still buy it.

💫Shea Butter is its key ingredient which derives from the nut of the Shea tree and is rich in fatty acids and vitamins. This means it’s a hard working product that is effective in nourishing and protecting the skin (which many of us need especially at this time of year). It has a neutral fragrance so is perfect for men and women. It also contains amazing ingredients such as almond, honey and coconut oil all for added nourishment and hydration.

💫I call it my ‘hand cream of dreams’ because I apply it before going to bed. The rich formula means my hands are super soft come morning. Check out picture two to see how rich it is. I also use it on my facial clients for a luxurious hand and arm massage whilst allowing a treatment mask to do its work.

💫One thing I would say is to regularly exfoliate your hands with a hand scrub or some sea salt mixed with olive oil. This will remove the build up of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, which happens naturally, and will allow the hand cream to soak in more effectively (which also means you won’t have to use as much product – bonus!)

This is a perfect gift 🎁

🌟Fragrance🌟

💫‘Jo Loves’ – Pomelo Eau de Parfum💫

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💫’Jo Loves’ is a brand created by Jo Malone MBE. No longer affiliated with the Jo Malone brand, Jo has created ‘Jo Loves’ – a selection of fragrances inspired by memories and moments in her life.

💫Pomelo is an energising, uplifting and elegant fragrance. It’s inspired by memories of summer holidays – for example ‘white sandy beaches, fresh linen sheets and sparkling iced water’ with hints of grapefruit infused citrus. It wakes me up and boosts my energy levels in the morning but is sophisticated enough to wear in the evening too.

💫Scent notes – Pink Pomelo, Vetiver and Suede

💫Tip to ensure your fragrance lasts longer on your skin – exfoliate and moisturise your skin before applying your scent. This is because it needs moisture molecules to hook onto in order to stay on the skin. There is no staying power if fragrance is sprayed onto dry, dead skin cells.

💫I would also highly recommend Jo’s autobiography ‘Jo Malone My Story’ it’s a great read and describes her journey amazingly.

🌟Facial Cleanser🌟

🌟Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser🌟

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💫I’ve been using this cleanser for nearly 14 years


💫Things I love💫: the creamy rich texture, the array of fragrances ie rosemary, camomile, eucalyptus (the one pictured is a limited edition but they all smell divine), how easy it dissolves makeup, how gentle it is on the skin and it’s reasonable price (in comparison to many other cleansers on the market)

💫How to use💫: Apply one pump to a dry face and neck (including eyes) and massage in. If you’re wearing make up you’ll end up looking like Alice Cooper! 😂 Rinse a cloth in warm water, wring out and then use it to polish off the cream and make up. This will gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells to reveal a healthy glow. Finish by splashing your face with cold water.

This product has stood the test of time. It’s not for a particular skin type so would suit most people.

⭐️Foot Cream⭐️

💫L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream💫

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Another L’Occitane product I love and have been using for fifteen years.

💫 I use it before going to bed to keep my feet soft and moisturised. It works a treat on dry damaged skin.

💫 It contains 15% Shea Butter (this derives from the nut of the Shea tree and is known as a natural beauty balm by women in Sub-Saharan Africa). Shea Butter is very effective in moisturising and softening your feet.

💫 Lavender and Arnica help to soothe and refresh your tired tootsies, especially if you’ve been wearing heels this party season.

💫 Use both hands to massage it in your feet and pop on a pair of socks to allow this amazing balm to soak in.

💫 A great gift idea for friends and family or for yourself.

🌟Facial Oil🌟

🌟Espa Replenishing Face Treatment Oil🌟

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💫I love a facial oil and I have tried a lot of different ones over the years. This one stands out as the best for dry or dehydrated skins that are showing signs of ageing i.e. Me!

💫It’s not the cheapest facial oil but is packed with high quality ingredients to strengthen and protect the natural moisture barrier of the skin. Neroli, sandalwood and patchouli oils revitalise the skin. Whilst Avocado, Evening Primrose and Macadamia – all of which are rich in omega oils and vitamins – feed and soften the skin leaving it smooth and supple.

💫I apply it to my face, neck and décolleté (upper chest area) after cleansing and toning in the evening before moisturising. I always take a few moments to inhale the amazing aroma before massaging it into my skin. When giving facials I sometimes use it before applying a treatment mask and really work it into the skin with a thorough massage.

💫It’s a common misconception that you can’t use facial oil if you have a naturally oily skin. This is not the case. It can actually help to regulate your oil production. It’s a lightweight, non greasy oil so it sinks easily into the skin. There are even ‘dry’ oils on the market for those who are really skeptical about using an oil on their face.

💫As you can see, the picture is not one of me holding the bottle in my hand or photographing it somewhere in my house as I have just run out of it! I am keeping my fingers crossed that Father Christmas gifts me a new bottle next week 🤞 x

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