6 Exfoliators You Need Right Now For Glowing Skin

As I contemplate braving bare legs in the hope that warmer weather is just around the corner, I begin my yearly Spring ritual of attempting to transform them from dry and flaky to scrubbed, buffed and glowing. To help me through this process I have managed to find the perfect products that never fail to deliver. Here is my favourite selection of exfoliators to help give your skin a Spring Glow.

Fresh Cocoa Body Exfoliant £38– Cocoa extract, cocoa butter, crushed cocoa shells and coconut oil- cocoa-loco-licious. I love Fresh products and this is one of my absolute favourite exfoliators, it smells divine and moisturises and scrubs your skin at the same time. A little pot of chocolate heaven which is worth every penny.

Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish at SpaceNK £32– I first discovered this beautiful brand on my honeymoon in Hawaii a few years ago and and at that time they hadn’t launched in the UK yet. Now, much to my glee they doing incredibly well in the UK and being stocked in Space NK and Liberty in London. The Coco Rose Polish delivers on exfoliating, polishing and moisturising your skin all in one, with coconut oil, moroccan rose, pink clay and Shea butter. Use twice a week on your legs to leave them glowing and super soft.

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bod Buff Smoothing Scrub N’ Mask £21– A glorious scrub to divide the crowds- it’s thick, a bit messy, takes a while to wash off and might leave a slight yellow tinge if you don’t manage to get it all off- for some this is quite off putting but I think it’s worth it. It smells sublime and works a treat, particularly if your skin is on the dryer side. Packed with cupuaçu (coo-poo-assoo) butter and clay both from the Amazon, one to moisturise and the other to exfoliate along with Brazilian quartz and Açaí. Perfect for a home pamper session, leave it on for about 10 minutes before jumping into the shower and see it work it’s magic.

Frank Body Coconut Coffee Scrub £13.95– This Melbourne based company has boomed since launching a few years ago, the miracle super coffee scrub with a great price tag. The goodness of roasted ground coffee beans? Caffeine stimulates blood flow which can help with scarring, dark circles and pigmentation problems, it’s also rich in vitamin B3 and chlorogenic acid (CGA) which helps reduce inflammation of the skin and also has anti-bacterial properties which can help with skin conditions like eczema and acne. So in a nut shell (or a coffee bean), a pretty amazing substance. They have a whole range of products for the face and body- this one with added grapeseed oil, coconut oils and jojoba beads is my favourite. For rave reviews search #thefrankeffect on Instagram.

Now onto a different type of exfoliator- acid’s for your skin, more specifically AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acid’s)- you may have heard of gylcolic acid and lactic acid. These bad boys help break down dead skin cells making the skin softer and smoother without being abrasive. There are lots of products available for your face which I will hopefully cover in another post, but these two in particular are body exfoliators which will give your skin a real glow.

REN AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum SpaceNK £35– This body serum has a lovely light texture with a citrus fragrance, it’s rich in lactic acid and xylitol which both work together to exfoliate and lock in moisture. I would use it a couple of times a week before bed on your legs and arms through the spring and summer months. (P.S remember your SPF!)

Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Polish at Cult Beauty £17.50– This body exfoliator also uses lactic acid along with biodegradable bamboo granules to gently exfoliate the skin with the addition of Shea and Cocoa butter and coconut oil for hydration. Apply and leave on for a few minutes and then rinse off in the shower- it’s particularly good for rough and dry skin and again I would recommend using it 2-3 times a week.

Ditsy Spring Florals

Spring is finally in swing, my winter wardrobe has been officially packed away and I think I’m possibly ready to attempt a bare leg, even if it’s only for an hour or two. A wonderful array of ditsy floral dresses have emerged in the last month…having always been a wardrobe staple for me I now have far too many to choose from. From from tea parties to al fresco lunches or weekend getaways to wedding guest ready- here is a selection of my favourite dresses out at the moment. Happy Spring!

