So the chances are, you’ve already got a pretty good facial skincare routine. You know your skin type, you cleanse and moisturise daily and use the right products to keep your complexion in tip-top condition.
But what about the skin below your chin?
The term ‘skincare’ isn’t just restricted to the skin on your face. Whilst you may have the perfect routine to keep blemishes, premature ageing and dry skin at bay on your face, the skin on your body needs just as much attention.
Here are our top tips to help you be body beautiful…
A lot of us think about doing this before we hit the beach in summer, but this is something you should be doing all year round to help keep your skin smooth.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and allows your skincare products to penetrate deeper into the epidermis.
Mix ½ cup of granulated sugar with ½ cup of coconut oil into a paste and gently massage into your skin, paying special attention to problem areas like your elbows, knees and heels. Rinse away with warm water and follow-up with a body butter that contains soothing Shea Butter. You’ll notice the difference instantly!
Don’t forget your décolletage
The skin on your neck and chest is generally exposed to the sun and environmental stressors just as much as your face, but when was the last time you applied product there?
It’s second nature to moisturise the skin on our face after cleansing, but often moisturising your body after the shower can be considered a bit of a chore. Yes, it will add extra time to your morning routine but it’s well worth those extra minutes to hydrate and protect your skin.
Rubbing against clothes, sun exposure, air conditioning, central heating and shaving can all contribute towards dry skin. Dry skin can lead to sensitivity, itching and redness, so try applying a rich body butter after your bath or shower containing nourishing Babassu and Shea Butter to help combat this.
Also, don’t forget the sunscreen if you’re going to be out in the sunshine! The sun’s harmful rays can penetrate thin clothing, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Pay special attention to scars and stretchmarks
Bodies of all shapes and sizes are beautiful, and we’re well-aware that a lot of people love their lines! Quite often, people are happy to show they’ve overcome a physical ordeal, lost weight or carried a beautiful bundle of joy - you go proud mamas!
But if your scars and stretch marks make you feel self-conscious and you’re not so keen to show them off, there are things you can do to help fade them without reaching for a chemical-laden cream.
Our first tip is to keep them out of the sun to prevent them darkening. Our second tip is to try 100% natural Rosehip Seed Oil. Ours is a rich source of Essential Fatty Acids and Trans Retinoic Acid that promotes healthy cell regeneration to fade blemishes. Find out more here.
Try body brushing
Body brushing is a technique that can help to stimulate your circulation and lymphatic system to eliminate toxins from your body. Find out how to body brush properly and why it’s so good for you here.
Don’t strip your skin of its natural oils
When bathing, instead of using a foaming shower gel with lots of harsh ingredients that can dry out your skin, opt for a shower cream that’s 100% natural and made with plant oils to nourish it instead. Also, try to keep your bath or shower water warm, not hot, as very hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils and lead to redness.
When you get out of the bath, gently pat your skin dry with a towel (rubbing can irritate the skin) and apply a body butter whilst your skin is still damp to lock in moisture.