By this time of the year, just about everyone in colder climates is beginning to experience dry, flaky skin on their body. If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried a million different creams to soothe your dull skin, only to find they’re often very heavy but never really improve the skin much; luckily we’ve got some solutions for you!
Most of us are conscious about what we wash our faces with, but not many people give second thought to what they wash their body with. Unless you’re really dirty, the only parts of the body that are really crucial to hit are the underarms and, for men, the genitals. While many women feel they must cleanse their “nether regions”, this is actually a self-cleansing organ and doesn’t require any extra maintenance. However, if you really insist on washing here, a cleanser balanced for that regions sensitive pH is necessary. For the rest of the body, avoid overly harsh cleansing sulfates that can remove necessary oil that you desperately need during the dry, winter months.
We recommend…. Decléor Aroma Cleanse Relaxing Shower and Bath Gel
Now that your skin is nice and clean, it’s time to start buffing off that excess dead skin! Many people believe slathering on a thick layer of cream will solve their flakiness, but without removing the build-up of dead skin cells, much of the product isn’t even penetrating the skin. A gentle scrub helps to gently abrade the skin, resulting in a smooth, even surface. However, you can go too far with exfoliating which will result in more flakiness, so only do this step 1- 2 times per week.
We recommend… The Body Buffing Cloth by Dermalogica
A good body moisturizer should absorb quickly into the skin without leaving a tight feeling. One common ingredient to avoid in your moisturizer is mineral oil, which does very little to hydrate and can be comodegenic. Products with bonus ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid are wonderful because they’re going to draw water into the skin, both from the atmosphere and from the lower dermis of the skin. You may find you need a few body creams for different areas of the body. Not unlike the face, which requires specific care different from the rest of the body, areas like knees, elbows, hands and feet typically need different care. The palms of the hands and the soles of the feet do not contain lubricating sebaceous glands, so these body parts tend to be especially dry and are prone to developing hard, built up skin. A much thicker, more emollient product is necessary for these to really see results.
We recommend… For hands, feet, elbows, and knees: Zents Concreta
The rest of the body: Decléor Aroma Cleanse Body Milk
All of the products mentioned in this blog can be found in house at Designer’s Denn Salon and Spa!