If there is a body ritual that we rarely miss, you are applying body lotions– dry, flaky skin has no place in our body. As soon as we get out of the shower, we dry ourselves and then rub a tablespoon (or three) of lotion all over our bodies. When you combine our daily lotion and our obsession with trying new skincare products, you can imagine how many body lotions we have tried and tested. Here are 10 of our favorites from all the luxury and pharmacy brands that help get rid of everything from dry skin to body acne. These creams have you covered.
It is common for French women to use oils on the face. Moist skin is always youthful and there is nothing like an oil or serum to produce that shiny, glowing skin. Right now we are using a damp cloth soaked in extra virgin coconut oil. Massage your face with a towel in circular movements. You will love how it gets rid of dead skin while hydrating at the same time. We are a huge fan of body oils and have a sweet spot for coconut and almond oils, but extra virgin olive oil is great, too.
For non-fans of Rachael Ray and his cooking shows, “E-V-O-O” means extra virgin olive oil, which is AMAZING for super dry and dehydrated skin that suffers the effects of overuse of the anti-aging product. At Harper’s Bazaar, Los Angeles cosmetic dermatologist Jessica Wu suggests applying a thin layer at night.
If you use Retin-A religiously, your previously oily skin may become dry. You can combat this with very expensive moisturizers (like Yinka’s Pamplemousses) but try EVOO. The catch is using a tasteless oil. At first, your face will feel quite oily but wipe off the excess with super soft puff and the result will be perfectly oiled skin. Your sunscreen will slide on it perfectly. So EVOO gives us two big approvals.
Renowned makeup artist Patti Dubroff hooked me with organic extra virgin coconut oil, which you can buy at health food stores or online. Simply massage the coconut oil all over your body after showering and wipe off the excess with a towel. Some women like to use the oil in the shower to rinse off excess oil (it will get on clothes and sheets). The oil penetrates the skin, traps moisture, but the water removes the excess, leaving the skin moist and soft for the baby.
You can also use baby oils or sesame oil on your skin, but coconut seems to work best for me. Trust me, the oils will remove dry, itchy skin and the oil is not sticky like lotion is. Do you prefer lotion? You can buy shea butter. If you’re prone to chicken booty, back, or skin stains, also known as pillar keratosis (those annoying bumps on your upper arms), this moisturizer is about to become your new best friend. The 2-in-1 formula will gently hydrate and exfoliate as it contains moisturizing AHA, lactic acid, to help detoxify pores. Leaves skin feeling super hydrated, soft & smooth, and helps keep pesky bumps at bay.
We have been obsessed with the Brazilian Bum Cream from Sol de Janeiro in our Christmas romance with her on a summer vacation. The beautifully scented cream leaves skin silky smooth and it all comes down to your not-so-secret ingredient list. It also contains powerful antioxidant acai to hydrate and restore the skin, and mega-moisturizer, coconut oil. We also love the texture; It is absorbed like a dream and does not leave oily skin. And the aroma of pistachio caramel? We die and go to the Brazilian sky every time we apply it.