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The heavenly new body lotions, creams and oils for every budget


by Holly O'Neill
19th May 2021

Read time: 4 minutes

The heavenly new body lotions, creams and oils for every budget

Ready to have your skin looking like skin again? Meet the latest launches in body lotions, creams and oils.

So you’ve been to the hairdresser and the salon or you’re at least impatiently waiting to get there. Since I’ve had my eyelashes done again – joy of joys – I feel as made up as a Kardashian prepping for the Met Gala every time I look in the mirror. You’re primped and primed and prepared for a world where you will once again see other people after a long time of being comfortably unkempt and slightly feral. Except for one problem – the skin on your body looks like grim, dried up corned beef. Not to worry, there’s a host of heavenly new body lotions, creams and oils to get your skin looking like skin again.

I am among the incredibly dedicated of body lotion appliers. No matter how cold it is when I get out of the shower, how little time I have or effort I can muster, even when I have to put on tights directly afterwards and gag, I have to cream from head to toe every day. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t do it, I’ve just been fully moisturised every day for as long as I can remember. My skin is 90% Palmer’s Cocoa Butter or whatever else has landed on the desk. I assume that at this point if I didn’t moisturise one day, my body would crumble to ashes like Voldemort at the end of Harry Potter. But I can fully appreciate why most people can’t face it on a daily basis. It takes time and work, it requires being freezing and then greasy and then waiting while you dry before getting dressed. If those are the reasons that you don’t moisturise, then let me introduce you to Eucerin Aquaphor Body Ointment Spray, your dream product. This is a new take on their cult Soothing Skin Balm, beloved by Beyoncé, Meghan Markle and Ashley Graham. It acts like a fire blanket for symptoms of dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis by instantly calming and leaves the skin intensely moisturised with an effortless spray. Pro tip: get back into the shower after you’ve dried off and spray yourself with this while you’re in there so you don’t leave speckles all over your bathroom floor.

If what you really want is an affordable, no-fuss, gorgeous product that gets the job done, you’ll want to try the new Body Butters from The Body Shop, available in a range of delicious flavours with new fully recyclable packaging. They are gentle, and instantly soothing on dryness or flaky bits. Your skin will drink it up and it’s exactly the correct texture; not greasy, not sticky, not tacky, just creamy moisturiser that sinks in and lasts. Plus, they all smell heavenly.

As an aforementioned dedicated devotee of top to toe daily moisturisation, I go through a lot of lotions, which means a lot of stocking up and a lot of packaging waste. If you’re also a dedicated daily moisturizer, Kiehl’s has us covered with their new Pouch Refillables, which save on average 80% more plastic than a typical Kiehl’s single-use product and contain far more than your standard bottle – the cult Kiehl’s Crème de Corps, for example, now comes in a one-litre size and can be brought back in store to be recycled when you’ve finished. If you’re not familiar with Crème de Corps, make becoming acquainted with it a priority – it’s a rich texture with mega-hydrators cocoa butter and squalane that leaves skin plumped, glowy and supple instantly.

If you prefer to do your body moisturising at night before bed, meet This Works Stress Check CBD Body Cocoon. Wash off the day and apply this liberally; the scent of lavender, neroli and ylang-ylang will soothe you to sleep while shea butter leaves your skin silky soft.

If you’re looking for something luxurious for the occasional evening you pamper yourself or as a gift, look to Clarins and Sisley. The new Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion restores the skin’s barrier, leaves skin comfortable and has a soft hydrating texture. The new Sisley Black Rose Beautifying Emulsion, new to Sisley’’s beloved Black Rose range, has the same powerful blend of ingredients the range is known for. It has a delicious rose scent, the texture melts into the skin and a blend of Black Rose extracts and Padina pavonica extract leaves skin supple, baby soft and deeply hydrated.

Bio-Oil have just launched a natural version of their cult original formula that’s been the go-to for mothers-to-be for over 30 years. The plant-based formula nourishes, relieves itchiness, evens skin tone and minimizes the appearance of scars and stretch marks while leaving skin soft, soothed and hydrated.

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