I’ve gotten this question a few times over email recently so today I wanted to dedicate a post to my winter *BODY* skincare. My skin (especially on my body) tends to get quite dry (especially during the winter) so I try really hard to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize… and give my body a good exfoliation at least a couple times a week.
The first step in all this though is dry brushing. I have and use this brush, and I did a whole tutorial about dry brushing here. It’s the best. It sloughs off dead cells, boosts circulation, AND reduces the appearance of cellulite so what is not to love!?
My favorite body wash
Glossier Body Hero is my favorite body wash, hands down. It is THE BESTTTTT. I wrote a review of it here but it’s just the greatest body wash ever, I’ve gone through 3 bottles now and buy it with my own money and just love it so much. It’s a shower oil, so it glides on, hydrating as it cleanses (never stripping the skin which I need as my skin gets so dry). Since it’s an oil it’s also amazing for shaving your legs. But the best part (hands down) is how it smells. I can’t even get over the fragrance. It’s the most perfect orange blossom fragrance EVER. I look forward to showering simply for the fragrance. Magic.
My favorite body scrub
The Seaweed Bath Co is another (really affordable) brand that I love and have featured here quite a bit! (Read this blog post for all of my favorites.) The detox body scrub is amaaaaazing. It’s just the right consistency to really get your skin good and polished, and the Awaken scent is super energizing (really similar to Aveda’s Rosemary Mint fragrance which I’ve always loved). This is another product that I buy again and again because it’s just so good. I also love that it’s a) in a tube and b) not greasy or super oily. I love all of my jars of scrubs but it’s nice to just squeeze it out of a tube vs. scraping it out of a jar with your fingers.
My favorite body serum
I go through Ren’s body serum like candy. It is everything and maybe a problem as I use SO MUCH of it – definitely a holy grail item. It’s lightweight but super hydrating (so it’s fine on it’s own most of the time) and it’s packed with (10%!!!) AHA’s to gently exfoliate. Oh and it smells a little bit like a creamsicle. I have been using this nearly every day since it first came out and have noticed a big difference in my skin (mostly in texture/smoothness and radiance). For silky skin, this is a must!
My favorite body butter
I know you’re going to ask why I’m not including the Body Hero cream here. It’s amazing (that fragrance!!!!) but it’s not all natural so I stopped buying it after I went through the first tube. I have a weird thing where I’m less obsessive about products you wash off (i.e. shower gel, face wash) being natural as opposed to body washes and oils which sit on the skin. I may be totally off-base but it’s more important me to have a natural body moisturizer than a wash as you leave it on your skin.
So anyway in the summer the Ren Body Serum is more than enough for me. It’s suuuuuper hydrating. But in the winter I like to layer something on over it. It’s either my beloved Everyday Oil or this body butter from Weleda. This stuff is SO hydrating and just feels heavenly putting it on your skin. I’ll usually let the serum sink in for a few minutes (I like to apply the serum and let it sink in while I do my face stuff) and THEN apply it. So hydrating, so luxurious, it was an instant favorite.
photography by Carter Fish.