What? You've got nothing but time.
When it comes to skincare, we all too often forget about our bodies.
From that itchy feeling that results from not applying enough lotion to battling a patch of KP (keratosis pillars) on the backs of your arms, whatever might be ailing you, all of this extra time indoors isn’t doing us any favours in the skin department.
While social distancing is still very much a reality, if the sudden rise in temperature has you ready to bare those limbs and hit the garden/patio/beach, we recommend incorporating a few extra moisturising, exfoliating, toning, and massaging products into your routine to ensure that your skin is as healthy and smooth as possible.
Slightly slower than their skincare colleagues, body care brands have been stepping up and expanding their offering, with savvy innovations and science-led ingredients, to appeal to any budget and any concern - meaning there really is something for everyone.
So, prepare to meet your new quarantine activity; body care. Believe us, future you will be real grateful.
Slough it off
This thick cream with almond and orange blossom petals and 100% plant-based exfoliating particles (orange, lychee and walnut) effectively eliminates dead cells, refines the texture of the skin and leaves it soft and smooth.
Melting Body Scrub, €20.50, NUXE Body - SHOP
Gently Does It
Sasawashi is an all-natural fabric made from a combination of traditional Japanese paper, washi, and leaves of the Kumazasa plant, a type of bamboo grown in the highlands of Japan. The natural oil-absorbing and antibacterial properties of sasawashi, together with its unique texture, makes this the perfect exfoliating washcloth that you can use in the shower every day.
Sasawashi Exfoliating Body Cloth, €20, Vanderohe - SHOP
Opt For Super Smooth
This body cream's attacked is three-pronged. It's hydrating, thanks to the combined action of lactic acid and urea. It's keratolytic, which means it helps to eliminate keratosis pilaris, a.k.a chicken skin, via a salicylic acid ingredient, and, like all products from this brand, its Avène Thermal Spring Water soothes the skin.
Akerat 10 Body Cream, €20.99, Eau Thermale Avene - SHOP
Boom Boom Beauty
Firm Brazilian bums, or 'boom booms' as there pronounced there, have a special secret, a cream, rich in Guaraná, a native Amazonian plant whose fruit contains one of the most potent forms of caffeine on the planet. Guarana is blended with Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí and Coconut Oil in this luxe cream which works to significantly tighten, smooth and tone one's posterior region.
Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, €44, SOL DE JANEIRO at Brown Thomas - SHOP
Moisturising with body oil protects your skin from dryness for much longer and stronger than a lotion can. The Body features a genderless sunny green citrus and herb scent (no parfum or fragrance) and the benefits of its particular essential oils are said to stimulate circulation, calm the mind and bring the sexy feels. Who are we argue with that?
The Body Oil, €35, Neighbourhood Botanicals - SHOP
Faux That Glow
While we’ll always stress the importance of sun care, we also understand the allure of a bronzed glow. This silky-smooth serum for your body dries instantly and leaves a really authentic hue behind. Packed with multi-weight hyaluronic acid to draw moisture into the skin, for extra nourishment and illumination. Believe us, slathering this on of an evening becomes so much more a treat than a chore.
If you've yet to sniff Frederic Malle's Eau de Magnolia, just know it smells like all of your best summer days concentrated into one perfume. More bright and fresh than floral (thanks to top notes of lemon and bergamot), don't let the name fool you – this body milk is generously fragranced with a clever cocktail of vetiver, oakmoss and patchouli too for a sensual, heady mix.
No Gym, No Worries
Not exactly cheap, but this is a one-stop set for all your at-home toning and firming needs. Just like the brand’s cult-favourite facial tool, this body-specific device is able to tackle larger areas like your butt or thighs, using microcurrents to repair damaged skin, stimulates collagen and elastin production, reducing sagging, improving skin’s strength and minimising the looks of pesky cellulite. Phew.
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