Post-Summer Skin Healing with St. Ives Naturally Smooth.

I don't know about you, but all the summer fun I had wrecked havoc on my skin. From sun exposure to the dehydrating effects of salt water, chlorine and air conditioning, a host of warm weather hazards has left my skin overly dry and somewhat sensitive. Without proper care, I am sure the damage done to my skin over these last few months could linger well through fall, so I looked for a body lotion to help my skin. I choose this newbie from St. Ives.

St. Ives Naturally Smooth Body Lotion ($4.97) is a new one from the brand that is a super-hydrating and gently-exfoliating lotion. After a few days of use, my skin felt and looked better. The super-hydrating and gently-exfoliating lotion instantly restored vital moisture and improved the appearance of my parched skin, eliminating all pesky rough patches and dullness.

Formulated with a natural, fruit-derived AHA complex, the dual-action, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly to provide intense hydration while a multi-fruit blend with alpha hydroxies gently exfoliates skin by promoting cell turnover.  Perfect for all skin types, Naturally Smooth Body Lotion works to improve texture, revealing fresher, smoother and younger looking skin – naturally.

The lotion itself is very lightweight feeling and it absorbs so quickly that I can get dressed immediately after applying. I hate the lingering feel of lotions where my clothes drag when I get dressed, so St. Ives gets a huge A+ from me in the absorbing department.  The lotion is scented, but it is a light scent, I would say it is somewhat citrus, somewhat floral - all very fresh. The scent fades pretty quickly too, so it will not be in the way of your fragrance.

Because this lotion contains AHA's, be careful when using on broken skin. I have a small razor burn patch on my leg and it did sting for a second. It was not bad at all, but I wanted to point out that you need to be cautious. Being careful with application is a must with any exfoliating type of product, especially those with effective fruit acids such as this.

Look for this and other St. Ives products at drugstores and mass retailers now.