Hi! Marlee again, the social media intern. Today, I’ll be sharing with you my favorite products that I use to keep my body moisturized and smooth. If you haven't read my blog post on my daily skin care routine for face, then scroll down to read it now!
When it comes to my bodycare, all I really focus on is intense moisture and exfoliation, as drinking plenty of water and eating nutrient rich foods will take care of the rest. I’ve noticed that 100% natural moisturizers like Lo & Behold Naturals tend to be the most moisturizing because they are less likely to have fillers like water and alcohol. Many mainstream skin care products contain fillers to give lotion a thin consistency, but since water and alcohol have few benefits for your skin, skin is left dry only hours later.
Step 1: Cleanse
The two soaps I like to alternate between are Mario Badescu A.H.A Botanical Body Soap and Lush’s Sultana of Soap. Neither of these brands are 100% natural, however they contain a high level of natural ingredients and are committed to avoiding toxic ingredients in most synthetic skin care.
I love A.H.A Botanical Soap because it uses fruit extracts to exfoliate and cleanse my skin with every wash. I like to focus this soap on my back because I tend to breakout easily and this will take care of any breakouts I have sneaking up. I did notice that my skin was more sensitive to the sun when I used this during the summer months, so be sure to put on sunscreen!
Sultana of Soap moisturizes my skin as it cleanses and leaves behind a fresh, sweet and earthy scent. I love using this especially during winter months when my skin can dry out easily. Extra moisturizer is still needed for the level of softness I like, but this definitely provides a great foundation for being moisturized and heavenly scented.
Step 2: Exfoliate!
Exfoliating is one of my favorite things to do, I’m always amazed at how soft and refreshed my skin is afterwards!
My all-time favorite exfoliant is Lo and Behold’s Bergamot & Mint Body Scrub. I only have to use a tiny amount for my entire body to be smooth, extremely moisturized, and zesty. It has all kinds of goodness in it like coconut oil, rice bran oil, and shea butter! This scrub is especially wonderful to use in the morning because the scent immediately wakes you up and puts you in the mood for a great day ahead. If coconut oil works well for your face, you could even use this as a facial scrub + moisturizer in one!
Step 3: Moisturize
Now, the Bergamot & Mint body Scrub, that I don’t really need to moisturize afterwards,, however I like to take it a step further and lock in all that moisture from the previous steps for even more hydration. Right after washing and exfoliating, your pores are open, so this is the optimal time to provide an extra layer of moisture for soft skin that lasts all day.
I like to alternate between both sweet almond oil and Lo and Behold’s Coconut & Cocoa Whipped Body Butter. At night I just want to lock in quick moisture and I am not in the mood for a luxurious experience, so I use plain almond oil. However, in the morning, when I need a little extra motivation to leave my house, I like to use the whipped butter because it provides a much more luxurious feeling that lifts my mood. This butter has all of the good stuff! Coconut oil, cocoa butter, mango butter, rice bran oil, and vitamin E are all packed into this jar to give you the softest, most vibrant skin of your life. For more information on why these ingredients are amazing, visit our ingredients page! (link)
I’m obsessed with almond oil and this body butter because there are no fillers, just pure goodness for my skin!
Step Whenever: Relax
When I have time to just relax for an evening, the best thing to do is take a hot bath with my favorite candles and my favorite bath soak, Lo and Behold’s Chamomile & Ylang Ylang Bath Soak. This bath soak also features soothing organic oatmeal from a local mill, nourishing calendula, coconut milk for moisture, and koalin clay for cleansing. I also like to add any combination of oils like castor or apricot to the bath for extra moisture.
My favorite ritual is to have a hot cup of chamomile tea and honey besides the bath. Chamomile is one of my favorite scents,and I love how the tea smells with the bath soak. The combination makes for such a relaxing experience that is sure to put me to sleep.
That’s it for my bodycare regimen! What’re your favorite ways to stay moisturized in the dry winter months? What’s your ritual for relaxation? Let us know in the comments!