Unless you live in LA, where temperatures are still well above freezing, you’re experiencing the beginning of what could be a long, dry winter. As the thermometer gauge drops and we start piling on the layers (blanket scarves anyone?), we often forget about our usual skincare routines. Truth: It’s as important to exfoliate your body during chilly weather as it is during the summer.
Why, you might ask? Winter equals hibernation in so many forms. Our bodies can lose some of their ability to turn their skin cells over, leaving us with dull, flaky skin and the best way to prevent that (and reap lots of other benefits) is to exfoliate.
Exfoliation helps build the foundation for a healthy body, inside and out—yes, its benefits are more than cosmetic. Exfoliating regularly can help:
- Remove dead skin cells. This not only gives you a glow, but also creates a better environment for your moisturizer (body butter or body oil, applied after you exfoliate) to absorb, giving you smoother, more supple skin. It can also help get rid of those little bumps on the backs of your arms.
- Decrease your occurrence of ingrown hairs. All those wintry layers (leggings and skinny jeans especially) are designed to hug your body, promoting warmth and helping keep your heat in. But the constant rubbing and tightness of those layers can also increase the likelihood of ingrown hairs. Exfoliating helps curb the issue by loosening up areas that are prone to those small infections.
- Prevent illnesses. Yep, exfoliating can actually help keep your immune system healthy. If you do it regularly, you help your lymphatic system drain out potential infections by promoting circulation. Rub in small circles from your ankles or wrists up to your heart to get full benefits.
- Deal with cellulite. Ok, lots of things claim to reduce cellulite and actually don’t, but this one can help. Regular exfoliation loosens up cellulite and brings blood to areas that can be stagnant, helping to decrease some of that cottage-cheese-like appearance.
Convinced yet? I thought so. Now that you’re on the exfoliation train, you probably want a few recommendations for what to use to help reveal healthier, more glow-y skin. Enter Organic Bath Co.’s Body Scrubs, a 100 percent organic way to get your glow on.
The scrubs, made with organic, fair-trade sugar, essential oils and plant-based oils, are an easy way to benefit from the exfoliating process. Not only do they help give you all the benefits of exfoliating, but they’re also incredibly satisfying to use. Because of their oil bases, they leave your skin slightly moisturized, a great base for layering on a body butter to seal in that moisture. They also leave your skin super smooth, and soft to the touch.
But the best part? The scents. I’ve been using Java Jolt, a coffee-based scrub, every time I shower for the last few weeks and it’s like an extra shot of espresso. The scent is simultaneously calming and invigorating, giving me a little wake-up while I use it. Spiced Cacao is another favorite for this time of year—it’s like eating a bar of chocolate for breakfast, without the inevitable sugar rush.
Java Jolt and Spiced Cacao, along with the other Body Scrubs from Organic Bath Co., are a great addition to your winter skincare regime (and make great gifts, I might add): You’ll reap the internal and external benefits of exfoliation and stay healthier this season!
What are you doing to protect your skin from winter’s chilling grip?