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.