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One of my favourite things about living in different places is when I get to go to the supermarket and pick out a whole new set of toiletries I've not seen before, or not tried because they're much more expensive back home than where I am at the time. One of these such products is St Ives Vitamin E body lotion.
I love Vitamin E as it's an excellent moisturizer. I used to use the pink stuff from the Body Shop years ago and still remember how much I liked it, and how well it worked, so this product appealed to me at once. Vitamin E has anti-ageing benefits, helps skin recover from sunburn and can work to reduce scars. You can read more about the many benefits here: http://www.healthy-skincare.com/benefits-of-vitamin-e.html
I also love St Ives face scrubs, and have used their silky body whip before (incidentally also bought in a different country - the range is quite cheap in Germany) but I'd not seen the Vitamin E stuff before I came out here. A friend bought some and then promptly went off travelling, leaving it behind with me since the design of the bottle (more later) makes it quite hard to shut up. I used up what she left and then bought the same stuff again, testament to how much I liked it, since of course I'm still away and there's a whole supermarket of stuff waiting to be tried if only this hadn't got me so hooked.
The Vitamin E body lotion comes in a massive 532ml bottle (sounds weird, but it's because that is exactly 18 fl oz, the way Americans often measure things). It has a pump dispenser which you snap up the first time you use it, and it's for this reason that the product is not all that easy to transport once open, since there's not a lid you can just close. However I do like the pump because on a day to day basis it makes it very easy to apply this stuff, and you don't have to use an already greasy hand to try to squeeze a second dollop out of the bottle.
The lotion comes out white but goes on clear and does not require much rubbing in. After using it, my skin feels everso slightly sticky for a few minutes and then just feels nice and moisturized.. I use this every day now I live in a country where there is no need for tights or for cardigans most of the time, and I have a lot of skin on display all year round. It is designed for dry skin but works well on normal skin as well - my legs and arms get a thin coating, my elbows get a tiny bit more, and all stay nice and moisturized for 48 hours.
In addition to being used as a normal body moisturizer, it's great for after shaving because it makes you legs feel soft and silky again. I've also used it as an after-sun, putting it in the fridge while I'm outside so it's lovely and cold when I come back in, and it works a treat. I've used it on my feet (again, no tights and lots of walking do not happy feet make) and on my hands in lieu of hand cream. I think the only place I wouldn't use it is on my face, because I prefer specially designed, light facial moisturizers.
I've been using this for several months now. There's still loads left in the bottle, and my skin hasn't felt dry in ages, even if I skip a day. Nice scent, easy to apply, and intensely moisturising - what's not to like?
You can check ingredients on the St Ives website www.stivesbeauty.co.uk but the packaging highlights in particular that the product is made from "pure water from Switzerland...botanical extracts from Swiss plants and, of course, Vitamin E". That may not sound too impressive to the folks back home, but here in Mexico it does make it sound rather exotic, like a snazzy imported product rather than the worldwide brand it is.
Not tested on animals.
In the UK this costs around £4 for 400ml. Here it's a little cheaper and you get a little more for your money, but either way I think it's worth the price. The bottle may look boring, not fancy, but this is one luxurious product.
Help relieve and soothe dry, damaged skin with a nourishing vitamin E lotion /