It’s Legs Out Season, which is always a bit daunting at first, until we get so hot & bothered we just do it anyway. That hasn’t happened yet, but in preparation I’m trying to get into the habit of helping my skin look its best by slathering on the good stuff more regularly than usual. Not my favourite thing, but lovely products help. Here are three I’ve been enjoying on different price tags: luxe, budget and somewhere-in-between.
LUXE - Filorga Detox Body Treatment is a luxury bodycare product from a French skincare brand for which I have huge respect, having been impressed by every product I’ve tried. This velvety mousse sinks into skin in seconds, leaving it matte to the touch with a subtle glow and fresh scent. It is a treatment rather than your standard body lotion and has a similar effect to a facial serum for the body. In fact it contains two of my favourite skincare ingredients - hydrating hyaluronic acid and gently exfoliating glycolic acid, along with nourishing shea butter. I have dry skin and find it very soothing and deeply hydrating. Since it is so luxurious I try to save it for my upper body and use a cheaper formula on my legs, such as… PS buy one get one half price on selected Filorga at M&S
BUDGET - Neutrogena Visibly Renew Elasti-boost Body Lotion (£4.99) is a new formula to intensely hydrate dry skin and help improve elasticity. For this reason it works particularly well on my croc-a-like shins and I don’t have to be precious with it at this price. I first became aware of the original formula via Sali Hughes, but prefer this one even more as feels more silky, absorbs quickly and a little goes a long way. The fast absorption and generously sized pump bottle make it a foolproof post-shower morning formula, which I really do enjoy using just as much as much more expensive products and will definitely repurchase. A Summer staple. PS currently half price at Boots!
SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN - & Other Stories Floral Memento Body Soufflé (£10) is a scented body cream with a fresh floral blend of lemon, bergamot, peony and musks… I don’t even need perfume when I wear it. I often have to be careful about perfumed body products as my skin is quite sensitive, but this hasn’t caused any problems, though I only use it occasionally just in case. While soufflé implies a light formula, I find this the richest of these three, more like a traditional body cream - it’s lovely to use the day after self tanning, when it definitely masks any unwanted aromas!