5 body treatment creams that’ll make you feel less blah after the holidays
It’s all too easy to go overboard this time of year. We mean, there seems to be a Christmas cookie, sugary cocktail, and lavish feast around every corner. And hey, we’re not complaining. In fact, we’ve greatly enjoyed every single glazed sweet, boozy drink and almighty dinner that comes our way. But our bodies somewhat disagree–they’ve been feeling bloated, sluggish and sickeningly full since Thanksgiving.
The truth is we’re not proud of our habits right now. Yet, in no way are we thinking about cutting down on our over-indulging ways while the holiday fetes are in full swing (let’s not forget about the bubbly and finger foods waiting for us on NYE).
There’s actually a way for you to ring in the New Year feeling pretty good about your body, without having to refuse any cals coming your way. Ahead, five different products to cure any one of your most popular skin issues to help transform yourself just in time for 2016. So go on, grab some seconds. These tips and products will help you start the year on the right foot.
1. Use a cream with Argan oil for serious hydration
You’ve been too wrapped up with making a gift list and checking it twice to notice that the cold weather has made your skin dry, dull and splotchy. Go for a cream with argan oil which is rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and boasts anit-aging properties–so it’s great at taming and preventing dehydration, hyperpigmentation and inflammation. Josie Maran’s Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter will transform your skin into its radiant, youthful, pre-shopping season better half. Plus, it features a subtle all-natural aroma that you’ll love.
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter ($35, josiemarancosmetics.com )
2. Revitalize skin with at-home microdermabrasion
The reason your bod is looking so dull is probably because it’s dry and flaky. A simple microdermabrasion can fix that–it’s just a deep exfoliation that will buff away dull skin cells to reveal the shiny new layer underneath. Try DERMAdoctor’s KP Duty Body Scrub which is dermatologist-formulated and features both chemical and physical exfoliation for a dual-action approach to revitalizing your skin.
DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub (US $46, ulta.com )
3. Have sensitive skin? Use a mild exfoliator to revitalize
For those with sensitive skin, it’s best to play if safe with a mild exfoliator. Drunk Elephant’s JuJu Bar cleanses skin while gently exfoliating to remove dead skin cells. It also heals irritated skin with a thermal mud and bamboo powder formula which offers a creamy lather that works to dissolve oil to rinse away pore-clogging impurities.
Drunk Elephant JuJu Bar ($35, sephora.com )
4. Hide stretch marks with the right body balm
The right body cream can minimize the appearance of stretch marks. Our No. 1 pick? Tata Harper’s Redefining Body Balm. It features amazing technology that improves the look of stretch marks, all while providing deep moisture and improving tone. The body balm also includes tamanu oil which reduces the appearance of scar tissue and strengthens skin to prevent stretch marks from appearing in the future.
Tata Harper Redefining Body Balm ($161, nordstrom.com )
5. Conceal cellulite with the right cream
Because all those squats you were adamant about doing in the summer months probably weren’t cutting it anyway, there’s an easier way to diminish the appearance of cellulite–with a great cream like Biotherm’s Celluli Eraser. It has coralline algae extract and pure caffeine to minimize the dimples to reveal a smooth surface. Take that, Tracy Anderson!
Biotherm Celluli Eraser ($58, biotherm.ca )