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Exposure to the elements can be harsh on a woman’s skin and hair. Restore your natural beauty with these great products


ften, around this time of year, I’ve been told that my hands are like sandpaper. And my feet? Well, let’s not even go there! I usually wash my hair after a

run, then I wonder why it’s looking lifeless and lank after seven washes on the trot. Here are our top 10 products to deal with

the dry skin, lank hair and tired feet that are just another side effect of being a runner.

HAIRCARE FOR GIRLS ON THE RUN When you’re out running for long periods you’re bound to catch a few rays, but if you don’t wear a cap your hair suffers. Regular washing can also strip hair of its glossy sheen. Aqua Boost Shampoo by Organic Care Systems, £9.95, is part of a range which protects hair from UV damage, while adding moisture and shine. It also helps reduce colour fade – Another lovely shampoo is by greenpeople,

also for coloured and treated hair. Made with organic green tea and aloe vera, this £10.95 shampoo claims to be rich in vitamins and active nutrients,

FACE MATTERS The skin on your face gets a battering whatever the weather, so it’s worth giving it some protection when you run. A suncream with an SPF of 30 is useful

all-year round and Aubrey have an excellent range of inexpensive unscented suncreams, It’s also worth investing in a day cream.

Biodroga do one for dry skin in their anti-age cell formula range. It uses plant cells to keep skin vital, maintaining stem cell activity in the epidermis. It also reduces wrinkles and firms contours – great news for those of us who run with the same agonised expression on our face! It costs £53.40 from


HELPING HANDS Dry hands and nasty nails are another by-product of over exposure to the elements, and time-poor runners often neglect them. I’ve been using ARK anti-ageing hand and nail cream religiously – visit www.arkskincare. com. This is a fast-absorbing formulation of fruit oils and raspberry and coconut butters, and is rich in essential fatty acids and natural antioxidants. At £19 it seems expensive, but my nails look long and healthy and for once my hands feel nourished and less damaged. Another highly-recommended product is

comfort zone skin defender hand cream, At £18.50, it feels rich, yet it’s easily absorbed and contains karite butter, used by African healers for thousands of years for skin problems.

BEST FOR YOUR BODY After a shower, oils are easier to apply to the body than creams, especially if you’re exhausted from training. Maison Boo have an exotic massage oil in their Body Bootique range which is made from pomegranate and seed oil from the Baobab tree. These ingredients protect the skin from the effects of ageing. At £10, a little goes a long way and it lasts for months, visit Estelle and Thild,,

also have a luxurious £26 organic body oil made from sunflower, almond and avocado oils. For more go to

FEET TREATS Although essentially a massage wax, the New Zealand Honey Shop has the perfect product for tired feet. The Tui massage wax, which contains arnica, melts into the skin and nourishes feet, perfect for tackling muscle and joint aches in the rest of the body too. It costs £7.95 for a 100g pot and is available from After a long run soak your feet and gently massage with All About Feet a massaging foot soap bar, £6. It cleanses and stimulates pressure points, improving circulation and easing tension.

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