I’ve definitely noticed that as I’ve got older, counter intuitively, the skin on my body has got much, much better in terms of dryness: in my teens and Twenties I had hardcore crocodile skin on my legs, but now it rarely gets to that point. Proof positive that moisturising properly, that is at least once a day, instead of when there’s a full moon and I can be arsed, really does make a difference.
And it’s nothing to do with the price of the products I use either. I’m as likely to be smothering my body with Nivea or Cetaphil as I am something delicious from Space NK. (My philosophy with all beauty products is that if you can afford more expensive unguents then great, because there’s often a payoff in terms of R&D, fragrance quality, and ingredients, but there are shelves and shelves of excellent stuff in Superdrug too.)
Anyway, the latest anti-crocodile skin product that I have been testing is Sanctuary Spa 2 Day Moisture Shower Oil. I do think that a moisturising shower product is a great idea for the winter, and this really does seem to do the trick: I didn’t have time to slather on body cream after my shower yesterday, and this morning my legs still felt soft and non-crocodile-y. Although it’s marketed as an oil, it comes out more like a gel, and isn’t slippery at all.
I have to say I had absolutely no idea what its star ingredient gold of pleasure oil was until I did some Googling: it’s a member of the Brassica family, is more commonly known as Camelina Oil, and is very rich in natural antioxidants, such as tocopherol and had exceptionally high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Along with olive oil it really does do the trick in this cleansing oil/gel product, which lathers nicely but still feels luxuriously moisturising. It also contains brown seaweed, with its hefty dose of omegas 3, 6 & 9 which Sanctuary believe supports skin’s ability to hold on to moisture for 2 days after one use.
It’s a nice generous bottle for the price, and you barely need any per application. I think it’s excellent value for money.