I’ve always loved skincare for as long as I can remember, I am a self-confessed skincare addict. My bathroom cabinet is full of little pots and potions all promising to give me younger more radiant looking skin.

I’ve dabbled on and off with La Mer products, probably for the last 10 years or so. When looking after my skin and signs of ageing became a real focus, I was very kindly treated to some La Mer Moisturising Cream one birthday. I cannot tell you how excited I was to open that little green box and see the pot of cream and little silver spatula. I used it sparingly in the evenings but found the cream formula was just a little too rich for my skin to use during the daytime. After chatting with a lovely La Mer lady, she recommended a different formula, The Moisturising Soft Cream which was more of a suit to my skin type but still the same Miracle Broth. Now I don’t know about you, but my budget certainly doesn’t stretch to purchasing La Mer products very often, but they do normally end up on a birthday or Christmas list.

La Mer The Cleansing Foam

This cleansing foam is gentle on the skin and creates a very luxurious lather. I use this in the mornings for a quick refresh, as I tend to have a lengthier cleansing routine in the evening to remove make up etc. You only need a tiny amount so a little goes a long way.

La Mer The Eye Concentrate

I’ve switched between The Eye Concentrate and The Eye Balm a few times and I can’t decide which one I prefer. The Eye Concentrate helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, lines and wrinkles, which pretty much describes everything I need in a product.

The formula isn’t too rich and sinks into the skin beautifully. I only need the tiniest amount of product and use the small silver tool to apply which feels instantly refreshing. I have quite sensitive eyes and have suffered in the past with eye creams, but so far so good with this one.

La Mer The Radiant Serum

La Mer describes this as a lightweight serum to illuminate the appearance of skin as it smooths, plumps and refines the look of skin tone. There’s no denying it has a hefty price tag so I didn’t use it everyday, but after using it for a month or so, I’m certain my skin did feel a little brighter.

La Mer – The Moisturising Soft Cream

This is such a beautiful moisturiser, the formula is just perfect for my skin (which is combination if you’re interested). It contains a concentration of La Mer’s Miracle Broth which promises to deliver youthful radiance. It certainly does feel luxurious when using it and this will definitely continue to be amongst my favourite moisturisers. When using my skin feels comforted and hydrated all day, and my make-up seems to sit better when applying after using this.

Have you tried La Mer? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Any other must have products I should try from them?

La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

£220
La Mer Eye Balm Intense

£155
La Mer Regenerating Serum

£260
La Mer The Eye Concentrate

£155
La Mer The Cleansing Foam

£70
La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

£220
La Mer Eye Balm Intense

£155
La Mer Regenerating Serum

£260
La Mer The Eye Concentrate

£155
La Mer The Cleansing Foam

£70
La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

£220
La Mer Eye Balm Intense

£155
La Mer Regenerating Serum

£260
La Mer The Eye Concentrate

£155
La Mer The Cleansing Foam

£70

Aqua Sana Longleat Forest

For me a spa day is the perfect way to have a little bit of ‘me’ time, a period of time to revitalise my body and mind. I don’t often get the chance of a day to myself, but if the planets align and I manage to sort out childcare then a spa day is certainly is where you’ll find me.

Last week I visited the Aqua Sana Spa at Longleat Forest, I’ve been here a few times before and it really is the best way to make you feel like you’ve had a little holiday even though I’m only 45 minutes from home.

I didn’t take a great deal of photos as there is a perfect reminder when you walk in to leave your mobile behind, after all you are there to relax and get away from the world for a few hours.

Aqua Sana is set within Center Parcs, in a beautiful forest location in Wiltshire. With more than 16 different spa experiences from around the globe including a Turkish Hammam, Balinese Multi Steam Bath and my favourite, the Indian Blossom Steam Room.

I chose a Top to Toe Relax day which included refreshments on arrival, Lunch in the Mediterranean Cafe/Bar and a whole 2 hours of Elemis treatments. At £175 (£199 if you visit at the weekend) it is a little more on the expensive side, but I was far too easily swayed by the promise of 2 hours treatment time!

I started the day in the cafe, as every day should, enjoying a coffee and a pastry followed by a relaxing hour or so sampling what the spa had to offer. I wandered around the different experience rooms, letting the different aromas transform me to a faraway place.

My particular favourites were the steam rooms and the meditation room in which you lie down on a heated lounger, taking in the warmth and sounds, perfect for preparing your muscles for a massage. Mid morning is when I got to enjoy my treatments.

