Our beauty and bath routines are focused around cocooning here at BeautyEQ. We love the idea of layering body products during winter to ensure skin stays soft, smooth and well-nourished. Sarah Simpson shares how to create a DIY spa at home with the body essentials.
The detergent in soap strips skin of its natural oils, not to mention what it does to the look of a luxe glass shower (white greasy smears). This winter keep a stash of shower gels bursting with antioxidants and vitamins on hand to nourish skin while you wash. This line up will protect the skin's natural oils, and leave a fresh, lasting scent. One tip when showering, don't let the water get too hot; this can be the reason skin gets itchy and dry during winter. Aim for a temperature between 40-45 degrees, if your skin turns bright red, then the water is too hot - always nourish skin with body cream or oil straight after you shower.
One of the best ways to relax and unwind after a hectic day is to take a long, hot bath. Bath salts offer brilliant therapeutic benefits. Sea salt is a natural purifier that helps remove toxins that block skin pores, it increases circulation, and tightens skin. While the glycolic acid found in sugar cane is a brilliant exfoliant. It removes dry, flaky skin while you soak. When using salt or sugar scrubs in the bath, soak for a few minutes, and then stand up and buff skin all over with a face cloth loaded with salt or sugar, work from the feet upward. Concentrate on dry areas such as ankles, knees and heels, and then continue soaking in the infused water.
Creams And Oils
After bathing lock in moisture by applying a rich, nourishing body cream or hydrating oil. Whether you opt for a scented variant to match your fragrance or want a scent-free natural option, body creams keep skin hydrated and help to eliminate rough, dry patches. Apply body creams while skin is slightly damp, your warm, damp skin helps the body cream melt and the ingredients dissolve. The warmer the cream the faster the ingredients will penetrate into the skin.
Elizabeth Arden White Tea Pure Indulgence Body Cream, $49. Clarins Eau Ressourçante Silky Smooth Body Cream, $82. Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter, $70. Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, $62.
Oil has a natural affinity with skin. It absorbs quickly and protects the natural lipid barrier that stops moisture from evaporating. From adding a few drops to your bath, or applying it to damp skin after a bath, body oils are the fastest way to heal dry skin. Aim to use fruit and nut oils, rather than mineral oils. Our favourites include grape seed, sunflower, jojoba, argan and olive, these contain vitamins A, C and E.
Romantic and functional, a scented candle fills the room with intoxicating fragrance and creates an instant spa-like ambience in your bathroom. There's a plethora of scented candles available, however we prefer soy-based candles as they are clean burning and last longer. To keep your candles burning brightly (and safely), always trim the wick each time you use them, and avoid letting them burn down too low in the glass vessel.