April 12, 2012
Avène Cold Cream Body Lotion
As a girl with relatively normal skin (on my body that is, my face is a whole other story!), I was never majorly into body lotions and creams growing up. I thought that, as my skin wasn't visibly dry, I could skip them most of the time. How wrong I was...you can really never have enough products in your life, it seems!
So of course, over the last couple of years I've gotten into moisturising straight after a shower and most nights as well, rather than slapping on a body butter whenever I remember to. This has definitely made a difference and it's a step I just cannot skip these days - my skin is softer, more supple and radiant as a result. Keeping my skin really moisturised also means that I can usually lash on fake tan with minimal preparation, and it comes out streak-free.
I don't necessarily think that you have to use a super-fancy body lotion in order to achieve results, Vaseline's Essential range, for example, is fantastic and really cheap. I usually have a few lotions on the go at the same time (I like to have options), but one that I have been favouring above all others lately is this one from Avène which was sent to me a few weeks back. Now, it's no secret that I am a freak for all French pharmacy products (say that ten times fast!). I trust them and can credit them with clearing up my acne. However, I've not really delved into many non-facial products from these brands. After a good trial, I think it's safe to say that I am surprised at just how much I love this stuff.
The lotion comes in a nice, big simple bottle, with an easy-to-use pump. If you're a bit lazy with lotion, this is great as you can slap it on really quick - it soaks in fast and leaves the skin feeling refreshed and moist (why do we all hate that word?! Ugh). After using this for a day or two, I noticed that it had noticeably softened my skin, which spurred me on to keep using it. It smells really fresh, and is suitable for dry to very dry or sensitive skin. For me, this is a product almost reminiscent of baby lotion, but with better moisturising capabilities. I bloody love it and will happily recommend this as the best body lotion I've tried in the last year.
Avène Cold Cream body lotion costs €22.66 for 400ml, which is a really decent size for the price, and will last you for ages. Better yet, all Avène products are on buy one, get the second half price for the month of April in participating pharmacies, so now is a good time if you are thinking of investing!