Quite Continental Charm School: Day 5 – Winterize Your Skin

05/02/2012 § Leave a comment

The Quite Continental Charm School
A modern guide to creating a charmed life

Photo taken by George Skadding for LIFE Magazine in 1948.

Day 5: Winterize Your Skin
A charmed life is definitely about feeling your best and putting your best self forward whenever possible, and it is undeniable that when you look your best, you feel at your best.  Today we turn our attention to perfecting your birthday suit in the winter.  While basic skincare is important the entire year, during the winter months your skin requires a bit of extra care  — because really, no one wants to shake hands with an alligator. Between the wind, the rain, the snow, and the drying air from furnaces and heaters, our skin is zapped of all its moisture and sorely in need of renewal.

Luckily, the solution is simple.  Incorporate an exfoliating agent into your cleansing regimen and then follow with a rich conditioner.  For areas that need extra attention like your feet, knees, elbows and lips, use a good balm.

Ladies, I’m guessing this tip might be a no-brainer, but I did want to draw your attention to a few products that I have been loving this winter.  L’Occitane Certified Organic Pure Shea Butter is amazing; it healed a chapped, post-flu nose and is a great addition to my DIY home manicures.  Dairy Association Bag Balm is a familiar canister that my mother has had on her bedside table for as long as I can remember.  Created to prevent cows’ udders from chapping, this balm will soften up just about anything.  And, added bonus, it’s made in the USA.  Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Body Polish is my very favorite scrub — it is a bit on the coarser side, so some may not want to use it every day.

Gentlemen, I’m still trying to figure out why most of you won’t use lotion.  Is it because it seems feminine?  Or perhaps you don’t care to add one more thing to your morning routine, for brevity’s sake? As a liberal user of the snooze button, I can definitely understand that.  In any event, if you incorporate even a weekly use of a moisturizer, you will definitely feel the difference — as will those who snuggle up against you.  I highly recommend Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Lotion, which is available in most drugstores, is inexpensive and works wonders.  It is unscented, so you won’t have to worry about smelling like flowers or fruit.  As for cleansing, I love the scent and feel of Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap.  It will slough off the dry bits for you and isn’t as drying as most bar soaps.

Sidenote:  For those with skin that tends toward combination, oily, or acne-prone, you may want to try a blemish-fighting scrub like Peter Thomas Roth Blemish Buffing Beads, but I’ve also found a cheaper alternative: good old St Ives Swiss Formula Apricot Scrub works just as well.

From top leftKiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Body Polish
Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub

Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm

Peter Thomas Roth Blemish Buffing Beads

St Ives Swiss Formula Apricot Scrub

Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap

From bottom left:  Dairy Association Bag Balm 
L’Occitane Certified Organic Pure Shea Butter
 
L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream
 
Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Lotion
 
Rosebud Salve

The Quite Continental Charm School
A modern guide to creating a charmed life

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