GROOMING By Belinda Morris
Winterise That Body
I may not have packed away the floral frocks and brought my sweaters out of moth balls, but I feel that summer is officially over, because I have finally run out of aftersun. Not only that, but aftersun now seems entirely wrong as my skin, clearly, dos not look like it’s seen any sun for months.
So, time to invest in some more season-appropriate body care. I didn’t say that my skin has no more need of soothing unguents – it probably needs more. Summer leaves exposed parts tight and dehydrated and, once the tan has definitely departed (it starts to go on the flight home in my experience) pastiness is exacerbated by unappealing rough flakiness.
Two new bodycare lines have been drawn to my attention – both with something about them that suggests shorter, cooler days about them, but very different from one another.
Korres’ Yoghurt Bath and Body collection combines your actual, edible Greek yoghurt, which has levels of lactose, proteins, minerals and vitamins which work together to increase moisture levels in the upper layers of the skin. The Shower Gel (£8) also contains wheat proteins and althea extract for their emollient properties. The Body Milk (£10) is enriched with almond oil, soothing aloe and provitamin B5 for added suppleness, while the Body Butter (£12.50) has shea butter and avocado oil – softening and nourishing for extra dry skin. I love the smell of this collection – warm, cocooning, comforting, sort of reminiscent of a baby… in a good way!
Meanwhile, for something a little more exotic, a little more ‘of the night’ perhaps, there’s Leighton Denny’s Light & Dark Hydrating Body Wash (£11) and Shimmering Body Creme (£12.50). I already love the fragrance so am very happy with this latest development. The fruity mixture of pepper, myrrh, incense, gardenia, jasmine, lily and rose are merged with top notes of mandarin, grapefruit, peach and white pepper are apparent in both and then scent lingers subtly through the day. Yes, probably meant for women – but there’s an edge there that some men will love too (or just buy it for her and use when you want to seduce…). Oh, and don’t be alarmed by the ‘shimmering’ bit… it’s definitely not sparkly!
Available from LD-Boutique.com