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My Body Regimen for Soft and Supple Skin

October 18, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 8 Comments

It’s easy to ignore yourself from the chin down with winter months coming on. You can forget about those crinkly knees and crepey arms, swaddled under layers of clothes.  But we should be doing the opposite; this is really the worst time for skin, trapped under winter woolies, where it doesn’t breathe or exfoliate, not to mention dehydration from central heating. Plus there’s no suntan to disguise blemishes.

So in the spirit of taking my own advice (not always easy), I have been trying to lay the foundation of a body regimen that will take me through spring. The last time I wrote about my body regimen was last May and I have to say that most of what I was doing then has stood the test of time and my skin is softer and more supple than it was last winter. Lately, though, I’ve brought in some new additions that will see me into the coming winter months.

I’ll start with the new. I really enjoy using Zinn’s Smooth Body Milk, which is much more decadent than its price tag suggests ($25 in the TIA shop). Despite the name, it is a cream rather than a lotion and its rich texture leaves my skin feeling really soft. As well as being a great body lotion in its own right – a simple, natural and benign formulation with argan and sunflower oils plus shea  - I’ve found it is a thrifty compliment to the more expensive Osmotics Age Defense Body Silk ($85 in the TIA store). I tend to alternate Osmotics with the Zinn because I like that it has some powerful anti-agers: carnosine, which researchers believe can extend the number of times cells can reproduce themselves, plus there’s radical scavenging aldenine and thermos thermophillus ferment. I am on my second and third tubes of these body lotions respectively.

Another welcome newcomer to my after-shower routine is La Isha’s Breast SOS ($45 in the TIA shop), a distillation of essential oils and fatty acids from hemp and rosehip that, with a gentle massage, creates a delightful warming sensation and the realization that you can’t give your breasts too much TLC.

I have just gone back to SenZen’s Infinity ($95 in the TIA shop) as my neck cream of choice. One of its key ingredients is caprooyl tetrapeptide-3 (it also goes by the name ChroNOline), a peptide that is supposed to maintain the skin’s scaffolding and prevent sagging. Within a couple of days of opening a new jar, the skin on my neck looked different. If it was a cat it would have been purring.

Which goes for the rest of me as well. I have to admit though that my softer and suppler skin is also due to some less glamorous maintenance techniques that I mentioned in my last body regimen post are still very much on the agenda, including daily brushing with the Clarisonic brush and exfoliating with either Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel Full Strength ($45 in the TIA shop) or Lumixyl’s Glycopeel ($60) on the neck, elbows and knees.

  • October 21, 2011

    by Ronnie

    Hi- this is my first time commenting here, but I love all anti-aging information. Tight budget is my biggest concern, but I try to get the cheapest, best thing. I must say that I dry brush daily with a natural bristle body brush, wash with a nylon loofah and Dove soap, and I have been switching around with drug store body lotions and my skin is alway super soft. I'm in my late 50's and my real problem is the laxity of skin everywhere. I'm currently using Olay Quench Plus Firming body lotion and I do think I seed some slight firming of the skin.

    I know I really need a miracle for my body and face (I'm thin and look good, but there is sagging), but my question is, shouldn't the same ingredients be in face, neck and body creams to combat the issue of skin laxity? I have found that Skin Actives face and eye creams do a great job for a reasonable cost, but they don't have a body lotion and their Dream Cream didn't do much for me.

    Thanks for all your info. Unfortunately, most of the products you write about are too expensive for me right now.

  • October 20, 2011

    by deb

    well, i'm still loving the natural shea butter. my skin just soaks it up.

  • October 19, 2011

    by Marta

    It's really great. Gentle and refreshing

  • October 19, 2011

    by Dennis

    That's great Marta! and very humorous IMO. How are you like the Creo?

  • October 18, 2011

    by VickyL

    I love the La Isha Breast SOS. Wonderful smelling oils that absorb so quickly. Very different from other oils I've tried and promotes soft supple breast skin. It sounds like I'll have to try the Zinn body milk too. My skin gets so ultra dry in winter.

  • October 18, 2011

    by Jen E

    I am still really liking the Terralina Organic Body Lotion ($28), especially right after showering. I don't know whether it's all of the olive based ingredients or the Shea butter, or all of the above, but my skin feels so hydrated & soft all day! Sometimes they run a half off promotion, but even at $28, it's not a bad price!

  • October 18, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Dennis, I have a terrible habit of using rejected shampoos as body wash (waste not want not), but after Claudia's great review, I bought myself a bottle of Creo's Antioxidant body wash

  • October 18, 2011

    by Dennis

    What body wash are you using? I've been using Dr Woods Black soap with a Salux towel in the shower and then applying Alba maximum lotion with AHA's. Once in a while I will use my Korean Italy cloth. BTW, I use these specific products after a lot of research and for their high ratings on various sites, plus they are in my price range. I would love to try some of this pricier stuff someday. Anyway anytime someone touches or even accidentally brushes up against me they always have a shocked reaction of "you're so soft!"

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