Ok, Spring has sprung … the sun has been a bit shy of shining but you know it is only a matter of time before the legs and arms will have to be revealed in all their pallid, bumpy, pasty, dehydrated glory (unless you have been a dedicated goddess of sloughing and slathering over the winter months …yeah ..riiiight!?)
Well, following on from the Avocado post, here are a few top tips for gently coaxing that skin to hydrated, smooth,* ‘plumptiousness’.. ready … action!
My top 7 tips to shed the Armadillo
- Eat your greens, nuts, seeds, oily fish, berries, and whole grains
- Stay hydrated – pure water, or to jazz it up thin slices of cucumber, or lime/lemon/ orange and put in a jug of water – chill and drink through the day; hot water and lemon, green/herbal teas (keep coffee and tea, cola and juices to a minimum)
- Dry skin brush daily – effective and cheap! Purchase a long-handled natural bristle brush and start gently, before your morning shower, brushing in UPWARD strokes from soles of feet, up legs (back/front), buttocks, back, gently in overlapping strokes, I use circular motions on abdomen (clockwise direction) but you can use upward, arms brushing towards armpit from fingertips, very gently across chest and finally upper back. Carry out daily for a week, then alternate days for a further week. (Avoid brushing like a possessed Lady Macbeth with a brillo pad – raw lobster look is not the desired result, and avoid the face and breasts).
- Shower with a non-drying soap or shower gel
- Anoint and nourish your body with a mini massage daily after your shower apply your favourite body lotion/oil/butter or make this one up:
- 10 ml Macadamia oil
- 10 ml Jojoba oil or Coconut oil (or combine 5 ml of each)
Macadamia is a ‘dry’ oil and is deceptively rich even though it is easily absorbed into the skin – it is one of my favourite oils, I love it and it suits all skin-types. Jojoba is actually a liquid wax and is very similar in chemical structure to human sebum, it is suitable for all skin types and is excellent to use neat as a facial oil. Coconut is extremely economical, provides excellent glide and leaves skin gleaming.
6. Exfoliate with a physical scrub once a week, paying attention to legs, buttocks and upper arms in particular. Here is a simple one to try at home:
Exotic Sugar Lime and Ginger
*my own word, (well it is not just the perogative of Shakespeare) in my head it means skin that has that bouncy, lit from within, peachy-rose radiance ..it’s achieved with inner goodness (thoughts and food), outer ‘goddess-ness’ (the sloughing and slathering) and yes,… some sweaty cardio too has to be endured!
Let me know how you get on .. I aim to be ‘pin-perfect’ by end of June … that’s the goal!