This Supermarket Body Oil Promises Younger-Looking Legs
Beauty editor confession time: I suck at body lotion. It's not that I'm lazy... Well, I'm not *completely* lazy. For some reason I find my facial skincare routine (which features no less than nine products) totally do-able, but when it comes to anything body-related, I can't be bothered. Especially in winter. Standing around shivering or tucking myself into bed? I'll take bed, thanks. I do know I'm missing out on delivering anti-ageing ingredients to 95% of my body (er, do as I say—not as I do?), but I've never been able to commit long-term.
Of course, treating the skin on your body with neglect comes with some pretty cute consequences, some of which include dryness, dullness and keratosis pilaris. I have all three and I still find it challenging to will myself into action. Which is why I was incredibly surprised that I ended up loving Chemistry Brand's Retin-Oil, in a pretty serious way.
Introducing, the new apple of my eye.
In a nutshell, this body oil promises to deliver similar results to skin as what you would get using a prescription retinoid, minus any irritation. It also contains vitamin C, a potent brightener and collagen booster for extra skin benefits. Having never used a prescription retinoid on my face, let alone my body, I can't report on how it stacks up in that regard. What I can say is that after using it nightly for just a week, I saw dramatic improvement in dryness (gone), and keratosis pilaris (75% gone). I've now been using it for a solid month and both issues are completely resolved. My skin also looks brighter and more even. The fact that the teensy bumps that have taken up residence on the backs of my thighs since I can remember are vanished is impressive, amazing and unbelievable all at once. (Can you tell I'm happy with the results? I really am.)
A little bit about the product: If you're not used to body oils it could take some getting used to. The first time I applied it, I was a little taken aback at how viscous it felt, but as the formula warmed to body temperature it quickly thinned out. It sinks in pretty well by the time I get dressed for bed and I've now come to appreciate the protective layer it leaves on my skin. The scent is citrusy, a bit like dishwashing detergent but not unpleasant. It's not my favourite smell in the world but it fades pretty fast. If you're more into florals than zesty fragrances don't be put off, it won't stick around long enough to bother you. (Truth—even if it smelled like sardines I'd continue faithfully massaging it into my skin nightly. It's that good.) While I have read a review of someone who tried this oil on their face and loved it, I'm not game to do the same. I do however, rate a few vitamin A-spiked facial oils including; Verso's Super Facial Oil ($286) and Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($158).
The bottom line: I'm a changed woman. I haven't skipped a night using this potent skin-softener and I don't intend to. Retinol-spiked body products are few and far between and this one is a winner. Even if I do apply it with the speed of an Olympic sprinter and with the heater on full blast. Hand Therapy have converted me to bodycare, but some things will never change.
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