I am very picky when it comes to body moisturisers, mainly because my skin is ultra sensitive and even the faintest trace of alcohol or weird ingredients will bring on the mother of all allergies. I found out the hard after I had covered myself in a fancy body lotion, only to spend the following week as the mayor of Itchville, population: 1. This isn't a great way to spend a holiday, is it? To make things more fun, the skin on my face reacts in a similar manner - yay, skin. I could ditch moisturisers altogether and decide to embrace a new career as the Lizard Lady at the Freak Show, but I don't think they would let me take Brak with me on the road and so it isn't really a viable option.The best option is still trial and error, so I keep playing the Rashian Roulette...
This is how I came across two products I wanted to recommend to you today as they are both brilliant and definitely what you need to get on the road to that soft, supple Summer skin. I selected a body butter and a face cream (which is essentially a miracle worker).
First up we have The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter (bit of a redundant name but hey). Their Coconut Body Butter is also amazing, but I used it all up so fast I didn't have time to write about it. I don't normally like creams in pots as I find it quite messy to use and cumbersome for travelling, but I quickly got used to this one, possibly because it looks and smells so much like a dessert. Perhaps this explanation doesn't make any sense to you, but in my world it is entirely understandable. The texture is very rich and creamy but it penetrates quickly into the skin and isn't at all sticky. It just leaves your skin smooth looking, very soft and faintly scented. Of course, no rash in sight. I've been using this for a couple months now (one pot lasts me about a month) and I can't remember my skin ever looking so nice. At £13 a pot, that's not too bad an investment if you get perfect skin in return.
My second product of the day is from ThisWorks so it is a little pricier, but worth every penny: it is In Transit Camera Close-Up. It costs £30, but it is a mask, moisturiser and primer in one. Basically like a BB Cream without the colour - thank god for that, I don't find the BB cream or CC cream colours particularly great and they are so darn hard to blend. This one you just use as a base and then apply your normal foundation. The finished look with my foundation is dewy and glowing rather than ultra matte as it can get with BB/CC cream. It is described as a "portable pick-me-up that evens, plumps and brightens instantly" - this is perhaps a little bold, but it does work. It definitely gives my skin a deep moisturising and acts as a great primer. I have yet to try it after a long-haul flight (which is why I bought it in the first place) but I am sure it will be most helpful.