Taking care of our skin is essential to our health. A good routine will give you skin that’s as smooth as silk all year long.
Many of us have an established beauty routine that we have perfected over the years for our face. Perhaps we’ve even changed it over time. We apply hydrating serums, exfoliate, and use oils to reduce inflammation and irritation. However, many people neglect the rest of the skin on their bodies. But, getting silky smooth skin from head to toe is easy.
Taking care of our skin is super important, especially during this time of year when the weather is changing all the time: one day it’s hot and the next it’s freezing cold. Dust, pollution, humidity, and the sun are factors that create a stressful environment for our skin. All this can cause sagging, dullness, and discoloration.
Having a routine for our body goes beyond bathing and applying a moisturizer. Neglected skin can appear dull and dry, and we want to avoid this.
If you already have a routine for your face, I think you’ll find the steps for smooth, healthy body skin pretty easy to follow. The most important thing is consistency.
The Right Temperature
Skincare starts in the shower. One of the most important factors is the temperature of the water. I know that hot water might feel relaxing, but high temperatures are very damaging to the skin, creating irritation and redness, in addition to stripping the body of its natural oils and causing dryness.
It is best to bathe in warm or cold water. A cold shower definitely has its benefits, helping to close pores, firm up the skin, and conserve our body’s natural hydration.
Getting clean in the shower might be a bit more complicated than you think. You need the right products. This largely depends on the type of skin you have: dry, oily, or combination. If you have sensitive skin, for example, you should choose softer, less abrasive soaps. Ask your dermatologist what would work best for you.
If you are looking for a body wash, I recommend Clinique’s Deep Comfort Body Wash or Byredo’s Blanche Body Wash. If you prefer bar soap, which is a more eco-friendly option, try J’adore by Dior or Red Roses by Jo Malone.
As with face care, exfoliating is a key step in caring for the skin on your body. This step helps remove dead cells, making it easier to also remove body hair and get silky smooth skin. It also helps improve circulation and allows the skin to better absorb the nutrients from the oils and moisturizers we use.
It’s super important that you choose an exfoliant containing natural ingredients that won’t irritate your skin. Try Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub, which has a combination of bamboo powder and moringa extract that nourishes and softens, or Sisley Energizing Foaming Body Exfoliator with rosemary and lavender essences that soothe the skin. Other favorites are the Neroli Portofino Warming Body Scrub by Tom Ford and the Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi Body Scrub by Acqua di Parma.
To Shave or Not to Shave?
This is a very personal decision. Just remember that shaving can cause redness and irritation. It’s a good idea to shave when your skin is damp, so I recommend doing it after getting out of the shower. Use a multi-blade razor and always apply shaving cream to the area first. Make sure you shave in the direction of natural hair growth, never against it. Then, immediately apply moisturizing cream to prevent irritation.
Moisturizing is Key
Hydration is essential. After you’ve cleansed and exfoliated your skin, it’s ready to absorb a good moisturizer. When it comes to the body, you’ll want to look for a slightly thicker cream containing almond or coconut oil. Just remember that it all depends on your skin type.
The moisturizers that have worked best for me are All-Purpose Cream by Egyptian Magic and the Anti-Aging Body Cream from Dr. Barbara Sturm. Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream by Fenty Skin and Fabgirl Firm Body Cream by Bliss are also musts for me. Try to find one that makes your skin feel light and hydrated.
Finally, (and I know that lots of us forget to do this) we NEED to use sunscreen. Sometimes people in cities just don’t get in the habit of putting sunscreen on in everyday life. Big mistake! You don’t need to be in the sun for a long period time to experience the damaging effects of those powerful ultraviolet rays.
Always look high SPF sunscreen and apply it about 15 minutes before going outside. Some options I think work well and don’t feel heavy on the skin are EltaMD’s UV Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+ and La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Melt-in Milk Body & Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 100. Other options I’ve tried are Glow Oil SPF 50 PA ++++ from Supergoop! and Dermalogica’s Protection Sport SPF 50.
Taking care of your body is something you can do every morning to improve your skin. Don’t just focus on your face or hair. Your body is just as important and should look just as radiant.
So, follow these simple steps for skin that’s smooth as silk. You’ll feel healthy and radiant!