The Winter Skincare Blues Part 3: Body
I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you what I do to keep my body as eczema and zit free as possible.
It is extremely important to me to not let perfumed products come into contact with my body.
If perfumes and dyes make your skin feel
like it's disintegrating, listen up!
For people, like myself, with more severe skin issues, regular drugstore products marketed for sensitive skin usually will not be enough. After testing out many products, here's what works for me from neck to toes!
I use an unscented laundry detergent (I've used Tide, Purex or Kirkland brand) and unscented Bounce fabric softener sheets. I used to hate that my clothes never smelled properly "clean", but I got used to it. And my skin thanks me. This has really made a difference in reducing irritation in the creases behind the elbows and knees.
To stay moisturized, I use La Roche Posay's Lipikar Baume. The Lipikar line is especially formulated for people with eczema and is also highly recommended for children. This is what my dermatologist originally recommended. The 400 ml retails for $33 CAD, the 200 ml retails for $25 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart.
If you have serious eczema, pat dry lightly after getting out of the bath or shower and immediately put on moisturizer, while you body is still a touch damp. This will help lock in moisture.
If my skin is extra, extra dry, or if I've got a hankering to feel extra silky-smooth, I use Avene Body Oil. It feels quite luxurious on the legs!
One product that I swear by is dermatologist recommended moisturizer called CeraVe. It comes in a big pot and I always have one on my bedside table and one on my desk at work. It's what I most frequently put on my hands. I also sometimes use it for my body. It is a thick cream. I've gotten several people hooked on this stuff and is one of the only drugstore brand I products that I use (i.e. not high end or luxury).
I have a love-hate relationship with the packaging. Because it is in a pot you can get the exact amount you want, and you can also easily use every last bit. But dipping your hands in a big pot over and over seems a little unsanitary.
It retails for about $20 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart.
My favourite, intense (don't buy this unless you really need it) non-prescription, ointment-like product for my hands is Cicaplast Mains by La Roche Posay. I usually buy half a dozen tubes of this at a time and put them in my purses, my luggage and in my car. I do not recommend their Lipikar hand cream as it is scented, which confuses me, since it is an eczema friendly line. The Cicaplast Mains retails for $11.99 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart.
One of the hardest things that my dermatologist told me was to cut back on the baths, and no bubble bath. I'm famous for my bubble bath loving ways! I find the Lipikar Bath Oil does bubble up nicely under running water! It retails for $19 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart.
My favourite soap is the Lipikar bar soap from La Roche Posay. It retails for $10 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart. Be warned, it does not really foam. But, I can't imagine ever switching from this soap. It has truly been completely skin changing for me. It retails for $10 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart and is the best choice if you have eczema. Trust me.
When I'm feeling like a foamy body wash, I go to Aveno Fragrance Free Body Wash.
*Hot tip: The Life Brand version at Shoppers Drug Mart is just as good, has the same ingredients and is less expensive.
When I'm getting some zits or ingrown hairs, I resort to Avene Body Scrub. I've had the same bottle of this for a couple of years now. But, yes, this does have controversial microbeads that are quite bad for the environment.
One of my favourite products to use on my body is Silky Underwear by Lush. I use this every day. It's especially essential for my Africa travel. Can't be sweaty and gross in a business meeting! You can dust it anywhere on your body where you'd like to keep extra fresh or sweat free. You can even use it in your underwear, hence the name! I normally can't go anywhere near Lush skincare products, but this product seems to not bother me at all. It retails for $9.95 CAD at Lush.
*If you have severe skin issues, I do not recommend trying other Lush skincare or bath products. I have had some serious burns on my skin from them in the past.
This is an area of my body that I'm so ashamed by. My feet are also very dry and cracked. I'm not as great about maintaining my skin there as I need to be. A couple of years ago I got a serious staph infection from a pedicure that needed an emergency medical procedure. Now, as you can imagine, I'm scared of pedicures... or any sort of tools for foot grooming.
You know what? Better foot care is going to be a 2017 resolution! Get that pumice out, girl!
Anyhow, one product that I have really enjoyed lately is Sephora's new disposable foot sheet masks. The packaging says to leave them on for 20 mins, but I leave these on overnight. I buy the almond one, which retails for $6 CAD at Sephora.
Look, I have stinky feet. It's embarrassing. I do my best. The one product that I love (and even have my father using!) is Lush's T for Toes. It's a powder that you can rub on your feet and sprinkle into your socks or shoes. It's made with tea tree oil which is known for its antiseptic qualities. Again, this is one of only two products that I would ever use from Lush. It retails for $6.95 CAD at Lush.
The Final Step
Two things are growing to be more and more important to me:
1) Not looking a million years old
2) Not getting skin cancer
I was recently on Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand. There were quite a few beach vacationers that could use a sunscreen lecture from their doctors! Although, on the plus side, maybe their hide could be sold for bags and shoes?
Sunscreen, folks! It is so very important! If you go anywhere sunny with me (including in Canada), I'm going to be constantly handing you a bottle of sunscreen. And since I'm generously allowing you to use my uber expensive sunscreen, the least you could do is put it on!
I like this one from La Roche Posay! I've also tried great versions by Avene and Roc. I usually like to purchase at least SPF 50. And I do find an aerosol bottle more convenient to apply, although, I know it's also not so great for the environment. This retails for about $35 CAD per bottle at Shoppers Drug Mart. Yes, upsettingly expensive.
Bonus: Skincare, Level Expert
If you have a hot date, are going to a wedding or are going out clubbing and you want a little extra touch of glow on your skin, I have just the trick for you! Take a large powder brush and lightly dust a powder highlighter the tops of your shoulders and your collarbone. The light will hit your skin beautifully. There are lots of options, ranging from inexpensive drugstore brands, to a little more high end. For something a little more high end and subtle I'd suggest the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders. It's a nice illuminating powder, without glitter, that will pick up the light nicely when you apply it to the high points of your body (or face). It also has a large pan that can take accommodate a larger brush for body make-up. It retails for $48 CAD at Sephora.
As an aside, Hourglass powders have this amazing skin blurring property. They look especially great on more mature skin. The powders will not sink into fine lines and they look great on camera. I splurged on this palette a while ago and I use it every single day.
I love Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops. For a more intense glow, try these custom drops! You can use a Beauty Blender to blend them out. Beware, you have to work fast as it drys quickly.
For an subtle hint of allover glow, you can also add a couple of drops of the enhancer drops to a moisturizer.
They retail for $52 at Sephora and can also be mixed with foundation or used alone as a highlighter on the face. The first four shades are highlighting and the darkest two are bronzing!
That wraps it up! I very rarely will stray from products on this list! Have a skincare recommendation or question? I'd love to hear about it below in the comments!
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