Published on July 12th, 2017 | by Rima J Pundir
The secret to soft skin lies in giving your skin what it needs…
You may be slathering yourself with moisturiser, but if you’re not doing it right, your skin will not soak in any goodness, leaving it as dry and unresponsive as it was to begin with…
Mistake 1: Hot Baths
May be great for your soul but hot baths are actually very bad for your skin, stripping it of all natural oils and leaving it dry and starved for moisture. Tepid or lukewarm water is much better and leaves your skin open to moisturising and preserves the natural body oils better too!
Mistake 2: Harsh Soaps
Squeaky clean floors are great, skin is not. The moment you hear your skin “squeak”, understand that it has been stripped off all its oils and is in dire need of moisturisation. Switch to shower gels instead which are milder on the skin than even the softest or gentlest of soaps.
While rubbing off with a towel feels invigorating, damp skin actually absorbs lotions better than dried off skin. Dab off any excess water drops with a towel but leave the skin a little damp when you apply the lotion (or whatever be your moisture of choice) to get the best results! Also let the lotion be absorbed by your skin before you slip into your clothes – so f that means parading in the buff, shut the door and parade away!
Mistake 3: Incorrect Moisturiser
Lighter lotions are for summers and younger skin, if your skin is dry, the climate is harsh or you are mature in skin age – you need heavier butters and creams as opposed to lighter gels or lotions. Look for shea butter for some much desired and needed richness.
Mistake 4: No exfoliation
At times the main reason your skin is not taking in the moisture you apply is because of the build-up of dead skin cells. Exfoliation is as important for the body as it is for the face. While a loofah does solves most of your body exfoliation issues, a once-every-which-while body scrub goes a long way in preparing your skin to soak in the hydration better.
FAB BAG PICKS
Here’a bunch of products that will up your moisturization game.
Just Herbs Sun’nil Jojoba-Grapeseed Moisturising Sun Protection Lotion : This lotion is aimed at addressing and even reversing the signs of sun-driven skin aging. The natural polyphenols present in green tea, grapeseed and carrotseed oils effectively neutralise the free radicals responsible for skin aging. Due to the presence of natural antioxidants capable of scavenging the free radicals while Aloe Vera replenishes the lost moisture to restore the skins NMF(natural moisturizing factor) and controls Sun-induced hyperpigmentaion in the form of freckles, thus maintaining the skins natural complexion. Psoralea seed extract strengthens the skins defence mechanism against UV rays to maintain the integrity of cutaneous barrier. CLICK HERE to view the product
Natural Bath & Body Grapefruit and Vitamin C Vital Nourishment Cream : Concocted in a base of coconut oil, tender coconut milk, almond oil and Shea butter, this cream is whipped lightly to a smooth texture. The splash of Grapefruit oil known for its natural skin lightening properties give the skin an even tone and the reason not to use makeup. CLICK HERE to view the product
Remylaure Hydravive-20 Serum : Remylaure Hydravive-20 Serum Rich in texture with a fresh and silky feel. It is a highly concentrated serum of moisturising / revitalizing agents with a long lasting action, again thanks to nanospheres. Especially energises tired/ stressed skins. Can be used morning and night alone or with one of our creams. CLICK HERE to view the product