You that moment when everything you’ve kept covered up for the past six months has to come out on show? Well, my little break to Spain uncovered a multitude of sins, as it does every year when I transition from sweaters to bikinis. But, while I was bemoaning the fact that nothing is as toned as it used to be and that when I first got into my bikini I was so white I looked Tippexed, the one thing I did notice was that my shins weren’t flaky. I posted a while ago that I’d given up on body lotions for a while and nothing bad had happened – well, nothing bad did happen, but the old scaly shins were still there – and now they aren’t. There is nil shed from them at all, and it’s a place where if you don’t exfoliate and moisturise regularly it really shows.
The good folks at Imedeen said this is where I might notice it first, and true to their words, it has. It is proof to me that it’s all going in the right direction with the trial and to be honest, if I see nothing else, I’d be quite happy with this result (although I’d hope for more).
If they could develop a tablet to tone your tummy though.. I’d buy it buy the tonne!
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I was curious to read a follow up post on your body lotion experiment – the one from January, where you said you were doing just fine without applying anything to your skin. My first thought at the time was: Wait until you have to get out of your winter clothes!
Skin has a funny way of “holding a grudge”, and reacting to things when you have long forgotten what the offending act or product was. With moisturizing, or lack of it, you will appear to be fine the first few weeks, especially if you had a good routine of taking care of your skin before. But as its reserves dry up (literally), it becomes less and less forgiving, and at the first change of weather you’ll see how it struggles to adjust. Flakiness is one consequence, another one can be fine wrinkles (even on young skin like yours!), and you will notice that it does take a lot longer to become normal, soft and supple again.
I hear you when you say you don’t want to apply cold creams when you have just stepped out of the bath, that they take too long to absorb, that it seems like a chore. I did think that myself in the past. One good solution to this is using a bath oil – so you are already nicely covered when you get out, and by the time you towel dry yourself, the oily feeling is gone, and your skin is left silky smooth. Another is to use a product with a pleasant and natural scent – lavender for the evening to help you sleep well, something floral or citrussy and uplifting in the morning, so you actually look forward to those few minutes while you apply the product on your skin.
Apologies for the long reply to your post, I got a little carried away… 🙂
Actually, I do use bath oils which I think offer some protection.. and I am lazzzzzy with body lotions.. nothing bad did happen; my skin didn’t go into dry over-drive or anything, but being honest, using body lotions does make the skin softer; there’s no doubt about that. I did a little pre-sun moisturising but I don’t think I can make that account for the shin area being totally not flaky or dry.. it’s a very weird thing but I am super-sensitive to cold (I have a condition to cold urticaria) and will avoid anything that makes me feel cold. I’m using moisturisers on and off again now (more off than on) but will do it daily when it’s warmer. xx