Treating Dry SkinLet’s talk scaly skin. Holy hounds it’s a disgusting side effect of cold winter winds and copious numbers of layers. When was the last time you actually did anything to your legs, apart from encase them in a pair of jeans? If it was this morning/last night even sometime in the part week, I applaud you for doing what I have neglected.

I’ve gotta be honest, when it comes to beauty, I am shamefully lax about keeping the skin on my body in tip top condition. Face? I’ve got that covered every which way from Sunday. I’m positively evangelical about the need for good skincare and sunscreen but when it comes to anything below the décolletage (and before you ask, yes, facial skincare should always, ALWAYS extend below the chin and right down your neck and onto your chest, lest you have the face of a 25 year old and the décolletage of a 75 year old crocodile who smokes 50 a day and visits a solarium), I become a complete renegade and make grand proclamations that the shower cream I use will also moisturise and, failing that, my body will develop some kind of system where by it moisturises itself using the fat from all the avocado’s that I eat (if only). Sadly, neither of these things have done a particularly fabulous job and I am left with legs that wouldn’t shock the aforementioned 75 year old chain smoking croc. Luckily, there’s a super easy way to banish the scaly skin blues once and for all, or at least till the next time I decide to just wear my snuggie continuously for a week at a time. The remedy involves two familiar faces that can be found lurking in the majority of bathrooms around the country, nay, the world. The first is body oil and the second is your bog standard body lotion, cream, balm, moisturiser (she goes by many names, this little fox).

Body oil is an absolute godsend for dry skin. It repairs and nourishes instantly but can be fragile, wiped off at the first sight of a snuggie leg, therefore losing a substantial amount of its power. That’s where your body cream comes in. The cream adds another layer of moisture as well as locking the oil into your skin. It’s a win win situation. Don’t have a specific body oil? Go out and treat yourself. In the meantime? Head to the kitchen and trap a bottle of olive/coconut or grape seed oil. You may feel as if you’re basting yourself ready for the frypan but in actual fact, you’re treating your skin to a delicious cocktail of antioxidants.

The best bit? If you indulge in this two minute ritual post shower (and if you’re feeling really motivated, post exfoliation, try this nifty DIY Scrub or THIS little pot of goodness), you should be set for a couple of days worth of silky soft skin, such is the power of this dynamic duo. Five days might be pushing it but you could certainly get away with doubling up every second or maybe even every third day, especially if you use a really good moisturising shower oil or cream (say no to the gel).

My pick(s) of the litter for body oils includes: GAIA Pure Pregnancy Belly Oil, $17.95, fab regardless of your bump status and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Soothing Oil For Itchy Skin, $14.50  (seriously dry and/or itchy skin rejoice and bathe frequently in this one. And it smells like heaven, if heaven was made from bars of rich cocoa goodness.)

I have tried approximately 3000 body potions and lotions over the years but the pick(s) of the bunch have to be The Body Shop Brazil Nut Body Butter, $27.95  (the pot lasts FOREVER and it smells good enough to eat), Clarins Extra Firming Body Cream, $68 (thick and rich and dynamite for less than firm skin and pesky dimples. Yes, it’s on the pricey side but I’ve had my pot for over 12 months and it really does do what it says on the package).

Other prodz to keep an eye out for… QV Bath Oil, $11.20 (do what it says on the bottle and whack a capful in the bath.. Seriously soothing and highly moisturising), Sukin Wellbeing Body Oil, $19.95 (100% au naturale, beautifully hydrating and soothing) and DermaSukin Intensive Hydrating Cream, $15.95 (ultra thick and moisturising).

Now, no excuses. Go slay that scaly beast once and for all!

Linking up with Jess @ ‘Essentially Jess’ for IBOT

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    September 5, 2012 at 9:08 am (4 years ago)

    Have you tried plain coconut oil from the grocery store? A-MAZE-ing!

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  5. Renee Wilson
    May 6, 2014 at 10:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Nice choice of products! I’m definitely sporting the croc skin at the moment. Not a good look. I love that Clarins cream. I received a tester sized one in a Clarins pack recently and love it. I had no idea cream was meant to go all the way down your neck and chest etc. Oh, I have no hope! 🙂 Thanks for the tips 🙂

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  6. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    May 7, 2014 at 9:53 am (3 years ago)

    I’m sure it’s too humid up here, even in winter, SE Qld, for me to get too scaly! Love Clarins but since having kids I’ve had to sacrifice lots of great products 🙁

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  7. EssentiallyJess
    May 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Since moving from Darwin, I really notice the dry air so I moisturise daily. Can’t stand the feeling of dry skin. Need to get better at that décolletage though!

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  8. Elise Miller
    May 14, 2014 at 10:32 pm (3 years ago)

    I am a fan of Clarins and Sukin brands so it’s great that those are included in your post. Now I definitely know how to get rid of scaly skin.

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