I was originally writing this post around bump-skincare but then, it’s not really about having a bump at all – it’s just all round good winter body skincare essentials. I’ve slathering myself in lotions and potions because A) I have dry skin at the best of times and B) I want to try and ward off stretch marks where possible. But even if the only stretch marks you might be trying to ward off are from one too many mince pies (kidding, there’s no such thing as too many) this season then these are three of my favourite budget-friendly winter body skincare essentials.
For a start, you can see I adore the Bio Oil because I’m almost all out. But rather than buy a brand new and looking perfect pot – I figured it’s totally fine to show the almost empty one. After all, it shows how much I like it that it’s almost done. I love this one for three reasons. One, the smell – I’m sure it will be a very individual thing, but I love it. Two, it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave my skin feeling coated in oil and three, it’s really helping heal the appearance of the incisions from my leg op earlier this year (you can read all about that HERE). So I have high hopes for it in terms of stretch marks too. I’ll be stocking up on a larger sized bottle ASAP.
Another one I’m loving and am on to my second bottle of is the Garnier Ultimate Blends Body Intense Repair Lotion Maple Healer. This is one I’ve been using since the summer (I took a bottle on holiday with me I love it that much) so definitely not just for Summer by any means. But I love it now because it feels rich, absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling hydrated in a way that lasts all day. Plus – pump action bottle is just user friendly and what’s not to like about that?! That’s my only problem with the oil products – they’re a tad messy. So the Garnier is the one if you don’t want mess!
Last but by no means least is the Nivea 4 in 1 Firming Body Oil. I had this on the go before I found out I was pregnant. Obviously I was secretly hoping that a toning oil would mean I could skip the gym and still have the body of a Victoria’s Secret model… I mean, it’s a good oil but my expectations were probably a *tad* unrealistic. What it does do though is a speedy all-over hydrate. Much like the Bio Oil in that sense, but because it’s a larger bottle I don’t mind being pretty liberal with the application and slathering it on. It also feels more like a dry-oil than the richer Bio Oil. So if you want one of those ‘oils that doesn’t feel too oily…’ then this is your thing.
It’s definitely that chilly time of year where pretty much all I want to do is stay cosy and have as many baths as possible. Plus the added excuse of needing to slather on oils and moisturisers as much as possible to help the bump on it’s way to growing with minimal long lasting damage!