Thursday, 20 November 2014

My all time favourite body moisturisers


 
I've always had a bit of an obsession with body moisturisers. When I was in school I was gifted the the delightful nickname 'moisturiser' by the other English Lit students because on a residential to London they laughed at how long my shower routine took. I needed longer than everyone else to moisturise my entire body, something that was strange to them but completely natural to me.

I'm sure many other readers that grew up in an Asian family can relate. From as early as I can remember, my mum used to dry me off after a wash and massage baby oil on me, head to toe. This routine has become somewhat of a ritual and now I'm always on the look out for a really great body moisturiser.

I know some people only moisturise their skin when it feels dry but I swear by moisturising everyday. The main reason is of course to keep my skin soft but I'm certain that in giving my my body a massage everyday it's helped prevent cellulite. My tummy and thighs are what I'd describe as soft to put it kindly, but I've never really had a problem with cellulite. It also promotes an even skin tone and mostly it just makes you feel good to take five minutes to pamper yourself once a day.

So those are what I think are the benefits of ritual body moisturising and he are my four all time favourite body moisturisers.

The Righteous Butter by Soap & Glory

When Soap & Glory first launched, this quickly became one of my most loved body butters. At £10.50 for a 300ml jar, which is huge, this butter absorbs into the skin quickly, it's rich but doesn't leave a greasy finish but most importantly, it smells AMAZING. It's by far one of the most beautifully fragranced body butters I've ever tried. I'll take breaks away from this product every now and then but I often find myself in the aisles of Boots slipping one in my basket because I remember how sensational it smells! It really does feel like a luxury moisturiser and the smell truly makes you feel pampered and sexy.

The Body Shop's Mango Body Butter

Body butters are most definitely associated with The Body Shop. As one of their cult products The Body Shop Body Butters have surely inspired many similar products that have been produced since then but theirs will always be the creme de la creme. Some of my favourite 'flavours' include papaya and passion fruit but when it comes to moisturising benefits my top pick has to be mango. I discovered it when I was working in the backstage team for London Fashion Week A/W '13. The Vaxhaull Fashion Scout shows were sponsored by The Body Shop and we used the mango body butter on the models' legs and arms. I love this particular body butter because unlike the others which actually have a buttery texture which can take some work to buff into the skin, the mango one has more of a gel-like texture which absorbs quickly. It's also extra rich and deeply moisturising. It's so rich that when I shower 24 hours later, I can still feel it slick on the skin. These are the kind of moisturisers I like. The ones where you can definitely tell that it's keeping your skin moisturised for hours.

Astral

This one is a fail safe. I always have one of these in the house as a back-up but it really is a great moisturiser. If you don't like extremely rich creams then stay well away! Personally I like the kind of creams that sink in and stay on your skin. It's a hard-working moisturiser that does the job it's supposed to do. A little greasy maybe, but I guarantee that your skin will drink it right up. Astral's also good for people who prefer fuss-free, un-fragranced products. This cream must be good because I have a cousin in Australia that gets me to ship them to her - madness! But for a budget, drug-store moisturiser, it certainly ticks a lot of boxes.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter

I used this for years when I was a teenager. It was a very popular product then and I remember a time when I loved it that much I never strayed onto other moisturisers. As I've gotten older I've found myself steering towards richer, thicker creams but Palmer's Cocoa Butter will always have a place on my shelf. It helps even out skin-tone and it's great as an after-sun. A great moisturiser to take on holidays, unlike the other products I've mentioned this one isn't in a bulky tub which makes it convenient for travelling. 

So there you have it, my all time favourite body moisturisers. I've tried and tested each one several times along with many others but I'll always go back to these four. 

I'm always on the lookout for body moisturisers to try, are there any you'd add to the list? 

Just love

Rina xoxo 
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