Beauty Laura Kennedy’s res­cue reme­dies for air- starved legs

Af­ter 10 months in tights, have your legs turned to flaky corned beef? Help is at hand ( and foot)

The Irish Times Magazine - - NEWS - BEAUTY RE­PORT LAURA KENNEDY

Body prod­ucts must al­ways be func­tional first, lovely sec­ond. The best of them will work hard for you while giv­ing a pleas­ant sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence, but the re­sults should be pal­pa­ble and the work in­volved min­i­mal. Most of us ne­glect to main­tain our bodies some­what dur­ing the wool- shrouded win­ter months, only to dis­cover itchy, flaky legs, cal­loused feet and dull skin.

Omorovicza Gold Shim­mer Oil, £ 52 at Space NK This is ( bad pun cheer­fully in­tended) the gold stan­dard in body shim­mer oils. You can find sim­i­lar prod­ucts from brands such as Nuxe and The Body Shop. How­ever, the Omorovicza oil of­fers an in­com­pa­ra­ble sheen, con­tain­ing more of a gold dust than a glit­ter.

Oh K Jas­mine Hand Cream ¤ 6.50 from boots. ie If this Korean- in­spired hand cream in its lit­tle bear pot doesn’t en­cour­age you to reap­ply, noth­ing will. It’s func­tional, af­ford­able and cheer­ing.

La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP+ ¤ 25.99 for 400ml I’ve rec­om­mended this to count­less eczema suf­fer­ers since us­ing it to clear up my own eczema sev­eral years ago. This cream is in­cred­i­bly ef­fec­tive on prob­lem­at­i­cally dry or very dry skin, and doesn’t ir­ri­tate or feel like a layer of cling film.

Al­pha- H Liq­uid Gold Luxe Resur­fac­ing Body Cloths ¤ 19.45 for pack of 25 With ex­fo­li­at­ing gly­colic acid, these wipes treat ev­ery­thing from bacne and dry feet to ker­ato­sis pi­laris ( bumps many of us have on the backs of up­per arms). Mois­turise af­ter use and avoid us­ing on sore or sen­si­tive skin.

Shave­works The Cool Fix In­grown Hair Gel Treat­ment ¤ 19.45 from look­fan­tas­tic. com If you’re in­clined to shave or wax, you’ll want some­thing that won’t sting in or­der to in­stantly cool and soothe while re­ally work­ing on in­grown hairs. This is it.

Foot­ner Ex­fo­li­at­ing Socks, ¤ 19.99 from boots. ie These work af­ter a sin­gle ap­pli­ca­tion. Be warned, though: your feet will peel for a week or more af­ter­wards ( which may hor­rify or thrill you). When the peel­ing is over, you will es­sen­tially have a new pair of feet, but the peel­ing stage will get ugly.

St Tropez Grad­ual Tan In Shower Lo­tion ¤ 19.99 for 200ml tube This sold out in­stantly when it launched, but is now easy to find. It is streak- free per­fec­tion it­self for any­one who can’t be both­ered with the usual ef­fort of false tan­ning but is fright­ened of corned- beef legs.

Lola’s Apothe­cary Del­i­cate Ro­mance Balanc­ing Body & Mas­sage Oil £ 38 from lo­las­apothe­cary.

com This rose, spice and cit­rus oil is very high qual­ity with a good con­cen­tra­tion of rose­hip and ar­gan oils. It looks and smells di­vine, and mois­turises in­tensely.

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