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Biotin Shampoos, All Kinds Of Skin Solutions And The Dirty Truth Behind Make Up Wipes.

Here's a round-up of what’s new in beauty for mums and mums-to-be…

Make Up Wipes: The Dirty Truth

Whilst you can’t beat a proper cleansing routine to be kind to your skin, there’s no denying that a packet of convenient face-wipes can seem like a gift from the gods at bedtime when you’re too tired to contemplate cotton wool, cream, or any kind of rinsing over the sink.
Natracare Wipes

But a new campaign by Natracare got me thinking. They’ve released a YouTube video showing all the nasties that can be left ON your skin when you’re taking your make-up OFF with some of these wipes - up to 32 toxic chemicals in fact. Which is why I’m now experimenting with organic and natural make-up wipes in an attempt to lighten the chemical load my poor face has to put up with. Here are my three favourites at the moment:

Natracare Organic Cleansing & Make-Up Removal Wipes, £3.99 from pharmacies, independent health stores and Waitrose. A soft organic cotton cloth soaked in aloe vera leaf water plus plant and seed oils, these do an effective job at shifting even waterproof eyeliner.
Faith In Nature Wipes

Faith in Nature 3-in-1 Facial Wipes, £3.25 from www.faithinnature.co.uk and independent health food stores. Their lemony scent leaves skin feeing refreshed and clean, and the pH balanced blend of essential oils means you’re effectively moisturised too (with no greasy residue).
Ella Jane Celebrity Wipes

Ella Jane Celebrity Skin Wipes, £7.30 from www.heavenskincare.com
These luxury wipes made using organic cotton are twice the size of normal wipes. Meaning one goes a long way. I like that. They’re suitable for all skin types – but especially those prone to blemishes thanks to an infusion of peppermint oil (which not only smells clean and fresh) but also helps balance oily areas.

Biotin Is Big News

Well, in haircare it is, anyway. It’s a B Vitamin, found in foods such as beans, leafy green veg, egg yolks and dairy products and part of its role is promoting healthy hair growth.
Jason's Biotin Shampoo

Lots of mainstream haircare brands are using this ingredient in their products and it’s also found its way into some natural and organic brands too – so you get all the benefits of biotin in a paraben and sulphate-free wash and condition. Great for hair that might have thinned after pregnancy.

I like Jason’s Restorative Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner, £6.49 each for a chunky 473ml bottle from jasonnauralcare.co.uk. Fortified with ginseng, the formulas have a lovely, delicate fragrance and have left my hair with a bounce that’s been lacking since summer dried out the ends.
Aubrey Organics Biotin Shampoo

Also good are Aubrey Organics Biotin Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, £10.49 each for a 325ml bottle from www.aubreyorganicsuk.co.uk. Full of active natural plant extracts, this duo definitely seems to have added some extra oomph and thickness to my naturally fine hair.

Leave Your Skin On Cloud 9

Got unsightly stretchmarks? Painful varicose veins? Suffering with cellulite?
Cloud 9 Skincare

Cloud 9 Skin Solutions is a new British skincare brand that uses natural ingredients to tackle niggling skin problems that your average skincare range doesn’t address. There are five products in the range – many of which will be relevant to pregnant or new mums: a Body Makeover Cellulite Treatment (a tingling gel that boosts blood flow and helps reduce water retention); Nature’s Miracle Varicose Vein Treatment, containing extracts of Horse chestnut and Grape Leaf to reduce swelling and relieve aching, heavy legs: a Scar Minimising Cream, Skin Clearing Spot Gel and my favourite for post-winter cheeks - Tranquility Ultra Soothing Cream for dry damaged Skin. Prices start at £30 and all are available from www.cloud9skin.com. They come in colourful packaging, contain no nasties and are hypoallergenic with light textures that are easily absorbed. There – my skin feels better already.
Ten products

Top Marks For Ten Skincare

From the makers of TEN Baby natural mother and babycare products comes a new anti-ageing skincare range. Using scientifically-proved peptides, anti-oxidants, Alpha Hydroxy Acids and kind-to-skin ingredients like rice bran and jojoba oils, they’re a perfect mix of skincare-science meets natural goodness. No nasties mean you can use them freely without chemical overload concerns, and the lab-grade ingredients mean you know they’re tackling skin agers like fine lines, loss of elasticity, dryness and enlarged pores. The capsule range of four products includes an eye-contour cream, skin-exfoliation cream, instant lifting cream and – my new favourite day cream – the AntiAge Complete Rejuvenating Care Cream. Easily absorbed, it leaves skin beautifully scented and soft. I give it ten out of ten of course. Prices start at £29.70 from www.cleverskincare.com
Lavera Set

Winter Skin Wonders

As the weather turns more wintry and dry air wicks the moisture away from your skin, then look for products that add good-for-you oils to your body. New to the natural cosmetic brand Lavera is an organic cranberry and argan oil Regenerating Cream Oil Shower Gel and Body Moisturiser set. Fruitily festive and packed with antioxidants that help protect skin from harsh weather, it makes a perfect gift (for you) and comes in its own organza bag - £16.40 from www.lavera.co.uk.

If dry skin is much more of an itchy issue – and dermatitis or eczema is a problem – then the new Bioderma Atoderm Intensive (£13 from pharmacies and zestessentials.com) is well worth a look. Launching in November it contains PEA, an anti-itching active plus zinc to bring down irritation. You can use it on the face and body and it’s suitable for infants and children too.

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