Can you believe that I’m still using a body butter in May?
I don’t think my skin got the memo we’ve moved to London. It behaves more like we’re living in the middle of the Sahara.
I know, I know, I should quit the steaming hot showers. But, they feel SO good. Me thinks I’ll keep them. The body butters, too. They sort of go hand in hand.
I’ve tried many over the years but none as thick as Vichy Ideal Body Balm.
(P.S. That’s a good thing. Me loves a thick body balm).
It caught my eye with its pink jar. It wooed me with his lovely floral scent. And it won my heart with its super moisturizing power. This thing is packed with goodies that makes your skin oh so soft and smooth.
The main ones?
I know, I know. This isn’t what you wanted to see at the top of the list. But, it works. It creates a barrier on the skin that locks moisture in. No chance of it escaping and drying out your skin with this one playing guard.
Plus, it’s not even dangerous. Ok, it’s derived from oil, which isn’t something you’d want anywhere near your skin. But, before you can put it in a cream, it has to be purified. During this process, all that bad, toxic stuff is removed.
What’s left behind is a super moisturizing substance that keeps even the driest of skin soft and smooth for hours.
This is more like it, isn’t it?
Shea butter is derived from the fruits of the shea tree. It’s full of hydrating fatty acids, including oleic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, and linolenic acid. You know, all that good stuff that moisturizes skin.
Shea butter creates a barrier on the skin that prevents water loss, too. It does this better than mineral oil, which derms consider the gold standard for moisturizing skin.
Plus, it may have antioxidant properties, too.
Related: Why I Love Shea Butter
One of the best humectants out there. Humectants is a fancy way of calling anything that can draw water from the environment into the skin.
Sodium Hyaluronate does it amazingly well. It binds up to 1000 times its weight in water, both in high and low humidity conditions.
It’s like a waterfall of moisture for your skin.
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Vichy Ideal Body Balm has a thick texture that spreads on the skin like a dream. It doesn’t sink in immediately but if your skin’s as dry as mine, it’ll thirstily lap it up quite quickly. It isn’t sticky so you can just put it on and get dressed.
It’s super, super moisturizing. I put it on in the morning and, by the time I hit the pillow at night, my skin’s still as soft and smooth as a baby’s.
Plus, it soothes skin and relives that annoying itch. If you have dry skin, you know what I’m talking about.
There really isn’t much else to say about this. It works. If you have dry or very dry skin, you need this. Period.