Chapped lips, peeling forehead, brittle hands, and ashy legs. Did I mention split ends? We’ve all been there before and now we’re back. As I dried off after my shower last night, I mulled over another failed attempt at maintaining that silky smooth summer skin I so desire to achieve year round. There I stood, with a handful of dispensed my best moisturizing lotion blobbed onto my elbows and knees; and moist skin to no avail. I decided it was time to actively participate in the betterment of my skin.
So here are the steps I took in producing skin that puts those photo-shopped St. Ives girls to shame. Head to toe.
1) Shave your legs! This takes off a layer of dead skin and also allows the steps following to get to the nitty gritty.
2) Wash your body the way you normally would. I recommend using a moisturizing body wash and staying away from bars of soap that may dry your skin out even more! (My Pick: Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash, $8.99)
3) Use a palm full of exfoliating body scrub on all the areas of your body. You should feel very soft and buttery after this process. (My pick: Burt’s Bees Sugar Scrub – Cranberry & Pomegranate, $12.99)
4) After drying off, use a lotion that has aloe vera, cocoa butter, or is known to relieve dry and itchy skin. Even if you’re skin doesn’t itch, it has the best ingredients for curing dry legs. Because after all, the only place I want to see ashes this winter are in the fireplace. (My Pick: St. Ives Advanced Therapy Lotion, $22.99)
1) Paraffin wax dip. I swear by this process! My nail salon does it before every manicure and my hands are baby-butt soft. A paraffin bath machine can be bought for just $40! That’s the equivalent of 2 mani/pedis. Definitely worth the investment.
2) Protect your hands by using a proper hand lotion (My Pick: Yes To Carrots Nourishing Intense Repair Hand Cream, $8.99)
3) Make sure to wear gloves when you’re going outdoors. The wind and cold chap your hands terribly.
1) Wash your face with an all-natural face wash. Chemicals in most face washes add dryness and may cause breakouts, so be careful to check the ingredients. (My Pick: Mario Badescu Enyme Cleansing Gel, $12)
2) After washing your face, use an acid toner to remove any excess dirt that may clog pores and cause dry skin. (My pick: Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner ($18)
3) Use a foaming cleanser for winter discoloration. For dull, congested, & dried out skin, use a lathering, deep cleanser with exfoliating powers to break down build-up from skins surface, reduce minor discoloration and leave skin radiant and smooth. (My pick: Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, $15)
4) Use a gentle face exfoliator (My Pick: Neutrogena Wave Original Vibrating Power Cleanser, $7.99). This works like a charm! I used it and my face was literally 2x softer than 5 minutes prior. I would marry this product if it were a man.
4) Apply lotion depending on the time of day it is — I use CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM ($12.99) before bed and I use CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM for the daytime. It also has SPF in it which protects your skin from the sun and wind chap. (yes, there’s even sun in the winter.)
1) Wash hair with a hydrating shampoo — this is the foundation to hair care. (My Pick: Biolage by Matrix Ultra-Hydrating Shampoo, $14.95).
2) Condition your hair with a product that implements lock-in-moisture qualities once to twice a week. (My Pick: Redken Clear Moisture Conditioner, $16.20)
2) Apply a hair mask to protect the hair’s natural oils and prevent from getting split ends. The extra deep moisturizing qualities help nourish your hair to the maximum affect. (My Pick: Pureology Hydra Cure – Intense Moisture Hair Masque)
3) Blow dry hair to lock in the moisture, but always use a protectant. This helps prevent split ends, unlike using flat irons and other hot tools. (My Pick: CHI Silk Infusion, $24.50)
4) Spray a protection spray all over hair to protect it from severe weather conditions and help your locks escape that dry, lifeless look. (My Pick: TIGI Bed Head Headrush Shine Mist, $13)
1) Exfoliate your lips! (My Pick: Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub, $18)
2) Apply a moisturizer (My Pick: Christian Dior Lip Balm, $31. For a cheaper chap try Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Stick, $2.99. Also doubles as a moisturizer for hands or face!)
3) Drink lots of water and get plenty of Vitamin C, from resources such as berries, berries, tomatoes, kiwi, and green leafy vegetables.
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