I think I speak for everyone when I say that summertime sadness is real. Winter is quickly approaching and my skin is not having it. If you’re prone to dry skin during the colder months, I’ve got just the thing for you and it all begins in the shower.

Dry Brushing 101

Dry brushing may seem like an unnecessary step at first, but soon you’ll realize it’s totally worth it! Dry brushing removes dead skin and is the ultimate way of exfoliating. Not only does it give you soft skin, but it also unclogs your pores, which allows the skin to absorb nutrients. This leaves you looking smoother and brighter, while helping with any little ingrown hairs you may have!

  • Start on dry skin before bathing, hence the dry
  • Brush in circular, upward motions, always towards your heart. Start at your ankles.
  • Move up your legs, thighs, stomach, back, and arms using light pressure.
  • Don’t forget your armpits and inner thighs. These places are prime for lymphatic drainage and dry brushing will be extremely beneficial in releasing toxins from your body.
  • When brushing your stomach, go in a clockwise direction to follow the natural movement of your colon.
  • When brushing your back, brush from the neck down to the lower back. Try and reach as best as you can!
  • Avoid your face, seeing how facial skin is a little too sensitive for this process.
  • Take as much time as you need! Dry brushing can take 2 minutes or 20 minutes. Don’t rush yourself but allow the time to get the most out of this habit.

Some aftercare for you and your brush is to make sure you rinse both the brush and your skin really well after. Hang the brush somewhere to dry once you’re done, and make sure nobody else is using your dry brush!

Moisturizing Body Wash

Now that your skin is ready for a lather, use a moisturizing wash. Firstly, the water temperature is key to soft skin. A hot shower can be the best feeling ever in the moment, but the aftermath may not be worth it. Alter your temperature to warm instead of hot. The goal is to keep all the moisture locked in. My favourite moisturizing body wash is St. Ives Indulgent Coconut & Orchid. Some other options like Dove and Aveeno are also safe choices. Bonus: did you know you’re supposed to change your loofah every 3-4 weeks? Throw that sponge out along with all the bacteria hidden inside it.

Razor sharp

You don’t have to tell me- shaving sucks. You bleed, bend, and break a sweat just for a hairless body. But to make the process go smoothly, make sure you’re switching out your razor every couple of uses. The general rule of thumb is 5-10 uses, or at the first sign of dullness. There are even moisturizing shaving gels available! Tip: using baby oil instead of shaving gel is much more cost efficient and works like a charm all while moisturizing your legs! Truly beautiful. Or better yet, skip shaving and go straight to waxing! Beauty is pain, right?

Take it to the Next Level

In-shower moisturizers are my favourite new addition to my showers. We can finally moisturize without that greasy feeling, all while remaining in the shower. The future is now, people. My go-to is Nivea’s Body Milk. All you have to do is apply it all over your skin and immediately rinse. That’s it, that’s all.

Face Wash for the Winter Blues

There’s not much worse than flaky, dry skin. Especially on your face. Your makeup doesn’t apply right, you feel constant tightness, and it just sucks. Well not anymore my friend! Wash your face in warm water with a moisturizing face cleanser. Again, you want to use warm water and not hot water to lock in that moisture. First Aid Facial Cleanser is my holy grail face wash. Not only is it perfect for sensitive skin, but it also helps with pH-balances to maintain the natural acidity of the skin. Thank you, First Aid.

I don’t think I’ll ever be mentally ready for winter, but at least my skin will be! Can I book a vacation, please?