79 Lux Body Care Review For Dry, Eczema Prone Skin
Body care may be one of the most overlooked areas of beauty (along with scalp care), but that’s not exactly the case for some demographics. Growing up in a West African household, hydrating every part of my body after a shower was almost as essential as brushing my teeth, as well as removing dead skin and grime with a natural loofah or exfoliating mesh. My choices were as simple as what I grew up with: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter in all its forms, whatever aromatherapy body oil I had on hand, and a sugar and coffee scrub. home made. But I’ve learned the importance of choosing body products with as much discretion as I use for my skin and hair care, and that’s largely because of one particular brand.
I first came across 79 Lux when the first UK foreclosure hit us. After speaking online to its founder, integrative nutrition and beauty expert Karen Cummings-Palmer, I was kindly sent (at the time) the minimum range of a body oil and balm for the golden body to try. Something about their use was so heartwarming – yes, many of us found solace in extended beauty routines back then, but it was different. Everything from sleek, heavy black glass bottles to lavish formulas made me feel like every use was full of intent and required my full attention. Although I use both a lot, it took me almost a year to run out of them, thanks to the formulas that really go the extra mile in a 10% serving.
“When creating each product, I wanted to use exceptional ingredients usually reserved for the face,” says founder Karen. “From hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to frankincense and copper peptide, and in amounts that matter. We use natural and largely organic plants and skin care actives in luxurious formulations, housed in black biophotonic glass or aluminum to make sure we are respectful of our environment. 96% of the range is derived from organic ingredients grown in nature, with valuable additions like rose quartz and a touch of shimmering gold.
As an occasional sufferer of eczema (which breaks out during times of stress and poor sleep), I’ve noticed that the body balm in particular helps soothe the telltale pink itchy patches that start to erupt during lockdown – surprisingly, how my eczema usually hates anything that is not an ordinary, unscented drugstore cream. “My skin under my neck is so dry and sensitive at times, and still showing signs of my childhood eczema,” agrees Karen. One of the reasons she created 79 Lux was to find a treatment that would help with eczema. She also wanted women to feel good about themselves once they hit a certain age, and that it wasn’t too late to take care of it. “So many women come into their forties, fifties and beyond in great shape and with a lot of style, but they feel the need to cover their arms like their mothers also did by forgetting the skin under their neck.” explains Karen.
79 Lux has since won numerous beauty awards and has carved a place for itself on the shelves of retailers like Cult Beauty, Harvey Nichols, Liberty and the Conservatory NYC. Last year, everyone’s favorite aunt, Tracee Ellis Ross, posted on Instagram that she was “in love with 79 Lux”, and our own June Sarpong described the body balm as “the best body product. more moisturizer than I have ever used “. Customer reviews claim that it cured their psoriasis. I flipped through pages and perused articles, spotting something 79 Lux amid rave reviews from other beauty editors.
One thing to note is the price range – between £ 30 and £ 70 this is a luxury buy, but worth every penny in my opinion. Since the original line-up, two more additions have proven that the brand truly outperforms in all categories. I gave the rose and geranium scent hand cream to my geranium-loving mom, and immediately regretted putting it back on once she dabbed it on both of our palms. I haven’t tried the latest body polish yet, which contains Himalayan Pink Salt, Squalene, and Rose, but I’m about to order it in an attempt to stave off the winter blues on the way.
Images: courtesy of the brand