Friday, 14 December 2012

My Total Body Skincare Routine

Hi Everyone, 

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. 

Bio-Oil

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, 

Y. 
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15 comments

  1. Glad I found your blog! I must try some of these. Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Nice post!always took my skin. For granted cos its always bin problem-free,dark n shiny...no pimples,spots,acne or waeva!bt now...u shld c me:(,its like am jst goin thru puberty!my face is an eye-sore now!so I'd def step up my game so tnx for dis article!btw thou,seeing as u always recommended casabella,I went dere n sure it was well-stocked bt like every oda store around,d gurls were def rude! Huge turn-off! I uSually dnt pay a 2nd visit to such stores! P.S I hrd soap is nt so good for d face,pls wat dyu recommend?tnk u n sorry for d longgg post:)

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    1. My mum always complains about the same thing..that the girls at Casabella are rude..such a shame..i've never experienced it..
      I recommend a gentle wash for the face like Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash :)

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  3. Hi Yewwy!nice post dear tanx...but to go off dis subject thou,goTta ask a quick question,is it in anyway possible for original mac studio fix powder to be sold for N3000?!saw a store like dat n am jst confused to whether am geTting d real ting?!tanx!

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    1. Hi dear, N3000?? I don't think that's original, it's usually about N6000..LOL

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  4. I love your blog! This post is awesome!
    Check out my blog, write your opinion and maybe...follow?
    Where are you from?

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  5. Great products. You should try some of the facial creams at avon. i never thought id like it bc everyone always throws their products in your face but this facial moisturizer from them is amazing.

    I think im gonna try the st ives apricot scrub


    xo, natasha solae
    www.natashasolae.com

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  6. Huh?wow!u go thru all this regime every morning &eve?WOW!u make me feel like a cave woman.lol.all I do is my 'mixture soap' in the bathroom &my fair&white body lotion!
    Girrll u try paa,keep it up.

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  7. Your daily routine is quite impressive. To think that you go through all those products on a regular basis, I must commend you for it. Also, you got a nice choice of brands for your skin care products.

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  8. Hey Love,
    Very realistic post you have here but i have a question though. With all these products that you use every other day, does your skin grow dark especially with Nigeria's weather conditions?

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  9. Glad I found this blog.Am at a crossroads.I want to start all over with my skin.am dark in complexion.but my inner arms and thighs(where the sun doesn't get to are light).That's hyperpigmentation?I need help to even out my complexion.How do I go about it?I'd really love a detailed reply.Thank you.Keep up the good work.

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It's encouraging to read feedback in the form of comments or questions, so I'm happy to read them and respond. Please check back for my responses to any questions.xx

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