Although the winter season comes with cosy nights and Christmas films on repeat, it also brings harsh, cold weather along with it. While many of us remember to lather on the moisturising cream, the bitter cold can still leave us with dry and flaky skin. This winter, we need to step up our skincare and implement body treatments into our routines to get silky smooth skin even in the harshest weather. So, why not make the most of the dark evenings by practising a little extra self-care? Here are our favourite at-home body treatments to hydrate your skin this winter!
Blissful bath oils
It is no secret that we love a classic bubble bath all year round. But in winter, a nice steamy bath feels like the ultimate treat at the end of the day. During the colder months, your skin may tighten and become rough in texture. This is where baths oils are a gift for dry winter skin! To achieve glowy and smooth skin, try adding bath oils into your tub. The oils mixed into the water sinks much deeper into the skin than your average soap. This gets rid of that tightened feeling and provides rejuvenation. Bathing in oils regularly will result in soft and silky skin, leading to a radiant appearance. Investing in good quality bath oils will make your daily soak feel even more of a luxury!
Beautiful body polish
For most of us, the winter months results in flaky and textured skin. One of the best methods to combat this is by body polishing. The most important part of body polishing at-home is creating a home-made body scrub.
You will need:
- Two tablespoons of honey
- 225 grams of sugar
- 55 grams of sea salt
- Two tablespoons of coconut oil
Mix the ingredients into a bowl until you create a thick paste. Then, leave the mixture in the fridge until it is cooled. You are going to need four extra things: a loofah, a pumice stone, olive oil and your favourite moisturising cream. Body polishing at home can be done following these steps:
- Firstly, hop in the shower and use warm water to steam your body to unblock pores.
- Heat up the olive oil to a warm temperature and massage it into your skin for five minutes.
- Apply your home-made body scrub and exfoliate it into your skin with a loofah.
- Take the pumice stone and scrub the harder areas of your skin such as the elbow, knees and heels.
- Next, rinse off the remaining oils and scrubs.
- Lastly, moisturise your skin gently.
This routine will ensure you have scrubbed off dead skin cells while hydrating and moisturising the skin. Body polishing will leave you will healthy-looking and radiant. Say goodbye to dry and dull skin!
Mellow milk baths
If you are prone to sensitive skin, milk baths are the one for you. You can enhance your bath by adding two cups of milk into the water and mixing it thoroughly. On the other hand, there are many milk-based products you can buy online or in beauty shops. Milk contains lactic acid, an ingredient that helps lift dead skin cells to the surface, leaving soft and brighter skin.
Soaking in milk can be a great treatment to help those who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, which usually worsen in the winter months. The vitamins, proteins and fat contained in milk help reduce sore and irritated skin. You can use various types of milk in your milk bath including whole milk, coconut milk, powdered milk, rice or soy milk. It may sound unusual, but it can really help to soothe and hydrate skin, so add in some milk to your baths and soak for around 20-30 minutes.
Have fun testing out these simple at-home body treatments and we hope your skin feels hydrated in no time!