Have you ever wondered why your skin gets so dry in the winter? Just like the rest of our body, our skin is able to retain its optimum health when it is properly hydrated. Winter is surprisingly low in humidity, which means that the natural moisture in the air is less than during other times of the year. Add the cold temperatures, drying heat, and brutal wind, and the skin easily gets stripped of its water content. Once that natural moisture is lost, the skin reacts by getting dry, flaky and sometimes red and irritated.
Of course, no one wants yucky dry skin when the spring comes, so in order to make sure you’re ready for the change in seasons, now is the time to put that moisture back into the body. Here are a few ways to do it.
At the spa, our favorite hydrating treatments are body wraps. These kinds of treatments use active ingredients such as mud or seaweed to remove dead skin cells and infuse fresh ones with plenty of water. If you’re visiting a spa for a wrap, it will usually begin with a body scrub to get rid of dead skin cells that have built up during the winter. Once those have been removed, you’ll likely be painted from head to toe in a body mask which will help bring your skin to life. Once the mask is applied, you’ll be wrapped up in a cocoon, allowing the active ingredients to heal the skin and begin their work rehydrating the body. You will then be rinsed and a nourishing body butter will be applied to seal in all the newly applied goodness.
If you can’t get to the spa, you can perform an exfoliating treatment at home to get rid of those pesky dead skin cells. We love a brown sugar, oatmeal, and honey scrub, or you can use olive oil, rosemary and salt depending on if you like a sweet or savory scent. Standing in the shower, wet your skin with warm water and apply the mixture of your choice, rubbing the skin from head to toe in slow circular motions. When finished, rinse the body thoroughly. After you’re dry, apply a body oil or butter to help protect those fresh new skin cells.
Exfoliating is key to optimum skin health, whether you treat yourself to a day at the spa or do it at home. Our skin acts as a barrier to keep bacteria and viruses out so we want to make sure we protect it the best we can. Do yourself a favor and carve out a bit of “me-time” this month to give your skin the love and care that it deserves.
All this month, Body by Brooklyn is offering 20% off our popular Sedona Mud and Mint Algae Wraps. Check out our specials page to learn more about these treatments.