Rixo Monet Blue Leopard Daisy Dress £285

The Finery Two Tone Ditsy Floral Dress at John Lewis £119

& Other Stories Floral Ruffled Maxi Dress £79

Zara Short Floral Print Dress £29.99

H&M Floral Frilled Dress £39.99

Ganni Crepe Wrap Dress £220

New Look Grey Ditsy Floral Wrap Dress £27.99

ASOS Midi Tea Dress £35

& Other Stories Floral Midi Dress £79

Saloni One Shoulder Floral Print Silk Dress £284

Mother of Pearl Peggy Floral Mini Dress £297

Rixo Juliet Pop Floral Dress £295

Topshop Apple Satin Slip Dress £39

Self Portrait Panelled Floral Print Midi Dress £320

Hair Clip Heaven

When I think about wearing hair clips, I’m immediately transported back to my childhood thinking about all the ways in which my unruly hair could be pinned and scraped back with hours of time spent picking out clips, hair ties and headbands galore. Fast forward 30 years with slightly tamer hair, and I find myself repeating the whole process all over again. Hair accessories are making a wonderful nostalgic comeback for 2019 and I for one am all for it. For me it’s all about the pearls, all day, everyday, in every way. So here is the roundup of my favourite pearly must-have hair accessories for this season.

Anthropoligie Set of Two Hair Clips £22

Shrimps Antonia Cream Barette £75

Orelia Circle Pearl Hair Clip on ASOS £10

Lelet NY Gold-Tone Pearl Hair Clip at Net-A-Porter £125

Urban Outfitters Pear and Rhinestone Hair Pins £12

Maison Archives Aniela Pearl Barette £4.95

The Statement Snake Print

Snake prints are having their moment of glory and still going strong in the New Year having been seen on many a runway for S/S19. Leopard print has always been a wardrobe staple for me and admittedly when the snake print came sliding in and taking some of the limelight, I wasn’t so sure it was for me. However, I was quickly convinced otherwise, having found that it is a wonderfully versatile print and I have found some pieces that I love. Whether you’re looking for bold, bright, neon’s or more subtle pastel tones, there is something to suit everyone. If you’re still undecided, maybe I can help- here is a collection of my favourite snake print pieces.

Karen Millen Yellow Wrap Dress £199– I can’t get enough of wrap dresses at the moment, they are so flattering and suit all figures, this yellow dress is a perfect for a day to evening look

Alexa Chung Maxi Dress £435 £174– Sleek and fitted at over 50% off. This is a great dress to transition from Winter into Spring- whether it’s with a chunky knit and boots or a pair of strappy barely there sandals

Topshop Satin Cutout Midi Dress £49– A perfect dress for the evening in an amazing colour. The balloon sleeves and the high rising split at the front will be sure to turn heads.

H&M Pleated Midi Skirt £39.99– The pleated midi never gets old and can be worn through all seasons. I’ve lost count of how many I have now, but this is definitely another one to add to the list. I love the sage green colour – match with another tonal green or cream chunky knit.

New Look Midi Skirt in Lilac & Neon Yellow, Both £22.99– Both of these skirts are fabulous and on point with key season colour trends, not mention the great price tags.

Whistles Crepe Trousers £119 £79– These are wide-legged, super comfortable to wear and end just above the ankle. I’m a huge fan of wide-legged trousers and they are so versatile in how they can be worn

Y.A.S Belted Maxi Dress £80– Another key colour trend for this year is brown and beige hues. This shade of terracotta brown is warm and rich and has lovely detailing with the tie belt and front pockets

Bershka Shirt £17.99 £5.99– This Raspberry Red buttoned shirt is an absolute steal, the fabric is lovely and soft and will give you a bold statement look with any outfit. Pair with some high waisted mom fit jeans!

