Smooth your way to SUPER- SOFT SUMMER SKIN
After such a late start to spring, only now are we packing away our winter wardrobes in favour of brighter fashions and fewer layers, so our beauty focus this week is on the skin from the neck down. Whether you like pale and pretty or are a tan fan, if your skin is prepped and polished, it will look healthier and smoother. Start using a simple scrub once or twice a week and make it an experience you enjoy with a body polish that smells great. The Body Shop’s Sweet Lemon Scrub, €18.95, is zesty and uplifting. Pay extra attention to rough areas such as the knees, elbows and feet to clear dead skin.
Shorter sleeves serve to remind us that our upper arms may not be our greatest asset. A common complaint in warmer months is red and rough bumpy skin that, for some, can also be present on the thighs and buttocks. This may be KP (keratosis pilaris) or chicken skin, so called because it looks like goosebumps and feels hard to the touch. It is a dry skin condition in which too much of the protein keratin builds plugs in the hair follicles, causing the bumps. It can be treated effectively with acid exfoliators that speed up cell turnover, notably lactic, glycolic or salicylic acids. Exfoliation with a scrub will not be as effective, as these work mainly on the top of the skin; scrubbing may just irritate and redden the skin more. One extremely effective acid exfoliator for treating KP is NeoStrata’s Lotion Plus Glycolic Body Lotion, € 23.97, which uses 15 per cent glycolic acid to dissolve the follicle plugs. Apply once or twice daily to affected areas. Use a sunscreen on top while treating the skin and, to prevent recurrence, a daily moisturiser.
Moisturise your hands and feet every morning and night. Use an SPF hand cream daily to prevent sun damage; at night use something richer and more nourishing. Human + Kind’s Hand + Elbow + Foot Cream, € 7.95, is great to have by your bedside. Not forgetting nails, a touch of cuticle oil helps repair damage and keeps this nail protector hydrated and supple. Mavala’s Cuticle Oil, €8.04, works quickly.
So, with these small changes, getting ready for better weather won’t seem such a battle!