For your body, that means using a cleanser meant specifically for washing your body, don’t expect your face wash to do the trick. Look for a gentle body wash that won’t irritate or dry out your skin. Lather up with help from a loofah or wash cloth then be sure to rinse off before moving on.
Body care Routine
Finding the perfect skin care routine for your face is a major deal, but it isn’t the only routine you should be searching for. While we can certainly understand why you would make your face a priority since everyone sees it body care is a must, too. Just as you should use a face cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer (and more) on your face, you should also use skin care products on the skin below your neck. After all, you won’t be very happy having a glow, smooth face and dry, rough hands.
STEP 1: Use Gentle Cleanser for your body.
Maybe because we’re busy piling stuff onto our faces, we don’t notice all the terrible ingredients in our bodywash. Perfumes, dyes, and harsh soaps like sodium lauryl sulphate are all very common and may dry out your skin. For people with even more sensitive skin, these might be the root cause of your skin irritation or allergic reactions. Instead, choose products with a gentler cleanser like sodium lauroyl isethionate.
If you already have a consistent skin care routine for your face, you could probably guess this first step. No matter what part of your body you’re dealing with, the best way to kick things off is by getting completely clean. For your body, that means using a cleanser meant specifically for washing your body—don’t expect your face wash to do the trick. Look for a gentle body wash that won’t irritate or dry out your skin. Lather up with help from a loofah, wash cloth, or just your hands, then be sure to rinse off before moving on.
Exfoliating with face scrubs can be a tricky thing. You don’t want to scrub your skin too much, in fear of irritation, but you need to do it regularly enough that dead skin cells won’t leave your skin looking dull. To make matters worse, everyone’s skin can handle different frequencies of exfoliation. But that’s a topic for another day! Thankfully, the skin on your body is better suited to exfoliation. Because your body is typically tougher than your face, you don’t have to be quite as wary about scrubbing too much.
Two or three times a week, exfoliate your body by adding a sugar scrub into your shower routine and gently massaging the scrub onto your skin. Be sure to focus on your elbows, knees, and heels, which are more likely to have rough patches that need extra exfoliation.
STEP 3: Shave your body using the right procedures
Even if you’ve been shaving more than half your life, it isn’t totally fool proof. In fact, there are a lot of mistakes you might be making in this part of your body care routine. Water will help to soften your skin and make it ready for your razor. Once it’s time to reach for the razor, take it slow. Apply shaving cream to your skin and carefully move the razor with the grain instead of going against it.
STEP 4: Moisturize and Hydrate your body from head to toe
Cleansing, exfoliating, and shaving all have one thing in common—you should moisturize afterward. While your skin is still wet from your shower activities, it’s an ideal time to hydrate your skin. Smooth a hydrating cream or lotion over your body from your neck to your toes – ensuring soft feet, letting it absorb before putting your clothes on.
Unlike with your face, you can probably get away with using heavier ingredients like coconut or almond oil on the body without fearing clogged pores and breakouts. That said, if you’re acne-prone, you might want to stick to a lotion.
If you’re doing right by your face, than you know all about the skin-saving benefits of antioxidants and retinoid. Antioxidants, like vitamin C prevent the cell-destroying effects of pollution, smoke, and sun.
Retinol, or Vitamin A, is another potent rejuvenating ingredient that is becoming widely available in body skin care too.
Retinol fastens skin renewal and boosts collagen production and improves the skin’s texture.