Tempted to rush through your shower and toss your clothes on? Take an extra few minutes to give your skin some TLC. Think of these five tips as skincare resolutions for September. Your skin—and overall health—will thank you.
Keep your favourite body lotion right in the shower. Seeing it will remind you to apply when your skin is damp, within about ten minutes of turning off the water. If you wait longer than that, skin starts losing water vapor. Lock it in while you’re still standing in the steam.
This one may take some time, but on a Saturday morning when you’ve got a more at your disposal, dry brushing is amazing, and not just for your skin’s appearance. It can increase blood circulation and exfoliate the skin to release your brightest natural glow, and also facilitate your body’s detoxification. DYK: one-third of the body’s toxins are pushed out through the skin? When you dry brush, you help free them.
Apply an essential oil
These babies are a lot different from oils we use for moisturizing, but they’re also super beneficial. Made from highly concentrated plant components, essential oils carry benefits that go beyond the theraputic scents. Head over to Body Unburdened for a roundup of 10 essential oils for skincare to find your fix – whether you’ve got sun spots, acne scars, or just want to prevent aging, there’s an essential oil for you to work into your skincare routine.
Protect your feet
Our feet can take a beating, especially in the summer months. Walking on hot sand or a stone patio in bare feet, or even just keeping them stuffed in sweaty shoes all day can leave them crying out for some TLC. After the shower is the best time to protect your feet before you put them back to work for you. Apply a foot care cream (we like Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme) and take care of your blisters. Hint: prevent them before they start with Dr. Scholl’s For Her Rub Shield Friction Preventer Stick.
Perform a skin check
One of the best habits to get into for your overall health? Look for any changes to your moles, freckles or birthmarks regularly. Notice and monitor any new skin changes that have come about post-shower every now and again and you’ll steer clear of leaving a potential problem-zone any longer than necessary. Use a mirror to check out hard-to-see areas and look for anything that strikes you as necessary to bring up with a dermatologist.