If you consume any kind of media at all, you might be starting to notice the next phase in the beauty calendar – prepping for summer! – has rolled around. This means plenty of features on getting your body bikini-ready, endless discussions on the best self tanners and plenty of brow-furrowing over that age-old dilemma: to wax or to shave?
I naturally have plenty of strong opinions on all these issues (I’m a deep thinker you know), but I’m just not ready yet. It might be sunny, but it’s still pretty cold, and I’m lazy, so I think we should all calm down and just take baby steps together, ok? Let’s start with moisturiser.
This is terrible, but I hate moisturising. I mean, I put moisturiser on my face obviously, but as far as the rest of my body goes, it’s just too boring. I wish I was one of those women who actively enjoyed the process of applying cold gloop to my skin and repetitively rubbing it in, but I just don’t. I hate the way it feels sticky afterwards and makes your legs sting if you’ve shaved them – and that’s even with the super-organic-non-fragranced-instantly-absorbed expensive ones.
However, my skin is desperately dry at the moment and I know sooner or later it’s going to have to see the light of day, so I’ve begrudgingly started exploring my moisturising options. If I can stand these, as a person who hates the stuff, then you will LOVE them.
I just went on a rampage and threw away bagfuls of ancient, crusty, past-their-sell-by beauty products, so the stuff I’ve chosen to hang onto is good, I promise. Here are four moisturisers that I allowed to remain. Yes, one is an oil, but it serves the same purpose so I’ve included it.
1. Tay cucumber day moisturiser, £70, cultbeauty.co.ukObviously this stuff is pretty pricey so don't worry, I'm not slathering it wantonly on my legs or anything, just my face, neck and decollete. As someone with limited patience for rubbing products into skin, I'm pleased to report that this disappears quickly without leaving a greasy sheen and it doesn't have any fragrance. There are LOADS of natural anti-oxidant ingredients in this lotion which promise to repair and protect the skin too.
2. Aesop geranium leaf hydrating body treatment, £23, cultbeauty.co.ukI've written about this body oil before and I still love it - just a few drops massaged into my legs after shaving stops them from getting red and angry and the smell is intensely aromatic - almost medicinal - so it as an aromatherapeutic effect at the same time. [Pro tip: slosh some in the bath so the moisturising job is done while you're wallowing - wheee!]
3. C.O. Bigelow lavender and peppermint body lotion, $9 (ships globally), bigelowchemists.comBoth times I've stayed at the Bowery in New York I've ended up stuffing as many of the dinky bottles of C.O. Bigelow products as I could into my luggage - classy, I know. Turns out, they specialise in making toiletries for the hotel industry, but such was demand, they now sell them to punters on their website too. Lavender and peppermint mean this rich, light cream is both soothing and invigorating. Mmm, lovely...
4. Roger & Gallet Fleur d'Osmanthus moisturising fragrant body lotion, £13, feelunique.com I grabbed this from the chaos on my dressing table to moisturise my hands and the next day they still had a lovely, light floral scent. If you're not a fan of heavily-fragranced products, this won't be for you, but I personally like the faintly old-fashioned, soapy smell (it's quite '80s, in a good way!) and the almond oil is deeply nourishing.
I need to get into the mindset of seeing daily moisturising as an essential, non-negotiable task that must be completed - like brushing my teeth or showering. I suspect the only thing that's going to motivate me on this one is sheer vanity.
But I'd really like to know - am I the only one who finds moisturising a collosal bore? Or do you see it as one of the more pleasurable aspects of a beauty regime (as opposed to plucking, waxing, exfoliating, extracting etc)? Are there any tedious parts of your beauty routine that you loathe? Tell me!