No matter where you are in your journey of life, you likely have a regular skincare routine in place. Now, this could range from giving your skin a quick once-over with a makeup wipe before you hit the hay, to an elaborate 12-step, Korean-inspired skincare routine, or somewhere in between. But no matter where you fall on the skincare spectrum, you're likely aware that you need to take care of that beautiful face of yours. After all, you see it in the mirror every day!
But, how often do you think about your bodycare routine? After all, our skin covers our entire bodies, not just our faces! That said, it's easy to take an 'out of sight, out of mind' approach to pampering our bodies, especially in winter when it's wrapped up in layers of clothing.
It's often not until summer that we start prioritising bodycare, when we're wearing fewer clothes. For some people, getting the pins out means using fake tanning products — and that's when we realise how important prepping the skin on the body is. Coz, we all know that the 'crusty bread roll' you get when you fail to exfoliate before faux tanning ain't a cute one!
Here's the thing, though — summer skin is actually made in winter! In order to start shedding your winter scales (so to speak) and get your bod into tip-top condition, it's important to start prepping the skin months before. With plummeting temperatures and low humidity levels causing dry, scaly skin, a good winter bodycare routine looks quite different to a summer one.
So, whether you're in the southern hemisphere battling the last weeks of Winter, or in the northern hemisphere going into Fall, here's how to adapt — or create — a bodycare routine for the colder months!
We can't overstate the importance of using a body scrub in the chillier months! Not only does it help you quickly shed dry, flaky skin, but it also helps you get more out of your moisturiser. This is because pesky dead skin cells can prevent the good stuff from soaking in. So, by getting rid of them, you're helping your other products work harder. Plus, scrubs can improve your body circulation, which can help keep you warmer in winter (perfect if you're one of those people who are perpetually cold!)
So, if you're not already in the scrub-a-dub-dub-club, now is definitely the time to get on board. That said, just like shades or red lippie and pairs of jeans, not all scrubs are created equal! At Babe, we have three different body scrubs to combat different skin issues.
While all of them help you ditch your dead skin, our Coffee scrub aims to reduce the appearance of cellulite, while the Green Tea scrub helps heal skin conditions like acne and psoriasis. The Pink Salt scrub can also double up as a post-workout bath soak to ease muscles and joints. So, be sure to pick the member of the clique that best suits your individual skincare needs.
From the dry, cold air to blasting air conditioners, it's likely the chilly weather has left your skin one thirsty gal! So, hydration is absolutely key. Applying the light layer of supermarket body moisturiser once a week unfortunately ain't really going to cut it. You need to call in the big guns here!
We highly recommend getting your hot little hands on a body souffle. Yes, this is just as luxurious as it sounds! It's thicccc (as the kids say), and richly hydrating without leaving the body sticky — exactly what you want in winter!
Made with gentle ingredients of sweet almond oil, macadamia oil, and shea butter, Babe’s Body Soufflé is developed to protect, restore, and replenish what the environment takes out of your skin. Plus, it smells good enough to eat!
Body oils are also incredible to use in the colder months. Not only do they feel super luxe on the skin, but they tend to have a similar texture to your skin's natural moisture, which means all the goodness can really get into those deeper layers. Plus, they don't feel quite as cold to apply (always a bonus!)
Our Super-Fruits Dry Body Oil features superfruit extracts of watermelon seed, pink grapefruit and organic coconut oil to nourish, hydrate and repair dry skin from your decolletage down to your tippy toes. It's like liquid gold!
Whether you're sold on Soufflé or opt for oil, our tip is to slather yourself in it immediately after you have a shower — moisturiser sinks into the skin even more easily when the body is slightly damp.
Many traditional supermarket body washes are loaded with sulfates, artificial fragrances and other nasties that leave your skin dry and irritated. No Bueno! One of the best things you can do for your skin at any time of the year — but especially winter — is switch to a natural alternative.
These will leave you feeling squeaky clean without robbing your skin of valuable moisture. Plus, if you go for the right one, it can even help hydrate, nourish and protect the skin!
At Babe, our range of certified organic soaps are made from all-natural ingredients and are designed to be gentle on the skin. From the fruity JUICY to the floral ROSA, they also happen to smell ah-mazing — deriving their divine scent from natural oils.
We know, we know. There's nothing better than a nice hot shower on a cold winter's day. But the bad news is, this can wreak serious havoc on your skin and leave it drier than the Sahara desert. Plus, a scorching shower causes your blood vessels to dilate, which can lead to burst capillaries and exacerbate Rosacea. Ugh, why can't we just have nice things!?
For the sake of your skin, it's best to turn the temperature down a smidge. That's not to say that you have to go full 'Wim Hoff The Ice Man' and jump in a freezing cold shower. But, just try to gradually reduce the temp each time you have a shower until you're eventually comfortable with having lukewarm ones. Believe it or not, it can actually be pretty refreshing!
Life hack: put your towel in the drier beforehand, so you can wrap yourself in toastiness afterwards. It's heaven!
A solid bodycare routine will help keep your skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated all year long. But even more importantly, it will leave you feeling like the absolute goddess you are. It's an act of self-care that announces to yourself and your body "Hey, you're worth it, babe" and at the end of the day, that's what we're all about around here!
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