The legs are finally coming out after hiding for winter. Although I usually need to give mine a hint of colour so I don't scare the neighbours. My thinking is that body care is an all year round business. That way there’s no need for a summer pre-holiday panic. Think about it, we are happy to take the time to moisturise our faces, and maybe even apply a bit of hand cream, so why not make the effort and take another five minutes to keep our skin looking and feeling great.
I know now that most ladies, don’t have lots of time to spend beautifying, so I'll tell you now one of my favourite products is L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil – it turns into a milky foam when it comes into contact with water and what I love about it is, it really sinks into skin. I find that I don’t need to moisturise when I come out of the shower with this one - and it smells absolutely heavenly! Time saver for ladies on the go.
Nivea’s In-Shower Body Moisturiser is another great staple. I am a Nive girl all the way, love their products and such good value for money. Think of it like a conditioner for all of your body – you use it as the last step in your shower routine, smoothing it all over and rinsing off to leave your pins lovely and soft. So if you have dry skin and are in a rush to get out the door in the morning this should give you just the right amount of hydration to avoid leaving your skin feeling tight or dry.
I find you don’t need to spend a fortune on body care, or indulge in anything too fancy – brands like Dove make great, moisturisers (I like their Essential Nourishment Body Lotion), or Palmer’s Cocoa Butter (there’s lots of different versions available now – fragrance free, firming etc...).
Alternatively you could a try classic body butter like Burt's Bee. It smells great and sinks in without greasy residue. Bonus in my eyes.
Another purse-friendly option I’ve been using recently is Aveeno’s Moisturising Creamy Oil – also rich in almond oil (great for dry skin), it's as nourishing as body oil with the benefit of having it in a light, non greasy lotion. It sinks into skin quickly so you can get dressed pretty much straight away, always a plus. The initial marzipan smell is a bit overwhelming but it disappears once it sinks in.
La Roche Posay lipid replenishing body balm is a brilliant fragrance free balm for itchy, dry skin; it contains niacinamide which helps stop the cycle of itching and irritation. While the shea butter softens and nourishes. It leaves a nice light film on your skin.
AAvene's Cold Cream is also great for sensitive skin as it's paraben free formula uses the nourishing benefits of beeswax to restore the skin and creates a barrier against irritations. This one is very light and sinks in immediately without having to work at it.
And finally a cult classic,is Kiehl's, Crème de Corps.It's super rich, beta carotene formula is a powerful moisturises and leaves skin with a glowing shine. It takes a long time to sink in so not a good one to use if you are in a hurry or wearing silk. The Creme de Corps family has grown substantially over the past few years and there are now a lot of different formulations available including lighter weight versions and one with SPF.
Aisling in Bahrain with Lisa Eldridge x
Disclaimer from Aisling in Bahrain
I cant guarantee that all of the skincare products I recommend will suit you. I only use products I personally think are good having tried them on myself, but everyone's skin is different and it's possible to be allergic to anything. Wherever possible, test products out on yourself before purchasing.