With winter finally banished and spring in full bloom, it makes sense to start thinking of ways we should be preparing our skin for the summer months ahead.
The winter months have no doubt left your skin dehydrated, dull and flaky. If you haven’t already started, exfoliating is key for boosting circulation and buffing the dull layers of skin. This way when the sun has its hat on, you won’t hesitate to reach for that skirt in your wardrobe.
You don’t have to spend silly amounts of money on a good exfoliator. The chances are you probably have most of the key ingredients in your kitchen cupboard for an all-natural body exfoliator.
By mixing ½ cup of brown sugar with ½ cup of olive or coconut oil, you can create a moisture-rich, gentle exfoliator for pennies. The mixture can be stored in an airtight container and used as and when in the shower. Just remember to gently rub the sugar scrub onto your body, using too much pressure can damage your skin. It’s great for use on those extra dry areas that get neglected such as our feet, knees and elbows too. I like to store mine by my bathroom sink and even give my hands a good scrub once a week just before bed. You’ll be amazed at the difference the following morning, once your hands have had a little TLC the night before, just remember to follow with a good moisturiser.
It’s good to remember that sugar scrubs a far gentler than conventional store bought scrubs that contain crushed walnut shell or apricot kernels, as these can sometimes tear the skin. I would always suggest doing a patch test before using any kind of new treatment on your skin, even one as gentle as the sugar scrub above.
If, like me, you’re in need for some serious de-fuzzing following winter hibernation. Exfoliating the body gently several days before waxing will remove dead skin cells and can actually make hair removal that tad bit easier and, dare I say, less painful.
It’s easy to get carried away when on a roll, but remember not to over exfoliate, you want to give your skin the chance to re-generate new cells. As a general rule you shouldn’t exfoliate more than once a week.
We’ve tackled the body and our stubborn ‘rough patches’, but what about our face? To be honest, I always shy away from exfoliating the face, even with something as gentle as the sugar scrub. The skin on the face is extremely delicate and everyone will find different things that work. If you can stick to cleansing the face with a gentle natural soap bar and toning with distilled floral water, I find that it’s usually enough to keep the skin on our face in good condition.
So you’re nearly there, you’ve got buffed, glowing hair free skin… just remember to keep your skin moisturised, if you’re looking for something natural a simple, pure cocoa butter will work a treat and is usually absorbed quickly by thirsty skin. If you’re looking for something lighter for the face, rosehip oil works wonders, is light and non-greasy.
There you have it, summer ready skin – now all we need is sunshine and a good quality suncream!