Skin Savers

Your face de­serves spe­cial treat­ment, but top-to-toe skin­care con­trib­utes to a more youth­ful ap­pear­ance, writes Elis­a­beth King.

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Pam­per your body with top-to-toe skin­care.

Lav­ish­ing our face with anti-age­ing mois­turis­ers and serums is com­mon prac­tice, but many peo­ple ne­glect to pay the same at­ten­tion to the rest of their body. Sun dam­age on the chest and arms, and loss of firm­ness else­where, can be­gin to give your age away as early as your 30s. Look be­yond sim­ple hy­drat­ing body lo­tions to age-de­fy­ing prod­ucts that tar­get skin elas­tic­ity, treat sun-dam­aged skin and wrin­kles and dis­guise im­per­fec­tions wher­ever they might be.

1 Jer­gens BB Body Per­fect­ing Skin Cream ($15) This hy­drat­ing cream evens out skin tone and masks the ap­pear­ance of blotches and small veins. Avail­able in two shades, Light and Medium to Deep, it goes on sheer and gen­tly adds colour, ad­just­ing to your nat­u­ral skin tone. Af­ter five days’ use, the skin de­vel­ops a ra­di­ant glow.

2 Aveda Stress-Fix Soak­ing Salts ($60) An in­tensely fra­grant blend of pure or­ganic laven­der, la­vandin and clary sage is teamed with min­eral-rich salts to help re­lieve stress and anx­i­ety. Or­ganic sugar and sun­flower oil are also in the mix to ex­fo­li­ate, soothe and soften the skin. If you’re feel­ing re­ally tense, smooth on Aveda Stress-Fix Body Lo­tion ($50) af­ter a ther­a­peu­tic soak.

3 Me­soestetic Stem Cell Body Serum ($120) This anti-age­ing body serum con­tains nano-en­cap­su­lated plant stem cells to pen­e­trate the skin more deeply, while slow-re­lease tech­nol­ogy helps ad­vanced pep­tides and retinol to re­ju­ve­nate the skin.

Use as an oc­ca­sional treat­ment to re­pair skin dam­aged by photo-age­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­po­sure.

4 Nivea 4 in 1 Firm­ing Body Oil ($15) Many fac­tors con­trib­ute to loss of firm­ness, dry skin and stretch­marks, in­clud­ing age­ing, preg­nancy and weight loss. This fast-ab­sorb­ing oil teams av­o­cado, macadamia and cot­ton­seed oils with coen­zyme Q10 to firm, nour­ish and even skin tone within two weeks.

It’s great for stretch­marks, too.

5 Al­pha-H Liq­uid Gold Luxe Resur­fac­ing Body Cloths ($32) Aus­tralian brand Al­pha-H has built up a global fol­low­ing for its skin resur­fac­ing toner, Liq­uid Gold, a con­cen­trated for­mula high in gly­colic acid, which is an im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent in anti-age­ing skin­care. These new ex­fo­li­at­ing cloths pack a sim­i­lar re­ju­ve­nat­ing punch for the body, im­prov­ing un­even skin tone, dry, flaky skin and the ap­pear­ance of ker­ato­sis pi­laris (more com­monly known as ‘chicken skin’). The buff­ing side sloughs off dead skin cells and im­pu­ri­ties, while the smooth side boosts hy­dra­tion and ra­di­ance.

6 Weleda Birch Cel­lulite Oil ($33, not shown) It’s easy to be scep­ti­cal about creams and lo­tions claim­ing to treat cel­lulite. But this world-renowned Swiss brand has been mak­ing highly ef­fec­tive cer­ti­fied-or­ganic per­sonal care prod­ucts since the 1920s. A blend of bio­dy­nam­i­cally grown plant ex­tracts, in­clud­ing birch, rose­mary and butcher’s broom, help to re­duce the ap­pear­ance of cel­lulite by stim­u­lat­ing the body’s nat­u­ral re­gen­er­at­ing abil­ity. Apri­cot, jo­joba and wheat­germ oils are also in the mix to im­prove the tone and feel of the skin. In a clin­i­cal study, skin looked sig­nif­i­cantly firmer and smoother af­ter one month’s use.

Hand towel, white bowls and plate, all The De­sign Hunter. Stoneware bowl (be­low), Lu­umo.

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