The Dry Skin Doldrums: Burt's Bees to the Rescue!
I miss the summer time. It's always been my favorite season, and with the exception of snow at Christmas time, I wouldn't mind it being sunny and 80 each and every day. It's really lovely right now and we're having a bit of a warm spell, but we've had to have the heat on quite a bit this fall already. When this happens, my skin gets dry and itchy. It's extra important for me to pamper it and I am religious about my skin care routine before I go to bed.
Here's my bedtime ritual. I love to take long baths before bed, but know that longer doesn't mean better for the skin. I've limited it to about 15 minute soak. In this 15 minutes, though, I grab my basket full of Burt's Bees and spend that time getting pampered. It doesn't include my facial ritual, but this is what I do to treat my skin after a long day. Every product used is from one of my most favorite brands, Burt's Bees.
Step 1: Dry Brush the Skin
Dry brush the body. I have been dry brushing my skin for a decade. Spend 5 minutes before your bath dry brushing your skin. You can find good quality, natural bristled body brushes at The Body Shop, Crabtree & Evelyn, and Ulta.
Your skin will see phenomenal benefits with dry brushing. Avoid the face and heart region. Work from the feet up in gentle, long motions working up towards the heart. Do the hands up the arms and shoulders. Also work on the torso working up.
Dry skin cells will help be shed. Skin will appear newer and more radiant. Regular brushing helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and lends a smoother feel. Dry brushing is also said to help reduce toxins. Circulation can also be improved.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Get rid of those dry skin cells! I have a new favorite body scrub. I have always loved more emollient sugar scrubs and I have a new favorite. Burt's Bees recently launched the Cranberry and Pomegranate Sugar Scrub ($13). Let me first tell you that it smells so good. It almost reminds me of sangria. This formula feels so good on my skin. It contains cranberry juice, honey, multiple natural oils, shea butter, and pomegranate seed oil.
When I use this, my skin is instantly brighter and softer. This is quite possibly the best body scrub I have ever used and I highly recommend it to you. It was just launched and is making its way to stores. I've had luck finding it at Target. I know you can also find it right on the Burt's Bees site.
Step 3: Gently Cleanse
As much as I simply adore handmade, cold-processed soaps, I typically use them in the morning only. I like to use a liquid body wash at bath time and I actually use the one that I use on the boys: Burt's Bees Baby Bee Shampoo and Body Wash.
Step 4: Pat Dry and Apply Body Oil
I like to use the Burt's Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Baby Oil before I moisturize. I find that applying it to damp skin locks in the moisture and provides a great base for the lotion. This lovely oil is not just for babies. I use it regularly as well and have on and off for 7 years now.
Step 5: Moisturize
Burt's Bees is making it easier for me this fall. They have come out with some new body lotions and I've been trying them out. My most favorite has to be the Fragrance Free Lotion With Shea Butter and Vitamin E.
As much as I like scented creams and lotions in the morning, I need a heavy duty product at night. I typically use either pure shea butter or coconut oil on my skin at night before bed, but they can get messy. I am loving this tube formulation from Burt's Bees.
Do not let the "lotion" name fool you. This truly is a cream in a tube. The one thing I do not like about traditional lotions is that you can pump some into your hand, tip your hand upside down, and watch it drip off. I need a much richer formulation and texture and this product is just that. When I squeeze a bit into my hands and turn them over, the cream stays put. It is a really rich and emollient product without being greasy.
The ingredients in this budget-friendly product are also divine. You'll find sunflower oil, shea butter, aloe, beeswax, coconut oil, grape seed oil, buttermilk and more right near the top of the ingredients listing. It is packed with skin-loving nutrients. It feels luxurious on my skin and blends right in.
I have also had my mom testing this one. You may remember me telling you that she fell a few weeks back. Her arm has been covered in a cast for several weeks now and her skin has become dry and itchy. This product softens and soothes her skin.
This lotion retails for $8.00.
I have also been testing out the Soothingly Sensitive Aloe & Buttermilk Body Lotion for Sensitive Skin. This is actually the one that I slather on Nick and Ben after their showers or baths. It smells very much like the Baby Bee Buttermilk Lotion that I typically use on them, but I much prefer the consistency of this one. This one is chock full of great ingredients, from olive oil to buttermilk and chamomile to shea butter. It is super gentle, but it is a very rich formula.
I find that it doesn't absorb very well into dry skin, but if it is applied right after a bath, it glides right in and keeps the skin soft and supple for a long time.
Like the other lotion, this one is also $8.00.
All this can be done in 15 minutes. Your skin will feel wonderful and you'll be relaxed!
*Disclosure: I am big Burt's Bees fan. I buy nearly all of my own BB products, but was sent the lotion for review at the company's expense. All other items were purchased myself.