With cold weather on the horizon, it’s time to prepare for the dry climate by learning tips and tricks for exfoliating and moisturizing to achieve naturally smooth skin all over our bodies. After all, as the temperature drops, so does the moisture level in the air, often leaving our skin feeling dry and lackluster.
In this article, we'll explore natural ways to achieve and maintain smooth body skin, ensuring that you can confidently face the chilly days ahead with a radiant and hydrated glow. From quality exfoliants to nourishing moisturizers, discover the secrets to keeping your skin supple, smooth, and healthy throughout the colder months.
The Power of Exfoliating
If radiant skin is your goal, then exfoliation is a must for your skincare routine. The dead layer of flaky skin that sits on the surface needs to be gently scrubbed away to allow for new skin to have its heyday.
Not only does exfoliating give your skin a rosy glow, but it can also clear out clogged pores, reduce acne, and improve the absorption of moisture into your skin. Various skin issues like hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and acne can all benefit from exfoliation.
The Right Way to Exfoliate
Did you know there is a right and wrong way to bathe, exfoliate, and moisturize? As it turns out, there is a specific way to go about these skin-saving tasks to obtain the smooth body you pursue.
First of all, there are various types of exfoliating products ranging from chemical exfoliants to micro scrubs and more gentle natural exfoliators. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, making it extremely important to avoid using synthetic chemicals or abrasive ingredients on it.
For example, microbeads are something to be avoided in your exfoliants as they can contribute to over-exfoliation or abrasive scratches and make the skin drier instead of replenishing moisture. There are many exfoliants on the market containing natural ingredients that work well without the risk.
Starting with your face, natural exfoliants must be applied with a gentle circular motion. The skin on your body can handle a more aggressive exfoliation. Make sure to start by washing your face and body before exfoliating and follow up with a moisturizer immediately after bathing to achieve smoother skin.
Be Strategic with How You Bathe
Bathing is an essential aspect of daily life, and many people don’t realize the importance of ingredients, scents, and even water temperature. Do the wrong techniques, and your body’s skin can feel itchy and scaly rather than smooth and well-nourished.
Avoid harsh soaps
You may have never thought about how soap can make or break your skin, but artificial ingredients, fragrances, and chemicals can strip the moisture out of your skin and cause damage. It is best to choose unscented soap, especially when sensitive skin is a concern, to avoid allergies and irritation.
Avoid scalding water
When the weather begins to dry out with the change of seasons, it is even more important to turn down the temperature in your bath or shower and avoid scalding water while bathing. The hotter the water, the more moisture and oil are removed from your skin, thus drying it out.
From head to feet, exfoliating helps remove old, dead skin cells to reveal the healthy new skin underneath. Exfoliating visibly improves the look and overall texture of the skin and can also help with uneven tone, clogged pores, and fine lines.
There are many options for natural exfoliants, from ingredients you have in your pantry to products you can buy to help get the job done. Keep in mind that if you buy an exfoliant, it should be free of synthetic fragrance, sulfates, and parabens. Seek out natural ingredients for the best results.
Choose your natural ingredients wisely
When seeking out soap, find one that is hypoallergenic and free from potentially irritating ingredients. Harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances can dry out and irritate skin. Instead, look for soaps made with natural ingredients like plant oils or butter, which are nourishing and gentle.
Many ingredients in your home or grocery store can be just as effective as mainstream exfoliating products. By gently rubbing coffee grinds, oatmeal, or finely ground sea salt onto your skin, dead skin cells will become a thing of your past.
If acne is something you struggle with, exfoliating is even more important in your skincare routine. Try an acne-friendly mixture of honey and baking soda to reduce oil and inflammation while also scrubbing off dead skin that’s congesting your pores.
CBD bath bombs
What better way to enjoy full-body skin nourishment than to soak in a tub filled with essential oils, cleansing salts, and healing CBD? CBD bath bombs help exfoliate and nourish your skin while providing the therapeutic benefits of natural botanicals that nourish your full body. In addition to helping exfoliate and moisturize your skin, bath bombs with CBD also decrease inflammation and release stress. As a result, the enriched bath bombs should help counter the bath’s hot temperatures, helping your skin replenish moisture so you emerge from the tub with a silky smooth body.
Moisturize immediately after bathing
Newly exfoliated skin will allow for the best absorption of lotion, making post-bathing the best time to moisturize your face and body.
