dermalogica’s daily defense block SPF15 – my summer skincare hero

Daily Defense Block SPF15Several things have seen me through the summer this year. Not least a sense of humour, given the sweltering heat and torrential downpours. But on the skincare side it’s this non-greasy daily defender from dermalogica that’s been my hero. It’s been with me halfway around the world and now I wouldn’t be without it.

Designed for men (it can be used after shaving and contains ingredients to combat ingrown hairs and breakouts) it has a barely-there fragrance and is quickly absorbed, leaving skin with a matt finish.

The best thing about it though? Unlike many products that also offer a built in UV sunscreen there’s no white residue so you don’t look like someone’s splashed your face with a base coat of emulsion. If you care about the damaging effects of the sun this is a must-have. Absolutely one of the best daily skin defenders I’ve come across.

For more information go to dermalogica.co.uk

di palomo – a taste of Italy via The English Rivera

Made in England, inspired by Italy and, er, based in Torquay. It doesn’t necessarily sound like a winning formula does it? And yet it is. If you haven’t already discovered skincare, fragrance and home fragrance company di palomo give them a try.

Created by three friends who were inspired by their Italian hols their Wild Fig & Grape range features everything from a sensuous Bath & Shower Gel to a really cool scented candle that comes in its own wooden bowl (a far more useful receptacle than a glass tumbler  once it’s finished).

I’m not normally a fan of fig but the grape undercuts it beautifully taking some of the natural sweetness out of it. I think I have another reason for liking the brand though – the English Riviera was where I spent all my childhood holidays. Hey, come to think of it, maybe I should take a leaf out of their book and launch my own holiday inspired range? Eau de Devon anyone?

For more information go to www.dipalomo.com