Happy New Year everyone, we hope you’ve had a lovely holiday season. We caught up with our Ambassador Ruth just before Christmas to talk festive fun, and also how she gets ready for the winter. Find out what a cosy night in looks like for Ruth, plus her winter regime and more…
Ruth: As soon as it starts to get cold, the first thing I do is get the heating on. We have thermostat war in our house, as in a lot of households across Britain I imagine. Because some men don’t seem to think we should have the heating on at all, or at least not until December, and until then we should just put a jumper on. This is what Eamon does, he’s always hot and I’m always cold, so we now have a ‘silent’ thermostat war. We don’t even argue about it, we just do it – so I put the heating on, he turns it off, and so on!
He was away just before Christmas so I had the heating on and it was so cosy! I love the idea of a real coal fire, there’s just nothing that can beat it, just watching a fire is so mesmerising. I have quite a modern gas fire behind glass with fake logs and I do love to put it on, it immediately makes you feel so snug.
I also start changing the scents of my candles. So if I have quite fresh smelling candles like grapefruit and linen in the summer, I start changing them for wintry scents like sandalwood and cinnamon towards the winter months. Then obviously I start de-cluttering my wardrobe, packing away summer clothes – which is a job I loathe, but it has to be done.
I delayed doing this while I was on Strictly… because I just didn’t have the time, so my wardrobe was a hideous mish-mash of T-shirts and winter clothes! I do love getting the vacuum-packed bags out from the loft with my winter clothes though. I love my boots and coats, and discovering a long-forgotten jumper or trousers is almost like going shopping in your own wardrobe.
I find skin does start to dehydrate in the winter months, particularly when you’ve got the central heating on as well. So I look at using more nourishing creams, and more face masks. The lovely Alison Young put together a wonderful box of winter skincare goodies with things like Arnica shower creme, and face masks. She recommended the Gatineau Aqua-Ressourcant Mask and Liz Earle Superskin Overnight Mask. with instructions to apply lavishly to my face, neck and decollete, leave to absorb for 10 – 15 minutes, then massage any remaining product into skin. I also use Saira Khan’s face oil which is very nice, and I also do a bit more dry brushing of my skin in the winter before I get in the shower. I have very dry skin, so I use plenty of body lotion, and rich creams.
My ideal cosy night in would start with a nice bath, then I would put some nice smelling body lotion and face cream on, some slouchy trousers and a sweatshirt, and get the fire going. I love to put my feet up and watch something nice on the TV – probably a series I’m trying to catch up with. Oh and a nice scented candle, with the dog on my lap – Eamon might be there too! But then he’d want to switch the fire off!
Sounds perfect Ruth!