One of my biggest beauty shames as a specialist is my repeated neglect for the skin on my body. Although I know it is equally as important as my face, I have never formed the habit of doing it daily. Only in the last 5 years when I saw a segment from the Oprah show, best beauty secrets, or something to that effect, did it really click that I need to take care of the skin on my body. A woman of 70 years old looked literally 30 yrs younger, skin smooth and shining, all over her body. Her Secret? Apply moisturizer all over, everyday. Ever since then I’ve been desperately trying to form some sort of routine, and have never quite got it going. My reasons are a plenty, but mostly, I do not have the patience or time- and I do not like the feeling of it on my body. This year, moisturizing my body did not become a routine I desired to create to keep smooth and firm, it was a necessity to keep my skin from itching and burning!
I was of course hesitant when it comes to my current body favorites, because they are both heavier creams; but I was shocked at how my skin soaked them both up, and very happy at the comfort they gave me!
Weleda Skin Food
Skin food is an amazing body cream for extremely dry, cracked skin. It has a very rich, almost waxy texture and a little goes A LONG way! It works phenomenal for stubborn dryness and cracked hands and heels. Despite its rich balm texture, when applied correctly, it absorbs so beautifully! Ingredients such as Sunflower Seed oil, Sweet Almond and Beeswax deeply hydrate and protect the skin; while Pansy, Calendula flower and Rosemary leaf gently soothe and have anti bacterial/ anti inflammatory properties to calm red irritated skin. When my skin was snowing skin bits, this cream was such a life saver! After the shower while my skin was still damp, I applied the Weleda Skin Food all over my body, sparingly, and was immediately hydrated! My skin felt slightly dewy but not uncomfortably oily like with many other creams. It actually repaired my dryness and I did not need to reapply for several days after (even though I should have!)
Another way to use this cream is as a hand and foot mask! Apply a thick layer over hands and feet, put on socks and gloves, go to sleep and wake up with repaired skin! Please note, this not recommended for facial skin!
Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Alcohol, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Glyceryl Linoleate, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Viola Tricolor (Pansy) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cholesterol, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Coumarin*.
* from natural essential oils
Aroma Crystal Gardeners Dream Cream
Gardeners Dream Cream is a phenomenal cream for dry, irritated, itchy skin. It is a rich cream texture, yet it spreads so far! This cream was literally my life saver when my skin was burning, itchy, dry and red. The Aroma Crystal Gardeners Dream Cream is amazing for soothing eczema, psoriasis and other unpleasant skin conditions or rashes! Sunflower Seed oil, Grape Seed oil and Bees wax provide a phenomenal base for ultimate moisture; while Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Arnica soothe skin inflammation, are antibacterial, promote circulation and aide in skin regeneration!
I applied the cream right out of the shower while my skin was still damp, and was surprised at how quickly it absorbed! It immediately soothed my itchy, burning skin with a fresh cool tingle. The tingle lingered for some time after but eventually I felt a subtle warming sensation, all from the above ingredients which aid in circulation! I enjoy the feeling so much and find it extremely soothing. My skin remained hydrated and comforted for several days after use, and it is a definite staple in my body care regime!
This cream has so many other uses and benefits, but one that I find particularly amazing for me, is the use to help soothe my tired achy feet. The tingling effect provides a mini foot massage and calms any swelling, as well as hydrating!
Aqua (Deionized water), Butrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Cetearyl alcohol**, Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride**, Cera alba (Beeswax), Arnica montana (Arnica) extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Isostearic acid**, Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) seed extract, Papaver somniferum (Poppy) seed oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf oil, Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus) oil, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) leaf oil, Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), Michelia champaca flower (Chamaca) oil, Origanum vulgare (Wild margoram) extract, Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) extract, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) extract, Hydrastis canadensis (Golden seal) root extract.
Please note that the above creams are really designed for very dry skin! If you are looking for some lighter weight alternatives, keep your eyes peeled for some upcoming posts!