I’m feeling a bit smug right now.
Usually at this time of year – the middle of winter – I’ve all but forgotten that my legs exist (in the beauty department, not in the getting-myself-around department).
You already know that I’m all kinds of lazy when it comes to my beauty routine. It’s not that I don’t have one, it’s just if there are corners to be cut, then you can bet that I’m there cutting them.
In winter time that usually means not paying any attention to my legs. I may pass a razor over them every
month week or so. And because I’m immediately throwing on a pair of jeans or leggings, I don’t bother with body moisturiser either.
This lazy-girl winter routine is all well and good when it’s winter but spring hits pretty fast where I live. Usually bang on September 1 and that is when I get one almighty shock over the state of my il-treated pins and go into emergency leg resuscitation mode.
Not this spring, Stylers.
And that is the reason for my smugness.
See, I’ve found a beauty corner to cut that results in non-scaly legs all year round and I’m more than happy to share it with you: NIVEA In-Shower Body Lotion ($7.99, 400ml).
Yes, you read correctly. An in-shower body moisturiser you apply while you’re – as the name clearly suggests – in the shower. And a body lotion that won’t bust your beauty budget, either. Winning.
These two bottles below (very dry skin and normal-to-dry skin) have been on high rotation in my shower since the end of May when I flew to Sydney for the launch, tried them out and got to take some home. I had to keep a lid on this gem of a lazy-girl find until now but the products are now available in Priceline and Woolworths – and Coles by mid-August, so I wanted to give you the heads up.
Do not confuse this product with a moisturising body wash. You still need to cleanse first – a bit like you do when you wash your hair. First comes the shampoo, then the conditioner. In this case, first comes the shower gel or soap, then comes the in-shower body lotion.
So yes, there’s an extra step in the process but it’s different because I’M IN THE SHOWER. Some days that shower is the only five minutes I get to myself. It’s as close as I get to a sacred space in my home, where I get to think uninterrupted … and now I get to do that and quickly and easily give my skin the love it deserves.
Yes, I have all manner of beauty body lotions at my disposal but when I get out of the shower, my head is already on fast-forward to the school run or what I have to do for work today and I found, more than not, I’d skip the body lotion thing completely.
Except if were a special occasion and my legs were on show – which is just silly. We shouldn’t wait for a special occasion for anything, let alone lovely, soft, hydrated skin.
So, here’s a little look-see at my new, improved moisturised skin routine:
It’s the unique formula of the NIVEA In-Shower Body Lotion that enables it to work in the shower. It actually activates as you rinse it off.
When you step out of the shower and have dried yourself you can feel your skin is moisturised but it’s absorbed, totally non-greasy and perfectly ok for dressing straight away and getting out the door.
I feel like I’ve cheated a bit and got in some pampering time without any downtime.
I’ve been switching between the two available formulas as in winter I don’t think your skin can receive too much in the hydration department!
The normal to dry (white bottle) contains sea minerals to leave the skin soft and hydrated; the very dry skin (blue bottle) draws on almond oil to provide long-lasting hydration.
I don’t have overly sensitive skin but I can react to some skincare products. Not a problem here and I’ve been using for three months.
Mr SY has even got in the act, giving the product the thumbs up. His skin suffers more in winter than mine so that’s a big call from him.
We’ve already gone through the first trial bottles I was given in May and have re-stocked. NIVEA In-Shower Body Lotion will long be a regular buy for us, which is the ultimate test around here.
This competition has now closed
NIVEA Australia is giving 15 Styling You readers the chance to each win a full-sized bottle of NIVEA In-Shower Body Lotion.
To enter, in the comments below, indicate your preference based on your skin and answer the question:
How would NIVEA In-Shower Body Lotion help you and your skin in your busy life?
Entries open on Tuesday August 6 at 6am and close on Tuesday August 13 at 5pm. Australian entries only, sorry. The winners will be judged on originality and creativity. They will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions, here.
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