As the leaves change colour, autumn is a reminder to reset our beauty routine to help protect against the colder climate and the drying effects of central heating. Scandinavia has the most gorgeous winter landscapes, so it’s safe to say they have perfected the art of cold weather skincare.
Hayley Flanagan brings us ten steps to create that seasonal glow, including effective products from Hæckels, the natural, coastal beauty pioneer; MODM, Edinburgh’s own award-winning holistic skincare; and Björk & Berries the eco-luxury brand preserving Nordic flora.
SCANDINAVIAN SKINCARE BIBLE
Trends in skincare can be tough to keep up with and this book focuses on paring everything back. By revealing the science, including the relationship between gut health and skin, Dr Gillbro empowers you to lay the foundation for beautiful, healthy, glowing skin through simple, self-care rituals.
MODM VITAMIN CLEANSING GEL
A unique and innovative gel cleansing formula, packed with a blend of plum kernel oil, pomegranate seed oil, macadamia nut oil, safflower oil, evening primrose oil and the Nordic superstar sea buckthorn oil. Use at night on dry skin and remove with a lukewarm, damp cloth. The colour and smell alone is sunshine on a dreary day!
MODM WHITE JADE FACIAL MASSAGE STONE
Winner of Editor’s Choice at the Beauty Short List Awards 2021, this ultimate Gua Sha tool is perfect for performing easy DIY facial massage for vital, contoured, glowing skin. White jade is renowned for promoting a sense of serenity, healing and peace. Start with clean skin, a clean massage tool and apply five to six drops of your favourite oil. MODM have an easy to follow video tutorial on their website.
B & B BLUEBERRY + BLUE TANSY RESTORING FACE OIL
A nourishing, restorative and calming face oil providing deep hydration and love to even the most delicate skin conditions. A true miracle worker! When forests cover 57% of the Scandinavian landscape no wonder berries are an essential part of life and this product contains Swedish organic blueberry seed oil. Use as a double cleanse/face mask for a deeply calming and nourishing home treatment.
HÆCKELS BIO RESTORE MEMBRANE
Zero-waste, grown to order under-eye masks! Seaweed agar is infused with aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, witch hazel and the Nordic staple cucumber into a degradable sheet eye mask to cool, soothe and reduce visible signs of tiredness. Activate in cool water, place the patches on the soft skin around the eyes and leave for ten minutes.
HÆCKELS EARTH MARINE WATER + AHA 4%
100% natural exfoliant that helps in cell turnover to reveal more youthful skin with visibly reduced pores, discolouration and fine lines. The solution acts as a leave-on exfoliator that works overnight to remove dead skin cells when used two to three times per week by simply wiping all over the face. With ingredients that are anti-inflammatory, calming redness and inflammation, this product turns the clock back on summer sun damage repairing it over the darker months.
MODM FACIAL REFINING MIST
A delicate blend of orange blossom water, rich in vitamins C and B, and cooling aloe vera. It nourishes, smoothes, gently exfoliates, removes impurities, brightens, refreshes, clarifies and refines the appearance of pores. Mist after cleansing for removing any lasting residue without harsh stripping or drying out the skin, leaving a fresh and dewy canvas for subsequent application of serums and moisturiser. Keep close to you for boosting moisture levels throughout the day, even over makeup.
MODM CONDITIONING LIP OIL IN MANDARIN
A lightweight, 100% natural oil nourishes and conditions the lips and softens fine lines around the mouth. With a blend of strawberry seed oil, watermelon seed oil, jojoba seed oil and festive mandarin essential oil for increased circulation. More intense than a balm, banishing chapped lips forever.
HÆCKELS ALGAE PLUMP + B3
A vegan alternative to traditional hyaluronic acid. This natural formulation features marine-derived water molecules from seaweed which attract and hold moisture three times more effectively than hyaluronic solutions on their own. Perfect daily hydration, massage the serum into the areas of your face that you want to focus on, to visibly plump the skin, reduce wrinkles and smooth out the skin’s texture.
B & B RESCUE CREAM INTENSIVE SKIN REPAIR
The final step should be a richer night cream than you are used to. This complex skin treatment formula is designed to improve skin barrier protection, provide irritation relief and enhance skin vitality in extreme weather conditions. Probiotics, the new beauty buzzword, have been incorporated to stimulate the increase of oxygen and reduce stress in the skin cells. This cream supplies absolute comfort, and leaves the skin calm and smooth.
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