A whole body approach to skin care

We’re all aware that we should treat our facial skin well. But how well do we treat our bodies?
To make it easier not to forget and neglect, we’ve put together some general tips for all-round body care.

Regular skin brushing

This rids your skin of dead cells and improves circulation.

Brush your skin with a natural bristle brush for a few minutes before your shower, starting at your feet and working your way upward towards the heart.

Regular exfoliation

This is the essential part of body care. Exfoliation smoothes the skin, boosts the circulation and removes toxins.

It’s tricky to exfoliate the back but really important to do so: the back generally produces more oil so do concentrate on this area. You can use a long handled brush or mitt to get those hard to reach areas.

A monthly detoxifying mud masque will complement your exfoliating and help draw impurities away.

Chicken skin

That lumpy, bumpy skin that can be found on the upper arms, or on your bottom, is known as keratinisation or keratosis pilaris. You may know it as “chicken skin” owing to its appearance.

It manifests as little spots and occurs when cells harden as they reach the skin surface.

This condition can be hereditary but is also often linked to a Vitamin A deficiency.

Try to treat it with products with glycolic or salicylic acid to help break down the dead cells.

Essential fats

Eating essential fats, such as avocados or oily fish, can help reduce skin issues like eczema. These fats are necessary for the body’s normal functioning.


We all know we need to drink 2 litres of water a day. But you can make it more palatable with a dash of lemon or some cucumber peel.


Massage is a great way to shape up and get the best out of your body lotion. Rub it in using deep sweeping strokes to boost circulation.

Or better still get someone to do it for you.

Of course, whatever you do there’s no way you’ll feel good about your body if you don’t focus on the positives too.

Those who feel good look good!

By Mandy Oxley-Swan