Summer Skin Is In
No need to be alarmed but summer is well on its way. Not sure if the weather is aware but I digress.
So not only am I hell bent on my mid section being snatched by time the sweet NC sun gets to gleaming daily but I also want my skin to be POPPING. GLOWING. And most importantly, SOFT TO THE TOUCH. I have been doing loads of reading up on ways to get smooth, toned skin and all fingers point to exfoliation.
I'm sure many of us have body butters, creams, oils, soufflés..YOU NAME IT that we love to slather on our skin! But these awesome topical products can not do their best work on top of old and dead skin. Sis ( & bro..because long gone are the days that we women are tolerant of the ashyness) you have got to SCRUB. I'm going to make this quick so you can get to incorporating exfoliation into your body care routine. We've already wasted enough time!
1. Buy one of these and thank me later. Recommended by Nadedge, the Salux Super Hard Cloth is essential if not THEE essential to my shower routine. I've replaced standard washcloths with this bad boy. The first day I used the cloth, I was completely taken aback. I couldn't believe for one how amazing my skin felt after the first use. Secondly, I wasn't sure how or why I had been walking around like a crust ball for the years I was responsible for my bodily hygiene. You can use any of your favorite soaps or body washes with this and experience an exfoliation like no other. On top of that, 2-3 times a week I like to load mine up with my favorite exfoliating wash to take my exfoliation to the next level. You will find that you cannot keep your hands off yourself after using!
2. GOMMAGE AU SUCRE! Sugar scrub could easily give current bae a run for their money. We should all have some form of a body scrub in arms reach while taking a bath or shower. The options are endless from sugar scrub to salt scrubs. Find one that caters to your skin sensitivity and load up! Exfoliating your body everyday will lead to the ultimate glow. When using, be sure to scrub until the sugar or salt dissolves to ensure you are using the product to it's full potential. Some of my faves include BB&W Eucalyptus & Spearmint Sugar Scrub, Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub (super affordable!), and Lush ScruBee.
3. Finishers. I mentioned before that you are doing yourself a disservice by slathering on your favorite body cream without removing all of the crusty dead skin cells. Your favorite bawdy moisturizer has been SITTING versus ABSORBING. I know, I was mad too. That I had been wasting some of the best products (and my money!) because I wasn't taking the proper steps prior to application. Fear not, we are well on our way to the come up. After your exfoliation in the shower, skip towel drying (pat dry at the most), make your way towards your favorite oil/lotion/cream and apply while your skin is still damp. I opt for oils over lotions but sometimes I lean towards a mixture of my favorite oils and my favorite creams. I would say B&BW Nourishing Body Oil in Eucalyptus + Tea , Measurable Difference Honeysuckle Hydrating Body Oil, and Burt's Bees Apricot Baby Oil are my top 3 favorite oils. AuLait , B&BW 24 Hr Body Cream in Comfort, and Shea Butter are amongst my go-to solid moisturizers.
Ok, let's get to it. Here's to bomb ass skin not only this summer but year round!