Soap and Glory Pulp Friction scrub - £8.00
Soap and Glory Smoothie Star body butter - £10.50
The Body Shop round body brush - £8.00
Ever since I've been a young teenager, and whether I've been a size 6 or a size 12, one of my biggest body hang ups has been the tiny red bumps that have covered the tops of my arms for as long as I can remember. The technical name for it is 'Keratosis Pilaris', but I like to call it AGH I HATE YOU SO MUCH WHY ARE YOU HERE GET OFF MY ARMSSSS SOB CRY. I can't really explain why it bothers me so much, but for whatever reason, I get very self conscious of the KP/chubby skin combo that I've got going on, and it bothers me a great deal. But I'm a girl so I 'spose something has to.
Over the long stretch of time that I've been overly conscious of it, I've tried a million and one different methods to get rid of the rough redness, but have recently come across a new favourite combination of products which seems to be doing a pretty okay job. I think the attitude to have when tackling keratosis pilaris is to kill it with kindness, and sooth it into submission.
I start off my new routine with the Soap and Glory Pulp Fiction scrub in the shower, rubbing a generous dollop in between my hands and then work it fairly firmly in circular motions all over the tops of my arms (looks like I'm cuddling myself in the shower, very odd). I also occasionally suffer with KP on the tops of my legs, although not as fiercely so if that's flared up at all I give that a good scrub too. When the skin starts to feel a little raw, I know it's resurfaced my arms, and that it's time to stop!
When I get out the shower, I towel dry the skin for a bit of bonus exfoliation, and then move onto my good old ancient Body Shop body brush. These things are meant to improve circulation, and I find that when I've got the blood moving under the keratosis pilaris, it starts to look a lot better (it improves after I've exercise too!) I buff over the skin in circular motions until my arms are reddened and invigorated (but not red raw...ouch)
My final step these days is to sooth the now pretty battered keratosis pilaris with Soap and Glory Smoothie Star body butter. This stuff is mega moisturising, and intensely nourishes the super dry bumps, helps to tackle the roughness of them, and smells absolutely lovely, a bit like marshmallows.
If I do this for four or five days in a row I really notice the difference, particularly in the texture of the skin on the tops of my arms. If you suffer from KP, do you have any tips or miracle products?