When I was in high school I wore Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon body lotion every single day, without fail. (You could totally tell from my pic, right? Like, I just look like that type of girl, I know… there is nothing else I can do.) I also wore a Jansport backpack with a Phish patch, sewn on by yours truly, which I paired with Birkenstocks that I still own and now wear with my Marc Jacobs skirts, thanks Phoebe. Do with that what you will, clearly the amount of free time I have in my thirties is relatively the same as when I was in my teens.
It was by far the best habit I started in high school & probably the only one I should have taken with me into the “real world.” The habit of applying lotion, not Cucumber Melon specifically, that was awkward for a moment. But don’t worry, back in the day I totally topped that off with some Clinique Happy and walked out the door. Hashtag T-B-MOTHA FUCKIN-T.
Best practices aside, my daily application of body lotion doesn’t seem to hold it’s own against the winter we are having here in New York. Polar Vortexes with strange names are drying me up. Dry. Dried up like roses hanging upside down to remember a date you will soon forget. And we’re off track…
In the winter months it is suggested to keep your shower at a luke warm tempature. I am sure that helps, but here is the thing, in the morning when I wake up, I am cold, too cold to even get out from under my covers. When my bare feet hit the cold tile floor in the bathroom there is a zero percent chance I am going to take a luke warm shower. There is nothing worse than being cold and wet. Separately, each condition is miserable, but together… Just. Shoot. Me. in the head with a Shot. Gun. Seriously.
Finally, after all my whining someone made a valid suggestion that doesn’t end with my unforeseeable death. Dry brush, body oils, & an oil based soap. Yes, this sounds like another routine that requires the free time I had in high school but instead of going down Instagram wormholes and making my thumbs ache each morning perhaps I could focus a little on my skin, prior to it flaking completely off…
With a couple of quick swooshes, swirling in all directions, I usually do some circles across the body each morning before the shower, dry brushing improves circulation, exfoliates, and decreases the look of cellulite.
Next apply your favorite body oil all over your body. I concentrate on my lower legs, elbows, and chest because they seem to be the most dry. I have been using Sabon Body Oil in believe, but I love Neutrogena Body Oil the most.
Oil Based Soap
I switched up my body soap routine to compensate for the frozen hell outside. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps are made from 100% organic oils and obviously I chose the rose hemp because rose is the new coconut.
So until March, this is my winter body ready routine part two… for part one read here.
Anybody else had to up their game for this extremely cold winter?***beauty always comes from within, photos taken by Amiram Assouline on Feb. 1, 2014, xoxo behind the mirror*** Sweater: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar here.) Hat: Uniqlo. Lips: YSL. Nails: Marc Jacobs.