Every winter, my struggle with dry skin is like a Sanjay Leela Bhansali saga. I slather on bottle after bottle of moisturisers (I’m sure many of you do the same), to hydrate my skin and keep it smooth. But I’ll be honest ladies—I detest using lotion every few hours for more reasons than you can imagine. A) It’s drippy and cold. B) Buying a bottle every month can work out expensive. C) It’s an effort to massage it in thoroughly, and if I feel lazy I end up skipping this, resulting in dry, scaly, itchy skin. The list of reasons is endless, but instead of going on writing about them, I decided to find products that will work well as alternatives to a moisturiser that will make my skin glow. Here’s what I’ve found—these products are really lazy-proof, and make your skin feel hydrated and nourished through the year. Have a look!
An oil that transforms into a smooth foam-like texture when mixed with water – now that’s the product you need during a shower. It cleanses, hydrates and plumps up the skin, leaving it soft and well moisturised. With this body oil in your beauty closet, you can bid goodbye to all the moisturisers you’ve been hoarding.
Price: ₹ 610. Buy it here.
This soap is the appropriate answer to all those who say soaps are harsh on you and strip the skin of its natural oils. This almond oil infused cake of soap pampers the skin like no other. It also contains the goodness of margosa and coconut oils, and is mixed with turmeric and wild turmeric, It cleanses the skin of all the impurities and leaves it feeling nourished and soft. You’ve got to try it to believe it.
Price: ₹ 50. Buy it here.
This one’s a treat for your skin. This british rose scented body butter not only nourishes your skin to the fullest, but also leaves you with a lovely fragrance. Apply it right after stepping out of the shower. It might have a thick consistency but it melts on the body like butter! Try it right away.
Price: ₹ 995. Buy it here.
This moisture-rich, soothing gel is the ideal replacement on days when you don’t want to slather lotion all over your body. It contains aloe vera extract from Jeju Island that nourishes and softens the skin with just one application. Whether you use it after applying a mask, or as an after-sun care regime, this is a handy gel to keep with you.
Price: ₹ 490. Buy it here.
If you don’t want to lotion up after a bath, it’s best to apply this fragrant floral oil before you step into the shower. With ingredients like pure rose and jasmine essential oils, organic almond oil, soya bean, wheatgerm and castor oil – it enriches your skin with vital nutrients and minerals. This antioxidant oil will do your skin more good than a day at the spa! Apply it 10-15 minutes before showering and watch the magic unfold.
Price: ₹ 795. Buy it here.
A body butter that’s a nourishing blend of natural emollients, extracts and vitamins that hydrate the skin and give it a healthy boost – wouldn’t you like that? While pro Vitamin B5, Vitamin C and Vitamin E keep the skin nourished and young, the caffeine content of this magical products helps your skin to be free from impurities. Added bonus – it’s also paraben free! Toss this in your cart already.
Price: ₹ 399. Buy it here.
A creamy lotion can be a bit sticky and annoying, therefore, I welcome with open arms this gel lotion by The Body Shop. What makes it even more awesome is the Jeju green tea extract in it. This lightweight moisturising gel is the apt replacement for your moisturisers. Give it a shot!
Price: ₹ 545. Buy it here.