Topshop Shirt £35– If you prefer a more subtle colour this powder pink shirt is a great alternative

Miu Miu Block Velvet Trim Pumps at the Outnet £332– Love the velvet block heel combined with the pink snake print, these pumps will transform any outfit

The Row Metallic Loafers at the Outnet £351– All gold everything. I can’t live without gold shoes in my life and loafers are classic and never go out of style

Mango Suede Slingback Pumps at ASOS £59.99 £29.99– These snakey slingback’s are in a beautiful orange rust colour and the split design is just fab

Mango Snake Print Round Bag £29.99– I’m a huge fan of the round bag, this one in particular with the gold handles and chain and it’s big enough to fit all of your essentials

Zara Reversible Tote Bag £19.99– This bargain reversible Zara tote bag comes around every season in different colours and prints. I love the deep burgundy shade and it’s the ideal size for all your daily needs – work, gym, shopping, hoarding?

Zara Cross Body bag with Suede Flap £49.99– Another wonderful bag from Zara that is snake print chic, love the cream suede flap and gold chain detailing, it has a detachable longer shoulder strap so you can choose how you wear it!

Hello Winter Skin

This is my first skincare post and I thought it was apt to start with the woes of winter skin.

Having suffered with eczema and dry skin for most of my life, I know my skin will start being truant when the temperature drops, central heating is at full blast and the days are blustery and windy, not to mention one too many late nights filled with a little bit more wine and a little less water leading to all those pesky dry, flaky & itchy spots. A notable mention also goes out to two wonderful cold weather wardrobe staples- Woolly jumpers and tights adding to irritation and skin dust (it’s a thing)!

This is the time of year that I see the most amount of skin complaints as a GP, whether it’s affecting your face, hands or body- there hundreds of products available with so many different ingredients and it can often be confusing trying to pick the right one. With the coldest weather just kicking in, here is my curation of wonderful products to help you change your winter skin to a winter glow.

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion- £5.00 from Amazon but widely available everywhere- I simply can’t live without Aveeno, I have been using this lotion for years now and I can’t actually remember how I coped without it! This oat based product is great at locking in moisture and creating a protective barrier, it is also perfect for sensitive skin. Aveeno is generally the first lotion I recommend to my patients with dry skin complaints! You can use this on your hands face or body but Aveeno also has a wide range of products specifically for your face, hands or body as well as bath and shower products

CeraVe Moisturising Cream available in Boots £8.50– this is another great moisturising cream which I like to recommend to patients, it is particularly good for very dry skin and eczema prone skin, it can be use on your body or face. It is also widely available in most local pharmacies and as well as online. CeraVe is packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, both of which are great for maintaining skin hydration and locking in moisture.

Both CeraVe and Aveeno can also be described as an emollient which you may or may not have heard of, it is a more medical term used to describe a moisturiser. Where normally you might just moisturise once a day, in the winter months if you skin is dry and irritated you should try and increase this to at least twice or even three times a day. I generally say to patients, apply lotions generously and work it into your daily morning and evening routine

Clinique Moisture Surge Facial Cream £36– Clinique has a whole moisture surge range which includes this brilliant pot of facial moisturiser. It is a gel based cream which contains aloe water, the texture is wonderfully light and non greasy leaving your skin feeling soft and plump.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream £70– This cream has won many beauty awards and was originally developed as a pick me up for models with tired and dry skin during fashion week. Its is jam packed full of lots of wonderful ingredients that your skin will love including aloe vera, vitamin C & E, essential oils, Shea butter and not forgetting hyaluronic acid. You might find that its worth switching your daily moisturiser in the Winter months and then changing back in the Spring.

Egyptian Magic £29– A multipurpose cream that can be used anywhere! It’s great for rubbing into small stubborn spots of dry skin and is made from all natural ingredients- including olive oil, honey and beeswax. Tip- use it before bed and allow it work overnight

Decléor Neroli Hydrating Night Balm £45– This is one of my favourite products that I have been using for over a year now. It has lots of essential oils and plant oils including neroli, tonka bean, basil, camomile and hazelnut. I noticed a huge improvement in how my skin looks and feels, not only in terms of hydration but also in calming skin irritation and acne. This little pot goes a long way and worth every penny!

