Right now, thanks to chilly winds and overly dry apartments, it’s undoubtedly the time to be taking extra care of that lovely body of yours and MOISTURISING! But are you doing it properly? Check out my easy winter body skin tips to help you maximize that moisturizer.
1. Buff away those Dead Skin Cells
I like to use a dry body brush all over, not only to get rid of those pesky dead skin cells, (enabling my moisturiser to fuller absorb into my skin), but to greatly improve my circulation. It also helps provide an invigorating wake-up call- if my kids haven’t already achieved that. Tip: It’s important not go crazy with exfoliation as you don't want to damage your sensitive winter skin, so a light buff is perfect - and always brush towards your heart.
2. Protect Your Skin in the Shower
Keep your shower or bath, short and not too hot. I like to use an oil on extra dry parts of my body (my elbows, lips, knees) before I get into the shower. Applying oil before helps to prevent my skin from excessively drying out under that hot tap (my favourite is drugstore brand Cetaphil baby moisturizing oil). If that’s one step too far, Bioderma’s Atoderm Body Oil, for in the shower is fantastic.
3. Set the Timer
Rub your body lotion into damp skin – no I know this isn’t new! But did you know you only have a 3 minute window to fully lock that lotion into your bod’? Make sure your skin is also lightly dried as being too wet will dilute your lotion. Shop my tried and tested favourites below.
4. Close the Door
Moisturize with the bathroom door closed will lock in that lovely humidity, which your cream will then pull into your skin.
5. Pop some socks on
If I have time – normally on the weekends – I load up on the moisturizer around the drier parts of my feet (aka everywhere!). Then I pop on a pair of socks and let the cream fully repair and soothe my tootsies whilst I clean teeth, feed children etc.
6. Don’t neglect your lips
I always try to include lip care as part of my morning routine by spreading a liberal layer of Aquaphor or Elizabeth Arden’s Intensive Lip Repair Balm, into all the cracks of my overly dry lips. It’s also a great thing to do just before bed.