After a long hard winter, we can be left feeling a little parched and worse for wear by the harsh and cold weather. Since bikini season is now peeking its head around the corner, we’re looking at ways to get rid of dry winter skin and make our bods sumptuously soft for summer.
Of course the most obvious solution to rough skin is exfoliation. Scrubs and peels will remove tough outer layers of dead skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and soft but it’s important to remember that the softest-skinned ladies always exfoliate smart. Too much scrubbing will only irritate your skin, leaving it feeling more sore and sensitive than soft and smooth. Make sure you only exfoliate once a week — or less than that if you have sensitive skin — and use products that are suited to your unique needs. If you do have sensitive skin, choosing a specialised exfoliator like this one from Kaeso can also help to calm and protect your skin as well as smoothing it. Soothing and smoothing? We love it.
Don’t forget though, never use a body exfoliator on your face. We all want a smooth complexion but using a scrub that’s too harsh on sensitive facial skin can lead to redness, dryness or breakouts. Always choose an exfoliator that has been designed especially for the face, like this facial exfoliant from Strictly Professional. These will still slough away rough skin but in a much gentler fashion than body exfoliators, while also containing natural oils and moisturisers to protect your complexion.
Talking of moisturising, this is vital for both face and body. Hot showers, dry weather and scrubbing can all strip our skin of its natural oils so make sure to moisturise daily to keep skin soft. Body moisturisers should be fairly rich while facial moisturisers depend entirely on your skin type. If you have oily skin, a lightweight oil-free formula like Kaeso’s Rebalancing Moisturiser is best while calming moisturisers can be great for sensitive skin prone to redness.
Finally, for that finishing touch: always wear sunscreen! There’s not much that ages us like exposure to harsh rays so a daily application of SPF is essential for maintaining soft and youthful skin. That’s not to say you can boast a golden complexion this summer, just stay out of the sun and use fake tan instead!