All this cold, miserable weather of late in the UK hasn’t helped my quest for beautifully hydrated, smooth skin. Our skin needs some serious TLC at this time of year and with the clocks having gone back an hour last night in the UK, Dove have asked me to share some moisturisation tips so we can all use that precious extra hour to pamper our way to softer, smoother skin with Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash!
Below is the routine I used this morning to make the most of my extra hour:
1.Bring a sense of hotel luxury into your bathroom. Use mood lighting with the dimmer switch and scented candles. Low lighting gives the brain a message that it’s time to relax. (5 mins)
2.Apply a generous amount of hair treatment/oil/conditioner to the mid lengths and ends of your hair and comb through. Tie into a loose, high bun (it needs to be out of your face). (5 mins)
3.Before getting into the shower take 5 minutes to vigorously sweep a body brush up the arms, legs and back towards the heart. This stimulates lymphatic circulation, which helps you to eliminate toxins effectively and feel energised for the day. (5 mins)
4.Cleanse your skin thoroughly and then use your usual moisturiser/serum/facial oil as a treatment by using more than usual and applying it like a mask. Don’t work it into the skin too much, let it sit on top and your skin will absorb what it needs. The steam from the shower will help it to be absorbed into the skin. (10 mins)
5.Step into the shower and keeping your face and hair masks on, begin to treat the skin on the rest of your body. Give skin the superior care it deserves with Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash, exfoliation gently removes dry skin cells from the surface, allowing moisturisers to function effectively. Different massage movements in the shower can help various parts of your body; for example long strokes up the legs help to stimulate circulation, and spiralling movements around your neck and shoulders help to loosen any knots. (10 mins)
6.Once the steam from the shower has helped your face and hair mask to be absorbed, they can both be rinsed off leaving beautifully smooth and well hydrated hair and skin. (5 mins)
7.Apply body moisturiser while your skin is still damp. That way, the moisturiser helps retain the moisture still on your skin. Let it soak in for a few minutes, and then towel off the excess. (10 mins)
8.As the weather gets colder, we have the urge to switch on the heating but hot air can be damaging to our skin. Use a humidifier for short periods of time in a well-ventilated room and keep the door closed so that moist air doesn’t escape… Or place a bowl of wet rice on top of your radiator to put some moisture back into the room and your skin. (10 mins)
Most of these steps are part of my regular routine but Dove recommended the body brush and their new Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash, both of which were new to me. After just one wash, my skin is softer, smoother and feels firmer. Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash is one of the best exfoliating body washes I have used; thorough yet gentle and hydrating.
Dove scientists have revolutionised body wash technology, by replacing the harsher cleansers present in other high street body washes with gentler Glycinate and NutriumMoisture Technology. NutriumMoisture technology contains a blend of skin-natural moisturisers, designed to leave your skin feeling refreshed, pampered and deeply nourished. NEW Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash replenishes nutrients lost during cleansing to help smooth skin and strengthen its moisture barrier. Skin is left feeling naturally beautiful- it doesn’t feel stripped nor greasy but just clean and comfortable. The lather and clean scent add to the appeal of the body wash and the exfoliating sand beads are gentle enough for everyday use. The result is a beauty routine that can truly start in the shower, with the added benefit of a rich, luxurious lather to enjoy.
Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash is available at all major supermarkets and pharmacies. RRP- £2.55 for 250ml and £4.38 for 500ml.
Thank you Dove for the moisturisation tips and for making me take this extra hour for some pampering- I needed it! Hope you guys enjoyed mine and Doves tips and I hope you will be trying them for yourselves!