Thursday, September 6, 2012

Skin Care

When you live in a place where it's very humid and it rains a lot {like Costa Rica and Miami} you become very neurotic about the care of anything leather, be it shoes, bags, jackets or furniture.


If your leather piece gets wet carefully dry it and don't rub it because you can change the whole structure of the skin. Instead rub it dry applying light pressure to absorb all the water and moisture.


The same concept applies to your shoes. In order to prevent water {or snow} damage buy a protective spray that and apply it to your shoes, especially if you are dealing with suede which is highly absorbent. This will also protect them from any moisture absorbed by being in your closet.


Leather tends to get dry even in humid weather {be extra careful in dry places like LA}, so rub something moist on it like a leather dressing or cream. Make sure to look for something that matches the color of your piece, if not go for a neutral cream or preferably something recommended by the manufacturer. Avoid liquid shoes polish as it tends to dry out the leather.


Avoid stretching the leather because it loses its shapes but never regains it. If you cary too much stuff in your bag throw out stuff out of there, if you have a leather piece hanging on your closet lay it flat or use a hanger that doesn't change it's shape, and if you abuse of your shoes they will certainly give in.

Have a great day and take care of your other skin!

20 comments:

  1. I have a lot of leather lotion and definitely try to take care of my leather goods (1 gallon of apple leather condition comes in handy for a leather sofa!)

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  2. These are such great trips - I swear by those protective sprays. My husband uses them on his shoes and bags as well. I'm with you on the shoes, sometimes people don't realize how much they get abused! One way I look after my shoes is to rotate what I keep by the door - that way I stop wearing the same ones!

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  3. Excellent tips, you inspired me to take much more care of my leather stuff!:)
    xoxo
    Jelena

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  4. Great tips! I live in a SUPER humid city but even my leather saddle gets dried out. A little olive oil fixes it right up though

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  5. great advice. Luckily, we rarely have too much or too little humidity here. It can get humid and dry, but not for prolonged periods. But the great news about living in an area with high humidity is that your skin does not dry out, so that is a plus for you!

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  6. I'm good about waterproofing my suede shoes, always! Great tips, thanks

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  7. Excellent suggestions whenever I visit your blog.

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  8. I'm guilty of being so blasé about leather care–must do better!

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  9. Thanks for the tips! This reminds me of when I was in the Belize rainforest. We stayed in a screened-in cabana (open air), which was lovely, but very very damp. My boyfriend took his leather belt out of his suitcase after a few days of being there and it was covered in mold! So gross!

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  10. always a good selection here ! love the bag :)

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  11. As my skin flakes off in the Arizona heat and dryness.... I don't miss that Miami humidity though. ;)

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  12. So useful! I know I'll be coming back to these tips... and, also, I would kill for those boots.

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  13. Love how I always learn something new from you! Thanks for these great tips, and have a wonderful Friday!

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  14. oh i really need to pay more attention to my leather pieces. i tend to not care for them much :/

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  15. Great tips! I need to get better about taking care of my leather bags and boots. I've bought the conditioning stuff for them but I always forget to use it!

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  16. Great tips! My suede shoes always end up looking the worst. I'll have to try this out!

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  17. These are great tips!! Some practical advice that can be used on a daily basis. love it. :)

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  18. gorgeous colors! i get such a warm and cozy vibe from these photos:)

    http://canvasofculture.blogspot.com/

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  19. this is such a well-timed post... I went to see Madonna last night and it rained the entire time and I ended using my bag as a rain shield. So this morning, I conditioned it and it's almost as good as new (worth it, to see Madonna and stay relatively dry!).

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