30 second review: Aveeno daily moisturising after-shower mist

aveeno sprayIn the mornings I don’t have time to slather myself with moisturiser in ‘circular, upward strokes’, then hop about naked whilst it dries. As a great woman once said: ‘ain’t nobody got time for that.’ Especially mothers being harassed by a toddler demanding ‘WEEETTAAABIXXXX’ and a 5yo quizzing them on ‘pyroclastic flow’ as they shower (just me?).

It’s not a sexy, glamorous beauty find, but I was immediately sold on this ‘quick fix’ from Aveeno on my weekly Boots sweep. Call me a lazy beauty junkie, but I like easy, quick, hard-working, effective products. If they’re a faff, chances are I won’t use them, no matter how effective they are.

This fine, light-weight formula comes out in a wide aerosol mist and works upside down, making it swift and a doddle to use – I jump out the shower, roughly towel myself dry but while my skin is still damp I hosed myself down, head to toe (well not face, neck to toe). Then rub it in. Done. No dry time, not tacky or greasy.

The oat extract means it’s really softening and soothing, without any overpowering fragrance (great if you want something that doesn’t compete with your perfume).

I’ve used it post shaving without irritation, and it’s a great prep step before applying fake tan, too.

You are most welcome.

Aveeno Daily Moisturising After Shower Mist, £7.50, 200ml

*If your skin is properly reptilian, La Roche Posay’s Lipikar Baume AP+ is the serious business. I use it once or twice a week before bed when my skin is sun/sea/chlorine battered.

The Sunday Overhaul: Week One – Tanning

So, here’s the idea. Us working women all get into a flap on a Sunday night about our Beauty Maintenance – right? It’s the only day of the week we get a second to think about frivolous things like hair masks, manicures, defuzzing or, heaven forbid, a DIY facial (30 mins? To myself? In the bathroom? Pah).

So, I’m going to post each week, on a Sunday afternoon, some super easy DIY maintenance ideas that are foolproof, quick and have a high results:effort ratio. This week: Tanning.

These last few days of sunshine have thrown into stark relief the lack of fake tanning in my beauty regime. Exposing my pallid Celtic limbs was not a pretty sight so, after a quick seasonal restock I present to you the foolproof tanning duo:

This can of self-tan from Aussie brand, Invisible Zinc was my firm favourite last year and I still can’t beat it. After the necessary scrub and moisturise I simply start at my toes and give myself a light mist all over (it is an aerosol application so best to apply standing in the shower cubicle so you don’t inadvertently spray the walls/carpet/bedlinen). Then I whip out my £3 self-tan secret weapon that I wrote about last summer and still swear by. The St. Tropez buffing mitt. Starting at my feet again I buff in big circles to avoid any runs/drips. By which point, it’s dry and I can dress. Under 5 mins flat. It has zero smell. Seriously, zero. The tan develops in 4-5 hours and after a couple of consecutive days application I have achieved a natural, sunkissed shade. If you hanker after a darker hue this probably isn’t going to float your boat but if you’re just looking for a healthy hint of colour, you can’t beat it.

For the face I have rediscovered Clarins this year. I used it in my early Twenties and had forgotten quite how good it is. This formula is a very light gel/cream consistency with a sunshiny smell and hydrating texture. I was extolling its virtues to a friend via email and described it as ‘posh tan – you know, like a weekend in Cannes rather than a run-in with David Dickinson’. And that’s exactly what it is, an orange-free, almost olive-skinned result. I’m applying it every other day and thus far it hasn’t caused any breakouts which I find is a common complaint with a lot of facial fake tans.

So, there you have it. The first week’s Sunday Overhaul – go forth and tan ladies and for those inevitable self tan disasters (orange palms anyone?) St Tropez’s self tan remover is a lifesaver.

Beautybay.com have the Invisible Zinc Jet Set Tan on sale at £17.85 at the moment and I bought the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow through Escentual.com who have it at the special price of £22.80 at the mo.

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