Sexy Skin SOS! Get V-Day Smooth from Head to Toe

A new survey suggests our skin is in dire need of seduction assistance

Product Photography by Ivan Engler

Buried beneath our downy scarves, cashmere cardis and Canada Goose parkas, many of us find secret relief in our swaddled selves: We’re hiding winter-wrecked skin. Those thick tights are a blessing for disguising crocodile calves (with maybe even a quarter inch of stubble?). But by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around, the jig is up. It’s the expectation-loaded occasion to lingerie-up, strip-down and enjoy a little extra-sexy time.

Frightening, for some. A recent Nivea survey polled 1,500 women across Canada and discovered 82 percent of us are least happy with our skin mid-winter. Yet only a third of us switch up our skin care to adapt to our bipolar seasons, and almost half of us use only one moisturizer on our entire body, including the face. Clearly, it’s time to get in touch with our epidermis’s underlying needs.

The latest below-the-chin potions take a cue from our sisters in dry arms across the pond. European women have long used oils to silken skin straight out of the bath. That’s what inspired Canada’s Bare Love Body Luxury Body Fuel Daily Recovery Treatment, a “skin compatible” oil  rich in omega-6 and -9 essential fatty acids and antioxidants which creates a moisture-locked exterior. For the laziest among us (hands up here), Nivea’s new Frangipani & Oil Shower Gel contains foaming oil pearls to soften your flaky bits right 
in the shower.

But let’s not forget the most erogenous zone of all: la bouche. An extension of the famous-since-1930 Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream, the new Intensive Lip Repair Balm is a medicine scent–free formula with palm tree butter, essential fatty acids and arnica flower oil to heal cracked, kiss-deprived lips. Happy Valentine’s Day, downhearted skin!

FLARE picks: Nivea Frangipani & Oil Shower Gel, $6. Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm, $28. Bare Love Body­ Luxury Body Fuel Daily Recovery Treatment, $38.  Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing for Face & Body, $260.

Photo by Ivan Engler

Country Smooth  
The sweetest new body buffers are made on home land

1. Canada’s Best Beauty Talent winner Marcia Garnes, 27, created Sandy Bottoms Body Scrub, $20, using brown sugar, and sand from Manitoulin Island, Ont.

2. Developed in Toronto, Miracle 10 Body Polish (shown above), $90, gently exfoliates dull spots with a blend of sugar cane and green tea extract as it soothes with aloe and vitamin E.

3. Toronto’s Lovefresh all-natural Naked Sugar Scrub, $30, combines sugar, shea butter and grapefruit-seed extract in a paraben-free, radiance-exuding concoction.