Now that the slow crawl out of winter is coming to an end, there's been one beauty topic on the lips of all of the Who What Wear team: What product will transform our dry, sunshine-deprived limbs into gorgeously glowy pins now that it's almost time to ditch the tights? The answer lies in a generous slathering of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse.
It started life as a French pharmacy product back in 1991, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a stylish Parisian who doesn't have a bottle of this multipurpose oil in her bathroom. Since then, it has gone on to sell 20 million bottles worldwide, and reportedly counts celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Eva Mendes as fans. So what is it that makes this product so deserving of cult status, and how should you use it for best results? Keep reading to find out.
Made up of 98.1% natural ingredients, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse contains seven precious oils to create an intensely nourishing formula. As well as tsubaki, almond, camellia, borage, hazelnut, macadamia and argan oils it's also enriched with vitamin E for moisture that deeply penetrates even the driest of skin types.
The unique thing about this oil though, and one of the reasons I personally love it is that it's actually a dry oil. This means that it sinks in quickly to your skin without any greasy residue you might associate with heavy-duty body lotions or oils. In fact, I often put this on after my morning shower and get dressed for work immediately. Oh, and it smells absolutely incredible—like holidays.
But the beauty of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse doesn't end there. As well as intensely hydrating even the most parched of limbs, it has a unique ability to impart the most gorgeous glow to your skin. Just a few drops massaged over your legs adds an instant sheen to the skin. This is ideal if you're embracing bare legs again after months of encasing them in tights and jeans.
And it's not just on your legs that it works wonders. I've patted this onto my collarbone and shoulders when I've been wearing an off-the-shoulder number at a wedding, and I've even applied it to cheekbones as a makeshift highlighter. Thanks to its dry texture, you can also smooth it through the ends of your hair to add shine—without any hint of residue.
If, like Jennifer Aniston, you prefer your glow with more of a sun-kissed finish, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse also comes in a gold shimmer version. Containing the same much-loved formula, it might look intensely glittery in the bottle, but once applied to your skin, it delivers a warm glow with golden flecks for extra luminosity. Applied all over, the glow is a little too intense for me, but on sunny days, I love applying just a small amount down the front of my legs for a subtle shimmer.