I’m very neglectful of my body care beauty routine it has to be said. I rarely moisturise, I use the same shower soap all the time, and I hide my dry limbs under thick tights in the winter, and ignore.
I do have palmoplantar psoriasis, so, even in clear spells, I am wary of using anything on my hands (it affects the palms of my hands and soles of my feet) that night cause a flareup.
But, that’s my excuse – whats yours? Time to sort out your body care beauty routine for winter with a few new products.
I’ve tried both of these beautiful Daughter of the Soil products – from the Onyang Collection, the Shea Body Butter with White Mulberry (£32), and from the Baobab Collection, the Baobab & Rooibos Body Lotion Skin Fortifying Lotion (£26), again with White Mulberry.
Both smell absolutely delicious. The body butter is specially for dry skin, and contains the rarer East African Nilotica Shea Butter, a miracle oil known for centuries for its unrivalling moisturising properties. Who are we to argue? It feels delightful, and I love (when I remember!) sticking my fingers in a pot of body butter!
The Baobab & Rooibos Body Lotion is lighter than the butter, but still pretty substantial, and contains Baobab oil, from the famous ‘tree of life’. I think it was in and Origins product I first came across this ingredient. Since then – everywhere! There can’t be many of these trees of life left! Rooibos is an antioxidant, and again it has the lovely white mulberry scent.
I have become addicted to this soap, mainly because it seems so kind on my skin. But, this Nurture Replenish Conditioning Body Wash (£8.95) is nice. It contains Red Clover Extract, as well as pro-vitamin B5, glycerin and Vitamin E, which all keep the skin hydrated. It has a nice delicate scent, and a pump to dispense.
I think the new Michael Kors Silky Body Lotion (£35) and Radiant Shower Oil (£37.50) are the kind of products I really want to try, but just can’t because my skin will not love them. They are designed to be used with any Michael Kors fragrance. and have touches of bergamot and mandarin, a heart of petals including orange blossom, rose and jasmine sambac, as well as salicylates, and a dry down of sandalwood, musk and a hint of vanilla.
They would make lovely gifts for any Michael Kors fan – and I think there are a few of those around…!
I don’t have a bath. I covered that on my own website in great detail – have a read if you like! But, we are working on it!. Hopefully I will be soaking in a bath come the new year, in the delicious Living Sea Therapy Bath Soak (£22) made from hand harvested sea minerals from the Cornish waters.
I’m a bit of a fan of this lovely body brand. Check them out at livingseatherapy.co.uk. This bath soak contains sea minerals and seaweeds, rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids which are fused with 12 pure essential oils including mandarin, ginger and eucalyptus. I cannot wait!
In the meantime, I can get a sort-of-spa experience in the shower with the Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath And Shower Oil (£45, Space NK). You massage it on before you step into the shower, and I have to admit the smell is utterly wonderful. Breathe in the earthy oils of vetivert, chamomile and sandalwood as you rinse off.
Finally, this is the latest addition to the REN Atlantic Kelp and Microalgae range. This Toning Body Oil (£35). This one is for use before your body cream, for toning the skin, as well as moisturising. It’s formulated with Magnesium-rich Atlantic Kelp extract and nourishing Omega 9 and Microalgae Oil.
Apply a generous amount of this after you shower and massage in until absorbed. I don’t know if these toning things work, but there’s no harm in adding an extra step to your body care routine, and indulging yourself, is there?