I don’t know about you, ladies (and gents!), but when I’m back in the comfort of my own locale, keeping to a regular rhythm and schedule, I take special care not to stay out in the sun for too long. I’ve worked out that a tan isn’t very complementary to my skintone, plus that also means sun damage of course.
But when I’m away on holiday, I tend to be more lax. Yes, I slather on the sunscreen on face and body and I wear a hat or carry an umbrella, but I’m always out and about even if it means walking for miles and miles under the hot sun. I think its also partly to do with feeling “kiasu” * and making sure I see and do everything I possibly can while in a foreign locale 😀 Get my money’s worth y’know? 😉
So after my recent jaunt to Shanghai in a hot hot end of summer, I returned home a little tanned. Not much, but enough to raise comment. 2 weeks after coming home, I seem to have lost it! Having to be holed up in the office in the day does help of course, but I thought it quite interesting. This isn’t very unusual to me. Ever since school days, when I used to be recruited into the marchpast for school sports day (I was a lousy sportswoman and couldn’t do any other sport) I’d be tanned by the sun during practice, but about a month after that, I’d lose the tan. Same with hitting the beach. 2 weeks is about all the time a tan will last on me.
I recently discovered this bottle of Garnier Body Light Extra Whitening Repairing Milk Lotion in my cupboard, so I’ve also been using it off and on in the evenings before bed. To be honest, I don’t know if it helps. My personal history has proven that I lose a tan quite quickly with or without help. But I quite like this lotion 🙂
This Garnier Body lotion claims claims to not only moisturise your skin, but also to lighten dark spots and illuminate your skin tone <- their words! It also contains pure lemon essence which does the whole whitening and illuminating thing, which is also what you’d find in the Garnier face care.
As promised, the lotion has a light texture and does absorb quickly into my skin without feeling sticky or icky. Don’t challenge the use of the word “icky” as a proper description! 😉 I like how this leaves my skin feeling smooth which is sort of nice before bed. You just want to feel comforted and clean and not icky under the covers.
I do have a little problem with this one though. The scent. It smells like lemon infused tea. Now, none of us would be surprised at the lemon bit, because it does proclaim that it contains lemon essence and its in a bright yellow bottle. But I get that green tea scent too, and I personally find it a little strong and sweet.
To be fair, using it in the night means I can go to bed and not notice the smell as I sleep. No, I don’t dream of walking in a lemon orchard while sipping green tea. But I can’t use it in the day, because I’d keep smelling it, and while it isn’t horrible, its just a bit sweet for me.
Did it help me lose my tan? I don’t know. But at least it kept my skin feeling well moisturised as I sleep.
Here’s the ingredient list.
In a nutshell
An affordable lightweight body lotion that absorbs quickly into the skin and isn’t sticky. It leaves skin feeling soft and smooth and is supposed to help lighten and brighten the skintone on the body. I cannot prove this. The scent is quite strong which might be a consideration for some.
Pros: Affordable, Light texture, Absorbs quickly into the skin
Cons: Scent is a bit strong and sweet for me
Speaking of tans, I’m curious to know if I’m the only one around who sheds a tan this quickly? Granted, I wasn’t very tanned. I’d say maybe a shade or so darker? But I’m now back to the way I was – makes me happy because I like myself in a lighter skintone, but if I had preferred to be more tanned, I think I’d be really pissed! 😀
Might you have tried this body lotion before? Its really affordable and easily spotted in most pharmacies. I think this is a new incarnation of the Garnier Bodylight lotion which was launched, and then disappeared quite quickly. I did like the body scrub from that one but I’m not sure if they brought it back.
* kiasu = lit. afraid to lose (hokkien dialect) a condition suffered by many people in this region yours truly included 😛
Garnier Body Light Extra Whitening Repairing Milk Lotion retails at RM9.90/120ml, RM16.90/250ml and RM22.90/400ml and easily available at most pharmacies and supermarkets.