Summer Ready Body Routine

I haven’t talked too much about body care here, have I? Maybe just Max and Me body oil rave here or there, but in general I’ve neglected this topic. No worries, it’s gonna change! Today I’m talking how to get your skin in shape, looking and feeling good! I hope you enjoy this post!

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Getting Your Body Summer Ready

Have a body. It’s Summer (soon). The end!

No, seriously, I don’t think you have to do anything extra to be “Summer ready” skin, body, health-wise or anything. It’s just the title. But for me, I guess it’s paying more attention to body care - for fun and self-care purposes. Most of the year Finland is rainy, cold, and I all I wanna do is being wrapped in a blanket from head to toe. When it’s warm enough to ditch wool socks, giving some TLC to your body skin is well appreciated - not required, if you get what I mean. Take and use these tips as you like.

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The Best Exfoliating Routine

This TLC boils down to main things: exfoliation and moisturization.

I’d like to be one of those people who enjoyed dry brushing. Every time I take out my body brush I swear I’ll make it a habit and slowly transform into Gwyneth Paltrow (..no). I rarely have the patience to rub my skin more than 2 minutes and after doing it once, maybe twice, I give up. But dry brushing can be an efficient and cost-effective way to exfoliate your body skin, boost circulation and help with swelling. If you haven’t given it a try, I do recommend it! You can use a body brush or even mittens, brush yourself for 5 minutes in a circular motions towards your heart. Rinse in the shower and moisturize thoroughly.

Since dry brushing isn’t my thing, I have opted for scrub products. My favorites are from Skin Treat (exclusive to KICKS) and Flow Cosmetics. Skin Treat has two great shower scrubs: the mud-style Healthy Radiance Warming Body Scrub* heats a little while the gentle Clear & Pure Enzyme & AHA Peeling* acid exfoliator is good if you have congested skin. The pH isn’t low enough for strong exfoliation, but it’s boosted with manual scrub particles. If you want a more intense scrub, go for the Warming Body Scrub or Flow Cosmetics Peppermint Scrub*. Its ingredients include a blend of Himalayan salt, shea tree butter, coconut oil and peppermint essential oil. The oils make it glide on the skin while the salt gives your dry legs and arms a good scrub. I love the invigorating peppermint smell in the shower and thanks to the oils my skin doesn’t feel too dry or itchy afterwards.

Summer Body Routine | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Summer Body Routine | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Body Moisturizers for Summer

As I do only mild scrubbing in the shower I’ve started using Skin Treat Bright Renewal AHA & PHA Exfoliating Treatment*, which is comes in a handy foam pump bottle. I wear pantyhose 99% of my days and suffer from pimples on my tights and bum area. I’ve noticed this Skin Treat foam helps the existing pimples to calm down faster, I’m still testing if long-term use will clear out my skin completely.

I also like their Instant Firming Body Serum* for my arms and décolleté as it sinks in quickly and makes my skin feel silky. I doubt it will actually firm my skin, but I don’t need to wait for the body lotion to dry before dressing. For proper moisturization I reach for my Max and Me body oils.

Last but not least: feet. In the past I’ve enjoyed the CCS foot cream, which has appeared in my empties once or twice, but lately I’ve been liking the Flow cosmetics Peppermint Foot Butter*. Again, I feel peppermint is very invigorating for the feet, but this foot butter doesn’t leave my hands feeling slimy or a slippery film on the feet. The solid balm is also easy to spread and massage without cream or oil dripping everywhere.

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How do you take of your body skin right now? Have you tried dry brushing?

How To Use Powder Face Masks

I recently popped to TwistBe’s* store in Kamppi district, Helsinki, and had a long chat with Kati, one of the wonderful founders. We chatted lengthy about the store concept and how curated their product lines are, and one brand that I kept seeing in the shop was BYBI*. I’m a fan of this “Instagram chic” British eco brand, but Kati mentioned that some customers shy away from the powder masks, such as BYBI’s Detox Mask. I thought how to powder face masks would be a great idea for a blog post, so here it comes!

How To Use Powder Face Masks | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
How To Use Powder Face Masks | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

What Are Powder Face Masks And How To Use Them?

I like to categorize face masks in five main types

1. Balm/oil-based masks: like Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask (review here)
2. Exfoliating or enzymatic masks, for example the Evolve or Tata Harper ones
3. Hydrating masks; wash-off (read more here) and sheet masks (reviews)
4. PRE-MIXED masks that use clays, such as Mahalo The Petal mask (review here and here)
5. MIX-IT-YOURSELF masks, which we’re talking about today!

These masks that come in powder forms are often clay, charcoal, seed powders or some flour-based concoctions that you mix (‘activate’) with a liquid, such as water, aloe vera or honey. This might sound complicated, too much effort or messy, but trust me on this – it’s not. You’re not baking a complex cake here, you’re just mixing a ~2 teaspoons of powder with 3-4 drops of liquid. If it’s too thick - add more liquid. If it’s too runny - add more powder! Simple as that.

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Why Should I Choose A Powder Mask?

