By Noleen Sliney
Spring is almost here. Finally! And whilst you’ve most likely been taking extra good care of the skin on your face, you also need to take good care of the skin on your body too.
But there’s no need to wait until spring has arrived to start prepping your skin for warmer, t-shirt wearing temperatures. In fact, the prep work needs to begin now.
During the Winter months, your skin is exposed to very cold temperatures and central heating, which leaves it looking and feeling very dry and dehydrated. Sure, your body has been covered up in several layers of clothing for quite some time now. So no one (not even you sometimes) will even see your arms or legs, for example. But just because you can’t see them as much in winter due to all of the big layers of clothing, it doesn’t mean that the others parts of your body should suffer from a lack of TLC.
The cold temperatures and central heating are two of the main causes of rough, dry, dull looking skin. Not a good look or feeling. But using these 2 very quick and very easy tips will have your skin looking and feeling glowing and hydrated well in time for Spring. Let’s get started.
Tip #1. Exfoliate your skin once or twice per week
Exfoliation is one of those words that you hear a lot in the beauty world. But what is it exactly and why is it so important? Firstly, exfoliation simply means the removal of dry, flaky skin. By exfoliating, you’re encouraging your body to grow new and healthy skin cells. It’s a technique that can be used on the face and body too. And why is it so important? Well, getting rid of that dry, flaky skin is going to leave you with gorgeous, glowing skin that looks and feels hydrated. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to have skin that looks and feels glowing, hydrated and healthy?
How Do I Exfoliate?
So now that you know what exfoliation is, the next question is how do you do it? There are a few ways you can do this. You can either use an exfoliating product like a body scrub or you can use a tool like a loofah. Something to keep in mind is that the skin on your face is a lot thinner than the skin on your body. So whilst the exfoliation technique is similar for both your face and your body, you should take extra care when exfoliating your face by using less pressure and much gentler products. As we’re talking about your body today, I’m going to concentrate on the exfoliation technique for your body.
Using a Body Scrub
I’m sure you’ve heard of these before and possibly have one in your bathroom but perhaps it’s still sitting there unopened as you’re not sure how the heck to use it! Body scrubs are one of my favourite ways to exfoliate my body to remove dry, flaky skin. Simply hop into the bath or shower and apply the scrub to your body. Make sure that your skin is slightly damp first and then being to apply the body scrub.
Then take some of the product and begin to massage it onto your skin in a circular motion. Begin with your feet and work your way up your body, finishing at your neck and shoulders. This will also help to increase the circulation in your body too. Pay particular attention to areas such as your feet, knees, elbows and hands, as these are the areas that are often most dry or rough.
Try to avoid rubbing your skin too hard, even if you feel like your skin is very dry. If you do feel that your skin is very dry, it’s best to exfoliate on a more regular and consistent basis, for example twice per week. That way, you won’t irritate your skin and it will be so much more beneficial for your skin too. It will stop dry skin from building up as much for one thing. Once you’ve applied the body scrub on all areas of your body, simply rinse it off completely. Always follow up with a body moisturiser after exfoliating. This will really help to hydrate your skin and lock in extra moisture.
And in case you’re thinking that this process takes a long time to do, IT DOESN’T! This is something you can do in minutes and you can incorporate this into your usual shower routine. Allow an extra minute or two to apply your body scrub, rinse off well, and then continue with your daily shower routine. That’s it. Of course, you’re welcome to make this a special routine for yourself if you like on a weekly basis. You could choose a particular day of the week to do this that’s dedicated just to you. What a lovely way to practice some self-care and enjoy some well-deserved me time. 🙂
Which Body Scrub?
There are literally thousands of body scrubs to choose from. So it’s really about finding the one that’s best for your skin. I can, however, give you some tips on how to find a good body scrub and I’ll also share with you my absolute favourite body scrub.
Most body scrubs contain an exfoliant such as sea salt or sugar. Both are really great for getting rid of dry, flaky skin. Sea salt can be quite coarse, so take extra care not to rub your skin too harshly when applying a sea salt body scrub. Sugar has a slightly gentler texture than sea salt, as the granules are more round than sea salt granules. If you have sensitive skin, a body scrub that contains sugar is a great option for you, as it’s not as rough on your skin as sea salt.
