12.04.2021

Forget chocolate eggs, these are the best sweet treats for your bod this Easter

To clarify, we mean salves and scrubs to go on your body, rather than in it. Take the Easter break as an opportunity to brush up on some self care (body brush optional – though encouraged) and go to town on smoothing, soothing and rehydrating your skin.

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If you’re looking for a sweeeeeeet alternative to chocolate eggs for Easter, you’ve come to the right place. Cadbury’s may be our ride or die in times of trouble, but if you’re feeling grim from the biscuit raids and sofa snacking, allow us to proffer a solution: sugary treats for your body.

Frank Body, the cheery Oz skincare brand, has made coffee scrubs its signature, but these aren’t any old coffee scrubs… The natural ingredients list reads more like a vanilla frappe than a bathroom staple and leaves skin glowing. New York beauty brand, Fresh, has some of the most mouth-watering potions around. Its Sugar collection centres around syrupy brown sugar, spiked with zingy lime, zesty lychee and juicy strawberry at different points throughout the range. The muddled mojito scent of sugar lychee is well worth a sniff and the spectrum of apothecary-style hand washes, body polishes and straight-up perfumes feel deliciously indulgent. Elsewhere, Hotel Chocolat’s little-known beauty spin-off, Rabot 1745, features liquid chocolate body masks made from cacao straight from its St Lucia plantation. Practically lickable.

But, if you still fancy that chocolate egg, you can always do both.

These overnight masks work hard while you sleep for supple skin upon waking

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Many think that the final step in any comprehensive skincare regime is a targeted serum applied on top of a daily moisturiser, or for skincare enthusiasts, an eye cream to ward off dark circles. However, experts say that if you’re looking for optimum results, you should really incorporate an overnight face mask into your routine.

“Research is starting to emerge about the importance of sleep for skin health,” comments Dr Justine Kluk, Consultant Dermatologist at 25 Harley Street. “Studies indicate that sleep deprivation impairs skin barrier function, vital for keeping moisture in the skin and protecting us from allegens, pollution, infection and other external aggressors. Accelerated skin ageing, evidenced by uneven pigmentation, fine wrinkling and skin laxity, has also been demonstrated in those who have poor quality sleep.”

Adequate sleep is what allows the skin to repair itself, and it when the majority of cell renewal occurs. As well as night-time cellular regeneration, skin also becomes more receptive to skincare ingredients, harnessing their powers to boost its natural processes, which is what makes a great night mask such an important step in every skincare regime.

Plus, skincare experts are using masks as a reactive way to bolt-on the extra ingredients our skin desperately needs at optimal points throughout the night. As such, the options available have become even more targeted and sophisticated. “We already have masks for 11 different body parts [including the eyes, lips and entire face],” says Net-A-Porter. “And within these, we have firming masks, hydrating masks, brightening masks, lifting masks – it’s truly a full walk-in wardrobe of masks.”

From boosting a dull, lacklustre complexion, to lifting and firming skin and balancing out inflammation, we’ve rounded up the very best overnight skincare masks to suit every concern…

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