Spending five minutes dry brushing or massaging in a body oil doesn’t have quite the same allure in the winter as it does in the summer. If you find yourself hopping out of the shower and into warm, dry clothes in record speed without even so much of a thought for body lotion or foot cream, you’re not alone. Yet, this minimalist approach does have its pitfalls and often results in patches of flaky, dry skin. Fortunately, the latest body scrubs, serums and lotions offer a speedy approach to achieving soft, smooth skin from the neck down.
Create A Smooth Canvas
No amount of moisturiser can get rid of a build-up of dry skin, especially around your elbows, knees and feet. Depending on your skin type, you may need to exfoliate daily, once a week or every now and again. With the help of mineral-rich, pink Himalayan salt crystals, Oskia’s Renaissance Body Scrub injects some much needed luxury into the laborious task. Trust us when we say, your skin will never have felt as soft and smooth as it does after using this gritty formula. We’d go as far as to say it’s addictive. If you’re prone to breakouts, it’s worth exploring Frank Body Coconut Coffee Scrub. The coconut oil has antibacterial properties that help to rebalance your skin and reduce blemishes.
Layer Up With Serums
Most of us are well-versed with using several serums on our face and neck, but they can be equally as effective on your body. For those who hit the gym in the morning, serums are ideal as they absorb super quickly so you don’t have to wait around to get dressed. Ren Clean Skincare’s AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum is the perfect example of this. With the help of alpha-hydroxy acids, the lightweight serum gently exfoliates and lightly moisturises skin throughout the day. Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s Firm & Replenish Body Serum is packed full of probiotics and antioxidants to help nourish and protect skin, while This Works’ Perfect Legs Skin Miracle gives skin a subtle, sun kissed glow and despite the name, we slather it on all-over.
Lock In Hydration
Body serums might have you hooked in the mornings when time is of the essence, but your skin will thank you for putting in a little extra effort in the evening with a body cream – even if it’s just on your arms and legs. From Sol de Janeiro’s new fragrance-free Brazilian Nude Cream to Ouai’s coconut oil-infused whipped Body Crème, the latest flurry of new formulations provide maximum hydration without leaving your skin feeling greasy or sticky.
Don’t Forget Your Feet
Whether you live in 50 denier black tights or socks throughout the winter, unless you give your feet the same attention as your skin, your heels are guaranteed to be dry, cracked and bumpy. Anyone who has used Margaret Dabbs London’s Professional Foot File will know that nothing sloughs away dead skin on your heels as quickly and easily, but it’s the Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion that keeps your feet in ship-shape. We recommend massaging it into feet every night before you climb into bed. If you’re looking for more of a quick fix, wear a pair of Patchology’s Best Foot Forward Softening Foot & Heel Mask while you’re applying your makeup and within 10 minutes your feet have that post-pedicure softness.