By Marian Connor
I was thinking about light and exposure. The lighter the days are the more we feel the need to expose parts of our bodies to release them from the swaddling of winter. The only trouble is that skin about to emerge often needs a little attention before it can be let out in public. So I am revisiting a previous blog to share some suggestions to help ease the transition.
What’s needed is Operation Moisturise.
Firstly we need to brush our skin regularly; we know we should be doing this all year. Soft brush, circular motion over skin towards the heart, to assist circulation and lymph drainage as well as slough off those dead cells that rob your skin of any glow it might be harbouring. So if you have let it slip. Grab that brush and begin a fresh.
Use even more moisturiser and body oil than usual to seal into your skin as much moisture as possible to improve its appearance, even if it does leave you looking like a greasy chip for a while. And use lots of natural recipes for bathing and scrubs.
I recently began using Waitrose Cold Pressed Organic Coconut Oil. It’s not just for baking vegetables it works a treat on parched skin. The smell doesn’t really appeal to me but it’s oh so useful, it doesn’t irritate my skin and occasionally I will smooth a little on the frizzy ends of my hair and parched lips.
Micha Christmann, our expert Aromatherapist at 8 in the Universe, recommends the following potion, easily created at home to prepare your skin for better weather.
Deep “Spring” cleansing bath salts:
50g Sea salt
1 tablespoon Bicarbonate of soda / or baking powder
1 tablespoon Honey
5 drops Essential oil of your choice (optional)
Put the salt and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl
Add essential oil (if used) – stir well
Drizzle the honey on top of the mix
Run the bath, pour in the salt mix, give it a swirl, climb in and relax.
It’s also time to review the moisturising situation from the inside out. Check your water intake is adequate although it may not have a direct affect on your skin, it will help to flush out toxins which is a great idea, water bottle at hand, in your bag and on the desk.
Add in extra nuts, seeds and avocados to your food list to provide more good essential fats and vitamin E. And eat all those bright coloured foods, strawberries, blueberries, sweet potatoes that taste great and are a feast for the eyes as well as boosting vitamin C and antioxidants, to assist immune function and healing processes.
Do not skip exercise sessions because the boost to circulation nourishes your skin too and speeds up repair and renewal.
Lastly remember sunscreen on anything exposed to sunlight. Don’t forget your digits’ and tootsies they deserve as much protection from UVA/UVB rays as any other bit of you.
So let’s hope with all the scrubbing and slathering, jogging and berry eating, those arid little legs will shed their scales and emerge as polished pins!
Micha will be working her magic at The Canvas Cafe on the 25th May presenting Summer Bodies, teaching you how to mix up scrubs and cream to help prepare and nourish your skin. The wonderful lotions and potions you create will be beautifully packaged for you to take home, along with a booklet full of all the information you need to recreate them. Learn more and book via Eventbrite.
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Photograph by Guy Bourdin of Charles Jourdan shoes, 1979
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