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If you want to hydrate your body but don’t love thick textures, this milk from Biotherm is well worth a try. We can’t get enough of the clean, fresh scent and it’s so silky – there’s none of that tell-tale stickiness you’d typically associate with a body butter. Ideal for soothing angry skin, it uses conditioning glycerin and nourishing oils to soften and calm, while vitamin F works overtime to strengthen the skin for a firmer-looking appearance. Within just a few uses you’ll see a visible difference – it works quickly to soak up flaky skin and minimise issues like eczema and psoriasis.
Available at Amazon.co.uk
This may not be new, but we’re yet to find a cream that comes close. Thick and buttery, it’s a real treat to apply, while ingredients like shea butter and plant extracts instantly condition and soothe dry limbs and uneven skin tone. It’s also proven to strengthen your skin barrier and its hydrolipidic film – the outer layer of skin – for a suppler, smoother appearance. It even gets rid of redness and bumps.
Available at Clarins.co.uk
This may not look all that appealing, but it works. Full of moisturising ingredients like soy proteins, beeswax and shea butter, this lotion coats skin in a non-sticky layer of hydration and holds it there, while aloe vera soothes inflammation. Despite the nourishing formula, it’s surprisingly lightweight and absorbs fast with a cooling dry down that feels so good. It’s multipurpose too: use a small amount to cleanse your face and a little more to soothe sunburn. It’s even suitable for babies, and the five-star reviews speak for themselves.
Available at FeelUnique.com
Full of hyaluronic acid and aloe, this gel delivers instant moisture for softer, smoother skin – we recommend putting it in the fridge the night before to enjoy extra cooling benefits. It glides on easily, while the cooling sensation only adds to the luxurious feel. With regular use, you’ll eliminate flaky, dry and tight patches. Yes, it’s expensive, but we think it’s worth every penny.
Available at SpaceNK.com
Full of omegas and soothing oils, this clever formula delivers a hefty dose of hydration without ever feeling sticky or tacky. It’s easy to apply, too – simply mist it all over and massage it in. It’s best applied to damp skin – you’ll find it absorbs better – while the satin texture quickly gets to work softening and smoothing skin to give it a glow-y, healthy look. It’s even proven to boost elasticity with regular use and minimise the appearance of stretch marks. Extra points go to the subtle almond scent that only adds to the luxury.
Available at Loccitane.com
Suffer with rough skin? Or persistent red bumps? This body serum from Paula’s Choice will help. Full of anti-reddening niacinamide, it’s incredibly soothing and uses antioxidants and hydrating panthenol to nourish and moisturise. You’ll notice how much softer your skin feels almost immediately – plus, added prickly pear extract gently dissolves trapped dirt to soften and purge under-the-skin spots for more even-looking skin. Like others on this list, a little goes a long way, so you can be sure you’ll get your money’s worth.
Available at PaulasChoice.co.uk