When I hear the word skincare I immediately think of a morning and night ritual filled with formulations and techniques to make my face dewy, glowy and smooth. It’s a rarer moment that I would give the same description or time to the skin below my collar bones. That is, until the weather becomes warmer and I’m about to bare my arms or legs to the elements, and suddenly, the parts of my body that have been in hibernation for months are revealed.
In honor of this inevitable moment that we will all face in the coming weeks, I say it’s time we dote on those lesser loved inches of our sweet selves, confidently bare dewy, glowy bodies and spring into smooth skin.
Now, I know for some of you the thought of adding even one more step to your skincare routine might make your head hurt. But, I promise you this daily routine will quickly become the necessity you didn’t know your body was craving and as habitual as brushing your teeth.
As with anything, this routine is meant to be a suggestion for you to pick and choose and modify each day based on your skin’s needs, and of course, what makes you happy.
Pre-Shower: It’s time for next level exfoliation, increasing circulation, promoting lymph flow and an amazing wake up for the body. You guessed it, we start with Osea’s Plant Based Body Brush to sweep away dead skin, awaken your senses and prep your body to step into the shower.
Shower: You may or may not choose to use a shower scrub on days you dry brush, it’s important to pay attention to what your skin is asking for. However, I will use a creamy polish like One Love Organic’s Vitamin C Body Polish to shave my legs to make them soooo, silky smooth. On days I know I need extra love, I’ll exfoliate any dry spots with Indie Lee’s Coconut Citrus Scrub.
If you don’t yet use body oil, now is the time to start. You'll want to use your body oil on still slightly damp skin so before you even step out of the shower. Your skin will be transformed and I highly recommend Tata Harper’s Revitalizing Body Oil for its powerful aging benefits, its glorious scent and high vitamin formulation.
Out of the Shower: What you use to moisturize is your business but let’s agree, we all need one. Yes, even if you use an oil, it’s a good idea to seal in that goodness with something like Osea’s Anti-Aging Body Butter or Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Super Anti-Aging Body Cream.
Lastly, just like your face, the rule of thumb is ‘if it’s going to be in the sun, put sunscreen on it’. You can’t go wrong with Suntegrity’s Mineral Body SPF 30.
Nothing says an evening wind down like a time tested, therapeutic bath. And Slow North’s Bath Salts will truly transform your bath water and your skin. But, not everyone has a tub and I am a big fan of a body serum and a gua sha tool for the legs and arms. Try Odacité’s multi-use Crystal Contour Gua Sha with Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Body Serum (or, reuse the lotion or oil from your morning routine). Apply the serum and with some pressure make long, lifted, upward strokes with the gua sha along the area you are targeting.
Finally, before you tuck into bed, cocoon your body with a luxurious heavier moisturizer like Osea’s Undaria Algae Body Butter. Your skin will feel amazing, your body will be relaxed and you, my friend, will be ready for the warm days ahead.
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