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Aromatherapy Associates: Skin SOS

Lucy Holloway

Lucy Holloway

If your skin is naturally dry, and getting drier with age, then Aromatherapy Associates’ Anti-Ageing products are for you.

The hero of the range is the Overnight Repair Mask (£62 for 50ml, £79 for 100ml), an absolute treat for dry, sensitive skin that’s sluggish and dull. This isn’t a wait-and-wash-off mask, there’s no panda look and no dirty pillow cases, just a rich cream that transforms skin into a fuller, firmer version of itself for the next day. With age comes experience, and this is the best dry skin treatment I’ve used in years both in terms of visible results – brighter, tighter skin in the morning – and feel-good factor – the wonderfully relaxing fragrance of rose and geranium oils.

So what’s doing the work while you sleep? Anti-oxidant millet seed is battering the free radicals that cause cellular damage and lead to premature ageing (skin ageing faster than dictated by genetics). There’s an oligopeptide in there to stimulate collagen production (collagen depletes as we get older so skin starts to sag and wrinkles deepen) and strawberry seed helps skin attract and retain moisture.

The day cream in the range is a delight too. I’m sure it makes a great make-up base, but Anti-Ageing Rich Repair Nourishing Cream (£71 for 50ml) is the kind of nourishing product I like to wear on no make-up days. The thick cream is loaded with moisturising botanicals that soothe and smooth really dry skin. Rosemary works as a powerful anti-oxidant, rose and frankincense boost cell regeneration and cocoa seed butter and omega-full inca inchi soften and hydrate.

Skin ageing may be inevitable, but Aromatherapy Associates’ Anti-ageing range effectively tackles dryness and perks up mature skin.

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Aromatherapy Associates’ products are available from www.aromatherapyassociates.com, Space NK and the spas at Danesfield House and Hartwell House Hotels. Both hotel spas also offer treatments using the Aromatherapy Associates Anti-Ageing range.

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