Elemis Facial Treatment

First off, I have to say my therapist was lovely, and so knowledgeable. My treatments included a deep tissue massage, which involved a fairly deep massage, kneading and pressure points. My back was desperately in need of this. This was followed with a luxury Elemis facial, specialising in any skin problems I had chatted through with the therapist beforehand.

Afterwards I was shown through to a relaxation area where I could enjoy a little lie down whilst enjoying the beautiful view of the towering Redwood trees, I could have stayed there for hours.

Then came lunchtime. The spa like zen feel certainly continues throughout the experience and into the Vitale Cafe Bar. I chose to enjoy a fragrant chargrilled halloumi and fire roasted tomato dish, alongside a chargrilled broccoli and cauliflower salad.

If I hadn’t have been driving I would have certainly enjoyed a glass or two of something sparkling, but on this occasion I opted for the apple and mint smash.

Vitale Cafe Bar Aqua Sana

After lunch I returned to the spa to relax and read my book and enjoy more of the experiences on offer, I might’ve fallen asleep for far too long while on a water bed (the sign of a very relaxing day!).

I am planning to return sometime with the girls to try out The Hideaway, a private spa suite situated within the spa, the ultimate chill out area perfect for a birthday celebration or a special occasion.

I hope this post has given you a little insight to the Aqua Sana Spa if you haven’t yet visited, let me know if you have a favourite spa I should try.

 

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I’ve always been pretty good about my skincare routine, even from a young age it was drummed into me about the importance of removing my make up every night. Albeit a simple routine I always make sure I mix it up throughout the seasons to give my skin the ingredients it needs to be at its best.

My skin is pretty combination all year round but during the winter months due to indoor heating and freezing cold temperatures outside my skin does start to suffer. As I’ve got older I’ve definitely started spending a bit more on products and doing a lot more research before I buy. In my 20’s I used to be swayed by magazines and adverts, using anything and not really noticing the ingredients in the product.

For me this time of year is all about finding products that hydrate, exfoliate and brighten my skin, so here’s what I’ve been using over the recent months.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel – this stuff literally smells like a spa (thanks to the rose fragrance) and melts onto your skin. The gel consistency feels like a real treat and  turns into an oil when massaged onto your face. As well as removing all make up, it makes skin feel really clean without drying out any areas. It also contains fruit enzymes which help remove dead skin cells and renew collagen production.

Pixi Glow Tonic – I tend to use this most of the year to be honest, not just during the colder months. I’ve noticed my skin tends to have more of a glow when I do have this within my routine. It works as an exfoliating tonic with a 5% glycolic acid, gently purifying the skin. Another alternative to this would be Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner.

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For me the biggest part of my winter essentials are the products I use in the evening. Giving my skin a bit of a boost before bed really pays off the next day. My absolute faves this winter have been Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial, and Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Most nights i’ll pop a few drops of the Kiehls Midnight Recovery on before my moisturiser, I’ve used this for years and it’s still a firm favourite. Once or twice a week I’ll massage in the Overnight Facial by Sarah Chapman. It smells amazing and helps give my skin a nice glow in the morning thanks to ingredients such as Vitamin-A and anti-oxidents.

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La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream – This has been my skincare staple every winter for the last few years. Thanks to a birthday in the later part of the year, it normally finds its way  onto my wish list. My Husband appreciates not having to think up of a present every year, and I definitely appreciate the treat, win win! I’ve tried a few products within the La Mer brand, The Renewal Oil being a favourite too, but if I had to choose just one it would be this one. The original Moisturizing Cream tends to be a bit too heavy for me, and the gel formula is perfect for the warmer months, but the soft cream is just right for this time of year. It’s very luxurious and delivers an instant glow to my skin, perfect to layer under make up. I find it very lightweight even though it delivers a very nourishing and hydrating feel.

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I wasn’t going to include body products, but seeing as that’s the thing I suffer with most in the colder months I thought I would add it in. Probably due to the deathly hot showers I put my body through, my skin tends to turn into a dry scaly mess. I’m not great at spending time to moisturise my body, so for me the L’occitane Almond shower oil is perfect. I’ve repurchased this duo time and time again, the smell is incredible. I hate when moisturisers don’t sink into your skin and leave a sticky consistency, you definitely don’t get that with the L’occitane Almond Milk Concentrate, my skin feels super soft and it just sinks right in. I also love the fact the moisturiser comes in a glass jar so you can get every last bit out!

That’s my skincare essentials for this winter, which products are you loving right now? Have you tried any of the ones I’ve mentioned?