Daniele de Winter, founder of her eponymous skincare range, is all about beauty from the inside out. She wrote a book on the topic back in the 1980s, and has since set up a skincare range dedicated to the idea.
I was lucky enough to chat with Daniele herself at the Professional Beauty Show, and we bonded over our love for fresh fruits and veggies, the necessity for a balanced lifestyle (both mentally and physically) and our belief that to have beautiful skin you need to look after your insides, too.
This post features a number of her products, and my opinions on them.
Daniele offered me some of these chocolate covered cranberries when I met her, and they were divine. When she gifted some to me I was tempted to keep them all to myself, but instead shared them with my colleagues.
These chocolates are formulated to help improve skin tone and radiance and protect against free-radical damage and smooth complexion.
They are made from sugar-free 85% cocoa chocolate sweetened with Maltitol, a natural sugar alcohol, blended with antioxidants including polyphenols and catechins from maqui, raspberry, blueberry, matcha green tea and acai, carotenoids from African mango, cranberry, baobab and acerola as well as astaxanthin from red algae.
And while these ingredients offer many health claims, for me the results are clear: these chocolates taste delicious, and I think it’s important to treat yourself to delicious things from time to time!
This triple-action exfoliator hydrates, smoothes and gently exfoliates skin. It includes moisturising jojoba beads, which offers a bumpy texture, but they’re biodegrable and help buff away dead skin cells on the surface.
To use it, I massaged it onto damp skin in circular motions for a couple of minutes before washing off. It left my skin feeling super soft and clean and looking radiant.
This cleanser is wonderfully nourishing and creamy, and contains ylang ylang extracts, elder extracts and vitamin E. It smells lush, helps hydrate skin and feels like a dream to massage in for a luxurious cleansing experience.
It boasts being a cleanser ideal for dry skin, but my oily skin has stayed balanced while I’ve been using this both in the mornings and evenings.
This anti-oxidant day cream includes noni, aloe vera and vitamins A, C and E. It’s designed to help hydrates and smooth skin, while also protecting from UV and pollution-induced free radical damage. I used it in the morning under makeup, and found my skin looked radiant and balanced throughout the day. On the days I was feeling brave and went to work without makeup I actually received a number of compliments on how fresh-faced I looked… even in the afternoon!
I wasn’t aware of how expensive (£145.97 per 50ml) this product was (compared to my usual products, that is) when I agreed to test it out, and I’m glad I didn’t know because I was able to come to the un-biased opinion that, actually, this moisturiser is pretty damn great. A little goes a long, long way (after a month of using this 30ml tube I’ve still got loads left!) so when I use it up I will seriously consider purchasing at this price.
Skinergie contains a number of pre-packaged tablets made up of Omega 3 fish oils, sea minerals, glucosamines and antioxidants meant to boost the quality of connective tissue all over the body. The idea is that this will help to rehydrate and rejuvenate complexion from the inside-out.
These tablets come in pre-packaged one dose sachets so it’s easy to pop them in your bag and go! While trying these out I opted for one sachet a day at dinnertime.
Skincare supplements aren’t something I use regularly, and while I’ve tried several out I’ve always struggled to stay in the habit of taking them. I was pleased with the results I’ve seen using these (my skin looked fantastically clear and radiant!), but supplements just don’t suit my personal habits so, as much as I liked the results, I’m not sure I’ll be replacing them.
Beauty Shot is a soluble drink powder designed to protect skin from sun damage, smooth & firm your complexion, slim your waist, protect your teeth and gums, increase your energy levels and boost your immunity. They include a broad spectrum of polyphenols and carotenoids from raspberry, blueberry, maqui, acai, African mango, baobab and acerola as well as Siberian ginseng and matcha green tea.
While the powder looks like an orangey-reddish-brown when mixed in water, it really doesn’t taste like much of anything. ‘Completely unoffensive’ is what I said to my colleagues, who, like me, had anticipated a bold flavour with that colouring.
Like the supplements, I also struggled to get in the habit of remembering to add a Beauty Shot to my glass of water every morning. So while I was also happy with the results (i.e. beautiful, glowy skin), supplements just aren’t something I’m in the habit of keeping up with at this time.
Overall I loved trying out these Daniele de Winter products*, and I’d be happy to use any of these again! Have you tried any of these products?
Much love, Katie xo