Multi Tasking Beauty All-In-Ones
There are two times of year when these all-in-one products come into their own – winter and summer.
At this time of year, we’ve all got those annoying dry patches in our skin – on face and body – and our hair can be a little out of whack thanks to the heating drying it out. Basically. everything sort of slows down in the winter and our body reacts. Our nails can split, our skin dries up, our lips get chapped, our hands are dry – it’s a joy, right?!
But there are these little pots and tubes of beauty goodness that can and will come to our rescue when everything starts to kind of fall apart! In the summer, they come into their own for different reasons – a slick on the skin adds a hint of shine, they’re excellent on sun-dried hair, they work brilliantly when you don’t want to pile on the lippy, but just want a hint of shine, and they are a musthave to travel with on flights for instant moisture top-up.
So, here are four fab multis/all-in-ones, including the newest on my desk – L’Occitane’s Le Petit Remède.
ELIZABETH ARDEN THE ORIGINAL EIGHT HOUR CREAM 50ml, £27
Created in the 1930s by Miss Elizabeth Arden herself, this multi-tasker contains skin-shielding petrolatum, vitamin E and soothing, anti-inflammatory beta-hydroxy acid. EA suggest no less than EIGHT ways to use your eight-hour cream. Use on minor skin irritations, protect chapped lips, use to highlight eyes, cheeks and lips, soothe the skin after waxing or shaving, shape and hold the brows, use on dry hands, treat your dry feet, and take on any flight. The smell is quite strong, but there is a fragrance-free version.
L’OCCITANE LE PETIT REMEDE 15G, £10
This little tub of goodness contains three of L’Occitane’s star ingredients – Immortelle, Shea Butter and Lavender. It is made with 100 per cent naturally derived ingredients and is free from mineral oils and petroleum. It’s a semi-solid balm until you apply- and then it’s an oil, that sinks in quickly. It smells delightful and L’Occitane suggests you use it on cuticles, hands, and nails, chapped lips, sore noses from the cold, cheeks for a glow, on any dry patches on your body, and onto those pesky dry ends on your hair to smooth them out and add a little shine. It’s perfectly portable and a great price.
DR.PAWPAW ORIGINAL AND HOT PINK BALMS 25ML, £6.95, HARVEY NICHOLS
This cult product is a favourite of mine. The original balm is excellent for lips, skin, hair and beauty finishing – and those cuticles. The Hot Pink version works brilliantly for lips, cheeks, and adding a hint of tint anywhere else. PawPaw is created from the award-winning blend of pawpaw fruit (papaya), aloe vera, and olive oil, and the hot pink has added colour pigment. It is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. There are loads more colour variations available – but for me, the original is still the absolute best.
APOTHEM LABS MULTI CBD BALM 15ML, £15
Wind-whipped or sun-chapped, MULTI from Apothem contains pure CBD with hand-picked botanicals (including green tea extract and mango butter) and is a super-hydrating all-purpose skin salve. It’s loaded with antioxidants and natural emollients, and it’s great. I do love it, but this is not cheap. The 15ml bottle is tiny, and it’s £40 for 60ml, the next size up. If you love CBD products and are a beauty addict, then I’d say check it out. It’s made in the UK, cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegan and organically cultivated.