Winter’s in full swing here in Melbourne, which means it’s the time of year to pull out some ultra-nourishing treats for hair and skin battered by cold winds and heating. I’ve tried a few new products lately that I can see becoming firm favourites in my beauty routine: Sanctuary Spa Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil, L’Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Shampoo and OGX Coconut Miracle Oil.
This Sanctuary Spa Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil was a bit of an impulse buy – I was actually looking for a face cream but I love love love facial oils and haven’t used one for a while, so I couldn’t resist adding this one to my basket. You just dispense a few drops into your hands and apply to your face before bed under your night cream or alone under make up during the day. The combination of oil and cream at night is great for me as I suffer from dry skin (especially on my forehead) and it leaves my skin really soft and smooth by the morning. It’s also lovely under make up – many people don’t like facial oils as they find them too heavy and sticky and wouldn’t dream of using one under make up, but this one isn’t at all and just gives a lovey dewy finish underneath foundation. The one downside is that is doesn’t smell the best – I think it might be the frankincense which, as I discovered recently, doesn’t smell good at all, but otherwise it’s an all round lovely product.
After months of regular trims, deep conditioning treatments, cutting down on colouring and wearing an Invisibobble to try and limit breakage, I think I’m finally getting somewhere with my damaged blonde hair – it’s thicker, it’s growing and it looks healthier than it has in a long time. A product I’d absolutely recommend for damaged locks is this L’Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Shampoo. From the first time I used it there was a noticeable difference in the condition of my hair, which has improved with regular use. It’s probably the best shampoo I’ve ever used. It’s a bit pricey, but if you spend money on colouring your hair, it makes no sense really to use cheap products on it on a day to day basis that are going to strip it and make it dull and dry. I’ve been told it’s more important to invest in a good shampoo than an expensive conditioner, as this will make more of a lasting difference: essentially shampoo is a detergent so you want a good quality one that isn’t going to strip your hair too vigorously.
On the advice of my hairdresser I’ve been adding an oil to the ends of my hair after towel-drying to try and nurture the dry tips back to life. I’ve been using this OGX Coconut Miracle Oil, which I really like – it’s nourishing without being too heavy or greasy and smells gorgeous too. For the price the bottle looked pretty small, but you actually use such a tiny amount each time that it goes a lot further than you think. I’ve tried a few things from the OGX range and I generally find it to be pretty good quality for the money. Will definitely be adding this one to my regular hair routine!