Winter Skin Revamp

Let’s face it, our skin hibernates a bit in the winter. Covered in long pants and sweaters, we can forget to really take care of it the way we should. Not to mention how the cold weather and central heating dry it out.

These are my steps to waking up winter skin and getting it back into good condition.

1) Basic Exfoliation: You need the right tools to get started. A loofah, a good razor and a body brush for the rougher bits are my necessities. I like the Schick Intuition razor because you don’t have to be bothered with shaving foam. Any body brush will do, but I’m a fan of The Body Shop’s Cactus Body Brush.

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2) Intense Exfoliation: When you’ve been neglecting the skin a bit, it might need some extra help. There are some fantastic body scrubs out there, but they can be pretty expensive. This DIY one is super simple and cheap. Just mix olive oil and a little lemon juice into normal granulated sugar until it forms a nice paste consistency. You can also simply mix sugar or table salt with some shower gel. I suggest doing this a couple of times a week until your skin gets back into shape.

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3) Moisturize! The Kiehl’s skin softening body lotions are really amazing. They are super hydrating and sink into skin very well. I love the scent of the Fig Leaf & Sage lotion. I also like to double up on moisturizer sometimes and use the Ro’s Argan body conditioner from Lush in the shower and then apply a lotion once I get out as well. This body conditioner smells heavenly too. A couple of budget lotions that I absolutely adore are the Aveeno Creamy Moisturizing oil (which smells like sweet almonds and absorbs very well), and the Vaseline Intensive Rescue. I have the unscented version of this, but it does still have a subtle pleasant scent and it WORKS. It’s a great moisturizer.

4) Don’t forget the feet! Just because they won’t be in sandals for while, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get some love too. I like to use more intensive, thick lotions on my feet. The Peppermint Foot Lotion from The Body Shop is very nice, and I also find the The Body Shop’s body butters are great for the feet, because they are so thick (and they smell awesome!).

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What are your best tips for getting winter skin back into shape?

Lovely scented lotions (Gift Guide)

This is a round-up of some of my favourite scented lotions. There is quite a variety so if you want to give someone a lovely pampering present for Christmas, these would be great. Many of the scents are also available in other forms (body wash, body mist, perfume, etc) so you could give a nice set to someone on your list!

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The Luxurious Spa one: The Fig Leaf & Sage body lotion from Kiehl’s ($30.00) is perfect for someone who likes somewhat unusual scents and who wants their lotion to be serious about moisturizing. To me, this smells exactly like fresh beeswax with an undertone of spicy sage. The scent mellows and fades a bit, but it does last quite a long time. It can smell very much like natural coconut when you first put it on, but it mellows out nicely. It has a thin consistency that sinks into the skin well. This one is the best out of the group at softening skin; it moisturizes extremely well! I would recommend this for someone who likes natural scents and needs (or appreciates) a serious moisturizer. If you still want the skin softening benefits but want a slightly more traditional scent, the Vanilla & Cedarwood is also very nice.

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The Classic One: Japanese Cherry Blossom ($12.50) from Bath & Body Works is a great everyday, feminine lotion. It smells delightfully floral and mellows to a nice, almost baby powder and flowers scent. The scent lasts very well. It is not too “little girl”, nor would I say that it is something only an older woman would wear. I honestly think this could suit anyone who likes quite a feminine scent. The consistency is not liquid-y, and it is not overly thick. It does a good job moisturizing the skin and sinks in well.

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The Fresh One: Sea Island Cotton from Bath & Body Works ($12.50) is a beautiful, uplifting, fresh scent. Perfect for people who adore light, clean scents. The smell is reminiscent of clean cotton and an ocean breeze. This scent will be with you all day. I think this might be better for a younger woman, but not necessarily. While the Bath & Body Works lotions are fairly inexpensive, they don’t smell “cheap” at all.

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The Sophisticated One: Summer Hill from Crabtree & Evelyn (~$28.00) is utterly sophisticated and utterly feminine. This is a sweet, grown-up floral scent. Light and flirty, I think this would be great for a wide variety of ages, as long as they love girly, upscale scents. And the scent lasts and lasts. I appreciate that this comes with a pump and the design is minimalist. This lotion does an excellent job of moisturizing and the texture is silky and relatively thin in consistency.

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The Holiday One: The Ginger Sparkle Body Butter from The Body Shop ($20.00) is a scrumptious, Christmassy scent for anyone who loves ginger. The packaging, while cute, is a bit misleading. This does NOT smell like gingerbread, but instead like beautiful, fresh, sweet, spicy ginger. I could smell this all day, it is so lovely. Who doesn’t want to smell like warm, spicy ginger for the holidays? The consistency is thick, but not waxy or hard and it does tend to leave a bit of a protective layer on the skin (i.e. it doesn’t sink in 100%, but it also doesn’t feel like a residue or anything sticky). The scent fades to just a hint of warm spiciness fairly quickly – within a few hours. I adore this body butter! If you like the smell of ginger, you will LOVE this lotion.

What are your favourite scented lotions? Will you be getting anyone on your Christmas list a scented body lotion or body care set?