Colder temperatures, low humidity levels, and indoor heat can cause our skin to become extremely dry, flakey and downright uncomfortable.
Often times, we take the necessary steps to protect the skin on our face, yet neglect the skin on our bodies!
Studies show that if we paid as much attention to the skin on our bodies as we do our face, our bodies would look up to 10 years younger! Now who doesn't want that?
With that being said, I thought I would share a few of my skincare tips for your body as well as a few of my favorite products to help you take the steps to counteract the harsh winter elements and keep your skin looking and feeling soft and smooth this cold weather season.
No more hot showers!
During the winter months, the first thing we want to do in the morning is crank up the heat in the shower to warm up. However, doing so is a big no-no as hot water will dry out your skin.
Ditch the soap!
Avoid using soaps to cleanse your skin as they have enough detergents to strip a floor! Instead, use a nourishing and hydrating body wash or body bar that will cleanse and moisturize your skin at the same time.
It’s important to exfoliate your skin at least three times a week. Doing so will help stimulate circulation. In addition, your after-shower moisturizers will better absorb in your skin rather than sit on top of dead skin cells. Be sure that you only use scrubs that are non-abrasive. You want to look for body scrubs that contain manmade granules that are perfectly round spheres. These won’t damage the skin.
Nourish damp skin:
To get the most benefits from your body moisturizers, towel blot your skin after your shower or bath – leaving your skin slightly damp, then immediately apply your moisturizer. Your skin will better absorb the moisturizer’s humectants while it is still a bit damp.
Protect your pretty lips!
Lips look their best when they are soft and smooth. Year round, I apply lip protection first thing in the morning and again before bed.
Your skin repairs itself at night
Don't forget to reapply your body moisturizer at night time! Just as we apply our night time face moisturizer, it’s good to get in the habit of applying your body moisturizer, hand moisturizer and even apply to your feet before you slip between the sheets.
At night while we sleep, our bodies repair themselves. Therefore, it is imperative to nourish your skin so you wake up with that healthy glow.
What are your favorite body products for winter time? Please share here!
Don't forget, most importantly, to think loving thoughts about your body as you take care of it!
With love and gratitude,