Perfectly moisturised skin is indeed an art, and to get it right, it helps to have a few pointers. That's why we've put together this handy guide on full body moisturising.
When showering, keep water warm, not hot. Hot water robs skin of moisture causing dryness. If you must have hot water, try to keep your showers short. Shower with a moisturising body wash containing shea butter (conditioning and non-greasy), glycerin (great for sensitive skin) and vitamin E (antioxidant).
Apply body lotion, again containing shea butter and vitamin E to ensure moisture enrichment and care for your skin, before towelling off. Water left over from your shower will help the lotion absorb and increase the effectiveness of your moisturising.
Cleansing the face before moisturising is a great way of helping your skin absorb as much moisture as possible, by taking away any oil build-up, dirt and sweat. After, dab dry with a towel to withdraw excess moisture, without wiping which can cause irritation.
Moisturise your face each morning and evening after washing. You could also combine this with an exfoliating treatment to remove dead skins cells. Apply face cream at bedtime to help with dark circles around the eyes and puffiness that can be more prominent in the morning.
Elbows, Knees and Feet
Exfoliate areas like elbows, knees and feet each day and apply extra lotion to keep them moisture rich and free from dryness. Applying moisturiser to feet before bedtime, and then covering them with soft cotton socks is another great way of keeping them soft and ready for the next day. This can also be done during the day, allowing the moisturiser to sink in for half an hour or so after application.
It's important to remember to use hand cream after daily activities like washing hands, which instantly causes dryness. It helps to retain moisture by repairing the skin’s natural barrier, helping your hands become soft, smooth and supple. Also, make sure you use a high quality hand wash containing shea butter, glycerin, vitamin E, essential oils, and no artificial colourings, parabens, or sulphates.
Gloves can also be used at night to help retain extra moisture after applying lotion, or during the day in winter months – when hands are at the most risk of drying out. Why not carry a small travel hand cream around in your hand bag as a great way of maintaining soft hands?