Winter months are always dreadful for making our skin dry, we have the heating on more, we are sitting in front or roaring fires, then we are going out into opposing temperatures of freezing coldness, our skin in having to bear the brunt of these extremes and its not good.
I wanted to share with you a quick and easy body exfoliation method you can do at home to help you kick start getting your skin back into some sort of shape to get you feeling gorgeous and ready to tackle the New Year looking and feeling great.
So you may need to buy a few things but there is a good chance you may already have these lying about abandoned in the back of a cupboard in your bathroom.
The first thing you will need are body exfoliating gloves, these can be purchased from a cheep costcutter type shop, body care, boots etc, but don’t think if you spend more you will get better, its all in the method, next you will need a body exfoliator product, if you have one great use it if you don’t then buy some Radox bath salts or any kind of bath salts will do, the next thing you will need is some oil, massage oil or baby oil, you are probably going to only need 1 or 2 table spoons so if its something you don’t have, don’t be buying loads you can use a bath oil, and at a push olive oil, last thing you will need is a body moisturiser, now this may sound totally weird what I am going to say to you but bare with me its optional, if you have any Lavender in the garden, snip 4-8 sprigs of, about the length of your hand and rinse in cold water, to remove any dust or dirt, if you don’t have lavender you can use Eucalyptus or Rosemary
So here is what to do, if your having a bath start to run the bath, tip in some bath salts and the Lavender (don’t forget its optional) put on your body exfoliating gloves, stand on a bath towel and start by back brushing your skin, so for example the hairs on your legs grow down you brush against your hairs the opposite way, you can also rub in circular movements, but the key is to do one area at a time then move to the next, start with your ankles and work your way up repeat this action in each area 4 – 6 times, if your using dark gloves you will see your skin flaking off, pay particular attention to very dry areas like feet, knees and elbows, I would probably do your feet last, and I would not use this method on your face as it would probably be to rough, once you have back brushed the whole of your body and are happy to move on , keep your gloves on, on one glove pour some salts and a little oil, you can pre mix this prior if you wish, gently apply to the skin massaging it in brushing movements or a circular action, you also may need to remove a glove to do one hand and then repeat on the other hand.
Once you are happy you have scrubbed every area, check your bath water is ok and get in, maybe shake the excess scrub that has fallen onto the towel into the bath, at this stage I would still leave the gloves on and for the last time brush over the skin removing all the salts, take the gloves off and relax for at least 10 minutes or as long as you like a good soak, as you do squeeze the lavender or herbs against your skin and use as a little body scrubber / buffer then for the last time put the gloves back on and gently brush over the skin for the last time.
Once out of the bath dry your skin by dabbing not rubbing and apply your favourite body moisturiser.
Just make sure to be cautious if your have sensitive or sensitised skin, areas where are bruised be gently and avoid any cuts, avoid any products that have caused you problems in the past, and you may need someone to help you do your back, if you cant reach.
Ps don’t forget to clean the bath; I don’t want you getting into trouble.