Spring has finally sprung and summer is fast approaching. I’m already having to peel off my trusty winter layers, and embrace some stylish new-season dressing. In other words, it’s time to get myself prepped and primed for some (safe) fun in the sun.
I do make an effort to switch up my skincare routine when the seasons change. However, I know that the treatments and products I choose in the winter won’t necessarily work as well when it’s warmer. I also know that my body is usually in need of some serious pre-summer TLC after being wrapped up warmly for so long! Post-winter skin tends to be dull, scaly, dry and/or dehydrated. The solution? Gentle but thorough exfoliation, followed by lashings of moisturisation. In my quest to ‘rock the frock’ this summer, I’ve been experimenting with lots of different formulations. Read on to discover my new favourite body lotions, oils, moisturisers and creams:
Olverum Firming Body Moisturiser
I’m already a big fan of Olverum. I absolutely love the brand’s aromatherapy bath oil. And I find its Restful Sleep Pillow Mist very helpful when I’m having trouble dropping off. The new Firming Body Moisturiser (£40 for 200ml) is now one of my favourite body lotions too! It’s packed full of essential oils and active ingredients that help to boost collagen production and slow down collagen degradation. (Often described as the skin’s “scaffolding”, collagen is the main connective tissue that basically holds us together. However, unfortunately levels decline as we age.)
The Firming Body Moisturiser has a soft, velvety texture, which is more of a body cream than a lotion. But this doesn’t feel heavy or sticky, and I love the subtle fragrance. It’s also vegan, cruelty-free, and free from artificial preservatives, fragrances and colourants. I slather it everywhere that needs a little firming. But it’s also brilliant at tackling dryness, so my shins get their fair share, too.
Made with a blend of natural essential oils, Olverum’s Firming Body Moisturiser is suitable for all skin types. It’s formulated without artificial preservatives, fragrances, silicones, sulphates and colourants
“Typically, firming moisturisers are good for the skin because they enhance the production of collagen and elastin, which helps to tone,” explains Assistant Brand Manager Melissa Hartley. “Olverum Firming Body Moisturiser uses Meadowfoam, Crambe Abyssinica and Rice Extracts to deeply moisturise skin, while Alaria Esculenta boosts collagen production, and Lapland-grown Crowberry Extract slows down natural collagen degradation. Together with Papaya enzymes and natural antioxidants coriander and frankincense, which promote cell renewal, [with regular use] skin will feel smoother and more toned.”
Ishga Invigorating Organic Body Lotion
I regularly reach for Ishga’s Anti-oxidant Marine Cream, so I was excited to try the brand’s body lotions too. The Invigorating Organic Body Lotion (£39 for 100ml) features a blend of shea butter, jojoba and sweet almond oils. In addition, ingredients include a beautiful mixture of seaweed extract and oils of lavender, rose geranium, juniper berry and lemongrass. It’s claimed to instantly smooth and hydrate skin, while lifting the spirits with its fresh, beautiful scent.
Seaweed is gradually gaining more recognition for its ability to tighten and tone the skin, and increase moisture levels. I loved how this formulation melted in quickly, without leaving any residue, to leave my skin feeling silky-soft. A little goes a long way too, so I think it’s worth the price point.
In terms of textures, if you prefer oils to lotions, I recommend Ishga’s Invigorating Organic Body Oil (£39 for 100m). I know some oils can feel very greasy. However, this one is lovely and light, and my skin really does feel smoother and more supple after using it. I like to apply it while my skin is still damp. If not, I tend to add a few drops to my bath – this really intensifies its gorgeous scent. You can even use this oil on your hair and cuticles, so it’s fabulously versatile.
Produced in Scotland, Ishga’s Invigorating Organic Body Lotion features a blend of essential oils, shea butter and seaweed extract. Their Invigorating Organic Body Oil offers an alternative option if lotions aren’t your thing. Recyclable and environmentally-friendly refill bottles are available too!
Noble Isle Tea Rose Body Cream
Noble Isle is another brilliant British brand that uses ingredients sourced from small local producers. Its portfolio features lots of different body lotions. But I have fallen in love with the Tea Rose Body Cream (£40 for 250ml).
Vegan and cruelty-free, this formula was inspired by the British ritual of afternoon tea. It smells divine – rose petals, jasmine, clary sage and black tea. Its lavish formula is ideal for nourishing drier/dehydrated skin types. It’s enriched with shea butter, to deliver deep-down moisturisation. You’ll also find glycerin, a humectant that attracts and binds water to the skin.
How pretty is the packaging for Noble Isle’s Tea Rose Body Cream? What’s inside is just as impressive. I love the rich, whipped cream texture and tea-inspired scent
Zephorium Joy & Abundance Body Oil with Grapefruit
I’ll be honest: it was the name of this product that first caught my attention. I think after the trials and tribulations of the last few years, we could all do with a little more joy and abundance! Zephorium offers an extensive collection of vegan and cruelty-free body oils that make a lovely alternative to regular body lotions. They feature natural aromatherapy oils which are blended into a nurturing, nourishing base of Sweet Almond, Vitamin E, Grapeseed and Sunflower Oil. They can be used as a moisturiser, massage, bath or hair oil.
I think Zephorium’s Joy & Abundance Body Oil looks like bottled sunshine! Everything about this product makes me smile: the packaging, the fragrance – and the skin-smoothing results
Joy & Abundance Body Oil (£20 for 100ml) is a really uplifting blend that I found energising as well as moisturising. “Grapefruit oil has a refreshing and uplifting impact on our bodies,” notes Zephorium Founder Sarah Cox. “It helps lift depressive thoughts and encourages optimism for life. We combine this in our Zephorium Joy & Abundance range with the vibration of a Citrine crystal, which is used to cleanse the chakras and bring back enthusiasm and creativity for life…The Joy & Abundance Body Oil is perfect to apply in the mornings to get us up and positive for the day. Inhale this blend as you massage the body oil on the skin towards the heart.”
Jane Scrivner Intense Conditioning Body Moisturiser
The final selection in my best body lotions round-up is Jane Scrivner’s Intense Conditioning Body Moisturiser (£38 for 150ml). In format terms, it’s deliberately described as neither a cream nor a lotion – rather the emphasis is on its key function i.e. a moisturiser. This multitasking formula is an excellent all-rounder that counters cracking, flaking and chapping. It’s packed full of antioxidants to condition, repair and protect against free radical damage and premature skin ageing. After applying, my skin looked and felt noticeably smoother, firmer and more toned.
Jane Scrivner’s Intense Conditioning Body Moisturiser conditions, cares and comforts, leaving skin in tip-top condition and ready for summer
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