Although it's often rather overlooked, there's always a lot going on when it comes to body and skincare. This year has been no exception, with everything from grapes to chocolate being used to hydrate and plump the skin. Brands are constantly innovating and looking for the 'next big thing', but sometimes it's the classics that continue to keep our skin looking great. With oodles to choose from, these are my favourite body and skincare products to grace my bathroom this fine year...
Body Lotion - Vaseline Spray & Go (£4.99)
If you've ever got yourself in a tangle trying to put on tights after you've just applied body moisturiser, then this will revolutionise your life. Designed to be sprayed on to skin and absorbed within seconds, this innovative body lotion from Vaseline has become an absolute best seller. I've actually changed my skincare routine thanks to this single product, always preferring to slap on the body cream at night and go lotion-free in the morning; however, the simplicity and effectiveness of Spray & Go has had me moisturising my pins in the morning for the first time in years.
Body Cream - Caudalie Vine Body Butter (£16.00)
Oh Caudalie, how you make my heart flutter. I'm a massive fan of their skincare products, but this Vine Body Butter has taken my adoration to a new level. The richness of the butter and the delicate scent make this a luxurious experience that really justifies the price tag. Although other butters hydrate, this melts onto skin to leave it looking, feeling and smelling amazing. If it's good enough for the French...
Face Cream - Elemis Pro-Intense Lift Effect Night Cream (£95.00)
As I turned 30 I really started to worry about fine lines appearing where I least expect them. Night cream became a fundemental part of this new-found skincare regime, with Elemis' Pro-Intense becoming a firm favourite. The cream is rich without being too heavy, ensuring that my pores don't get blocked and end up causing a breakout, and I only need a little to leave my face feeling fresh and plumped come morning. I have noticed my complexion becoming a little more even since using this, so it's staying with me throughout 2014 and beyond.
Eye Cream - Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus (£30.00)
I've always had concerns about my under-eye area, it being the first to show signs of fatigue or illness. Having spent a fortune on finding the best under-eye concealer and highlighter, 2013 was the year my eye cream journey really began. Clinique's Repairwear Laser Focusis a light and easily absorbed cream that can be used under makeup to lift and plump dark circles. It's non-greasy and has really helped to even out my skin tone, meaning I need less of the concealer.
Cleanser - Bioderma Micellar Water (£7.99)
A cult product for a reason, Bioderma's Micellar Water finally hit UK shores with an almighty bang. Unlike other cleansing waters that often leave tough eye makeup and residue behind, Bioderma effectively removes dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of goodness. It's like water, but better. Every woman needs a giant bottle of this in her collection.
Cleansing Balm - Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (£39.50)
A must-have for everyone that wants to look after their skin effectively, cleansing balms help to lift dirt and grime without stripping the skin or irritating sensitivities. Elemis' Pro-Collagen balm is the best I've tried all year, melting into the skin to delicately lift away impurities to leave skin feeling soft and cleansed. There's no residue (unlike a lot of balms that leave a film,) as well as offering a huge tub of rich balm that will see you through at least three months of the year.
Face Wash - Clean & Clear: Advantage Clear & Soothe (£4.99)
If you'd have told me a year ago I would be admitting Clean & Clear was amongst my favourite skincare products of 2013, I would have laughed. Having not used anything from the brand since I was a teenager, a sudden outbreak left me searching for something that would keep my skin under control. Clean & Clear's 'Clear & Soothe' range is oil-free and contains Aloe Vera, ensuring it's tough on spots but kind to skin. My complexion hadn't been clearer in months after using this; it's definitely a range I'll continue to turn to in the coming months.
What are your favourite skincare products of 2013? Have you tried any of my top picks?