rē•Taining Summer Skin, 365 Days a Year
Keep your skin nourished no matter the season.
As the season’s change and temperatures drop, summer inevitably becomes a distant memory… and with them, those warm weekends spent soaking up good weather, and days spent in the sun (ideally, by the pool). With so much time spent outdoors, skin-bared, an extra step presents in our beauty and self-care routines: body care. We slather our arms, bodies, and legs with scrubs, creams, and sun protection to keep the body’s largest organ moisturized, protected, and glowing.
This extra-smooth, extra-nourished state is what comes to mind when we think of summer skin. But why not lavish this love upon the body year-round? Just because we’ll be baring less skin doesn’t mean that our regimens for silky-smooth summer skin need to end. In fact, body oil is one beauty product that you can carry into the intersection of your beauty and wellness routines to make your summer skin a year-round luxury…
Accessible — Yet Luxurious — Wellness
Malaika Jones, Nia Jones, and Tai Beauchamp founded BROWN GIRL Jane in order to create a brand that prioritized wellness in women. “We believe that our skin, our bodies are not only sacred but deserve the best the earth has to offer,” Beauchamp tells rē•spin. “It’s how we heal and restore. Our skincare truly can bring a balance to our lives, both when it comes to the physical appearance of our skin, but also the benefits the routine can provide to our mind and spirit.” They thus entered the market with a product formulated with broad-spectrum cannabidiol (CBD) infused into their line of plant-based, vegan products. Their mission was to uncomplicate women’s wellness routines.
CBD Body Oil: Leveling-Up Self-Care
Think of oil as nature’s way of combining her most potent nutrients into a liquid formula. For years, we feared applying oil to our skin — thinking it would clog pores, cause breakouts, and make oily skin even oilier. But the truth is that there are botanically-derived oils that can balance sebum and be non-comedogenic. In body oil blends, they offer nourishment and protection for the skin; soaking into the upper layers of our skin, enhancing the skin’s appearance, texture, and overall tone, helping the skin retain its moisture and lavishing the dermis in skin-barrier loving lipids, nutrients, minerals, and vitamins.
BROWN GIRL Jane’s newest item to drop, following the success of their HEAL Body Butter, is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-packed body oil. Launching exclusively in the rē•spin shop, the oil is formulated with sunflower seed and rice bran oils, as well as 1,000 mg of hemp-derived, broad-spectrum CBD (including its terpenes for the coveted ‘entourage effect’). The blend’s potent anti-inflammatory benefits can combat inflammaging (i.e., the aging of the skin caused by chronic, low-grade inflammation), as well as relief for muscular aches and pains, calming skin conditions like itchiness, eczema, and psoriasis, and soothing the nervous system with terpenes. All of these benefits occur while, of course, enhancing your skin’s moisture and longevity.
Using Body Oil Year-Round “Summer Skin” Routine
The fact is that body care is the newest frontier in beauty. Just because summer ends and we stop wearing the higher hemlines associated with the season, there is no reason to stop caring for the skin on our bodies. The organ serves a critical function — protecting us from the outside world, with a delicate skin barrier that keeps moisture in, and environmental aggressors, pathogens, and irritants out. Those with dry skin already have compromised barrier function, which is why a high-intensity body oil can be a life-saver. Depending on your preferences, you can apply the body oil first, or combine it with your favorite moisturizer. If you have a dryer skin type — prone to itchiness — it can be especially useful to apply it before an occlusive body balm that keeps the ingredients locked against your delicate skin.
Beauchamp also recommends daily self massages with the oil as a great way to begin your daily routine with a dose of self-care. “It’s about the intention and showing yourself love,” she says. “We encourage our tribe to take the time, even if it’s only for five minutes.” Beyond connecting with yourself for that uninterrupted time each day, the practice gives you a moment of pure nourishment for your skin. Applied either day or night, the formula can be absorbed into your skin to make it soft and supple, year-round. She also adds that applying it right after taking a showering allows for maximal absorption while your pores are still open.
The fact is that “summer skin” doesn’t have to be designated to a brief, three-month period of the year. It’s a luxury we can carry from season to season, loving our bodies from the outside-in. As Beauchamp puts it, “Our bodies deserve loving attention year-round.”