It’s January and the likelihood your skin’s not in crop top condition is almost a given. Blame it on the cold air, the lack of humidity, the fact that we’re bundling ourselves into a sleeping-bagged waddle to survive. All totally valid (wind chill is no joke), but this winter, let’s pamper our cold-weather skin for a change. We’re talking about getting luxurious here—slough yourself to an otherworldly glow, drench your body in gorgeous oils, and pop open a cold bottle of bubbles to enjoy once you emerge from the steam, glistening and ready for that (cashmere) crop top.
The fine purveyors of beauty at Anthropologie gave us their go-to products for dewinterizing skin. So, grab your plushest towel, strip down to your birthday suit, and let’s get to work…
Q: Why exfoliate anyway?
A: Exfoliating gives you instant results and long-term benefits; you’ll immediately see a glowing and smooth complexion as you’ve buffed away the dead skin cells, dirt, and oil. This process helps minimize pores, reduce breakouts, allow absorption of creams and serums, and visibly reduce fine lines. Long term, skin that’s exfoliated regularly will retain an exuberant and healthy look.
For face and neck, be sure to use an exfoliating product formulated for that area—they’re gentler than products designed for the body.
Q: Give us the lowdown on dry brushing.
A: Dry brushing stimulates the body’s circulation and lymphatic systems. It’s used to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. One of dry brushing’s immediate effects is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, and cellulite!
To dry brush most effectively, begin at the ankles and brush upward, using light but firm strokes. You always want to brush toward the heart because that’s way the lymph flows naturally. After the legs, brush the stomach, arms, and shoulders.
Dedicate at least 3-5 minutes to brushing, making sure to do so gently, to avoid irritation. Most experts recommend dry brushing in the morning rather than before bed because of its energizing qualities. Some people use the brush on its own while others apply a bit of body oil to the brush before using.
Q: And after dry brushing?
A: Hop in the shower to rinse off dead skin cells and impurities. 2-3 times a week (or once a week for sensitive skin), apply your favorite exfoliating cleanser, starting at the bottoms of your feet. Scrub in a circular motion and work your way up. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Featuring Buddy Scrub and Erbaviva Firming Salts
Q: Tips after we’re all scrubbed up?
A: After showering, apply lotion or oil to seal in the moisture. Tip: having a bit of residual water on your skin when moisturizing will leave you extra-dewy and hydrated!