When you take your “me time” as seriously as we do, you are always on the hunt for game-changing pampering body care products. You know the ones – those holy grail products that will not only transform your bathroom into a home spa, but also restore your skin’s moisture and balance, while keeping it soft and smooth all year long.
Here is a roundup of the best body washes, moisturisers, hand creams, and more handpicked by our panel of distinguished Her World Beauty Awards 2018 judges that will deliver supple, glowing skin fast.
Best department/specialty store scrub (Editors’ choice) – The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Gently Exfoliating Scrub ($30.90)
Hypoallergenic, and specifically for sensitive, dry skin, this gets its exfoliating power from finely crushed almond shells. It’s like rubbing on a lotion with exfoliating beads – dry layers flake off to leave skin soft and smooth.
Everything it claims, it fulfils: sheer hydration that gets absorbed in seconds and leaves a powdery feel – check; 24-hour hydration – check. It even calms irritated patches of skin after continuous use.
Best department/specialty store rich moisturiser (Editors’ and Readers’ choice) – Crabtree & Eyelyn Goatmilk & Oat Body Lotion ($36)
For a product that’s pretty intensive, it spreads easily and doesn’t feel greasy. Skin remains touchably soft all day even without reapplication, and we love the subtle, soothing scent of lavender, rose, geranium and bergamot.
Best department/specialty store hand cream (Editors’ choice) – Hysses Jasmine Hand Cream ($26.90)
Better used as an overnight hand treatment, this essential oil-rich cream (which initially feels slightly sticky) makes rough hands feel softer by the next morning. Redness and dryness go away in five minutes. And it has no parabens or synthetic fragrances.
Once we figured how much to use (three handfuls) and got used to the fact that it cleaned well despite not lathering much, it became our go-to for itchy days, or time spent in cold climes or hard-water areas.
More like a gel than a cream, it still packs enough of a hydrating punch to give you softer, suppler skin that’s less prone to irritation. The fragrance-, colourant and preservative-free formula also lathers lightly, which is a plus.