I think there are two main benefits: you get to customize your mask and it’s very cost-effective. Sometimes you might want to use your clay-based mask with water for drawing out impurities or exfoliate, on another occasion you might want to choose honey or aloe for a more gentle, hydrating mask session.

Powder masks stay good for a very long periods of time as they have no water or other ingredients that tend to go off quickly. If you’re concerned of preservatives, there usually is none. You can easily travel with a small amount of the powder, no cabin restrictions on an airplane. Beauty brands also tend to be very generous with the amount of mask powder you get: luxury brands like May Lindstrom or de Mamiel tend to be very pricey, but you get a ton of product when you choose a powder mask over pre-mixed one. Get one to share!

Thirdly, I personally enjoy it a lot. I put my hair up and feel like I’m doing something kind yet beneficial for myself and my skin. If you want to make this a full self-care ritual, maybe pour the powder in a special dish, such as a ceramic cup or even a beautiful soy sauce plate and use a face mask brush to mix and apply the mask. You don’t even need to purchase a special brush if you have an old paddle foundation brush.

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Some Powder Masks to Try:

I haven’t tried all of these as I still have plenty of de Mamiel Brightening Cleanse and Exfoliate left and I am definitely going to repurchase. It’s amazing, but pretty strong and intense, so I listed alternatives. BYBI is a safe bet for your first powder mask if you’re unsure, but I’ve heard wonderful things about Leahlani! (Note: some of these websites have marked the product as ml vs g, but they are all powder)

BYBI the Detox Dust 60ml / €28.9 on TwistBe (FI)*
May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt Cleansing Clay 200ml / €74 on Jolie (FI)*
May Lindstrom The Problem Solver Correcting Masque 250ml / €105 on Jolie (FI)*
Isla Apothecary Skin Purifying Mud 85g / €38 on Jolie (FI)*
Leahlani Kokoleka Detox Face Mask 100ml / €72 on Jolie (FI)*
Leahlani Kalima Cleansing Powder 100ml / €53 on Jolie (FI)*
de Mamiel Brightening Cleanse and Exfoliate 70g / £45 on Cult Beauty*

Have you tried powder masks? What’s your favorite?

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I Am So Fat and Ugly So What’s The Point?

I’ve wanted to keep my blog strictly about beauty, but self-esteem and self-care are topics that I keep popping to my mind.. and I guess they’re related enough? Today’s post was intended to be a mascara review, but things changed when I scribbled the title phrase in my diary. I’ve done it multiple times, especially when anxious, jealous, depressed, stressed or plain tired, monsters from my past raise their heads.

 
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Me, My Muffin Top and Road To Achieve Self-Worth

When I was in my late teens-early twenties I had the worst self-esteem. I had good social relations, family, I was good in my studies and things usually went the way I wanted. On the outside I had no reasons to be unhappy. But we don’t always get to bloom without growing pains and for several years I strongly believed that my looks were equivalent of my self-worth. Instead of focusing on self-acceptance or discovering what I really wanted to do, I decided to focus on getting as skinny as possible. Eventually things turned out that I became double times heavier than I was at my skinniest. My life was the worst. Even with help and support it took me years to heal and grow from my destructive beliefs and behaviours. 

There isn’t a day I’m uncomfortable with my body. My muffin top, big face double chin, enormous boobs and flabby arms. My BMI says I’m overweight and that should be enough reason to loose the extra kilos; for my health, my climbing performance, my looks. But what I’ve come to realise that despite its flaws I have a working body and that alone should give it some respect. For example, I don’t have any chronic pain, which makes me very, very appreciative of my (healthy) body. In the end, my body is my tool to move and live - not the mirror of my self-worth.

You Do You, But There’s A Catch

Let’s get real: Many of today’s beauty standards or ideals are plain unrealistic. We probably all acknowledge that on some level. But can one change the whole society? No. What you can do (eventually) is to change your own perception of beauty and above all - how you view yourself. If you want to be a beach babe, have botox, dye your hair, not shave your armpits and dye them green, get tattooed or maybe – not give a damn about your looks, go ahead. I cannot stand behind any body or appearance related shaming. Your beauty ideals shouldn’t concern anyone, only the reasons why you pursue them. 

My point is, you can “fix” things in your appearance, but you cannot fix yourself with your appearance. Trying to please others or control your insecurities or dysmorphia is a slippery slope with no happy ending. Your looks won’t fix your shitty job, toxic relationship or low self-esteem. Don’t be afraid of askin help when you struggle. If your goals, ideals, tastes have a healthy background such as self-expression, fun or getting healthier, then by all means - go ahead.

Challenges or food for thought: 

  • Think what you appreciate in your body (appearance doesn’t count)

  • If you want a change, what are the realistic motives behind it?

Self-Esteem Post | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Afterword

How did you like today’s post? Feel free to agree or disagree with me, but I’d love to know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below! Due to the sensitivity of this subject, I decided to publish this right away after typing without .. otherwise it might never see the sunlight, as most of my more unconventional topics. Take care! x

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