BY: Majesty's Pleasure
Most people slather on layers and layers of serums, mists, and creams onto their face, while still basically ignoring the skin under their neck. It’s time we show our bodies the same amount of love we give to our faces. Whether it’s a cleanser that gets rid of your body acne, an exfoliating body serum that levels out your KP, or a whipped body cream that keeps you moisturized and glowing, there are plenty of body products that’ll soften, smooth, and soothe your skin.
In case you don’t know where to start when it comes to body care products, don’t stress out—we’ve got you covered. Below, you’ll find the exact steps to take when it comes to building a basic body care routine, plus a few of our favorite product picks that will target your skin’s unique needs.
Step One: Clean Your Body.
This step is a no-brainer—work in your body wash of choice into wet skin and lather up. Look for products with hydrating ingredients, like nourishing oils, or soothing ones, like aloe vera.
Our Pick: Nécessaire The Body Wash, $25
With hydrating antioxidants—like vitamin C and E—and skin barrier-boosting fatty acids—like omega-6 and omega-9—this soothing body cleanser is kind of like a multi-vitamin for your skin. Over time, you’ll notice that it replenishes moisture and relieves dry skin.
Step Two: Slough Off Dead Skin.
By working a scrub or a chemical exfoliant into your routine, the skin on your body will be softer and smoother than you’d ever imagined. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be abrasive or ultra-intensive to get the job done; there are plenty of formulas that will smooth out rough patches while still being gentle enough for daily use.
Our Pick: Herbivore Natural Coco Rose Body Polish, $36
This body polish is natural and cruelty-free, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work just as well (if not better) as a conventional scrub. The finely-ground sugar crystals acts as a gentle exfoliator while the Moroccan rose oil and the coconut oil boost your skin’s moisture levels.
Step Three: Nourish Dry Skin.
This step is also one that you shouldn’t skip—a lightweight formula that keeps your skin barrier hydrated is extra-important to keep your skin in tip-top shape. Pro-tip: Work the lotion into your skin while your body is still dam post-shower to lock in moisture, instead of completely toweling off.
Our Pick: Fenty Skin Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream, $39
This is probably one of the best body lotions I’ve used in a while. The fresh and floral-inspired scent is calming without being overwhelming, and the lotion instantly sinks into your skin, so you don’t have to worry about getting grease all over your clothes. It’s packed with moisturizing oils that leave behind a slight glow, as well as extra-hydrating oils and butters.
Step Four: Lock in Moisture.
Even if your skin doesn’t get very dry throughout the day, it’s still worth it to include an oil into your body care ritual. When paired with a body lotion or cream, an oil acts as an occlusive to seal in the moisturizing benefits of the previous product, while also draping your skin in a luminous veil.
Our Pick: Ellis Brooklyn Myth Spectacular Scented Body Oil, $65
A combination of squalane, rosehip oil, and pumpkin seed oil provide immediate hydration, while also increasing your skin’s moisture levels and elasticity. Plus, even though it’s rich in hydrators, it won’t transform your body into an oil slick; the lightweight formula absorbs into your skin almost instantly, only leaving behind a warm, floral scent as proof that it was there.