A Skincare Routine For Your Body

When it comes to skincare, we often focus solely on our faces, neglecting the needs of our bodies. However, a comprehensive skincare routine should encompass more than just facial care. Taking care of your body’s skin is equally important in achieving radiant, healthy-looking skin from head to toe. In this blog post, I reveal a step-by-step skincare routine for your body, with body care products to help you start your body care routine.

Step 1: Dry Brush

Before jumping into the shower in the morning apply a light layer of body oil and dry brush your body using a brush with stiff bristles. This technique helps to awaken the skin thereby promoting improved circulation and stimulating lymphatic drainage which can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Furthermore, dry brushing exfoliates the skin, revealing a smoother, radiant complexion. 

Step 2: Cleanse

Just like your face, a good body care routine requires cleansing to remove dirt, sweat, and impurities. Opt for a gentle, pH-balanced body cleanser that suits your skin type. Ditch harsh alkaline soaps which affect the pH of your skin that can strip away natural oils, leading to dryness. Remember to focus on areas prone to sweating or oiliness, such as the underarms, back, and feet. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
For dry skin consider a shower oil that doesn’t leave any film or residue but gently cleanses skin, without irritation like the Bioderma Atoderm Cleansing Oil.
Ensure the bath accessories you use to shower such as clothes, sponges etc. are regularly sanitized and cleaned or replaced.  

Step 3: Exfoliate

To achieve smooth and soft skin, regular exfoliation is vital. Use a body scrub or exfoliating mitt to buff away dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. Pay extra attention to rough areas like elbows, knees, and heels. Gently massage the exfoliant in circular motions, then rinse off.

Step 4: Body Masks 

Pamper your body with hydrating masks or masks for specific skincare concerns once or twice a week. Apply a generous amount to your skin and let it soak in for the recommended time. These treatments provide an extra boost to your skin, leaving your skin feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

Step 5: Hyaluronic Serum

Keep away stretch marks and other skincare concerns by applying a hyaluronic acid serum to your body before you apply lotion.
For hyaluronic acid to be effective it needs to be applied onto damp skin, so before you towel dry yourself, lock in hyaluronic acid throughout your body.
For this I prefer using the HADA LABO Anti – Aging Super Hydration Lotion (it’s a serum) or The Ordinary Supersized Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

Step 6: Foot Buff

After a long shower or bath, remove dead skin from your heels by using a foot file or buff followed by a nourishing foot cream to prevent cracked heels. 

Step 7: Targeted Concerns

If you have specific skin concerns like an aging décolleté area, uneven skin tone on certain areas usually intimate areas and underarms, eczema etc. – incorporate targeted treatments into your routine. Look for products for your specific concerns or products which contain ingredients like urea, vitamin C, retinol, or AHA’S. These can help improve skin texture, fade discoloration, and enhance overall skin appearance.

Step 8: Moisturize

Locking in moisture and layering products correctly is crucial for maintaining hydrated and supple skin. Apply a nourishing body moisturizer. Look for ingredients like shea butter, hyaluronic acid, or ceramides, which effectively replenish moisture. Don’t forget neglected areas such as elbows, knees, and ankles.

Step 9: Sun Protection or Body Oil

Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is essential to prevent premature aging and reduce the risk of skin cancer. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 all over your body, paying attention to exposed areas like arms, legs, and chest. Reapply every two hours, especially if you’re spending time outdoors.
For your nighttime routine skip the sunblock and apply a nourishing body oil instead. Look for body oils that are specifically for your body so your pores won’t get clogged or use any facial oils that you haven’t used up yet. 

Prioritize your body care routine as much as you do your skincare. By following this comprehensive skincare routine, you can nourish and pamper your body’s skin, achieving a radiant and healthy glow. Remember, consistency is key, so make this routine a habit to enjoy the benefits of beautiful skin from head to toe.

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By Sheena Deepnarain

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