My absolute favourite body scrubs are these ones by Potentia (aka our very own fabulous Über Mom Julie Leonard). These body scrubs contain 100% natural ingredients and are cruelty-free. They contain raw sugar as well as plenty of gorgeous essential oils too. So they’re also hydrating your skin at the same time as exfoliating. They leave your skin looking and feeling utterly glowing, hydrated and feeling baby soft. There are 2 to choose from in the range. One is the Morning Mojito Body Scrub and the other is the Gin & Skin Tonic Body Scrub. I always have at least one of these in my bathroom at all times and they’re an absolute joy to use. I always feel like I’m giving my skin a real treat when I use these. Plus my skin looks and feel amazing after using them.
Tip #2. Moisturise your skin after a shower or bath
Now that you’ve gotten rid of any dry, dull, flaky skin and your skin is starting to look glowing and healthy again, you want to ensure that it stays like this. I’m guessing that you probably use a moisturiser on your face every day, as you’re aware of the importance of keeping your skin moisturised and hydrated. So the second step in prepping your skin for Spring is to do the exact same for the skin on the rest of your body.
The easiest way to do this is to apply a body lotion to your skin every single day. Applying a body lotion to your skin straight after you shower or bathe is the optimal time to do this, as your instantly replacing any moisture that’s lost whilst in the shower or bath. This will only take you about 1 minute to do. If you don’t have time to do this in the morning, aim to do this in the evening before bed.
One of the biggest issues a lot of people have with body lotions is that it takes so long for them to dry and soak into their skin. However, this body lotion from Alverde take seconds to soak into your skin, yet they’re very hydrating. If you have very dry skin, I can highly recommend the Nutri-Intensiv one for dry skin. It’s got a very light texture yet it moisturises my skin really well. And I don’t have to wait around for a long time for it to soak into my skin. Which means I can get dressed immediately after applying it. The ingredients in these body lotions are all of a natural and/or organic source. And this product is suitable for vegans too.
Another one of my favourites are the body lotions from Lavera. Again, these soak into my skin immediately yet are extremely hydrating. They always leave my skin looking and feeling glowing after use. Again, these are natural products that are also suitable for vegans.
And here are 2 more habits that are great for your entire health and wellbeing that you can start doing now to prep your skin for Spring.
Get into the habit of drinking of plenty of water
This may sound a bit obvious, but drinking lots of water is the number one treat you can give your skin. It doesn’t matter how good your skincare or makeup products are. If you’re not drinking enough water, you’re going to look and feel dehydrated. And the number one place this is going to be visible is on your skin. For example, fine lines and wrinkles are two very visible symptoms of dehydration.
Get into the habit now of drinking at least 1 to 2 litres of water per day, or even more if you can. It’s actually simpler than you think to do this. Buy yourself a nice water bottle that’s approximately 500 to 1000 ml in size and fill it up each morning with water. Then keep the water bottle beside you throughout the day. That way, you’re more likely to drink the water as it’s right within your reach at all times. It will become a habit in no time and your skin will look and feel radiant, glowing and healthy well in time for Spring.
Get into a fitness routine now
The temperatures have already started to pick up and the sun is even starting to shine. So this is a great time to start getting outdoors again. Even going for a 20-30 minute walk a couple of times per week is going to do wonders for your skin and your overall well-being. You’ll start to notice the benefits pretty quickly.
I hope you found these tips helpful. Sometimes incorporating a couple of little things into your routine is all that’s needed to make a big difference to how you look and feel. Sure, we’re all busy people and under time-pressure. But it’s totally worth taking an extra few minutes per day to do something nice that’s totally dedicated to you. Everyone can spare an extra 5 minutes per day and surely you’re worth taking at least 5 minutes just for yourself.
Noleen Sliney is a Makeup Artist & Green Beauty Blogger who’s passionate about showing women how to enhance their natural beauty so that they’ll not only look fabulous but so they’ll also FEEL fabulous and full of self-confidence every single day. And how to easily make the switch to natural and organic beauty products. She doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to beauty. And in her virtual Personalised 1 to 1 Makeup Lessons, she helps her clients to find the exact products and techniques that are perfect for their face shape and skin type so that they never again have to waste money on products that aren’t suitable for them. You can find out more about Noleen and her work at https://www.noleenslineymakeup.com/.