Okay, so you’re wearing a full-length gown but there must be some skin on show surely? No? Not even a hint of shoulder or a flash of leg? Well what about the wedding night then…. In the third of my SOS posts, here’s how to make it look like winter isn’t really happening.
You now: Dry, itchy patches
The cure: Piping hot baths can be dehydrating so add a bit more cold water along with a few drops of softening almond oil. Once you’re out, pat your skin dry and layer on body lotion before snuggling into a cotton bath robe to help your skin lock in as much moisture as possible. Now where body cream was concerned, I only ever really cared about how it felt to apply and how it left my skin feeling. Then, Joan Collins launched I Am Woman Body Cream, £35. Like a magpie I swooped down on it, having adored Alexis my entire life. And what a fabulous name for a body cream too! How could any B2B resist? Happy to say that the cream itself scores highly for me on non-greasy application, a suitably luxe-scent and best of all leaves my skin all glowy and hydrated.
You now: Cracked feet
The cure: Those dainty Choos may be pretty but the plates you’ll be pushing into them sure ain’t! Check out my review for Footner Exfoliating Socks, £19.99. I mean, using them is gross. About a week after wearing them for just one hour, your feet will start shedding skin as if you’re a Boa Constrictor. But as long as you don’t wait until a few days before the wedding (*shudders at the thought*) you’ll be beyond happy with your baby soft tootsies.
You now: Pimply arms
The cure: Exfoliating helps. So does smoothing a body cream boasting Retinol onto dry skin to decongest pores and improve any skin discolouration. So which power duo would I recommend? The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Body Wash, £6.50 for starters. I’m a sucker for the smell anyway, but used in conjunction with a soft exfoliating mitt it’s pretty darn great at controlling any possible photo-wrecking blemish. As for the body cream, well it’s got pre-Retinol in (so really good for beginners.) It’s Clarins Renew Plus Body Serum, £41. Okay, so it’s not cheap but I like it because it soaks in quickly, smells fresh but still feels snuggly.
You now: Sandpaper hands
The cure: Massage a drop of two of warmed olive or almond oil all over your hands every evening, really rubbing it well into your cuticles too. Then pull on a pair of cotton gloves – I get mine from M&S, £4 – and leave them on overnight to allow the oil to absorb really well. Best pick a night when your intended is away! I do this quite often and when I wake up, my hands feel super soft.
You now: Scaley calves
The cure: Polish your legs daily using a long-handled body brush to shift the scaley bits. Mine comes from M&S, £10 and I brush it on dry skin from my ankles upwards. Turn down the skin-searing electric shower to let the body moisturiser you’re going to slather on soak in more easily.
So how do you cope with a winter-ravaged bod? What are your body care essentials? Please leave me your suggestions in the comments below.
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