Beauty: Brilliant body boosters
Buff, smooth and soften your way to a fab figure
Chances are that our bathrooms are bursting with products designed for faces, but what about our bodies? It’s the largest organ we have, so we should be treating it with the same care we do our faces. Bodycare with added benefits is easier to find than ever, so now you can bathe and buff your way to a beautiful body…
1 Bath time
Even though baths are a time to chill out, hot water temperatures and foaming formulas can dry out skin. While bubbles are tempting, your skin will thank you for a dose of Ameliorate Softening Bath Milk Oil, £19. As well as softening the water itself, the combination of soothing colloidal oats plus camelina and almond oils take care of the bumpy, rough skin that’s often found on arms, legs and knees. Cleopatra would buy shares in this stuff…
2 Mask marvel
While you can use face masks on every part of you, body-specific ones tend to be more concentrated – ideal if you have a particular problem. Enlarged pores and blackheads aren’t exclusive to our faces, with backs and the décolletage known troublespots. The Body Shop Spa Of The World Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay, £18, draws out impurities and, on congested areas, will help break down sebum for clearer skin.
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3 Buff your body
Upgrade your regular shower gel for something a little fancier. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Body Gentle Mitt Cleanser, £19, mimics its cult classic facial cleanser, from the moisturising plant oils to the accompanying wash cloth. This gets rid of grime and smooths bumps, while the eucalyptus scent is a sure-fire way to perk you up on a dark morning.
4 Moisturisers that do more
Body lotion is more of an afterthought for most, often forgotten about in a rush to get dressed. Choosing formulas similar to products designed for your face will do more for the skin on your body than merely pampering it. Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Body Cream, £9.99, has a low dose of glycolic acid that acts as a gentle exfoliator – ideal for bumpy thighs – while Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream, £5.99, works wonders on dry shins and knees.
5 Have a helping hand
Repeated washing, not to mention near-constant sun exposure, have a drying effect on our hands. If greasy, heavy formulas put you off, you’ll love Superdrug Oat & Coconut Intensive Hand Cream, £4.99, which has all the nourishment of a cream thanks to the coconut, but sinks in fast. Long-term, the oatmeal is an anti-inflammatory that soothes and prevents sensitivity.