In the aftermath of Christmas, treating our tired skin with a luxurious body cream can be an act of restoration, or self-care if you prefer. You might be fine with your regular CeraVe or Aveeno job – it’s all good stuff – but something extra-indulgent will be a treat see you through the winter months in opulent style. There are just a few that are worth the extra cash – here are three of the best body creams we really rate, starting from under €25 and up …
1 Augustinus Bader Cellular Renewal Body Cream. It has been the year of Bader in skincare, with everyone going crazy for his moisturising cream (I was sceptical at first – another pricey wonder cream? – but it truly is wondrous, and gives your skin a properly healthy-looking glow). He teamed up with Victoria Beckham, too, for a much sought-after moisturiser/primer. And now here’s the body cream, newly arrived in Ireland at Brown Thomas. It’s not for everyone – it’s really rich, and you need to be a person of leisure if you’re going to apply it in the morning; it takes a good while to sink in. But if you like your body creams to be deeply hydrating, as well as free from fragrance, mineral oils, parabens etc (and cruelty-free, it goes without saying), this one is 99 per cent natural (lots of shea butter and Brazilian candeia oil to strengthen the skin barrier). And it will last for ages. €145 (170ml).
2 Valmont Body 24 Hour. I tried this prestige body cream, from the Swiss family-owned brand, on uber-facialist Olga Kochlewska’s recommendation, and she is not wrong (as her glowing-skinned clients will know). It has a light white floral scent that is somehow a bit nostalgic and old-fashioned, in a good way – and the texture is divine, really light yet luscious, and it sinks into the skin really beautifully (it features glacier water from the Swiss Alps so perhaps it’s that). The packaging is nothing special, but the cream itself is – it’s an under the radar, top of the price range option. €156, at www.skinbyolga.ie.
3 Our more accessible option is trusty L’Occitane, who can always be relied upon to use great natural ingredients (especially sustainably sourced shea butter). A tin of certified organic L’Occitane Shea Butter body cream is €34, or you could go with the Almond Balm (€29) which is gorgeously light and smells incredible, warm and a bit nutty. This limited edition ultra-rich shea body cream (travel size) is €24.50 and a trusty bathroom shelf staple.