Spring is here! The cold weather has encouraged us to cover up and hide away from its brutal breezes, and the sight of warmer days is a long-awaited welcome. Before we can show off our fabulous legs, we need to dig our razors out of hibernation and ensure we’re properly prepping our skin for shaving. So how do we prepare?
Use conditioner instead of shaving cream. Shaving cream is good and dandy, but hair conditioner is better for shaving. Hair conditioner not only softens the hair, it also conditions the skin. This helps to make shaving easier as well as reduce nicks from your razor. Hair conditioner helps keep skin smooth and soft after shaving, but always remember to moisturize!
Remove hair at night. When using razors, wax or chemical based creams, you are not only removing hair, but also exfoliating dead skin. With much of the loose skin removed, you are left with newly exposed skin. For some, this can be irritating as the skin is more sensitive. To help, shave at night before you go to bed. While you are sleeping, your skin is less exposed to the outdoor elements, and most likely covered by sheets and blankets. This extra time under the warm covers can help calm the skin making it easier to tolerate the rubbing of pants, stockings and other clothing throughout the day.
Moisturize before you go to bed. To optimize your efforts to keep dry skin at bay, you should moisturize before you go to bed. While sleeping, your sheets and blankets create a warm cocoon for your skin. The warmth of the bed aids the skin in absorbing and retaining applied moisture. Naturally, you'll need to moisturize in the morning after your shower; however, through consistent efforts, you will see that your skin is less dry and ashy. This is especially true of dry, cracked feet. Moisturizing your feet and then using socks when you sleep will transform your life. You'll notice a positive difference as soon as the next day.
Your underarms are skin, too. Moisturizing your underarms after a shower every night can help improve the health of your skin. Most large brand deodorants are made of harsh chemicals that can dry and harden your skin. Add regular hair removal, and your underarm skin may feel scaly and itchy. After your evening shower, apply a small amount of moisturizer under your arms. A dab of our light and smooth Body Butter will do the trick. The more natural the better. After your shower the next morning, apply your deodorant as usual. Over time, your underarms will feel smoother and softer.
Drink water. If you heard me say it once, you've heard me say it a million times. Drink more water.
According to Kenneth Ellner, MD of Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases, PC "Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration," he says. "But once you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over and excrete excess fluids." (Kathleen M. Zelman, 2008)
You body responds to what you put in it. Dry skin woes can not be solved with creams and lotions alone. It needs the assistance of a healthy diet and lots of clean water.
"The AI [adequate intake] for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day." (The Mayo Clinic, 2014)
If you have tips and tricks that work for you, please share.
Kathleen M. Zelman, M. R. (2008, May 08). 6 Reasons to Drink Water. Retrieved from WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/diet/6-reasons-to-drink-water?page=1
The Mayo Clinic. (2014, September 05). Water: How much should you drink every day? Retrieved from Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256