Product Type: Garnier Body Care
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Just Don't Expect Miracles
Garnier Skin Naturals Body Tonic
Member Name: dahlin
Garnier Skin Naturals Body Tonic
Advantages: Softens, smoothes and firms to some extent, smells nice, light
Disadvantages: No real visible results
Garnier Bodytonic Hydrating Lotion is part of the Bodytonic range designed to smooth and tone the skin, and is available from most good health and beauty retailers. It's usual price is £6.21 for a 400ml bottle.
Why I Bought It
I recently discovered the wonders of the sugar scrub in the same range, which has become an essential part of my body care regime, so I thought I'd check out other products in the range. I spotted the body lotion on offer at just £3 in Superdrug and jumped at the chance to try it out and see if it measured up to the high standards set by the scrub.
The lotion comes in a large yellow plastic bottle which is opaque but I can just about make out how much is left if I hold it up to the light. The bottle is shaped like an oval that's been squashed in the middle making it easy to grip with the hands. It has a flip-top lid which is quite stiff to open but fastens very securely. The flip-top makes it much more convenient to use than screw-top types which can be a pain to open and close with hands covered in lotion.
Garnier claim that this lotion is 'Designed as an energy cocktail for your skin, to keep the skin feeling moisturised all day long, for visibly firmer skin'. It has a 'non-greasy gel-crème texture' for an 'immediate invigorating effect'. It is enriched with seaweed extract 'to help reinforce and firm the skin's surface', and 'phyto-caffeine, known for it's stimulating properties'. They claim that after 7 days use skin will look visibly smoother for a more defined contour effect.
Suitability & Warnings
Garnier products are dermatologically tested to ensure that they are safe for use on even sensitive skin. Please remember however that this does not mean that you cannot have a sensitivity to the product, and it is always advisable to test for sensitivity on a small area before using the product, particularly if you have sensitive skin.
Apply daily, paying particular attention to problem areas such as the thighs. Do not apply to the face. Wash hands after application.
The lotion is of a fairly runny consistency which helps it to flow easily from the bottle. The scent is the same as the body scrub; a very fresh and zesty lemon scent which is quite strong but not overpowering. It smells pretty natural and, unlike a lot of citrus scents, does not remind me in any way of toilet cleaner or other citrus scented cleaning products.
The texture is certainly very gel-like and feels really smooth and silky. It has a very refreshing cool feel to it which is very welcome in the warm weather. Just a small amount of the lotion goes a long way, the consistency and texture allowing it to smooth exceptionally well over the skin. It doesn't take much massaging at all as it is very quickly absorbed into the skin. It feels very light on the skin and doesn't leave behind any residue or greasiness.
It does leave the skin feeling well moisturised without being heavy which again makes it perfect during warm weather when richer lotions can leave you feeling a bit sticky or sweaty. The immediate effect after use is a kind of light tautening effect on my skin which does make it feel a little firmer, but this wears off within a few minutes along with the cooling sensation.
It can sometimes be difficult to judge the effectiveness of products like this so I decided to use it one leg and not the other for a while so that I could make a real comparison.
After using it for a couple of days my skin was already feeling much smoother and more uniform in texture, and after a week's use I could feel a massive difference between the leg I'd used it on and the one I hadn't.
My thighs are not terrible but I do have a bit of cellulite and they're not as firm as I would like so this is the area I was really concentrating on. It has definitely made a real difference to the texture and feel of my skin but unfortunately there has been no major visible difference. It does feel a little firmer and has a slightly smoother look but it hasn't made any difference where my cellulite is concerned and I wouldn't say my contours look more defined. My skin simply looks a little healthier and feels softer, smoother and a little firmer.
Overall I really like this lotion and I think it's great value considering you only need a relatively small amount at a time. I'm impressed with how it's left my skin feeling and unless they're expecting miracles I think anyone else would be too. Definitely recommended.
Summary: An excellent product, but not a miracle cure
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