As the weather changes, it’s all about the warm, cosy sweaters, layering up and, dare I say it, thermals! But upping the heat thermostat at home and less exposure to the sun is all going to have an effect; winter skin is so often associated with dullness, dryness and roughness. So I’m literally taking matters into my own hands. embarking on a winter-long programme of skin prep that’ll ensure I emerge into the spring season with soft and beautiful skin – think of me as a caterpillar preparing to emerge from my cocoon as a beautiful butterfly!
Key elements to my regime are, of course, regular dry body brushing, exfoliation and moisturising. My hardworking Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush (oops, forgot to photograph that one for you – naughty blogger!) is getting some serious action, using long brush strokes always towards the heart, to encourage circulation, lymphatic drainage and the very first level of exfoliation as it whisks off the top layer of dead skin cells. The best time to do this is just before jumping into the shower when the skin is dry – an earlier alarm means that while I might lose five minutes of sleep a day, it will all be worth it come the spring months and sleeveless tops.
Next up, I’m using the Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt Brushing Crystals scrub in the shower to slough off the dead skin. I’m using it twice a week at the moment and I’m utterly loving the moisturising effects of the coconut oil and vitamin E in which the salt crystals are suspended. Although it’s call Salt Brushing, there’s no brushing required – just some elbow verst as you rub the scrub over your skin.
After patting my skin dry, I’ll then up the ante on the the moisture front with a misting of the Heavenly Hydration Coconut Oil Spritz. It’s super skin-softening, leaves a glorious shimmer to the skin and the gentle scent lasts all day. And, unlike other body oils, its doesn’t leave the skin greasy – just hydrated.
Elemis Spa@Home Body Detox Skin Brush, £21, available here
Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt Brushing, £13.30, available here
Heavenly Hydration Coconut Oil Spritz, £22, available here