You know how your legs get if you haven't been diligent in moisturizing? In its mildest form, your skin has that white ashy look and in its worst form you can see a scale pattern occurring?
Obviously horrifying if this happens and the only way to prevent it from happening is to 'maintain' your skin. Your body is always regenerating skin cells and as the new form deeper in your skin they push out the old and the dead cells emerge as that ashy look.
Simple solution you say, "Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate". Which of course is true, HOWEVER,
there is good exfoliation and bad exfoliation and way too much exfoliation.
Here is our 4 step path to no more reptile legs
First of all, did you know that a hot shower or bath, the hot water part, is detrimental to your skin? Just as when you are cleaning oily dishes, the oil is easier to remove the hotter the temperature of the water - this is also true when it comes to our skin. As much as it feels wonderful to have a steaming hot shower, especially in winter, hot water will actually remove the natural oils from your skin.
The obvious solution then would be to shower in cold water.
No, no, no ... thoughts of the ice water bucket challenge come to mind. Self inflicted torture!
We look forward to our showers (or baths) because warm water on our bodies feels good and we do want to keep looking forward to that ablution, not having to be dragged in kicking and screaming! Cold water is not comfortable unless it is summer and swimming is a way to cool off, but we're talking about showering here. The best thing you can do in your shower is take that temperature down to the lowest degree of warmth you can handle without squealing. This is an important first step.
The purpose of showering is to get clean, to wash off dirt, sweat and dead skin cells. The easiest way to remove all that is to use soap and your choice of soap will make a huge difference to how your skin will look and feel.
Soaps made with harsh detergents and other chemical additives are going to strip your skin of those natural oils so it makes sense to avoid such products, right? But you love your liquid body wash ?
That bottle of body wash is a soup of mostly water and unpronounceable and horrible chemicals. But it lathers up profusely so we believe it is cleaning us. True, it is. Going back to the oily dishes analogy, the best way to get oil and grease off is by using a detergent. That's also what is in mass produced body washes and soaps, detergent. Albeit tempered so it is not as harsh as the detergents you use for dish washing, but detergent nonetheless.
Your second step is to ensure that the soap you use is as natural as possible. Being able to pronounce and recognize the ingredients is a simple way to tell how natural a product is.
Which brings us to the third step: exfoliation
Removing those dead skin cells from the surface of your skin requires a little friction. A little friction.
The dead skin cells are sitting on the surface and the oil in your skin is holding them there, not super glue! All you need is a little gentle exfoliation to separate them so they wash away. Beneath those dead skin cells are the newer skin cells, the ones you want to keep and take care of, but heavy exfoliation will damage them. Kind of a self defeating action wouldn't you say?
Along the same lines, too much exfoliation and/or too frequent exfoliation does the same thing.
Gentle exfoliation a couple of times a week is ideal. How do you do that?
There are many exfoliating products on the market: sponges and loofahs (both natural & man made), those tulle/net thingummies, soaps with exfoliants in them, and of course sand paper (just kidding on that last one).
We believe that the gentlest and most effective form of exfoliation is with a natural soap that has exfoliant properties due to the ingredients used. I'm sure you have heard of loofah soaps and these are probably the harshest and should be reserved for your feet.
Looking for the perfect balance between moisturizing properties and exfoliating properties, we have developed our Purple Pumice Body Bar Soap.
It is made with super fine pumice powder to create just enough friction to catch those dead skin cells and allow the water to wash them away.
We also used Lavender Essential Oil with a dash of Peppermint Essential Oil in this body bar which has incredible healing properties to take care of any damage that has occurred throughout the day to those newer skin cells.
I'm not supposed to make claims but if you have a good quality Lavender Essential Oil (which you should have in your first aid kit), and if you burn your finger, say on a hot pan when you are cooking or on the iron, immediately dab a drop or two of Lavender Essential Oil onto the burn area so it is covered. It is absolutely incredible how quickly the stinging will subside and if you catch it soon enough it will even prevent blistering. OK I said it, shoot me (but it's true).
The fourth step is to moisturize while your skin is still damp.
LOTIONS are the typical thing we would reach for to moisturize, they are light and absorb quickly.
Did you know that lotions are mostly water and whenever water is introduced into a product then a preservative absolutely must be added because bacteria loves to breed in water. Without a preservative bacteria will be breeding away before it is even visible as a discoloration in the product and frighteningly quickly.
There is no natural preservative that is effective which means a man made chemical preservative has to be used for your protection. Which is all fine and dandy, the miniscule amount of preservative (usually 1 - 3% of the entire volume) is not considered harmful.
Alternatively, you can use a BODY BUTTER. This is my favorite because it is 100% natural and does not contain any water. It is also much more effective. Say you applied it to your skin after your morning shower, you won't have to apply it again until after your next shower. Whereas with a lotion you have to reapply it every few hours. I'm all about saving time.
In a pinch, when I am out of stock of the body butters I make, I use straight organic Shea Butter. Take a small piece and start from your elbows or your knees or your heels, those are all points that need a bit extra moisturizing. Then rub the butter outwards to the rest of your skin. As your body heat melts the butter it gets easier to spread and you really don't need to use much at all. The trick is not using too much cause you don't want to feel like a basted chicken?
HYDRATE FROM WITHIN
The final thing which doesn't really fit in anywhere in a sequence, because it should be something you are doing all the time anyway, for so many different reasons, is to hydrate internally.
Yes, drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body. I have read that it is better to drink room temperature water, but I lived in Texas and drinks are either hot or cold.
And in other news, in case you wanted to meet me, Channel 13 recently did a story on TAYORi, click HERE to go the video on their website.
Finally, here is a discount code PP15 as an introductory offer for you to try out our Purple Pumice Body Bar Soap. Just use it at check out to get 15% off this product no matter how many you order. Of course you can share the code with family and friends. Valid through September 6th, 2019 so don't wait too long.
Remember Winter can be the toughest time on your skin and winter is coming.
That's all we have on how not to have reptile skin, hope you enjoyed the read.