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No more hiding under winter woolies, spring is upon us. If your body is trying to tell you to stay in hibernation, then check out the best of our recommended body lotions. They will all help your skin look more supple and a couple will even do a bit of firming job (although no substitute for exercise, unfortunately).
There are two worthy survivors from our 2009 Five Best Body Lotion picks, Osmotics Barrier Repair Body Silk and Nutra-Lift’s White Chocolate Body Butter. A new favorite of mine is the firming Xomega by Dermophisiologique as is Arbonne’s new RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream. Joining Nutra-Lift at the great value for money end of the spectrum is Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Moisturizing Cream.
Rosa Mosqueta Moisturizing Cream ($13.49). Dry skin will love the coconut cream base and the aloe vera. It is rich in potassium, silicon and calcium and has historically been used to strengthen finger nails. But Aubrey’s moisturizer really comes into its own with horsetail. Saponins and flavanoids (particularly quercetin) also give horsetail the ability to help heal wounds (as used by the ancient Greeks). Coltsfoot is another Aubrey favorite and it is an anti-inflammatory. Coneflower is echinacea, that stalwart of natural cold cures that is often accused of being a placebo. There is science to back up its effect on skin though as it heals wounds by protecting connective tissue.
Arbonne RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream ($80).This body cream redefines the phrase “sinks right in”. Every time I have used it, just seems to be absorbed within milliseconds, leaving my skin feeling comfortable, hydrated and somewhat firmer. Like the rest of the RE9 range, it has the stamp of a head of research who used to work at Aveda. Think botanicals. I like the fact that it has seabuckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides), a plant that has plenty of quercetin. The aging amongst us, will be pleased to see that isoflavones, which have chemical structure that is similar to estrogen (the hormone we women start to produce less of as we reach menopause), are here thanks to a plant called pueraria lobata, more commonly called kudzu. It is also worth giving a shout out to hexapeptide-10, which also goes under the name of serilsenine and is made a Spanish company called Lipotec. A hexapeptide is a chain of six amino acids that stimulate cell activity by interacting with specific molecules. The result is that collagen is rebuilt.
Nutra-Lift’s White Chocolate Body Butter ($24). A rich yet non-greasy, antiaging body cream that has organic white chocolate and a smell of mouth watering confectionery.80% organic ingredients include a base of anti-inflammatory aloe vera with antioxidant seaweed and vitamin C are next in line. There is more, of course, to chocolate than an indulgence. High in flavanoids, chocolate is a natural sunscreen and antioxidant. Plus there is guarana. This is a kind of turbo-charged coffee bean that is made into a popular, energy giving drink in Brazil. It is an antioxidant and antibacterial.
Osmotics Barrier Repair Body Silk ($85) lives up to its name in more ways than one. It really did give my skin a nice, silky feel – but with no tackiness or sense that it wasn’t being absorbed. It is on the expensive side at $85, but it really does go a long way (I was greatly surprised to find that the dispenser eked out a Scrooge-sized dollop and then discovered that a couple of pumps or so is all that is needed). Despite the price, I would buy this over and over again for its powerful antiaging ingredients such as carnosine, which extends the longevity of cells. It is a natural amino-acid that is a potent anti-oxidant, helps to chelate ionic metals (flush toxins from the body) and has immune boosting properties. Of the many others, worth a shout out are turmeric and aldenine. Thermus thermophilus ferment has attracted the interest of scientists as its emzymes are believed to have a “fundamental role in DNA."
Dermophisiologique Xomega ($80). It is really silky, thick enough to imply that it is going to be deeply moisturizing and absorbs quickly. As the name might imply, omegas 3 and 6 (olive and soy oils) feature strongly in Xomega. There are also a few of my newly found favorite ingredients, especially hydrolyzed glycosaminoglycans, which bind with water efficiently and increase depth hydration, improving the elasticity and firmness of the skin. Known as the water reserve of the viable epidermis and dermis, these carbohydrates are dependent on fluid intake. Glycosaminoglycans are also linked to the lymphatic system. The handful of botanicals include black currant seed oil, which promotes healthy cell respiration and stimulates microcirculation, and borage oil, with proven antaging effects. Borage is one of the richest known source of the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
Ingredients in Aubrey Organics
Coconut Fatty Acid Cream Base, Organic Aloe Vera, Horsetail Extract, Coltsfoot Extract, Coneflower Extract, Organic Rosa Mosqueta® Rose Hip Seed Oil, Calendula Oil, St. John’s Wort Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Aubrey’s Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C and E), Nettle Extract, Bitter Almond Oil
Ingredients in Arbonne
Water, sunflower seed oil, stearic acid, shea butter, dimethicone, squalane, cetearyl wheat straw glycosides*, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, orange peel oil, hippophae rhamnoides oil, imperata cylindrica root extract, oat kernal extract, lamaria digitata extract, pueraria lobata root extract, ginger root extract, plankton extract, hexapeptide-10, tocopheryl acetate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, panthenol, carbomer, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, sodium PCA, butylene glycol, polysorbate-20, sodium hydroxide, caprylyl glycol, caprylhydroxamic acid, limonene, linalool, citral.
Ingredients in Nutra-Lift White Chocolate
Organic aloe vera gel, seaweed, vitamin C ester, plant derived isotearyl palmitate, cetyl esters, plant derived gms 450, stearic acid, marine collagen, almond oil, sesame oil, organic white chocolate, vitamin B5 di-panthenol, DMAE, organic royal jelly, cocoa butter, hydrolyzed wheat protein, xanthum gum, natural mixed tocopherols & tocotrienols (vit.E) alpha lipoic acid, guarana, green tea, carrot extract, olive extract, shea butter, CO Q 10, grape seed extract, flax seed oil, hyaluronic acid, astaxanthin, vitamin B1, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin F, vitamin K, fruit flower complex, anti-aging complex, herbal complex, blue green algae, orange/cucumber extract, colloidal minerals.
Ingredients in Osmotics
Purified water, squalane, glycerin, emulsifying wax NF, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, dimethicone, thermus thermophilus ferment, sodium hyaluronate, bismuth oxychloride, mica, silica, lanolin, phenoxyethanol, capryl glycol, ethylhexylglycerine, hexylene glycol, soybean sterol, carnosine, tetrahydrocurcumin, ceramide, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), linoleic acid, allantoin, stearic acid, lavender oil, carbomer, disodium EDTA, tromethamine.
Ingredients in Xomega
Aqua, C10-18 triglycerides, ceteraryl glucoside, shea butter, glycerin, hydrogenated lecithin, xanthan gum, borage oil, saccharide isomerate, panthenol, allantoin, grapefruit extract, amino acids, sucrose, sodium PCA, musk rose oil, tocopheryl acetate, black currant oil, lycopene, urea, hydrolyzed glycosaminoglycans, wheat germ oil unsaponifiables, soy bean oil unsaponifiables, olive oil unsaponifiables, glycine, soybean extract, pollen extract, ceramide-3, lecithin, tocopherol, coconut alcohols, cocoglucoside, hexyldecanol, citric acid, dimethicone, disodium EDTA profumo (fragrance).