If there is one thing I can’t stand about the winter….it’s the dry, flaky patches I can get on my legs, especially on my knees and the back of my heels. So whenever the dry weather begins, I try to make sure I’m extra faithful to upkeep my skin whenever I shower. With all that in mind, I thought it would be fun to show you the products I use on my leg when I shower and how I keep my legs moisturized and smooth all year long. (And I’ve included a bonus DIY recipe, too!)
Before I jump into the shower, I actually take the time to whip up a quick DIY body scrub for myself. I typically just purchase a body scrub, but there are always the days when I’ve run out of my scrub and I can’t get to the store. So my favorite scrub to make is a coffee scrub (because with my husband going through residency…we always have an abundance of old coffee grounds!
Easy DIY Coffee Body Scrub
This recipe is super simple and one I just kind of winged on my own. I’ve seen a lot of recipes for it floating around the internet, so feel free to do some research and find a detailed recipe for a body scrub. What I do is just take about roughly a half a cup of used coffee grounds with a few tablespoons of brown sugar and mix in a couple scoops of coconut oil until it’s the consistency that I want.
Coffee Scrub Ingredients
– used coffee grounds
– brown sugar
– coconut oil
It doesn’t have to be anything complicated, and it costs almost nothing! This scrub is very finely milled, which is perfect to use on your legs — you never want anything too abrasive. And the coffee grounds and coconut oil gives you added benefit as you use them! coconut oil is moisturizing and the caffeine in the coffee helps cellulite and stretch marks (which I have plenty of after my pregnancy!)
First Step: Exfoliate
And the great thing about making your own scrub is that you can mix up just the amount you need each time you’re going to exfoliate. So after I get in the shower and wash my hair, I’ll take a handful of this scrub and just go to town on my body, focusing a lot on any of those areas that get the most dry and flaky. Exfoliating every couple of days helps shed the dry, dead layers from your skin and keeping your skin looking radiant.
Next Step: Shave!
Kind of hard to have smooth legs if you don’t shave, right? 😛 My favorite shaving cream brand is Skintimates and this particular one I’m using is called Raspberry Rain. I highly recommend you use a moisturizing shave cream as opposed to using nothing or just regular body wash. It really does make a difference! The razor is the new Gillette Venus swivel razor. Gillette Venus is my favorite brand for razors and I like this swivel one….though I think it’s mostly because it’s purple. Haha!
Next: Wash Up!
This step is pretty self-explanatory, but I like to do it after I finish shaving to ensure I get everything off and using a puff gives me a little bit more exfoliation after I’ve shaved. Which is a bonus. The soap I’m using is a new one I’m currently testing out (be on the lookout for a review in a few weeks!), it’s the JASON Shea butter Foaming Shower Gel. It gets the job done, but more than that I can’t say until my review. *wink*
Last Step: Moisturize!
Now typically I would wait until I’ve stepped out of the shower and dried off before applying my moisturizer, but with this new Jergen’s Wet Skin Moisturizer, while my skin is still wet, I go right in with this moisturizer and rub it into my skin. Then I pat dry and I’m done! It feels a bit weird at first, I’ll admit, applying it while my skin was still wet — and I was totally skeptical of this when I first tried it But after putting it to the test, it really does lock in more moisture while my skin was wet and keeps my skin feeling smooth and supple for days!
If you aren’t sure where to find the Jergen’s Wet Skin Moisturizer, keep in mind they’re new. It may take a little while to reach your Walmart, but once they do you’ll be able to find it in the beauty section. I found mine against the back wall, right beside the fish tanks (hello fishies!!) in their own little display on the shelves. They should be right next to all the other body lotion-type products that are available at Walmart. Have you found them at your Walmart yet?
And that’s all there is to how I take care of my legs throughout the winter. If you notice, just about every product I used on my legs promoted moisture, and this really helps to keep away any flaky patches. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I had to deal with a dry patch of skin. What is your routine for your legs like once you hop in the shower? Are you religious about applying moisturizer after the shower? Have you tried the new Jergen’s Wet Skin Moisturizer yet? What do you think of it? If you haven’t, you totally need to pick one up and give it a go!
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