So, it's that time of the year again, when bikini season preparation is the trending topic. And since my schedule won't allow me to even approach a beach for the next few weeks anyways, I thought I'd use the extra time to prep my skin a little more carefully.
Which, in my case, means two things: 1) banish cellulite (a task in itself as most of us can attest to), and 2) moisturise my skin to the point where it looks healthy and glowing (i.e. dry, flaky bits be gone). And having tried a lot of body products over the years, here's the winning duo that I'm currently sticking by:
Fushi Really Good Cellulite Oil & Garnier Body Beauty Oil.
Why oils, one might ask? Well, I find that products in oil form tend to be "purer", in the sense that they don't require a huge number of synthetic additives in their formula. They're also a nice change from the thicker consistencies I'd been using over the winter months.
Now, before I move on to my reviews, let me add a quick note about cellulite first:
No product on earth will make cellulite magically disappear, as it's a problem caused by excess fat, as well as fluid and toxin retention in the affected area. In other words, if you don't put in some decent effort when it comes to exercising regularly and eating healthily all year round, don't expect instant miracles by a cream. Such products can work (some, not all), but only as an addition to your cellulite-fighting scheme and only for as long as you use them.
That said, I've found the Fushi Really Good Cellulite Oil to be the most effective product I've ever tried. Big words, I know, but I can back them up! So, this oil, which consists of organic ingredients at a staggering 98.75%, is infused with gotu kola (a healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing agent), green coffee (to increase topical circulation), and grapefruit (an antioxidant that also stimulates circulation) , in addition to other beneficial oils, such as sesame seed oil, jojoba oil, wheatgerm oil and birch oil. Potent stuff!
What all of that translates to, is really really smooth skin! Now, clearly I'm not convinced that this oil alone is to thank for my improved derriere's appearance, and not my efforts in eating better and increasing my excersice, but it moisturises my skin unlike any other product and makes it appear much more even and healthy looking! The oil formula is also very pleasant (don't get me started on those sticky gels and heat-inducing creams, ugh) and allows me to properly massage the area. Now, it's not a cheap product, but if you make sure you don't let any drop go to waste, it will last you about 3 months, following the recommended use. All I know, is that it's well worth the $ and that I'll keep going back for it!
The ingredients' list, for those of you that pay attention to stuff like that:
As for the rest of my body, I use Garnier's Beauty Oil, one of their newer releases. I was super pleasantly surprised with this body oil, for a number of reasons. Firstly, it's a Garnier product, and while I adore Garnier hair products, I've been disappointed by their body range repeatedly in the past. Not this time, though! This oil, made of argan, macadamia, almond and rose oils, is a real treat for the body! It's fairly lightweight like they claim (ok, maybe not in the same ballpark as, say, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, but then again, it's not in that price range either) and it does keep the skin hydrated for many hours. The scent is pleasant as well, though if you put too much on, the "oily" argan oil scent will seep through. One thing I can't seem to get used to, however, is the spray nozzle, which basically means, that my bathroom tiles, bathroom mirror and bathroom floor all need a good cleaning after each application, no matter how careful I am (perhaps, decanting it could solve the problem, but I've yet to bother with that).
The full ingredient list, as follows:
Not much more to say, other than I'm keeping this as my body routine of choice for as long as I can - for some reason this duo works really well with my dry skin. I've already ordered a backup of the Fushi oil and I intend to stock up on the Garnier one as well, when it begins to run out.
Disclaimer: the Garnier Beauty Oil is a pr sample.
How about you, any oils in your current body routine?
Any products or treatments for cellulite, that are actually effective?