As we all retreat indoors, hunkering down with soft blankets, snuggly socks and cosy candlelight; there is one thing I don’t enjoy quite so much about this time of year, and that’s how it affects my skin.
While I may never be one of those cool Scandinavian women that look effortlessly beautiful whatever the weather, this winter I will be combatting the driving rain and freezing temperatures with the help of one of my favourite brands, Meraki.
Designed and developed in Denmark, Meraki’s products focus on a simpler slower lifestyle, and I’ve teamed up with them once again to try out their latest collection.
Here’s how I’ve been incorporating Meraki products into my skincare routine recently:
Start as you mean to go on
Great skin always starts with clean skin, and thanks to the Meraki’s new ‘Northern Dawn’ shampoo, conditioner and body wash I can take care of myself, as well as the environment, everyday.
Suitable for all skin and hair types, Meraki products contain no Parabens or Colourants and this latest antioxidant-rich range also smells amazing with its mix of fresh parsley and ginger.
I also cleanse twice a day using their vitamin E packed cleansing gel, using a hot flannel to make it even more effective on my flaky, dull and dry winter complexion.
An extra boost when you need it
On days when the extremes of cold weather and central heating have really taken their toll I give my skin an extra boost by exfoliating with the Meraki Konjac Sponge.
I sweep it over my face and neck for a deep cleanse before setting down on the sofa for half an hour or so with an anti-age sheet mask, this never fails to add some much-needed moisture as well as regenerates skin cells.
The following day my skin always feels more comfortable, brighter and looks so much better.
Daily treats for your skin
The older I get the more I’ve begun to realise just how essential moisturising is.
As a teenager I was always worried that my acne prone complexion would break out if I so much as looked at serum, but now I apply twice daily,
I start with Meraki Serum H in a morning, to soothe and plump my skin as well as create a nice base for makeup. Followed by Serum A in the evening, which is a fab anti-aging product and helps me beat those fine lines that have started to creep in over recent years.
I then follow this with my usual day or night cream.
Don’t neglect the little things
In the winter you may, as I do, get dry patches that need a bit more attention so I turn to Meraki’s range of lip balms, hand creams and body butter.
Again the soft scent of the ‘Northern Dawn’ body butter is perfect for day-to-day use and leaves my skin soft and nourished, without feeling greasy. Its jam packed full of natural ingredients too including shea butter as well as organic oils such as sunflower, olive, and avocado oil.
Pure principles and simple products
Always focused on natural ingredients Meraki products are now also now fully certified organic and feature the official COSMOS label.
COSMOS stands for Cosmetic Organic and Natural Standard, and is an impartial, European standard that controls and certifies organic cosmetics and skincare products.
A product only receives COSMOS certification if it is, at a minimum 98% natural, with every ingredient used within it detailed on the label so you always know you’re only putting the very best on your skin.
I hope that has given you some useful hints and tips to look and feel fabulous this winter.
Here’s a full list of all the Meraki products I’ve been using:
- Shampoo, ‘Northern Dawn’
- Conditioner, ‘Northern Dawn’
- Body Wash, ‘Northern Dawn’
- Body Butter, ‘Northern Dawn’
- Cleansing Gel
- Serum A
- Serum H
- Konjac Sponge
- Lip Balm (in Mint)
- Facial Mask (Anti-age)
- Facial Cleaning Sponges
To find out more about them as well as your nearest retailer, visit the Meraki website.
Meraki kindly gifted the products featured, but as ever all words and opinions are my own.
All images by Nicola Capper.