Posted by Kate
One of THE most important aspects of aging well is staying limber and physically active, and towards that end I am a huge believer in the health benefits of massage. I used to explain (somewhat sheepishly) to people that I "treated" myself to a two-hour massage every month, but I no longer look at massage as a reward or a treat, although it IS a divine experience. For some strange reason, we seem to think that anything that is truly good for us has to either taste bad, hurt, or require major sacrifice. Cleary that is not so with massage and these two-hour sessions have become an integral part of my wellness program, just like eating well, and getting enough sleep and exercise. I have even started a mini massage program for my horses, which has resulted in fewer injuries and an astoundingly contented herd of hay burners!
In addition to all of the typical benefits of massage, I am always impressed with the way the skin all over my body looks and feels after having soothing body oil rubbed into it for two hours. It is mildly exfoliated, deeply moisturized, rosy in color from the physical stimulation, and it smells great. I have often tried to replicate that great look and feeling at home but have had little success. Until now.
The nice people at SKINN recently sent me a pot of their Sweet and Smooth Body Polish to test, and I absolutely love it.
I rub a small handful all over my body for a few minutes at the end of my shower (paying particular attention to knees and elbows), rinse it off, and marvel at how great my skin looks and feels immediately. The texture of the body polish starts out as slightly abrasive... apparently I am rubbing large grains of cane sugar into my skin.... which seems to be just enough time and texture to smooth off dead skin without leaving me roughed up. Within 30 seconds, the sugar is gone and the heavenly smelling mixture morphs into a deeply moisturizing and slightly tacky coating, which works to seal in the moisture now contained deep within my skin. By the time I am ready to towel off, the product has penetrated deeply, leaving only a lovely sheen and a scent that is delightfully sweet and clean. Did I mention that I love it?
If I choose to apply my normal body moisturizer after a few minutes, it is still possible although not necessary. And no wonder.... once I read all the ingredients it seems that it contains every type of natural moisturizer currently known to mankind. And just as important...nothing on the TIA no-no list! Did I mention that I love it? The instructions call for using it at least twice per week, but it just smells so good and leaves my skin feeling so great that I am now making up excuses to use it almost daily. The one and only warning I might include is that I wouldn't recommend it for use on rough heels and feet if you are showering, as it will leave your skin a bit slippery..... too slippery for me on a wet shower floor.
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to treat your olfactory senses and banish the last traces of dry and flaky winter skin, I can't think of any more delightful way to start or end your day than making a shower date with Skinn's Sweet and Smooth Body Polish.
Did I mention that I love it?
Sucrose (cane sugar), carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, stearic acid, dimethicone, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, euterpe oleracea (açai), butyrospermim parkii (shea) butter, pistacia vera (pistachio) seed oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia) seed oil, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, bassia latifolia (mowrah) seed butter, tocopheryl acetate, vanilla planifolia fruit oil