If we’ve learnt anything over the past few years, it’s that beauty care shouldn’t begin and end with our faces. Giving our whole selves a little TLC not only helps us look our best, it makes us feel good, too. So, now’s the time to extend your routines from head to toe with these hair and body heroes.
Best Body Cream
Winter-induced dry arms and scaly shins are soothed into silk-like smoothness with this rich body cream. The blend of super-nourishing shea and coconut butters delivers an intense dose of hydration, while oat extract calms redness and ceramides replenish the skin’s barrier. We love the luxurious, non-greasy formula that sinks into the skin quickly.
Best Body Scrub
This indulgent scrub is packed with mineral-rich Himalayan salt, hydrating squalene, nourishing rose, repairing grape seed and jasmine, as well as sugar and essential oils. All of which combine to polish rough, dry skin, increase cellular turnover, boost circulation and draw out impurities. In short, it’s a body overhaul in a tub.
Best Bath Oil
Promising to be ‘a great night’s sleep in a bottle’, this relaxing bath oil doesn’t disappoint. Organic lavender and tea tree calm both body and mind, while plant oils and vitamin E nourish and soothe the skin. We especially love the relaxing aromatherapy element. Add four to five pumps to your bath, and breeeeeathe.
Best Bath Salts
After a long flight, high intensity workout or simply a hectic week, these restorative Himalayan salts will be your new best friend. As well as the mineral-rich salts, the blend includes reviving powdered amethyst and therapeutic oils, including uplifting lime and lavender, calming vetiver and soothing patchouli.
This isn’t your average shampoo. Formulated with six antioxidant-rich herbal extracts and enriched with soybean probiotics and prebiotics, it deeply cleanses the hair while balancing the scalp’s microbiome, leading to better hair health. A hydrating blend boosts elasticity, softness and shine.
Scented with an evocative blend of essential oils, including cypress, lavender, cedarwood and bitter orange, this liquid soap will transform every hand-wash into a mood-boosting ritual. Wheatgerm oil and organic sunflower and coconut oils nourish the skin, leaving hands refreshed and hydrated.
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Best Dry Shampoo
There’s a reason why this dry shampoo has reached cult status. The clever blend of grease-absorbing powders and softening oat milk means hair is given a thorough refresh without feeling brittle. In fact, a light dusting instantly revives bounce and shine, while leaving hair looking and feeling clean. Consider it the ultimate busy-morning saviour.
Best Face Mist
This mist does more than offer a mid-morning refresh. A detoxifying blend of frankincense, magnesium salts and marine actives purifies the skin and works to protect against environmental and digital pollution (think city commutes and 9-5 screen time). Peppy ginseng and calming ylang-ylang aid focus and encourage a calm mindset.
Best Home Spa Gadget
If you can’t get to the spa, bring the spa to you with this innovative heated blanket. Using infrared, it emulates the benefits of a sauna, relaxing muscles and improving circulation, as well as boosting skin glow. On cold evenings, this also gave us a wellbeing-enhancing dose of warmth.
We’re so impressed with La Roche-Posay’s gentle yet effective approach to skincare, and this SPF 50+ is a daily essential. The ultra-light, non-greasy formula is fast-absorbing, making it an easy base underneath make-up. It’s hard-wearing, too, being water, sweat and even sand resistant.
Best Body Oil
This vegan oil takes its name from the Yoruba word for ‘magic’, and we couldn’t agree more. Made from cold-pressed coconut oil, it locks in moisture and conditions the skin, leaving it feeling hydrated and smooth. It can also be used as a leave-in treatment for dehydrated hair. The warming scent of tuberose flower gives an extra luxurious touch.
Best Plant-Based Brand
If you haven’t met Sukin, listen up. A pioneer of clean beauty, the Australian brand is dedicated to using natural, vegan ingredients, cruelty-free processes and sea-safe formulas. We love this nourishing handwash, which combines borage, evening primrose, grape seed, aloe vera, witch hazel and sage.
Here’s why we’re such fans of Amanda Harrington’s self-tan. Her streak-free, easy-to-apply formulas create a natural sun-kissed look that doesn’t smell and has great lasting power. This three-step facial kit is even beginner proof; apply the gradual tan as a base layer then use the mist to add extra bronze on contours. The soft brush creates a seamless blend.
Best Nail Polish
While the range of stylish tones are enough to make us take note of this French nail-care brand, it’s the clean formulas that really sell it to us. Non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free and made from naturally derived ingredients, polishes preserve nail health and are kind on the planet. And there’s no compromise on quality; every pigment gives a colour-rich, high-shine finish.
