Some Body... what lies beneath those winter layers
Time to tackle what lies under all those winter layers! To help you to look your best, Triona McCarthy is here to help, with all of the latest beauty buys
Winter can be a tough time for your skin and, with brighter days ahead, I thought it was time to deal with what lies beneath the layers of winter clothes.
I hate body scrubs, with all the grit and grime they leave in the shower. I much prefer to use those scrubby gloves to slough away any dead skin cells and leave my skin feeling ultra soft. You can use them with any shower gel. Right now, I'm McLovin Elemis Sp@ Home Skin Nourishing Shower Cream, €25, which feels fabulous and leaves a lovely, light scent.
If I have time, before my shower, I like to use the gloves dry, to body brush. Body brushing for just three minutes each morning before showering will stimulate the lymphatic system, increase blood circulation and help tackle cellulite.
After showering, I love to use a body oil on damp skin. A big old tub of coconut oil from my local health-food shop is cheap as chips, and rich in skin-softening fatty acids.
If I'm having a bath, Espa Detoxifying Bath Oil, €34, is great to kick-start the circulation and stimulate lymphatic drainage by just lying there.
One of my mantras is to always 'treat your hands like your face'. To stop my hands from drying out, I use L'Occitane Shea Butter Verbena Liquid Soap, from €20, which is a detergent-free cleanser that's gentle enough for dry, sensitive or damaged skin. I follow this with L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, from €10.
Finally, tan fans, a new bespoke body tan! I'm already a fan of the face version of Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, and here's the body version, €23.50, set to hit the shelves next month. Top tip: add a few drops into your usual body lotion and bingo, you have a custom-made, natural-looking self-tan.
You know me, not so much a Domestic Goddess, more of a Domestic Godhelpus! Anyhoo, dryer sheets. Not only do they work in the dryer, but if your hair is full of static, just smooth one down the length of your hair from roots to ends, and you'll be frizz free in five seconds. I also like to pop them into smelly shoes to freshen them up, and to line my lingerie drawer with them, so they smell clean and I can get durty!
Maxi Taxi & Mini Bus
When we had Maxi, my nephew, Oscar, christened his pram The Maxi Taxi, and now that our brand new baby girl Seren, aka Mini, has taken the pram over, he's calling it the - wait for it - Mini Bus.
At the weekend, Will and I love nothing more than getting out in the fresh air, to push our babas around Herbert Park or Marlay Park, or along Sandymount strand.
However, since I was pregnant, my skin has been really red and quite badly behaved, so I've been using Dermalogica UltraCalming range for sensitive and sensitised skin.
The new Redness Relief Primer SPF 20, left, €48, is my favourite product in the range, as it's designed to calm irritation while protecting skin.
Best of all, it neutralises redness and prepares the skin for make-up. So I find that my foundation looks better and lasts longer when I use it. I lash it on before we head out, so no red faces except for when one of my children does something to mortify me!
Sunday has always been my favourite day of the week. I love getting the Sunday Independent, having brunch, katching up with the Kardashians - if only to check out my latest hairspiration, Kim's little sis, Kylie Jenner, right, and her ever-changing barnet and lips!
Sunday is also a great day to pop into Wilde Salon in Donnybrook to get your hair done or have a beauty treatment.
Trudy Hayes is the gal to go to here. I recently had a cut, a colour and the most luxurious Kerastase treatment with her, and I walked out looking - and feeling - like a new woman.
Gorgeous surroundings, fabulous coffee and all the latest magazines - my kind of funday.
Wilde Salon, 93 Morehampton Rd, Donnybrook, D4, tel: (01) 668-9342 or see wildesalon.ie
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Moo! MasTITis isn't just for cows, you know. I managed to get an awful bout of it while I was at home in Schull last month. My boobs blew up to the size of my head and were soooo sore. And not in a good way!
Never, ever google-image 'mastitis and breastfeeding', it'll take the sight out of your eyes and you'll never have sex again!
Anyhoo, thankfully I had my crack team of medical experts at hand to nurse me through. My mum Margaret and my sis-in-law Emmy knew exactly what to do as I shivered and shook in the bed, with what I now know is called ri-ri-ri rigors!
The lovely local Public Health Nurse Maggie Wilton called continuously, and was a fountain of knowledge. I can't say enough good things about this woman. I got the best tips and tricks from the sassy New Zealander who now knows my boobs better than my boyfriend does!
As a thank you, I sent her this Cowshed Gorgeous Cow Blissful Room Candle, €45, as it's a deeply peaceful fragrance, so ideal for added ambience and de-stressing udderly hard-working women such as Maggie.
I remember when I first started going out with Will, my hair generally looked like a right birds' nest altogether, as I got a lot of, em, tangles in it, if you know what I mean. I'm totally winking at you right now as I type this!
If you like a bit of a roll in the hay yourself, or swim a lot, or maybe you just have hair that knots easily, then you need a Tangle Teezer. As they're so popular for use on kids' hair, they often come in bright, kiddy colours.
However, Lulu Guinness has collaborated with the brand to bring us this very stylish version of the Compact Styler, €18, see tangleteezer.com. So no more tearing your hair out!
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