Take care of your body this winter
Along with looking after your face and hands, it is also vital to protect the skin on your body in winter. The colder weather can dry out your skin and therefore needs additional help to stay healthy and well moisturised. Gentle exfoliation and use of lotions and creams can ensure that your body looks just as lovely as the rest of you. It is essential that you take notice of your skins demands; being the largest organ in your body, it is also the one which is most exposed and therefore the most prone to damage. Considering we all have a different skin type, our bodies will require a different level of care, so make sure you cater your routine to your skins needs.
Dry skin tends to have a shorter renewal period which means that it starts to shed before the skin cells are fully matured. As a result, the dead skin cells start to accumulate and present themselves as scaly rough patches. Some skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis also have a similar appearance and require a more intense treatment so if you feel that you may be suffering from either of these, then please speak to your GP or dermatologist.
Another skin type to take special care of is sensitive skin as it can be open to irritation. If you have sensitive skin then it is advised to always try any new product in a patch test to make sure it will not react with your skin. You can do this behind your knee or on the inside of your elbow. Sensitive skin can also be aggravated by using harsh physical exfoliants such as brushes and loofahs as well as some scrubs; so make sure you exfoliate gently when using these products.
This also applies to those with active body acne and pimples. Harsh exfoliating can lead to rupture of blemishes; therefore exposing your skin to infections. Make sure you use a chemical exfoliating body wash which contains either lactic or salicylic acid as these will help clear your skin as well as get rid of dead skin cells. Always finish your routine with a light moisturiser to hydrate and nourish your skin.
Some of my favourite products for winter body
REN Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balmis rich in oils and salt extracts and gently exfoliates your skin while providing moisture; stimulating renewal and leaving a glow. The ingredients include sea salt to help remove the layer of dead skin cells, while the blend of hydrating olive, basil and peppermint oils helps to moisturise and promote healthy fresh skin.
Massage the balm gently onto dry skin in rotating strokes and then rinse off in the shower or bath. You can also use the balm on wet skin for a gentler exfoliation.
Elle Macpherson Rotating Dry Brush has specifically been designed to help exfoliate your body to reveal healthy glowing skin. The brush not only gets rid of dead skin cells but also aids lymphatic drainage as well as improving blood circulation and reducing cellulite. The brush comes with two different heads and therefore can help you cater for your skin type. Use the soft bristle head for delicate areas while the hard cactus bristles can be used for a more intense treatment. This treatment is guaranteed to leave your skin super soft and refreshed!
Scrubs are the easiest and one of the most effective ways to treat winter skin. Korres Basil Lemon Body Scrub helps to hydrate your skin while giving your skin cells a boost of energy. The scrub will leave your skin soft and fresh. Ingredients include ground bamboo and jojoba beads which also help to improve microcirculation. Use the scrub on wet skin and massage in circular motions before rinsing thoroughly. Korres also offers some other lovely scents so make sure you check out their range here.