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve £15– Hand cream is a must all year round but especially in the Winter. I normally always keep some in my handbag, on my bedside table and in my car- if you’re like me and blasting your car heating straight onto your hands while your driving your hands must be suffering! Kiehl’s hand salve is luxuriously thick and perfect for extremely dry, rough and peeling hands with a blend of avocado, sesame and olive oil

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm £23– Another hand cream I love and it smells amazing with mandarin rind and rosemary leaf in it. It’s soaks in without leaving any greasiness on the skin, leaving your hands feeling supple and soft

Caudalie Lip Conditioner £5.50– All Caudalie products are wonderful but this lip conditioner is something I keep re-buying over and over. It is super soft, great for repairing chapped lips and each application lasts a long time so you don’t have to keep applying it every couple of hours

Purple Tree Miracle Balm £3.99– I first discovered this in Topshop and took forever deciding which one to buy because they all smelled amazing, I eventually chose the grapefruit. This is another multipurpose balm which is great for your lips but also for other small dry spots on your body. Products are made in the UK and are certified as 100% vegan friendly and animal cruelty free

The Organic Pharmacy Rose & Jasmine Body Oil £36– Body Oils are also a really good way to treat dry skin and give your skin a healthy glow. I use a range of Organic Pharmacy products as part of my daily routine. I love fragrance of the Jasmine and Rose in this and massage it after exfoliating my skin in the shower. It also contains Jojoba, Carrot and Rosehip oils

Nuxe Multipurpose Dry Oil £29.50– French pharmacy brand Nuxe is best known for this multipurpose oil, you can use it on your face and body or spritz it through you hair. Key ingredients are vitamin E, Camelia, Hazelnut, Macademia and Sweet Almond which all help to nourish and hydrate the skin. It also contains Tsubaki oil which is gaining huge popularity in skincare products, known for being rich in vitamins A and E, omega fatty acids and antioxidants which help protect as well as repair the skin.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil £19– Moisturising in the shower is also important for skin when it is dry and irritated, I would try switching your normal shower gel to a shower oil in the winter months to lock in more moisture. This Almond shower oil does a great job and smells divine

Miller Harris Rose Silence Bath Oil £38– Winter soaks in the bath tub are such a treat after long day. When my skin is feel particularly unhappy, I love soaking in this fragrant bath oil with vitamins A & E and Moringa, Argan and Almond oil

Neom Intensive Skin Treatment Candle £36– If you fancy mixing it up and trying something alternative, I would highly recommend this wonderful candle. Burn for 30mins and let the oil pool, cool for a few minutes and then pour it onto your skin and massage it in, it feels amazing and also works to help you feel calm and de-stress. There are 24 essential oils blended together including Jasmine, Lavender and Rosewood. If you’re not convinced head to a Neom store for a demo- you won’t regret it!

So in summary, if you made it this far- Your winter skin loves- water, essential oils, vitamins A, C & E, omega fatty acids and hyaluronic acid which boosts hydration! You now know what to look for in skincare products to help your skin through the winter months

Pyjama Party

The nights are longer and darker, it’s the busiest time of year in terms of social activities and festivities, not to mention work! In those savoured moments of R&R  I just love being in my favourite pair of pyjamas, whether it’s lazy Sundays curled up on the sofa with a glass of wine to hand, or splayed out in bed in post bubble bath lull. The last couple of years has seen a rise in brands specialising in beautiful sleepwear and I for one am so pleased about this. Here is this weeks style guide to the perfect pyjama party

Liberty Iphis Silk Satin Pyjamas £395- The Liberty nightwear collection launched just over a year ago and the collection is just beautiful and so luxurious. This particular pair is available in pink and blue, there is also a range of amazing silk dressing gowns and eye masks to go with them. I definitely recommend a trip in store to pick out your favourite pair!

Liberty Gatsby Tana Lawn Cotton Pyjamas £165– The Liberty Collection also has pyjamas their signature cotton fabric, This pair has an amazing floral design, perfect for lazy Sundays!

