While in bed with flu I’ve tried to make myself feel better through the application of nice beauty creams. It kind of worked, when your skin is hurting, dry and going a strange shade of yellow, a soothing balm can be nice. So here’s a round up of the creams that really helped. They work on non-flu-y skin too.
If there are any London readers out there who pass by Regent Street regularly, can I recommend a trip into the beautiful new L’Occitane store? It’s right down at the Piccadilly Circus end, but well worth a visit since it has a macaroon bar, a customisation counter, a wrapping station and a very pretty range of plants. Well worth a trip. I am a fan of the Ultra Soft Vanilla cream, mostly because it smells so good – slightly ice-creamish – and has the perfect non-friction or easy application. It was a comforting blanket of wellness on my tender skin.
I had this on my bathroom shelf because The Beauty Bible crew had mentioned how beloved it was by their testing teams – it’s always getting awards – so I thought I’d give it a try. It turned out to be a deliciously soothing face balm, super soft and easy to apply with hardly any scent (horrible scented face creams are stomach-churning when you’re ill). As an added bonus it has promised to make me less wrinkly, but flu makes you realize you don’t care about wrinkles, you just want everything to stop hurting. But it has made my skin very soft and it seems to have lasted a very long time.
I had been kindly gifted this absolutely glorious oil by the ultra stylish Victoire de Taillac-Touhami, co founder of the brand, who took one look at the state of my skin and thrust a bottle into my hand, promising it would make it better. It is a rich, golden amber colour and is made from a rose that grows in the Chilean Andes. Just applying it to my face was a lovely thing and the vintage design of the bottle with its tiny corked top cheered me up. It’s also good for mending scar tissue apparently. Quite pricey, but it’s a 50ml bottle and I’m quite addicted to it now…