Preparing for the Colder Months
As we enter the holiday season and the colder months, you’re likely to be slightly less active and at home under a warm blanket a little more frequently. But that doesn’t have to mean forgoing healthy habits or de-prioritizing your self-care. Winter is the perfect time to focus on creating a body care routine that feels fun and festive.
So, let’s turn your holiday season into a season of self-love and care with these 6 steps.
6 Steps to Cozy Up Your Christmas
Create a cozy ambiance
There are so many ways to create the perfect cozy ambiance for your body care routine so that you can feel totally relaxed during your pamper time.
- Run a warm bath – Any good body care routine begins with personal hygiene. It’s important before applying any moisturizing products to your skin that you are fresh and clean.
- Dim the lights and light a festive candle – No one wants to lay in a relaxing hot bath staring up at bright ceiling lights. If you don’t have the option to dim the bulb light in your bathroom, turn out the light entirely and use candles to brighten the space as this will really add a calm, soft experience.
- Add bath accessories – Bath trays, head pillows, and iPad holders are a few of the most popular ways to spruce up an evening bath, providing extra comfort and convenience to catch up on your favorite shows or enjoy a glass of wine in the bath. Be careful if you opt for adding snacks as you don’t want to drop any crumbs in the water with you!
Exfoliate with gloves for silky smooth skin
Exfoliation is a key part of a body care routine regardless of the time of year, but especially during the holidays as you want your skin to feel extra fresh for the work Christmas party and for fun-filled shopping trips. Exfoliating gloves, which you can buy from Target for $2, are super handy during the harsh winter months since they are both delicate and effective and a must for fake tan wearers. By gently massaging your skin, you can improve blood circulation, giving your skin a natural and healthy glow as well as rubbing away any dead skin cells. Exfoliation helps nourishing ingredients penetrate your skin, leaving it softened, hydrated, and ready for a fresh layer of tan to be applied.
Cleanse luxuriously with milk-based care
Milk has always been known for its beauty properties and is recognized as a natural remedy for the skin, which is why we recommend this ingredient specifically for a body care regime. After use, the skin is left feeling nourished and revitalized, with a radiant, healthy look because of the abundance of essential fatty acids, proteins, and vitamins. Fresh Beauty is a particular fan-favorite for body care products as they have an entire collection dedicated to Milk and is part of their holiday gift sets range.
The best thing about milk products is that they smell deliciously comforting and are also seriously hydrating and gentle to the skin, which is great if you regularly bathe in the company of a bath bomb as it avoids over-irritating your skin.
The delicacy of body wash you use may not be something that is on the forefront of your mind, especially when you have secret Santa ideas to think about, but actually, these small touches will help your skin to feel healthier and happier against the harsh winter cold.
Use whipped soap for smooth shaving
Whipped soap is a smooth and perfect winter-month concoction that turns shaving from a chore into a festive scented treat for your legs. Thanks to its ingredients, whipped soap aids in making your skin feel as smooth as possible while making shaving painless. Its creamy texture means it’s easy to spread across your skin and leaves fewer razor bumps than shaving foam. Plus, who doesn’t want their legs to smell of freshly baked gingerbread during this time of year? You can find tons of options on Etsy to suit your scent preferences.
Moisturizing is essential
An important and unmissable step in your holiday body care routine is to moisturize. As we’ve established, the winter months can get bitterly cold, and this sort of weather can actually damage your skin. The cold air strips your skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness, flaking, and irritation. So, don’t forget this step! We would recommend any body butter or lotion that contains nourishing ingredients – but if it smells like warm apple pie then even better.
And now, for the best part! Once you’ve completed the final step of the routine, all that’s left to do is pick your favorite pair of Christmas PJs and sit down for the night, all silky and smooth. The soft fabric of your pajamas is going to feel amazing against your freshly pampered skin.
We recommend maintaining a bodycare ritual at least twice a week in the lead-up to Christmas, to ensure it becomes a healthy habit you carry through to the new year!