How to take the chore out of body moisturising

The great thing about being a Beauty Director is you can be sitting on your bed one Sunday evening, body lotion in hand, thinking, ‘God, I wish I knew how to make moisturising less of a chore’, then posing your dilemma to a leading authority the very next morning.


This is what beauty guru Noella Gabriel, Head of Treatment and Product Development for Elemis, had to say on the subject of keeping your body hydrated without the hassle:

Choose a good texture. Just because a cream is intended for your body doesn’t mean it has to be heavy, rich and sticky. Modern formulations mean you can get a lot of technology into a relatively light lotion or serum.

Use the right shower product to begin with. Gone are the days of shower gels that are only a few molecules away from washing-up liquid. Modern formulas are much more compatible with skin, so there’s no excuse for a body wash that leaves yours dry and flaky. [Exotic Frangipani Monoi Bath and Shower Cream, £19, by Elemis is lovely.]

A pre-warmed body cuts the job in half. Skin that is warm from a bath or shower will absorb product quicker, making your job easier. After your bath or shower, pat dry and apply your lotion straight away to warm, slightly damp skin. It may sound obvious but lots of women have their shower, potter around, then wonder why it takes them so long to work in their moisturiser.

Body brush the concerned areas. Most women have one or two areas they’re particularly concerned about, like backs of arms, or thighs. Target these with some body brushing before your bath or shower and it will boost circulation and increase the absorption of any product you apply, again making your job much easier.

Don’t worry about being perfect. You don’t need to moisturise everywhere every day. If possible, target dry or problem areas after each shower but you don’t need to do an all-over more than two or three times a week.

Keep it interesting. Have several different favourite body moisturisers on the go so you don’t get bored. And choose your products according to scent as well as texture – if you love the smell, you’ll be more motivated to use it.

Let me know if there are any beauty chores you’d like making easier.

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