In salons from Miami to Montana, from New York to New Mexico, it's pretty much impossible to find a stylist who doesn't rave about Moroccanoil treatment. Their devotion to the argan oil-infused hair serum is warranted, too; just a drop or two makes hair sleek, smooth, and enviably shiny. Now, the brand is moving into body care as well, with a five-piece collection that aims to do for skin what it's done for hair. Like its sister products, these new goods are infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil, adding shea butter and vitamin E for their skin-nourishing benefits. But as much as we love how soft the body soufflé leaves our legs, it's the classic-in-the-making scent that has us lathering and slathering up like crazy. If you're looking to bring a hint of the hammam home, look no further. From $10 at Blue Mercury.
When it comes to moisturizers, there seem to be ones for every nook and cranny. But can you actually use body lotion on the face? "I always say, if you are doing something and you have no problems from it, then it's OK to do," explains Dr. Ellen Gendler, a dermatologist who works with Venus.
Still, body lotions are not tested for comedogenicity, meaning they're not tested to see if they cause acne on the face. "But many people can use lots of products and have no trouble at all," Dr. Gendler adds. So if you're using body lotion to moisturize your mug and you start seeing spots, then simply give something else a try.
Just because the weather's warming up, doesn't mean we have to toss our luxurious body creams. With that in mind, I recently tried out the Bioelements Vitalization Rich Intensity Body Creme ($50), and let me tell you, it does not fool around when it comes to moisture.
This rich body cream is formulated with shea butter, botanicals, red tea, and beta-carotines. It comes in a tub, which triggers a mild attack of germophobia. The texture is thick and yogurt-like, and it goes on a little sticky and takes awhile to rub in, but the results are worth the effort: my skin was smooth and silky as can be. But, because the absorption time is longer than most moisturizers, it's probably better for nighttime use.
My favorite part about this moisturizer is the fact that it is virtually fragrance-free. Judging by the container and the weight of the product, I was prepared for an overly-fragrant, olfactory assault. Instead I was greeted with only a hint of spicy botanicals. Lovely.
My feelings on this product are mixed, mostly because of the high price tag ($50). I would recommend this cream if you have a hankering for some serious moisture, are fed up with overly-fragranced products, and don't mind shoving your mitts in an big tub of goop, and have $50 burning a hole in your pocket. There's no doubt your skin will thank you.