Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - BEAUTY -

I swear I’m not a mer­maid! Read­ers have re­marked that they never see my lower body in my pic­ture here each week, just my mug, which made me think how, in our so­cial-me­diaob­sessed, neck-up world, the body of­ten plays sec­ond fid­dle to prod­uct-pam­pered faces!

So I’ve de­cided that I have to make peace with what lies be­neath, and maybe — just maybe — the mer­maid might re­veal her legs here some­time soon. Skin brush­ing is a great, in­ex­pen­sive and very ef­fec­tive way to get softer skin. I use those scrubby gloves from Boots, be­low, €2.99 (for a pair), and start at my feet, work­ing up­wards, to­wards the heart. It’s best done im­me­di­ately be­fore a bath or shower so that the dead skin cells are washed away.

I’m a bit in love with Dove’s new luxe Derma Spa line, their most sci­en­tif­i­cally-ad­vanced body-care range, de­vel­oped with der­ma­tol­o­gists and spa con­sul­tants; it looks and feels very high-end. The Derma Spa Body Oil, €13.99, in­fused with omega oil, smells heav­enly, thanks to the creamy vanilla, co­conut and musk, pro­vid­ing long-last­ing hy­dra­tion and vis­i­bly softer, smoother skin.

Not be­ing a big tan fan, I ac­tu­ally re­ally rate the Dove Derma Spa Sum­mer Re­vive Cream, above right, €9.99, as it glides on like a dream, for a fab­u­lous faux glow.

If I keep this up, maybe I won’t be the funny-look­ing fully clothed per­son at the pool!

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