When the Bali Body team got in touch asking if I’d like to try one of their products I was initially drawn to their famous tanning oils. Their satin finish bottles have almost reached iconic status in our blogging insta-world. And I do often gaze over the swimsuited girls posted on their Instagram and think, well I wouldn’t be too mad if the product helped me to look 1% sun-ready as they do.
While I’m talking about their feed, while the vast majority look like supermodels (in the traditional sense) or sports illustrated models, they have been showcasing different but equally beautifully curvaceous bodies too, a move which I very much support and encourage other brands to copy. More of this please.
Although I am obsessed with Love Island, and even work my schedule around it, I do have a few issues with it, the main one being it’s representation, more accurately its lack of, when it comes to different types of beauty. Ok, there’s some height differences, slightly different tan intensities, and Jack and Alex are less defined in the ab region, but on the whole the villa mates all look a bit too similar. I want to see pale beauties, natural beauties, disabled, tomboys, I want to see different sizes and silhouettes, I and we, should all want to see a bit of everything on our TV screens. But I don’t want it done purely to tick PC boxes either, I simply want it to accurately cover different tastes and desires people have in terms of their potential mates, and simply represent well, humans! Surely that just make sense – after all I know my friends and I fancy completely different people, and one type certainly doesn’t fit all. I also want all the kids and adults (because I know I’m still influenced by the images I consume, even at my relatively ancient age) watching to have people they can relate to, and not feel like they have to change a million things about their natural selves to find common ground (in terms of the outer shell I mean). I want us to be sending out messages that while it should always be your personal choice whether want to make amendments to our natural bodies/face, that you are beautiful and enough as you naturally are too. I really shouldn’t feel jubilant when someone comes in with natural breasts, cellulite ,and extension-free hair, but I can’t help but feeling warmed by it just because it feels like some balance and realism is restored. I digress…..
So while I toyed with reviewing their famous tanning oils….
(Bali Body Tanning Oils are enriched with natural, organic and raw ingredients. Our sun Tanning Oils will help you achieve a golden tan while providing nourishment and hydration to even the most sensitive of skin types. Formulated to replenish dry skin and soothe ezcema, scarring, cellulite and acne, these Natural Tanning Oils will give you glowing skin no matter the season and are 100% vegan friendly and Australian made).
My Before Skin
In current absence of a sun drenched holiday in the diary I thought it made sense to try one of their factor 15 BB Creams.
I have to be honest and say that when I first squeezed the product on to my fingers I thought, this isn’t going to be for me. Not only did the fair colour look extremely pale (go figure) it felt extremely lightweight, even watery. I am someone whose main goal when applying make up is to hide acne, or the evidence of past breakouts, as effectively as possible. It feels completely counter intuitive to apply something thats appears translucent when hoping to cover redness and discolouration.
For the last few years my quest has been to find the best cruelty free high coverage foundation, and since discovering it last year it has become one of the most treasured and integral parts to my beauty routine. I’ve gotten a bit stubborn about it, and perhaps a bit resistant about even considering swapping it out for something else, purely because it took so long time find a formula that delivered the finish I was after, while abiding with my moral compass.
But for the sake of the review, and despite my reticence upon seeing the formula, I applied it to the skin on my face. They advise to use fingers, and I towed the line and tried this for a bit, but in the end I returned to my trusty Body Shop buffing brush to apply a slightly thicker layer. I personally also found it easier to spread over the surface area of my face this way. The colour match wasn’t actually bad at all in the end. On first inspection I thought that the natural shade would have been a better choice for me, but actually once I applied the Fair shade I was sent, it looked pretty close to spot on. That said it didn’t make me more tanned than my bare skin, which I know some people are looking for from their summer face products.
This was taken right after application, and as you can see some of my zits are showing through
It didn’t cover any of my live red spots right away, and the overall canvas wasn’t completely even, so initially I have to admit I wasn’t particularly ecstatic about the results. Then a few minutes of faffing later I looked into the mirror and I started to appreciate the finish a bit more. It just seemed to look a bit warmer, and the skin had started to look noticeably a bit smoother and more youthful.
