Beauty in My Own Skin: Dove Body Wash Review + Giveaway

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The topic of self-confidence and body image is one that’s pretty close to my heart. Most of you probably remember the time I was in Glamour magazine because I wrote an essay about reaching my happy weight. You may have even read my guest post on Madison’s blog about removing “fat talk” from my vocabulary.

And really, isn’t my happiness project just another way of saying I’m trying to be more comfortable in my own skin and life?

Insecurities are such a wicked, soul-sucking thing. It breaks my heart when I see people dealing with them. Because I know that I spent five years of my life crippled by my own insecurities, and I wish all the time that I could just do that part of my life over. Take back my happiness.

But there’s really no point in regrets except to learn from them. That’s why nowadays I do whatever I can to make myself happy and remind myself that I’m beautiful. That there is no exact, worldwide standard of beauty, so it’s silly to try to reach one. So I just do whatever makes me feel my best. Whether that’s by getting my hair or nails done or running a half marathon, I do what it takes because the alternative is a waste of a day that could have been a happy one.

My feelings on beauty and self-confidence are one of the reasons I’ve always admired the Dove skin care line. Who doesn’t remember the first time they saw Dove’s advertisements featuring real, beautiful woman who (gasp!) were all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and ages? I was about 18 and just entering the throws of my deepest periods of insecurity. And those ads really resonated with me.

True story: I was a magazine major in college, and we had to create a custom magazine for a brand we really admired. Guess what I chose? It was called Lovely, and it was a health and beauty magazine focused on, you guessed it, real beauty and positive body image. Dove, if you’re interested, I’d be happy to discuss the specifics with you… 🙂

Which is why I was especially thrilled when I was invited to review Dove’s new line of VisibleCare Crème Body Wash with NutriumMoisture. This is a revolutionary line of premium body wash from Dove that contains the highest concentration of NutriumMoisture technology across the Dove line and gives you visibly more beautiful skin in just one week. It’s available in three versions, Toning, Renewing, and Softening.

I received the Renewing body wash, which nourishes and replenishes skin, and so far I’m totally in love. Part of my beauty routine is that after showering, I always slather myself with body lotion from head to toe. Well, last week the lotion ran out and I haven’t had a chance to pick up some more. But ever since I started using this body wash, I haven’t even needed it! Whereas before my skin would feel tight and flaky after a shower, now it’s smoother and feels more moisturized. It’s pretty amazing that a body wash can literally make me feel more comfortable in my own skin.

Don’t believe me? Well, just to prove it, here’s a photo of me, post-shower, sans makeup, feeling pretty darn comfortable:

It’s especially great now that summer is finally here and we’re all showing off a bit more skin than we did this winter. Plus, not for nothing, but my husband likes it, too. (*wink, wink, nudge, nudge*)

Have any of you tried this body wash? Have you had good results? Be sure to visit Dove’s website for more information.

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