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When we think about skin care, we all tend to focus too much on facial skin. It’s true that finding the perfect facial skin care routine can be an important task and is often our number one priority. However, this means that the rest of the body ends up being neglected or does not receive as much love as it should. While your body may not be exposed to as much sun, pollution like your face still faces similar issues like dullness, discoloration, and sagging as well. Honestly, this neglect doesn’t always make sense because most of our skin is on the rest of our bodies. In fact, you may not even realize that looking at or concentrating on the rest of your body could be affecting your self-esteem if you are not taking care of yourself.
If you don’t have a good body care routine yet, take this as a sign to improve your game and give it some much-needed TLC. After all, you wouldn’t be very happy with a radiant face, but dry, rough skin on your hands, legs, and all, right? Not sure where to start? Well, we have you covered. Below we’ve broken down all the tips you need and what you need to do to take care of your skin.
Keep scrolling to find out what you need for an ideal body care routine.
1. Gently clean
Of course, the first step is to keep your body clean. For your body, this means using a cleanser specially designed to wash your skin. Many of us end up choosing the cheapest item on the market or one that smells good. But we’re here to tell you to take a closer look at the label. Many body washes have a number of terrible ingredients like perfumes, dyes, and sodium lauryl sulfate that are very strong and can dry out the skin. This is especially terrible if you have sensitive skin and could be the cause of your irritation.
Ideally, always look for a mild and hydrating body wash. Think about the moisturizing ingredients you will find in your facial skin care and look for them, such as shea butter, vegetable oils like argan, avocado and olive. If you are battling body acne, look for ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, or salicylic acid. And most important of all, stay away from alcoholic products.
2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
Time to get rid of dead skin cells! While exfoliating with face scrubs, you need to be careful and gentle, but scrubbing your body, on the other hand, is something you should do regularly. The skin on your body is a little tougher than your face, so you don’t have to worry about scrubbing it. Exfoliating not only removes dead skin, it also helps release ingrown hairs and helps make skin feel super smooth. Use a body scrub such as sugar-based ones that dissolve slowly on damp skin, this helps prevent excessive exfoliation.
Alternatively, there are also exfoliation products with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) that exfoliate the surface of the skin to improve its texture. Sometimes they are better than traditional scrubs, they can even help with acne on your body and clean excess sebum from your pores, reducing oiliness. Make sure to focus on your elbows, knees, and heels, which are more likely to have rough areas that require extra attention. But just like when it comes to new products, always do a patch test first, especially if you have sensitive skin. And always make sure to stick with SPF if you are out in the sun.
3. Shave the right way
We all know that shaving is not the most fun activity when you are in the shower. Not to mention, even if you’ve shaved for years, the process isn’t completely foolproof. To minimize any discomfort, it is always best to prepare the skin first. This is done by exfoliating first, which reduces the risk of ingrown hairs as the hairs move completely out of the follicles. Next, you want to soften and hydrate said hair. Spend some time in the bathtub to help advance this process before reaching for the razor. When you start shaving, apply shaving gel to your skin and take it easy, going with the flow rather than going against it. Remember to always hydrate your skin immediately afterwards.
4. Turn on your skin
When it comes to facial skin care, antioxidants like vitamin C and retinoids are fantastic ingredients. Our skin is constantly bombarded by inflammatory influences and oxidative damage. These ingredients help prevent damage from a multitude of factors including aging, pollution, the sun, and more. Fortunately, all of these are now available in our body treatments as well. Even retinol, or vitamin A, which is another powerful rejuvenating ingredient, is becoming widely available in body skin care. So next time pay close attention to the label and use products with powerful antioxidants to help preserve skin elasticity.
5. Hydrate from head to toe
Hydrating your body is as important as hydrating your face. So it might be time to upgrade your cream if your current lotion isn’t cutting it. Look for creams with proven moisturizing ingredients, like coconut or almond oil and hyaluronic acid or ceramides, that help lock in hydration. For best results, moisten immediately after showering. Applying moisturizer after bathing is absolutely key because it provides an artificial barrier that can help prevent water loss and also keep out bacteria, viruses, and irritants that we don’t want to penetrate the skin.
Gently touch the skin, but leave the skin feeling wet so you’re not completely removing the moisture that comes from the water. If you are a bit lazy, we suggest you use a hydration option in the shower. But nothing can really replace a traditional body cream, so if you have a problem with very dry skin, you may want to use both types.
How is your body care routine? Let us know your recommendations in the comments below.
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