Beauty winter warmers

There is a definite chill in the air, and with party season looming large it is time to take control of any flaky, dry skin and make sure we all look fabulous for our impending social engagements.

This week I have tried and tested four products, a couple of which are old time firm faves but definitely worth a mention, and two quite new ones which have both turned out to be really rather marvellous.

So,let’s go retro first and talk about Sudocrem! Yes I know what you are thinking, nappies, babies and certainly not a glossy product at all. Well there is no getting away from the fact that it is well known for its soothing properties and is much loved by babies bottoms, but the fact is that this is a good all rounder for anyone with dry or chapped skin. As a dog walker I find my hands really suffer in the colder months of the year, even if I do wear gloves, and Sudocrem is great at soothing, calming and softening.

Next up is Natural Dead Sea Skin Care. This range is as old as the hills and is always easily recognisable by its dependable blue and gold branding. It may lack the edgy look of newer products but you should never judge a book by its cover-or a bottle of body lotion for that matter. These products truly deliver. I tried the bath salts with frankincense oil and rose petals and enjoyed a spa-like experience. My skin was left soft and smooth and I felt relaxed and ready for anything! Topped off with the natural mineral body lotion, they are the perfect winter body products that will definitely keep dry, itchy skin at bay.

As a sensitive tooth sufferer, I always welcome any products that take the ow factor out of dental pain! UltraDEX is a range of dental products developed by professionals and backed by scientific research. Quite apart from the fact that the products are vegetarian, the range promises fresh breath and relief from the pain of sensitive teeth. I tried the toothpaste and mouthwash and loved them. As someone who genuinely hates mouthwash, I am a convert.

My final product is an amazing BB cream called Ginerva. Distributed exclusively in the UK by Janiro, this green tea based product is probably among the best bb creams I have tried, and oh trust me…I get through quite a few! It goes on beautifully, leaves a matt but natural finish and you don’t even know you are wearing it. Highly recommended.

Sudocrem and the Natural Dead Sea ranges are available from Boots. For the BB cream visit and for the UltraDEX products go to

Published by Sarah Adams

I am the author of The Life Edit, an eight step personal development coaching programme that harnesses the power of journalling and writing to help people make transformational changes to their lives. I am also journalist and writer who has worked for newspapers, magazines, TV and online for the last 35 years, and an accredited personal development practitioner. I have written books, appeared on TV and radio and have worked in the world of corporate communications as a senior manager. I launched and ran The Community Media Group for ten years-this is a social enterprise that exists to produce professional, community newspapers in socially challenging areas as well as providing free training.

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