When you start to get older, one of the biggest challenges is keeping your skin soft and looking young. For me, though, it’s mostly about soft skin – not so much about looking younger because there’s enough obsession out there to look young. I’m with the philosophy of “aging gracefully”. Girrlll, there is nothing more annoying to me than dull, itchy skin. I know I’m not the only one with this issue, so I want to share a few things I’ve been doing or want to try to keep my skin soft:
Milk bath – This is one thing I haven’t tried yet, but supposedly Cleopatra’s secret to soft skin was soaking in a milk bath. Apparently the lactic acid in milk is an alpha hydroxy acid that helps dissolve dead skin cells.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate – When old skin cells accumulate on the surface, it can leave your skin looking dull, dry, and feeling rough. The build-up can also cause excess oil and clogged pores. I’m currently using Vivo Per Lei Dead Sea Minerals Facial Peeling, a product that a friend turned me onto, and I absolutely love, love, love it. You can actually see the dead skin coming off as you gently rub it across your face.
In the shower I’m currently using Softsoap’s new Fresh & Glow products including the Exfoliating Fruit Polish and Hydrating Shower Cream. The Fruit Polish contains apricot seed powder, which helps with exfoliation, plus orange oil (source of Vitamin A and C) and sweet almond seed extract to help lock in moisture. The Hydrating Shower Cream contains milk protein, almond, and coconut, which all help to soften the skin.
|Avocado mask works!|
Avocado mask – One of the most important elements of avocado is potassium, which keeps cells hydrated and supports the growth of new skin cells. I found this recipe for an avocado face mask and decided to try it out. My face definitely felt softer!
Eat and drink healthy – Fill your diet with revitalizing foods such as romaine lettuce, tomatoes (a natural antioxidant), strawberries (for Vitamin C), and almonds (for Vitamin E), just to name a few. I also make sure to drink plenty of water each day.
Use an alcohol-free toner – Immediately follow up with moisturizer to seal in hydration. (Thanks to Renee Rouleau for this tip.) I actually have Pixi’s Glow Tonic that I probably should use more often.
How do you keep your skin looking and feeling soft?