Okay we are all excited it's Christmas and everywhere in our physical and online world is under Christmas-attack. I figured I would give you guys a break and type a post that isn't in the least bit Christmassy.
When I first started blogging one of the things I shared was my facial skincare routine (see here). Since then, I have had people email me to ask what products I use and recommend for the rest of the body. One of my blog readers in particular @ZinnieP has been requesting this post for the longest but I never got round to doing it till now :-)
I try lot of skincare products but there are only a few that I have used for a while now and I highly recommend.
Imperial Leather Foam Burst
When it comes to bath products, I like to keep it simple. I enjoy looking at all the fancy smelling bath bombs and stuff at Lush but I always stick to my trusty Foamburst. It is a delicious smelling gel that foams really well, true to it's name. I can't stand bath products that just do not lather well. It also does not leave any of that greasiness that's common with bath gels. It comes in about five variants but my favourite by far is the Japanese spa, the scent is really calming.
I was elated to find it in Lagos at Medplus for N900 so I grabbed all the cans on the shelf(as usual). If you're in the UK get it from Boots here for £3.49.
St Ives Apricot Body Scrub
Once a week, I like to exfoliate the rest of my body like I would my face. The St Ives Scrub is just awesome for that. I have played around with different body scrubs but this remains my favourite. It gets rid of old. flaky skin without being too harsh and it always leaves my skin looking and feeling soft and shiny. I find it particularly helpful around this period of really dry weather in Nigeria.
Get it on Konga for N1150 here or in your local beauty store.
Vaseline Aloe Fresh Protecting Lotion with SPF15
Vaseline has been doing skincare for eons and they do it right for me. This lotion is very moisturising but not in a greasy way at all. It is easily absorbed into the skin and is perfect for the hot climate in this region. You wouldn't want to use a lotion that is really heavy and doesn't absorb well, you would be stewing in your own sweaty juices in an hour! The crowning glory of this lotion is that it has SPF. Y'all know how emotional I get when it comes to SPF-talk so I won't start but yeah, it is pretty awesome.
I'm not sure this product is ready available in the UK as I couldn't seem to find it online. My sister bought me some from Walmart in the US but I have spotted it in HealthPlus a few times for around N1500.
I'm sure you don't need me to review Bio-Oil, you must be aware of it's awesomeness already right? If you have really dry skin, use it alone as a lotion and you will notice a difference in a short while. I sometimes mix it in with my regular lotion for extra moisture. It makes my skin feel so soft and healthy, I love this stuff. There are claims that it helps with stretch marks, scars, burns etc, I can't attest to that but I can attest to it's moisturising power!
Avon Cellu-Defy Intensive Anti-Cellulite Lotion
I nicked this cream from my mum's stash and I have been using it for a while now. I apply it on my thighs every other day. Does it prevent/cure cellulite? No! Does it make me feel better anyway? Yes!
Soltan Moisturising Suncare Lotion SPF50
Although my regular lotion has SPF15, that is not nearly enough protection for the skin especially in the sweltering conditions we live in. I use a sunscreen lotion daily and apply it sparingly all over my already moisturised body especially on areas that are exposed. The Soltan lotion absorbs very easily and doesn't leave the white film that usually comes from sunscreen. This is because it isn't just a sunscreen but a moisturising lotion, win-win. I usually get mine in the UK from Boots, buy here.
So that's my simple total body routine. Sometimes I switch from the Vaseline lotion to Palmers Olive Butter Lotion with SPF15 which is also a great product that I highly recommend. What products do you treat your skin to? Share if you care :-)
Peace and Love,