Even in the middle of the hot and humid summer, I have dry skin. So you can imagine the horrors that befall me in the dead of winter when the air outside is dry and the heater-blasted air inside is even drier. I'm a beauty editor though, so it's my job to figure out how to fix these issues -- not only for myself but also for all you lovely readers who might be dealing with the same stuff.
Taking care of scaly crocodile skin in the winter shouldn't be a laborious process rivaling that of IKEA furniture construction. It actually only really requires two steps: one before you hop in the shower and one when you get out. Sound too good to be true? I would never fool you guys. Keep scrolling and you'll see how easy it is.
The Exfoliation Cocktail
A good body scrub is great, but two or more body scrubs is even better. Before I even turn on the water in the shower (exfoliating on dry skin has better results, in my opinion), I like to mix a few scrubs in the palm of my hand and give myself a good sloughing. I start at my feet and move upwards toward the chest, in circular motions. This promotes good circulation which is key for battling restless legs at night and that dreaded little bitch called cellulite.
Right now my favorite exfoliant mix is St. Ives Apricot Scrub ($3, amazon.com) mixed with Lush's Rub Rub Rub ($21.95 for an 11.8 oz. tub, lush.com [I got my mini-bottle in this set]). Personally, I think St. Ives formula is too rough for the skin on your face, especially if you're super-sensitive like me. However, that doesn't mean it's a bad product. In fact, it's the perfect consistency for the tougher skin below your neck, and it doesn't hurt that it's super affordable.
The Lush scrub has the most uplifting smell, which is perfect for cold winter mornings, and a finer grit to combat the big chunks of the St. Ives. These two scrubs are a match made in exfoliation heaven, aww.
After you've scrubbed up good, rinsed off and you feel nice and clean, hop out of the shower. While your skin is still damp, slather yourself with coconut oil. It's seriously THE BEST MOISTURIZER EVER. I know it's been written about on xoJane before, but I'm here to reiterate how fantastic it is, especially in the winter time.
For one thing, it's deeply moisturizing and so natural (one ingredient!). And two, it smells like summer, so much so that it might actually combat S.A.D. And while you're applying it, if you get the urge to lick yourself, YOU CAN. Because there are no gross chemicals all up in there, just all natural coconutty goodness.
Boom. Soft skin. Oh, and you can also put some of this stuff on the ends of your hair as a conditioner to smooth out split ends.
Yes, when you've completed these steps and can't stop caressing your soft skin, you can thank me by sending me Sephora gift cards. Please. I lost my Givenchy concealer at a club this weekend because I'm terrible at life. Sad face emoji.
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