If you spend the same amount of time you do for your face on your body, how would your skin look like? 2019 is the year to pump up your body care. We’ve been enjoying a skincare craze for the last few years to mostly favorable results. Why leave out the rest of your skin? You subject it to the sun, it gets abused during various activities, and it’s also affected greatly by our diet. It deserves some love.
You don’t have to create a routine as detailed as the one for your face. You may end up spending half a day in the bathroom, if that’s the case. The trick is to choose strategically. Start with products you can use in the shower. You will improve your skin every time you use it. If your skin is dry and sensitive, the Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash helps in cleansing the skin gently. It doesn’t strip you of your natural oils. My sister was the one who recommended this to me as she found it helped cure the flaky spots on her body.
The L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil is my favorite when I want to make every shower feel luxurious. It fills your bathroom with a sweet almond fragrance that stays with you throughout the day. As both an oil and a foam, it cleanses but hydrates the skin deeply, making it feel supple the whole day.
Every other day, a face scrub is recommended for a deeper clean. It’s the same for the rest of your body. Particularly on your elbows, knees, and the soles of your feet, a scrub will help make it smoother. I alternate between Always Sunday Pink Coco Himalayan Salt Scrub and Human Nature’s Coffee & Vanilla Body Scrub. Both aren’t overly-fragranced but will make you feel yummy. The former is blended with coconut oil so it sloughs off the dead skin well but infuses your skin with a lot of moisture. On the other hand, the Coffee and Vanilla Scrub smells just like an iced latte. I advise to use this one in your morning shower, that scent will get your energized!
After shower care is also key for better skin. Often, I like taking my showers at night so I can sleep in the goodness of the Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm. It has a relaxing blend of tangerine rind, vanilla, and sandalwood. It’s a bit thick so you don’t have to apply this every night, especially if your skin isn’t so dry. But it isn’t greasy or sticky; in fact, you’ll notice that it’s quickly absorbed by the skin. It is best used also on colder days or during a trip to temperate climates.
In the morning, sun protection cream should be your second skin. My pick is the Biore Anti-Pollution Body Care Serum. It has a watery consistency that makes it easy to apply and guarantees a non-sticky feel. I also found that this is good for the beach, except if you’re out for prolonged periods. In this case, I suggest you go for a sunblock that’s suited to your needs.
Either way, if you do find your skin a bit irritated after some sun, have on hand the Belo SunExpert After Sun Cooling Gel. It helps soothe sunburns and immediately hydrates the skin. I also like how this product isn’t fragranced heavily and you just get what you need.
Top off your line up of body products with Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment Cream. Keep it at your beside so you can coat your hands with the nourishing mixture of sesame oil and Japanese mulberry after a long day. But you can also keep a tube on your desk so your hands aren’t cracked from the dryness caused by the office AC.
The thing about body care is that you don’t need to use every product I listed down all the time, every day. Choose the ones that you know suit your lifestyle and every activities. You’ll find the other products you need as you go along, depending on the changes you’ll undergo. What’s important is that you’re aware that all the skincare attention shouldn’t just be on your face. JB