Hello lovely readers, older and newer ones, *waves hello*! :)
Yes, it's been ages since my last update, but I was away during Easter with no internet access! It was a good few weeks though (not the kind of words to expect from a total internet junkie like myself), I had lots of food and, of course, the chance to try out some new products!
Now, this post is going to be about bodycare, something which I find is not widely discussed among beauty bloggers, at least not as widely as, say, makeup.
So, these are the products that I use for my current bodycare routine (and the reason that everything is by Korres at the moment is purely coincidental):
1. Korres Quince Body Butter. Now I 'm sure that many of you are already familiar with the Korres body butters. The Quince one is targeted for dry skin types, like myself, and claims to be extra moisturising, thanks to the shea butter and sunflower, almond, and avocado oils that it contains.
I must admit that this product does deliver: it feels very nourishing and moisturising immediately after it's applied, it sinks in almost entirely after a few circular motions and, most importantly, it doesn't leave any tacky feeling afterwards; on the contrary, the skin feels nice and smooth!
The scent is fruity and slightly floral, without being overly sweet, and despite the fact that I 'm used to more exotic, musky scented body butters, I find this one very pleasant to use.
I think I might be taking a break from my TBS body butters, as I 'd like to try a few more Korres ones, in other words, I 'd definitely repurchase!
2. Korres Watermelon Body Scrub. This is the first body scrub I 've bought from Korres, and, honestly, this product is not for me. It's not a bad scrub per se, I find it exfoliates well enough and I like that it's not harsh, meaning it wouldn't make your skin feel tight afterwards. Actually, I find it quite moisturising for a body scrub and I really enjoy that it doesn't leave any oily residue, making it an excellent product for fake tan preparation.
So why it's not for me you ask? Well, given my dry skintype, this scrub doesn't completely remove every bit of dead skin from the tougher spots (such as elbows).
So, would it be ideal for those with normal skin? Maybe, maybe not, and let me explain: the concentration of the grained bamboo and jojoba beads doesn't seem to be high enough and also, they won't stick to the white paste part, they actually spread out very easily, so you may find at times (when massaging with the usual circular motions) that you 're trying to exfoliate with no beads on that area of skin!
I also dislike the fake, artificial "watermelon" scent that it has and, by the way, let me assure you, it doesn't smell anything remotely close to a watermelon!
All in all, a pretty mediocre product in my opinion.
3. Korres Black Tea&Verbena Cream Gel Against the Appearance of Cellulite (with caffeine). Yes, the dreaded word is mentioned: "cellulite"! And, if you 're acquainted with this lady, as am I, you 've probably tried your share of products to tackle it. This Black Tea&Verbena product claims to work in both preventing the appearance of cellulite, as well as fighting existing one. You 're supposed to use it 1 to 2 times daily, however I 've only been using it every other day.
It's a pleasant brown gel - type consistency, not thick and it gets absorbed relatively quickly after a small massage to the afflicted area.
Have I noticed any difference? Well, my skin looks a tiny bit smoother than before, but, by no means is this a miracle product (but then again, does one exist?). I would say that if you 're already in a state of very minimum to non existing cellulite, and you 're active and eat healthy, you could try this out mostly for preventative reasons, however, me, I 'm gonna try out something different once I run out.
4. Korres Guarana Exfoliating Body Soap. One of my staples in my bodycare routine and a product I usually keep a backup of. It's also another product of Korres' anti cellulite line, as it contains caffeine, which has lipolytic activity.
The reasons why I love this soap so much: well, it exfoliates amazingly in my opinion, leaving the skin extra smooth and ready to absorb the anti-cellulite cream of your choice. The circular motions in which you use this, along with the olive beads, stimulate the skin and increase blood circulation (essential if you want to get rid of the orange peel syndrome). I use it every couple of showers and I find that if there's a week that I forget it, there's more uneveness than usual!
And a couple of anti-cellulite tips (nth that you 've not heard of or read before, but, they do work):
- drink lots of water
- exercise regularly and don't forget to include specific exercises for thighs and buttocks
- use anti-cellulite creams all around the year, and,
- eat healthy. Try to add a lot of fish to your diet, olive oil, tofu, nuts and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Try to avoid red meat, butter, snacks with saturated fat and any types of food that include a lot of sugar, as these categories are high on oxidants and accelerate the destruction of the skin tissues.
So, from, what you 've gathered, some of these products I swear by, and some of them I could easily live without.
I do adore the packaging though in every single one, and I wish that all of the body products in the market would come in pump dispenser containers like these!
So, have you tried any of these products and what did you think of them?
Also, what do you do to fight cellulite? Any product recomendations? :)