So I decided to persevere and carry on with the rest of my make up routine. As soon as I applied my bronzer and blusher I realised how amazing this product really is. My face looked fresh, with traces of my well earned freckles peeking through. I realised then that right now I don’t need to rely on a thick and opaque full coverage foundation to deliver desirable summer skin. With this BB Cream I could reduce the evidence of sun damage and acne scarring but maintain a bright, dewy and youthful texture. I actually had people comment on how nice my skin looked too, and that never happens to me. I guess less can be more !
One of the biggest selling points of this product is that it’s multi purpose – a foundation, sunscreen, anti-aging and moisturiser in one – all in a perfect compact little package for travelling with. It’s also Paraben free, 100% Vegan Friendly and ideal for all skin types. There isn’t a huge range of colours so I would suggest that if you have the finances you perhaps invest in a couple of shades that you can mix together, so that you can create the perfect shade as you gain and lose your tan throughout the next few months of changeable weather and periods of intensive sunbathing.
Sagging and wrinkling is a natural part of ageing, my face is a fine example of that. It is largely caused by a loss of collagen and elastin, which when in existence keeps your face defying gravity and looking plump. The Marine Collagen included in the ingredients is extracted from the natural seaweed variety Porphyra tenure and works to simulate natural collagen synthesis, helping to firm, plump, and renew skin. I could really see evidence of this attribute of the product – more on that later.
Through learning about skin products through writing regular beauty blogs, IHyaluronic Acid (Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, HA) has become one of the products I seek out from the products I use. It has so many benefits, specifically to someone of my age trying to maintain youthful looking skin. Naturally occurring in the body, hyaluronic acid secures moisture and creates fullness— the plump soft skin you associate with youth.
As we age, skin moisture can drop significantly, which makes the skin lose elasticity and expose the signs of aging on the skin. We lose about 1% of hyaluronic acid each year, so topical application is needed to relieve the look of fine lines which would otherwise be enhanced by inflammation and water loss. Hyaluronic acid plays a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture (1000 ml of water per gram of hyaluronic acid).
Hyaluronic acid is also a “smart nutrient” as it can adjust its moisture absorption rate based on the humidity—relative to the season and the climate. One of the most damaging things to the skin are the suns UVB rays, and another great talent of this acid is that it protects skin from them, and the reactive oxygen species they generate which can lead to sunspots.
Green Tea is used frequently in skincare all around the world due to it’s many celebrated benefits. Most of the polyphenols in green tea are catechins. Catechins, which are antioxidants by nature, have also been shown to function as anti-inflammatory and anticancer agents. One of the major catechins in green tea has been shown to be the most effective agent against skin inflammation and cancerous changes in the skin. Being a rich source of Antioxidants it helps to fight against free radicals that lead to premature skin ageing too. It is also an antibacterial which means it has the ability to reduce inflammation and keep skin clean and clear. For acne sufferers like myself it is an ideal ingredient because it’s a gentler, less toxic and astringent remedy and effectively reduces redness.
So I’m guessing this is enough science for a Monday morning. If you have fairly clear skin, with few areas that needs heavy masking, then you will instantly love the result this product creates. Many of us find our skin behaves a bit better in the summer anyway, as long as we don’t pick sunscreens that block our pores. We should embrace and celebrate our improved complexions, rather than sticking to our habitual routines we require in winter, when cold weather plays havoc with it.
We want to showcase where the sun has graced our cheekbones and noses, and expose those cute freckles…just let our skin look like it’s breathing and healthy really. And if like me you always think of yourself as an acne sufferer, even when you’re in the midst of a good phase, please do give it a chance. I think you’ll be very pleasantly surprised at how much better your skin looks with a lighter touch. Try this BB cream and then apply a thick concealer or foundation just to the areas where you really need a bit more help.
The summer face I created here relied only on the lightweight coverage of the BB cream, with just a few carefully dabbed on areas of foundation round my nose and on a few rogue zits turned out to be one of my fave everyday make up looks ever. It feels effortless, faff free, and it’s so nice to feel like I don’t have a thick layer of stuff on my skin in this muggy and sweaty weather. And if you’re not sure whether you’ve put too light a shade in your shopping basket, don’t fear, they are sheer enough that you can do any essential warming up via a stroke of your bronzer or contour sticks. One thing you’ll be pleasantly surprised to experience when you try this out for yourself is how smoothing it is on the skin. Without even the use of my normal primer my pores appeared reduced and the lined on my forehead noticeable smoothed out. At £25.95 it’s not the most affordable, but my goodness does it deliver it’s multi purpose goodness.