Smart shortcuts for SUPER SOFT, SUPPLE SKIN!
We focus so much on face care that we might be a little guilty of ignoring the rest of our body. Caring for this skin doesn’t have to cost too much and it takes just a few minutes each day. The benefits in return are smoother skin that’s clear and vibrant: a real confidence boost for the summer months ahead!
In the body-care aisles you will find a slew of lotions, butters, balms and oils — all are nourishing but not all are equal. Lotion, with its lightweight formula, will moisturise but it is easily absorbed and spends the least time on the surface of the skin, which is fine for normal skins. Body butters are a creamier formulation and are usually enriched with oils. These last longer on the skin and are more moisturising, better for drier skin. Balms are different in that, yes, they will add moisture to the skin but they work to prevent moisture loss; this makes them ideal for very dry skin and for areas such as the feet, knees, elbows and ankles.
Where balms become confusing is that you have one for feet, another for hands and yet another for the body! Cut through this confusion by looking for the primary moisturising ingredient, say shea or cocoa butter. This is the key ingredient, so buy as high a concentration as you can afford, 100 per cent if possible. Extra ingredients in specialist balms — such as peppermint in a foot balm to keep feet smelling fresh or lavender in a hand version to make your hands smell sweet — aren’t necessary if you simply want an all-rounder balm.
Body oils are a secret weapon against dryness. Look for skin-nourishing jojoba or argan, or a natural blend of a select few. Use your oil the following ways: straight after bathing when the pores are open; or try mixing a couple of drops into your lotion for extra moisture when needed, or simply apply to rough areas before butter or balm for a boost of nourishment.
So, assess the dryness of the skin on your body to determine the level of body care you need. Remember, though, even if most of your skin is normal and you apply body lotion daily, your feet and other rough areas will improve dramatically if you use a balm before bed!