3 steps to firmer skin with luxurious new products from The Body Shop
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So I’ve got a review today about some products that I know you’re going to be very excited about. When I posted a sneak peek of these new products on Twitter a couple of weeks ago things went crazy and my tweet had more likes and retweets than any I’d ever posted before!
It’s the brand new Firming Ritual from The Body Shop® Spa Of The World™ collection and it was only launched in shops on 18th July 2017. I really love the new collections that The Body Shop® have brought out over the past couple of years, one of my favourites is Oils Of Life that launched in 2015.
There are 4 new products in the Firming Ritual collection and I’ve been trying them out for the past couple of weeks. The products have been designed around a luxurious three-step ritual to help firm and tone the skin and all the products contain fantastic ingredients that are well known to stimulate and refine those areas that need a bit of extra help!
Take Three Steps to Firmer Skin
1st Step – Refine and exfoliate with French Grape Seed Scrub
Grape seeds are prized for their high polyphenol content, this is an antioxidant that is known to help firm the skin and it’s one of the main ingredients in this exfoliating body scrub. The grains of sugar gently slough away dead skin and revitalise the skin, then they melt away so you’re not left with loads of little bits in the bottom of the shower (one of my pet hates!) plus they’re not going into the ocean to damage the sealife balance. The consistency is quite different from any body scrub I’ve used in the past, it’s quite thick and gooey – a bit like honey or a delicious dessert sauce! – and the light fragrance reminds me of a beautiful damp Spring morning. It’s a great product to use in the shower in the morning, it gives you a real pick me up and I like to focus on thighs, bottom and upper arms to get the circulation going and it helps to even out skintone with prolonged use. The tub is a huge 350ml and it’s choc-full of product, this is going to last me ages!
French Grape Seed Scrub is priced at £22 for 350ml (or there is a smaller pot available for just £7 if you want to try this amazing body moisturiser first without buying the full size tub).
2nd Step – Moisturise with Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream
At first glance I thought this was going to be a body butter but it’s actually a bit lighter in consistency. This is another gigantic 350ml tub full of the light green cream, and it has a similar refreshing, light fragrance as the body scrub. The Ethiopian Green Coffee is hand-harvested from the Kaffa region and has a high caffeine content which is an ingredient that’s well known for firming skin. It can be used all over the body but specifically on those wobbly bits – hips, buttocks, tummy, etc. Massage it into the skin in circular motions, this in turn helps to increase blood flow into the skin.
I’m really enjoying using Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream, the scent is really fresh and uplifting and puts me in a good mood when I use it in a morning after a shower. I’m a big fan of The Body Shop® Body Butters as I love the way they infuse moisture into my skin, and this Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream moisturises my skin in just the same way.
Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream is priced at £25 for 350ml (or there is a smaller pot available for just £7 if you want to try this amazing body moisturiser first without buying the full size tub).
3rd Step – Relax and massage with Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil and wooden Indian Turtle Massager
I absolutely love using oils on my skin and you shouldn’t be afraid of using them! Oils can be used to cleanse and also to moisturise, and as long as they’re natural they’re a wonderfully gentle way of treating the skin (avoid ‘mineral oil’ as this is a by-product of paraffin production). I talk in more depth about the benefit of using oils on the skin in a recent blog post. Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil contains Soybean Oil and Grapeseed Oil as its main ingredients, and also a variety of citrus extracts to product a beautiful, luxurious body treatment. The oil itself is quite thick and viscous and has a warm citrus fragrance although I wouldn’t say it was particularly limey. Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil has a stimulating and toning effect on the skin and you can use it all over the body, with a focus on the same areas as the Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream.
My favourite time to use Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil is in the evening after a nice relaxing hot bath, and I adore using it with the wooden Indian Turtle Massager too. I usually think that tools like this are a bit of a novelty but this one is amazing! The angle of the little wheels means that they really pummel and press the skin as they turn and it feels great afterwards, your skin feels tingly and warm. You don’t need someone else to use it on you either (although that would be nice!) you can do your thighs, bottom, tummy and upper arms yourself. Just pour a light drizzle of the Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil into your palms and gently rub it onto your skin until the coating is fairly even. Then run the Indian Turtle Massager slowly over the skin, experimenting with the pressure to see what feels right for you. I like my massages to be firm and pummelling, but some people prefer them to be light and gentle.
UPDATE 17th Jan 2018 – Sadly the Indian Turtle Massager is no longer available, however I like the look of this wooden Handy Massager which is just £7.
I really love all of these four new Firming Ritual products from The Body Shop® Spa Of The World™ collection, but my favourites have to be the Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil. It feels quite luxurious and I love the uplifting citrusy scent, sometimes it’s just nice to take the time out of your busy day to give yourself a mini massage and recharge the senses. I’d definitely recommend the Firming Ritual bodycare if you’re after a bit of indulgence and luxury – and who doesn’t deserve that!
All of these products are 100% vegan and also include Community Trade ingredients.
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