The White Company Constellation Print PJ Set £75– I love all things to do with the stars and the moon and this pair has an elegant festive feel, perfect for your Christmas wish-list

Desmond & Dempsey The Jag Print Long PJ Set £150– A company set up by a wonderful couple with wonderful printed pyjamas all designed in house and even better they currently have a pop up shop which has just opened on South Molten Street! The Jag Print is my favourite but there are plenty to choose from

Phoebe Grace Yellow Mabel Cactus Silk Pyjama Set £195 + £175– British designer Phoebe Grace has created a line of sumptuous silk sleepwear that you can mix and match, there are camisoles and shorts available too. This particular pair will definitely brighten up the cold wintry nights ahead!

Chelsea Peers Bumble Bee PJ Set £40– Everyone needs a pair of these gold foil print bumble bee pyjamas in their life, also stocked on ASOS, Figleaves & John Lewis online. 

Unique Avenue Blue Velvet Three Piece Set £39.99– If you don’t have enough velvet in your life, this is the ultimate lazy weekend pyjama set, I think I would live in these and they’re such great value. Also available in pink and a deep red colour. 

Kate Spade Brown Stone Pyjamas £75– A fun and festive pair of pyjamas in soft brushed cotton, another set for the Christmas gift list list, question is – to have or to give?!

Hush Red Flower Cotton Pyjamas £55– This bold hydrangea flower print set is oh so lovely and the fit is oversized too to make sure you’re feeling extra comfortable 

Anthropologie Karen Mabon Zodiac Print Sleepwear Set £158+£179– Another British designer and illustrator who creates beautiful silk scarves, cushions and pyjamas, this particular pair was designed specially for Anthropologie

Boden London Scene Woven Pyjamas £60– ‘The Snuggle is Real’ super soft jimjam set and I love the velvet tie!

Sian Esther Blue PJ Set £125– Take note of this inspiring designer who has created a ethical and socially conscious line of nightwear with an aim to support vulnerable and disadvantaged women. These pyjamas are elegant and sophisticated made from chambray cotton with velvet piping and detailing. 

Hush Moon Dot Flannel Pyjamas £55– More cosmic lunar sleepwear in this beautiful white and gold combo

OYSHO Dotted Green Satin Pyjamas £25.99 + £19.99– OYSHO is a Spanish company which has so much choice for all of your sleepwear and underwear needs! You can mix and match between shorts or camisole as well as the shirt and trousers and this polka dot style is a classic in a lovely deep green colour. 

Piglet in Bed White Linen Pyjama Set £88– Wear these pyjamas and feel like you have been whisked away on holiday, crisp clean and fresh and if you can be convinced they have a whole line of beautiful bed linen to match

Rails Checked Flannel Pyjama Set at Net-a-Porter £165– I love tartan and classic checked pyjamas are the best, I’m sure you have all seen checks everywhere this season and nightwear is no exception!

Uniqlo Blue Checked Pyjama Set £29.99– Uniqlo is always a great place to go for good quality wardrobe staples, this set is perfect for lounging about it and also available in red

Olivia von Halle Lila  Zebedee Silk Pyjama £395– Olivia von Halle is the place to go for the ultimate indulgence in nightwear. This prancing zebra pyjama set is one of my favourites and there are a  range of beautiful silk robes and eye masks to match


Victoria Secret Pink Fox Flannel Pyjama Set £49– I am particularly fond of foxes and this flannel set with printed foxes are so lovely especially with the little red bows. There are supremely soft and oversized perfect for the large quantities of mince pies that are being consumed right now! 


ASOS Design Safari Animal Pyjama Shirt & Wide Leg Trouser Set £28– Love the orange rust colour with the animal print and the wide leg means they are great for lounging around in (all day)

H&M Black Satin Pyjamas £29.99– Sultry and chic with lacing detailing on the shoulders and trouser hems


Love Stories Intimates Blue Moon Satin Pyjama Shirt & Trousers £110 + £100– Dutch brand Love Stories believes that feeling beautiful and comfortable should come hand in hand. This silky starry pyjama set is so wonderful you could almost be convinced to venture leaving the house in them too.


Toast Velvet Silk Gown £325– Finally, I have to finish with this dressing gown. It is so amazing and luxurious I think I would live it in, spiced orange velvet with wide kimono sleeves