According to dermatologists, you should moisturize your skin within 3 minutes of bathing to achieve peak body smoothness. Before applying the moisturizer, gently pat your skin but leave the skin feeling damp. Then gently massage the lotion onto your skin which will increase blood circulation and help the lotion soak in.
Many natural ingredients are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients that nourish your skin without breaking the bank. For example, rosehip oil is naturally hydrating and packed with vitamins A, C, and E which are all essential for glowing skin.
Tea tree oil is another multi-use oil that is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, with a big impact on those who struggle with acne. Witch hazel is an additional ingredient that is very affordable and effective. As a natural astringent, it also has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe skin and reduce redness.
Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention CBD’s benefits toward achieving smooth body skin. This natural ingredient is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, effectively soothing and calming irritated skin, reducing the impact of free radicals, and helping skin to lock in moisture. Moreover, CBD regulates oil production, helping to balance the skin's natural oils, while simultaneously ensuring optimal hydration levels. Together, these properties make CBD a multifaceted solution for attaining and maintaining silky smooth skin.
Properly prep your legs before shaving and choose your razor wisely
Shaving your legs might seem like a simple task that you’ve done a thousand times, but here are a few tips for getting that smooth skin you want:
Start by enjoying a warm (not piping hot) bath or shower for about 10 minutes before you shave. The warm water helps soften your skin, allowing for a closer shave with less risk of nicks or cuts.
Use a foam or gel shaving cream to help moisturize your skin. Choose your razor wisely, ideally with a flexible handle to help you navigate tricky areas like your knees. And make sure to change your razor blades often; dull blades increase the likelihood of nicks, irritation, and razor burn. Plus, old razors are more likely to carry bacteria!
Take Extra Measures to Retain Moisture at Night
Wintertime may cause you to run your heater to keep warm at night, but using a humidifier overnight to help replace the dry air from the heater will help your body’s skin retain moisture, contributing to its silky smoothness.
Additionally, staying hydrated by drinking enough water and getting enough sleep will also keep your rosy glow alive when it's frigid outside.
Adequate rest itself plays a vital role in skin hydration, as it allows the body to repair and regenerate, promoting the optimal production of skin-boosting elements and preventing dehydration. Adding CBD Sleep Spray to your nightly routine can support stress-free sleep with natural ingredients melatonin, magnesium, and GABA to support nervous system relaxation.
Add Skin-Enriching Nutrients and Compounds to Your Diet
Adding foods with healthy fats and nutrients to your diet is an additional way to support healthful skin. Fatty foods like avocados, flax seed, and fish oil help reduce inflammation and add omegas to your system which assist in skin regeneration.
Similarly, foods rich in zinc such as walnuts, sunflower seeds, and eggs help address the root cause of some common skin conditions like acne by regulating the oil and dead skin that clogs pores.
Make sure to check the label on your skin care products. Synthetic fragrances include irritants that can lead to redness, itching, and dry skin all over your body. Another product that impacts your daily skin health is the laundry detergent you use. Certain laundry detergents can cause skin irritation, so choose natural, fragrance-free detergents especially if you have sensitive or dry skin.
If you are a smoker, a surefire way to improve your skin is by quitting ASAP. Smoking affects blood flow, limiting the oxygen and nutrients that flow to your skin. By quitting, you provide your body’s skin with smoothness and a healthier glow.
Limit Exposure to Harsh Weather
The onset of cold, dry weather can lead to seasonal flare-ups of dry skin conditions. Planning ahead by wearing appropriate clothing like gloves, leggings, or even face coverings when the weather is harsh will help keep your skin healthy by avoiding irritating elements.
Talk to Your Doctor About Extreme Dry Skin
A little-known fact is that some skin conditions are connected to thyroid issues. When the thyroid gland is not functioning properly, eczema and psoriasis can be symptoms of this issue.
Why is this? Well, thyroid hormones help regulate the immune system, which can impact the skin's ability to heal and protect itself. An underactive thyroid can worsen skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis by drying out the skin. If this is something you struggle with, make sure to stay hydrated and use the most natural, clean skin care products you can find to help avoid flare-ups.
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By Emily Wegener
With a unique background as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Masters Degree in Teaching and experience in Psychology, Emily spends much of her time researching and trying out new holistic healing modalities.