Best Hand Sanitiser
Less beauty product, more daily essential, we’ve tried and tested our fair share of hand sanitisers over the past 24 months. This stands out for its nourishing formula, which contains shea butter and aloe vera, and its uplifting lemongrass scent. The 100ml bottle is just right for slipping into handbags or keeping on your desk.
This 100% plant-based formula proves that natural deodorants can work. Bacteria is banished and odour neutralised thanks to a non-toxic active blend. Coconut water, coconut oil and sage oil hydrate the delicate underarm area and leave a fresh, coconut-tinged scent. The gentle and nourishing formula can be used after shaving, too.
The star ingredient in this conditioner makes it a cut above the rest. Powered by Cartucciaru melon from Sicily, it utilises the fruit’s water, vitamins and mineral salts to give hair a long-lasting hydration boost. Parched stands are made soft, silky and tangle-free. We also love the brand’s commitment to sustainability, using 100% clean energy and zero-impact, recyclable packaging.
Best Afro-Hair Brand
A nourishing blend of organic manketti nut and ximenia oils means a few drops of this transforms dull dehydrated hair, locking in moisture and repairing wear and tear. It also helps protect against environmental and chemical styling damage. Massage into the scalp, comb through hair and enjoy a healthy-looking shine.
Best Hair Treatment
A healthy scalp leads to better hair, and we rate this nutrient-rich pack, which nourishes the former with a combination of cold-pressed organic avocado and banana. After shampooing, massage on to the scalp, leave for five minutes then rinse – you can even skip conditioner. The scalp is left feeling restored and hair looks soft and shiny.
Best Afro-Hair Treatment
Formulated by a former beauty journalist, Dizziak majors on hydration for the hair. This luxe conditioner uses a super-charged cocktail of babassu, inca inchi, coconut and argan oils, to lock in moisture as well as promote hair growth and elasticity. Amino acid-rich quinoa protein boosts hair strength and hydration.
Best Shower Wash
Infused with lavender, chamomile and rose, this antioxidant-rich wash will turn even the briefest of showers into a moment of self-care. As well as the relaxing scent, hyaluronic acid and coconut water give skin a nourishing moisture boost, leaving you feeling serene and silky.
Best Hand Treatment
Margaret Dabbs is the gold standard of hand and foot care, and this serum is no exception. The intensive formula targets sun damage, while hydrating hempseed oil and white water lily increase elasticity and boost collagen production. Comfrey both soothes and protects, and geranium and mandarin give a subtle, fresh scent.
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Think of this as aftersun 2.0. Not only does it cool and soothe sun-exposed skin with shea butter, it prevents it from suffering the effects of sun damage, thanks to MelinOil – an oil-soluble peptide that stimulates your skin’s natural sun defences. Pomegranate extract enhances your tan for a long-lasting glow.
Best Soap Bar
Forget what you thought you knew about soap, Kleen’s Pure Shores elevates the humble product to a luxe and nourishing level. Crafted from shea butter, vitamin E, oat milk and rosehip oil, it calms and moisturises skin as it cleans. Hang it off the shower using the cotton rope.
Best Body Multitasker
Packed with pro-vitamin A and botanical oils, including sunflower and coconut, this luxe oil is brilliant at smoothing and soothing dry skin, especially after sun exposure or waxing. It also acts as an effective make-up remover; simply massage into the face then remove with a damp face pad. Extra points go to the magnolia-blossom scent – like a holiday in a bottle.
Best Foot Treatment
Get feet sandal-ready with this genius foot treatment. A potent blend of AHA and BHA exfoliates rough patches and dissolves dead skin cells, leaving feet in tip-top condition. Slip on the no-mess masks and leave for 60-90 minutes, then watch as, over the next week, winter skin peels away.
Best Hair Tool
The cordless design makes these straighteners a real game changer. Use at home, in the office, in the (parked) car or wherever and whenever else you need a quick hair touch-up. We love the three-heat setting which caters to all hair types, and the curved design, which allows curls to be created, too.
It’s hardly surprising that hair-styling maestro George Northwood has mastered at-home products, too, but we still can’t help raving about them. His UNDONE range is all about enhancing your natural hair for effortlessly chic, low-maintenance looks. We especially love the moisturising cream, which uses beetroot extract to reduce frizz and boost volume.
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