If you have followed for a long time, this post probably won’t come as a surprise, but I have always believed that when it comes to skincare, it shouldn’t just be limited to your face… I want to take as good of care of the skin on my body as possible. Since hitting my forties, I have definitely noticed a few things that bug me. Freckles have turned to sunspots… the skin on my thighs and upper arms sags a little… and the same woes that I have for my face: dryness, dullness, a lack of radiance. Here are some of my favorite total body care tips and skin care products. I would say that the two best things I do for my body skin are dry brushing (it makes such a difference and feels incredible) and using this Vitamin C booster in my body cream.
Full Body Skincare Routine
As a first step of a body skin care routine, before showering, I love to dry brush. I don’t always remember to do it, but when I do, my skin feels SO good. My favorite dry brush is probably this one from HigherDose but I also love this dry body brush too. I put together a guide to dry brushing here. I try to remember to spend a few minutes dry brushing before I shower or take a bath and have noticed smoother, softer skin and a reduction in cellulite.
There are a lot of great ways to exfoliate. It doesn’t matter how you do it, it’s just important to slough off those dead skin cells. You can use an exfoliating wash cloth with your body wash (I still have, love, and use my LuvScrub – it is the greatest ever!!!). Or, you can use a body scrub scrub! If you have chicken skin (keratosis pilaris) on your upper arms (or elsewhere), nothing is better than First Aid Beauty’s KP Bump Eraser Scrub. It is incredible. ALSO: It did not make the collage as it literally just came out at the end of last week, but Follain’s new resurfacing body scrub is absolutely incredible. I miss their old sugar scrub (I loved that it was blue!) but this is favorite scrub status.
Admittedly, I do not always get this far but when I do, my skin feels absolutely amazing. When I have a little extra time (especially after shaving my legs) I love to do a full body serum, body cream, and body oil. (Keep in mind, I have really dry skin… my skin loves any and all extra moisture, depending on your skin type you might not need all this!). Necessaire has a really amazing body serum that is packed with good for you ingredients like hyaluronic acid niacinamide. Again – I just love when body products feature skincare grade ingredients. I also really like this body serum from Ren. This is really good when you need a little exfoliation, you can feel it tingling!
I have so many body cream favorites. It is sort of a problem (as is body wash, below!). I usually have two or three body creams open at a time… I rotate! And I love the Necessaire body lotion (especially when my skin is itchy or irritated – it’s unscented which is great for sensitive skin types). For something fragranced, I am absolutely obsessed with the scent of this Sol de Janeiro body cream… it smells like salted caramel and pistachios. Bonus points for the firming properties! Also a big fan of this one from Biossance. It’s just $28 and probably the best of the bunch when it comes to firming. Plain old coconut butter is also very very nice. It’s inexpensive and smells so great!
I have been really into adding a few shakes of this Vitamin C booster to my body cream… it really makes a difference in terms of radiance and evening out the skin tone.
Just like with your face, oil is the last step. My go-to’s are Everyday Oil or this one from Biossance. Simple and easy. This Patrick Ta has just the right amount of shimmer and is perfect for the beach or a big night out. And this one from True Botanicals is rich and indulgent.
A few other things:
My favorite body washes.
I LOVE BODY WASH! This cracks me up but I just love having lots of options in the shower. My absolute favorite is probably the Necessaire one (in Eucalyptus! Heaven!) but I always have a few others on hand as I like having options. I really love Native’s Coconut & Vanilla… and of course Moroccanoil’s body wash (love that fragrance). None of these will dry out your skin.
The best body mask!
Megababe’s butt mask… holy cow. But it really isn’t just for your butt, I love to do it all over my entire body. It is also very good for KP/chicken skin.
The best trick I’ve learned all year.
This Vitamin C booster is meant for your face but is absolutely incredible for the body. It makes a huge difference in terms of radiance, glow, and evening out the skin tone.
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