Last month I wrote about #winterbeautyproblems and my old lady hands.
It’s now the beginning of July and I’m sorry to report that my least favourite season still has me in its icy grip. And this time it’s the rest of my body that’s taking the brunt.
The skin on my arms and legs is looking dry, dull and rather… reptilian thanks to an ongoing barrage of chilly outdoor temperatures and indoor heating.
Thankfully, at the moment those areas are mostly hidden by long sleeves and pants. But I know that when spring arrives in approximately 57 days (not that I have a countdown on my phone or anything) I will want to slip into skirts and sleeveless tops – and from then dry, flaky, lifeless skin just will not do.
So I’m making a pre-emptive strike to get my skin in tip top condition ready for the warmer weather, and I’ve found the perfect product to help.
Introducing Thankyou’s Coffee Body Scrub, which declares itself to be ‘life-changing’ on the packaging. That’s a pretty bold claim but fortunately this little gem of a product has the goods to back it up.
Your skin's new bestie. Trust me. Image: Supplied
The 'life-changing' part, I think, is thanks to the five minute 'absorption phase' - but more on that later.
First, let's talk about the fact that this scrub contains actual coffee grains - Fair Trade, btw - which in the beauty world are known for their antioxidant properties, helping to fight the signs of ageing. Additionally, the grains are great for gentle but effective exfoliation.
On to the smell. God, the smell. It smells exactly like my morning skimmed cappuccino (that would be the real coffee grains, then) and is therefore delectable and life-affirming to sniff. I resist the urge to down the pot in one, and instead, hop into the shower and scoop up a handful of the scrub. I carefully massage it onto my skin in a circular motion, concentrating in particular on my driest areas (knees, elbows, and lower calves - which, quite frankly, resemble the Sahara desert right now).
I take a second scoop of scrub and continue the massaging process.