Q. Just Wondering …… what is the best to use for dry skin on my body?

Does your skin feel dry, even after using moisturiser?

Skin is the first thing we look at on someone and often the first thing we touch on each other. Think of a baby’s skin, we all started with the same beautiful skin, and how it is cared for is up to you.

Your skin is largest organ of your body and it is very easy and quick to care for this important defence system.

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A. I like and use moisturiser and oil on my body but find that clients are often unsure of why we use oil on our skin as well as or instead of moisturiser.

Remember when your hairdresser first started putting Moroccan oil in your hair and you thought it was this amazing new revolution in hair styling products to give shine and diminish frizzy hair, a miracle in a bottle? Well oil on your body does pretty much the same thing as it does for your hair. Skin loves oil, especially surface dry skins that feel and looks rough, powdery and wrinkly or sometimes look like crocodile skin on the back of the lower legs (have a look).

When talking to clients, I find, most want to use a moisturiser on their body and when I ask why they don’t use oil on their skin if it’s dry they tell me ‘I had never thought of it’ or  ‘I hate the feel of oil on my skin’.

If you have surface dry skin then body oil is a better option than body lotion or moisturiser. You can use oil on its own or add it to your body lotion. Often we are conditioned to moisturising our body with cream based products due to marketing and the word ‘moisturiser’ but have you ever really thought about it? If a timber table is dry we add oils to nourish, protect and rejuvenate the timber surface and it gradually soaks in and looks amazingly restored. So think about your body and what it needs to nourish, hydrate and restore skin and you will find it will be oil or oil based body lotion or product.

I know some people dislike the feel of oils on their skin but if you apply oil after a shower when your skin is damp and warm you will find your skin absorbs it quicker. Pour a small amount of oil into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to warm the oil and then apply to your skin and you will find you don’t need a lot of oil. Start with your lower legs, as the calves are usually the driest area and continue to spread the oil to the thighs. Once your comfortable with the feel of the oil on your legs then you can gradually apply to the rest of your body.

What oil to use? This depends on what you like the smell and feel of as well as ease of use. I love to use organic virgin coconut oil for the smell as it reminds me of Bali and coconut oil has one of the smallest molecular structures of any oil, which makes it easy to absorb. Coconut oil is versatile as you can cook with it, use as a hair treatment, swallow it for well-being and it has a long shelf life however it solidifies in cooler weather and this makes it harder to pour and  people find it time consuming to use. All you have to do is put coconut oil in a tub instead of a bottle it comes in and use it for your body straight from a tub or stand the bottle of coconut oil in warm water for a few minutes. At ikatan Spa we use about 5 litres of coconut oil a week and to make it easy to prepare for spa treatments we warm the coconut oil and pour it into 100ml bottles then they are easy to melt in warm water as needed.

I also love organic camellia oil (from the green tea plant family) which is full of antioxidants and a light textured oil that is inexpensive, does not solidify like coconut oil and has no aroma which makes it a great base oil if I want to add pure essential oils.  Camellia oil is popular for pregnancy to help prevent stretch marks and also eczema type skin, which tends to be sensitive and extremely dry.

Remember to exfoliate your skin regularly as it stimulates your lymphatics and sloughs away dead, dry skin leaving fresh skin cells to absorb the hydration and you can nourish your skin and exfoliate at the same time with some scrubs like ikatan Spa sugar scrub.

Cooler weather means we wear more clothes, which absorb some of your natural oils from your skin. Exfoliate; try some oil instead of moisturiser or mix oil with your body products and apply after a shower and you will feel the difference.

Love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments.

Katrina Thorpe– Day Spa Oracle