Gels from L’Occitane, Ioma and Champneys.
Confession time: I am not doing well in this heat. I am exhausted to the point where I’ve actually considered getting myself admitted to hospital just to get some damn rest (and I’m not even slightly joking), sleeping in this humidity is proving next to impossible, and when you add in that July brought some bad tidings, and well, it’s not been my favourite month this year, not by a long chalk. Things are, however, getting better as the heat starts to lessen.
These gel body products have also been helping. Ordinarily, I don’t use body lotion (I have normal skin from the neck down, so I don’t need body lotions very often at all), and I definitely don’t get along with gel products as a rule (up until recently, you couldn’t have paid me to use a gel product on my face, however, that’s a topic for a different blog post), but in this heat, these three have been a godsend.
First of all, L’Occitane Lavande Body & Massage Gel. Ostensibly a product designed for massage, this lavender-scented gel is thick and rather viscous, but rubs in nicely and is gloriously cool in the doing so. I like this rubbed onto the back of the neck and over the forehead to both cool and soothe on stressful days. £20 from L’Occitane stockists.
Next is Ioma Soothing Gel for Legs. A menthol-scented gel that is simply THE most cooling thing on the planet. It’s wonderful on your feet if you’ve had a hard day wandering around all over, refreshing and feels cleansing, and really cools down hot limbs and extremities. The bumpf that goes with this product claims that it is great for all kinds of skin and leg concerns (including varicose veins). Sadly I haven’t been using it long enough to test any of those claims, but this feels magnificent on the skin, and the added menthol zing really adds to the cooling sensation. On the down side, this is £55 from Harrods.
And finally, the cheap and cheerful option, which is the Champneys Energising Lime Hydrating Body Gel. Deliciously scented with lime and peppermint (reminiscent of a mojito), this rather thin and runny gel is great for cooling chests and arms, where you can smell and enjoy the refreshing scent. It’s not quite as cooling as the Ioma gel owing to the lack of menthol in the mix, but it is a good moisturising product, and the smell is lovely. Cheap as chips too, it’s available at Boots for £8. Get some in! Anyone for a cocktail? Anyone? Anyone?
How are you managing in the hot weather?
The Fine Print: Mixture of PR samples and purchases.