Monday, 28 May 2012

Skin Nourishers ~ Body Shop Oil, Lavera All Round Cream & Astral

Have any of you noticed your skin more parched than usual in the recent glorious weather?  While it’s important to stay hydrated from the inside out (sadly Pimms doesn’t count!), my body always craves an extra layer of moisture in the heat.  These are a few of the products I’ve been reaching for to quench its thirst.

Body Shop Strawberry Beautifying Oil


I’m not normally a fan of sweet, fruity smells yet was really drawn to this oil - a lovely light, fruity scent that’s perfect for summer.  More importantly it feels beautiful on my skin - I’ve mostly been using it on my legs where I suffer from particularly dry skin and it leaves a gorgeous glowy gleam without stickiness. 

I’ve also tried it in my hair, warming a small amount in my palms and scrunching it through the lower half of my hair around 30 minutes before washing.  If you do try this, go easy as I was amazed how far it went.  It smelt lush, shampooed out leaving no residue and my hair was extra soft afterwards with a definite reduction in frizziness. I imagine it would also work on dry hair, applied to the ends to defrizz and add gloss - if I was doing this I’d just use any residue left from applying to my body or you could end up looking a little lank!

Available in 11 fragrances these new oils include a blend of three lightweight nut oils: Community Fair Trade Marula, Kukui Nut Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. Moringa and Sweet Lemon are next on my list!

£9 at Body Shop UK or 15 euros in RoI.



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Did your mum used to have this on the bathroom shelf when you were little?  Mine too.  While the original is still going strong (who could argue with ambassadors like Joanna Lumley & Twiggy?) Astral has launched a newer, lighter version, which I must admit I much prefer. 

Astral Light & Creamy - enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E - has a gel-cream texture and sinks in quickly while nourishing the skin.  It’s not something I’d choose to apply on my face daily but it’s great for the body and most definitely moisturising.

Best of all it’s absolutely bargainous, retailing at just over £4 for 200ml in Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets.


Lavera All-Round Cream

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My hands have been horrifically dry recently and this little pot has been a bit of a godsend. My lovely mother in law (hello if you’re reading!! x) described its fragrance as lemon pancakes - and she’s absolutely spot on!  It’s rich and buttery and does indeed contain a little lemon oil.  I love the lightweight portable tin, perfect for bringing on holidays.

With organic shea butter, jojoba and almond, it’s super nourishing yet suitable for all skin types including sensitive skins. I also like to leave it on overnight after a home pedi, which I’ll do a post on soon if anyone is interested?

Lavera All-Round Cream costs £6.95 at Feel Unique or Lavera

This post included samples

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