Senior Beauty Writer
I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves how damn soft a baby’s skin is. Now we can’t really turn back time and give you the skin you had when you were born, but with some effort, I promise you’ll get pretty close. And guess what, we’re right on time for International Hug Day! If you’re looking for ways to make those Valentine’s Day cuddles more fun, nothing better than soft, smooth skin. It’ll keep him running his hands over all the right places! *wink*. Now that we have your attention, here’s how you can turn back time and get baby soft skin.
The entire process is pretty easy, you just need to remember to exfoliate! Dead skin cells are the number one cause for dull, rough and uneven skin.
Here’s the recipe for cuddle-ready skin:
Step 1: Soak! Soak yourself in a nice warm bath if you have a bathtub. Don’t worry if you dont. Just take a nice hot shower. The steam from the hot water will open up your pores.
Step 2: Scrub! Use a good scrub and get scrubbing! Use a gentler scrub for your face though.
Step 3: Oil! Once you’re done sloughing those dead skin cells off, make sure you use a good body oil or any kind of moisturiser really. This will lock in the moisture and kickstart your skin into recovery mode.
Step 4: Snooze! My personal favourite step! Put on a comfy pair of jammies and call it a night. You’ll wake up to soft, as close as it gets to a baby's butt skin!
Here are some of our favourite products to make your hug day special!
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If you’ve got a bathtub at home, you definitely need a bath salt. This one smells like a lavender farm! The epsom salt and essential oil relax your muscles and rejuvenate your skin. Throw in some coconut milk or coconut oil into the bath for some extra moisture!
Once you’re done soaking your woes away, you need to scrub a dub dub! If you like a coarse, gets-the-job-done kinda scrub, a scrub soap is your go-to. This one from Khadi has natural apricot powder and glycerin to slough away those dead skin cells and gently moisturise.
Khadi Natural Apricot Scrub Soap
If you’re more of a scrub kinda’ gal, this body scrub is perfect for you. It’s got brown sugar, Vitamin E and coffee; not only does it smell delectable, but it’s also got some serious benefits apart from exfoliation and energising you. The coffee helps brighten your skin and help you get rid of any cellulite and stretch marks. The brown sugar makes for some really effective exfoliation.
Indulge yourself in a luxurious blend of argan oil in a format that's non-sticky! This dry body oil can be used on your hair and body. Spray a little bit onto your body while it’s still wet and give it a nice massage. Dab off any water with a towel and slip into your pyjamas! Your skin will be soft, radiant and supple. This oil would be a perfect choice for all year round.
The Body Shop
If you prefer a body butter over a body oil, this one is enriched with the goodness of almonds to keep your skin looking supple and young. It has honey too, which acts as natural sun protection. This body butter works really well to nourish and hydrate your skin in the cooler winter months.
The St. Ives body lotion is made with 100% natural moisturisers and has orchid and coconut extracts. The antioxidants present in orchids help in correcting any pigmented skin and the coconut milk helps repair and hydrate your skin restoring its natural glow. This is a lightweight moisturiser that won’t leave your skin feeling greasy making it perfect for everyday application.
This one is a moisturiser spray, making it easy to throw in your purse for easy on the go hydration. It’s non greasy and absorbs in an instant, and smells like chocolate. Need I say more? Best suited for dry skin, keep this guy handy in your travel suitcase.
This is the lazy girl’s guide to perfectly cleansed and moisturised skin! This is an in-shower cream cleanser, which basically means it acts like your shower gel and moisturiser! Use this in place of your daily soap / shower gel.
This is an exfoliator best suited for sensitive skin, use this one on your face and neck to get rid of any build-up. It is enriched with red algae, jojoba beads and date extracts to gently exfoliate and clean your skin.
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