#AveenoSkincareSecrets

Most of us – in this community, anyway – are pretty good at looking after our skin. On our faces, anyway. But I know for a fact I’m not the only one who really fails at giving the same sort of care and attention to the skin on my body. That’s something I’m really aiming to change; it seems mad that we pay so much mind to our facial skin when that is such a tiny part of what we have overall. I know for a fact I’m not the only one who’s guilty of just having a quick scrub in the shower or token slathering of body butter on the rare occasions I can actually be bothered. Enter Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion*, the antidote to bodycare laziness.

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion is, as the name would suggest, a light moisturiser for daily use after your shower or bath. It’s non-greasy, quick to sink in (so no hanging about in your birthday suit before you get dressed!), and clinically proven to noticeably improve the condition of dry skin from its first use. It’s fragrance free, too, so great for sensitive skin. The star ingredient is the humble oat. I’ve tried and loved lots of facial skincare products with oats in, but not to my recollection have I ever had a full body product along the same lines. I mean, why not? The benefits of oats in skincare are numerous, including but not limited to…

:: An increase in skin’s hydration, restoring the skin’s natural barrier to prevent moisture loss
:: A soothing, calming on sensitive skin
:: Their cleansing properties, by way of attracting dirt and dead skin particles so they can be washed away
:: Protection of the skin by creating an imperceptibly light, non comedogenic film on its surface
:: Balancing of the skin’s pH levels

So, that’s quite a lot of clever stuff that be achieved by a breakfast food, huh? Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion has become indispensable in my daily routine, I’d even go as far as to call it a skincare secret. Speaking of which, here are a few of my favourite tips and tricks for looking after your skin…

:: Massage body scrubs into dry skin before you turn the shower on. It’s far more effective than doing it when skin’s already wet.
:: Keep your showers and baths short. I know it’s tempting to stay in a warm shower until you resemble a prune, but this can really sap your skin’s natural moisture.
:: Don’t ignore other bits! When it comes to moisturising the body, we often just do our legs and arms and call it a day. But remember areas like the hands and decolletage can be among the first to show aging, so keep them well moisturised.
:: If you sometimes suffer with spots on your back (shyly raises hand), don’t bother with dedicated cleansers and lotions and potions. Just stand under the shower with your hair out of the way and let the water beat over your back and shoulders for a minute or two before you get out. Surprisingly effective.
:: Speaking of water, drink LOTS of it. We all know this, but very few of us actually consume the recommended 8 glasses a day despite it being the most obvious step towards good hydration inside and out.

What are some of your skincare secrets? I’d love to hear yours. Please tweet them at me (@donotrefreeze) using the hashtag #AveenoSkincareSecrets. You never know, the Aveeno team might even get in touch and offer you a bottle of Daily Moisturising Lotion… don’t forget to check them out on Facebook too!

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion is available in two sizes, 200ml (£5.10) and 300ml (£7.14), and you can read more about it here including a list of stockists. All the usual suspects carry it; Boots, Superdrug, etc, so fill your boots!

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