Yep, it’s that time of the year. As the weather gets colder, our skin starts to shrivel up like a dried tomato. For fellow eczema sufferers, this is the worst time of year. My skin gets so dry and scaly and light, I would rather stay at home all winter long. After years of scratching and itching, I’ve finally found a way to keep that summer glow throughout the colder months.
Now, I already know what’s going through your head: it’s not that easy… The colder months render everything so much harder, even getting out of bed. But it’s easier to get your skin prepped for a bikini when you’ve been keeping a consistent routine all year instead of a month before your next vacation. Studies have proven it takes 14 days to create a habit. Once you keep to a routine for two weeks, you’ll start noticing differences in your skin’s texture, and it’ll seem as though you haven’t even tried. Ten minutes of your day can change your skin for the rest of your life.
Repeat after me: “My body routine is just as important as my 10 step face routine.” It really is, and it requires half the steps. We cover ourselves up with layers of clothes so it can be easy to forget about our body, but it’s not that simple. Your body isn’t receiving the warmth from the sun’s UV rays, so it’s actually suffering more this time of year. Add the itchy fabrics of wool coats and knit scarfs, and our skin is doomed. We need to start caring for our body, and not just with a bottle of lotion from CVS. If you wouldn’t pick up your facial moisturizer from a drugstore shelf, don’t consider it for your body, either. There are many brands focused on caring for the body, so we have zero excuses for being lazy. Just because the weather’s dull doesn’t mean our skin has to be.
Here’s a simple 5 step body care routine that will keep your skin thriving all throughout the year:
Make sure you have a good exfoliant. Before you start caring for your skin, you want to first make sure that old, dry skin is gone. A body scrub will have all of that taken care of, while also leaving your skin smelling great.
The Explicit Essentials “Bitch Relax” Body Scrub is the perfect addition to your shower routine. With five scents to choose from, you can ease your mind while also gently exfoliating your body with natural and organic sugar. The body scrub is made with sunflower oil, jojoba seed oil, and olive oil to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.
Before you even step out of the shower, put lotion on. Most people believe your body should be dry when putting lotion on but the moisturizing agents will lock in the water on your body if it is applied to wet skin. With a great lotion and the water, your body will feel hydrated all day long. If you are like me and HATE applying cold lotion on your body after a nice warm shower, invest in a lotion warmer. It is 100% worth it and you’ll actually look forward to putting on lotion.
The Mondiah Essentials Body Butter gives head-to-toe nourishment to the body to combat the winter wind. With a blend of 17 naturally sourced ingredients, it’s excellent for reducing the appearance of blemishes, dry patches, scars, and stretch marks while also hydrating and promoting the skin’s elasticity.
Now, when you’re done making sure your body is moisturized and hydrated, then you can worry about how your skin looks. You may want to look tan and sun-kissed, but make sure the products you choose are beneficial for your skin and don’t reverse all of the work you just put in.
Saltyface’s Tanning Foam is crafted from naturally derived, active tanning ingredients and botanical extracts to hydrate the skin, prevent acne, and act as anti-inflammatories while also enabling an effortless glow all year long. It doesn’t require rinsing, but you can control the amount of glow and tan you receive, based on how long until you shower.
Even if your body is not exposed, you still need to make sure it is protected from environmental factors. Sunscreen should be applied everyday – not just when you’re tanning yourself on a 100-degree beach day. Make sure to wait 12-24 hours after tanning to apply sunscreen.
The Bali Body Hydrating Body Sunscreen is the future of sun protection. The lightweight and non-greasy sunscreen has been formulated to quickly absorb into the skin, hydrate, and protect with SPF50. The product is enriched with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera to repair and shield your skin from the sun’s harsh rays.
Before you step out with your newly improved skin, make sure that you are glowing from head to toe. A lightweight body oil will make sure you achieve every last inch of that effortless glow you have been craving your whole life.
Bali Body’s Shimmering Body Oil perfects the skin’s texture for a flawless finish. With hints of gold and bronze shimmer, this hydrating body oil provides an instant glowing look to any skin type. It is fast drying and lightweight, making it a perfect final step to a hydrating body routine.