The weather here in West LA is still spring-like with highs in the low 70s and cool evenings, but I decided my trip to Palm Springs last weekend would be my official start to summer. Before heading out, I lathered up on all my current favorite skin products, getting the softest, smoothest, and most hydrated skin I could!
I have sensitive skin, especially my face, so I’m often apprehensive to try to new brands and products, but I’ve added a few to the mix recently that I’m loving. I was recently gifted some Indie Lee products (all eco-friendly and natural) and I’m kind of obsessed with them now – especially the body balm and moisturizing oil. I’m hoping to try her other scents in the the oils as well as the body wash and lotions! You can find her products online at Anthropologie, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Indie Lee…
BODY | SKIN SMOOTHING
I’ve recently started dry brushing every morning. After hearing about its benefits from a few different places, I decided to give it a whirl. It’s supposed to help with removing toxins from your body. Brooklyn Blonde has a great explanation and tutorial of dry brushing. I picked up my dry brush at Target for $6 – so it’s an inexpensive investment. It was weird and not super comfortable at first, but now I find I’m used to it and I’ve gotten a bit faster.
I’ve been a longtime fan of scrubs. I use them before shaving to help reduce irritation. This Coconut Citrus Scrub is thicker than what I traditionally use, but it’s well worth it. It comes with a cute little scoop. Mix with water to softly scrub and exfoliate your legs and arms. I do this in the shower/bath so I can wash all the product and any sloughed away skin down the drain. It leaves your skin a moisturized because of the coconut and jojoba oils, which is a great feature just before shaving.
BODY | SKIN SOOTHING
I used to use baby oil with my lotion to add a deeper layer of moisture to my daily routine. At some point, I ditched the practice – I think when I wasn’t wearing many shorts or swimsuits when we lived in Oakland. This moisturizing oil has me occasionally back in the habit now, and I think it will be more routine when summer really gets here. I’ve been using the Patchouli Sandalwood scent and love the non-fruity scent. My guy even commented that it smells like a massage when I have it on. The Vanilla Citrus and Lavender Chamomile both sound heavenly too, don’t they? I like to mix the oil in with my body lotion for normal occasions. For an extra boost of moisture when I’m going to be by the pool or on the beach, I rub a small amount on my arms and legs. It’s also great when you want to add a boost to your skin for dresses in the summer!
Rosehip has recently popped up on my radar as well. It’s supposed to reduce redness and inflammation – ideal just before applying makeup. I’m experimenting with a few rosehip face lotions at the moment, including this Mineral Fusion moisturizer. It goes on easily and is a good, everyday lotion. I wish it had SPF so I could use it as my moisturizer after I wash my face in the mornings just to save me another step, but otherwise it’s nice.
HANDS & FEET
I mentioned this AVON Moisture Therapy in my Winter Skin Essentials Review back in January and it’s still a part of my daily routine. I use it primarily on my feet, after showering and before I apply my body moisturizer. Wearing sandals and tennis shoes for running, I find my tootsies need a bit more help than the rest of my body. It rubs in quickly and my feet are in good condition with practically no extra effort.
I’ve been a long time fan of cuticle oils and this Indie Lee Hydrating Body Balm does that same thing without an oil dropper or brush. I love the oils, but with this balm formula, I don’t have to worry about dripping. I grab a dab of the balm and rub it around my nail beds to prevent dry skin and to keep my manicure lasting longer. I’ve been throwing it in my purse, work bag, and carry-on recently so I can always have it on hand (literally!). It’s amazing!
Indie Lee & Mineral Fusion gifted me these products, but all opinions are my own.
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