In this article, I am going to share with you my essential body care routine, it includes tackling those areas of our body that require extra TLC. There is so much focus on our skincare routine, but our body is just as important.
Looking after your body the way you should and giving it the attention it deserves, this will allow you to see the best results from the products you use and make you feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the day ahead.
Stage One: Scrub Away
This is a vital step in achieving glowing skin. Use an exfoliating mitt, such as the Susi’s Scrubber body scrubber. To use the scrubber simply dampen your skin in the shower or bath, pop the mitt over your hand, apply your chosen body wash to the scrubber and scrub away in circular motions from your neck to toes to slough all dry and dead skin cells away.
This will leave your skin feeling smooth, supple and will open your pores to allow your body care products to penetrate deeper into your skin and work more effectively, which will allow you to see the best results.
Benefits of exfoliating:
- Reduces pigmentation and skin discoloration
- Prevents body acne
- Boosts your circulation
- It stimulates collagen synthesis
- Brightens dull skin and improves your skin’s texture
Stage Two: Deep Clean
The next step is to wash away all the dead skin cells and remaining body wash. While you do this massage over your body, between your toes, behind your ears and back – don’t miss a spot! This will cleanse your body and leave you feeling squeaky clean.
Stage Three: Open Those Pores
End your shower the right way by blasting your body with cold water. This will open your pores and allow the products you are about to apply to penetrate effectively into your skin. Once you step out of the shower, avoid the urge to roughly dry your skin as this could irritate it and make it feel dry. Instead, lightly pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
Stage Four: Moisturize
After you have scrubbed away dead skin cells and deep cleaned your body, it is time to seal in the moisture while your pores are open and ready to absorb products. For best results, choose a moisturiser best suited to your skin type.
If you have dry skin choose a rich moisturizer, which contains soothing and hydrating ingredients such as shea butter, oats, coconut oil or vitamin E. Also, if you find you have particularly dry spots, these commonly are your elbows and knees, apply a nourishing body oil to these areas. To use body oil, simply pour a small amount into your hands, rub your hands together with the oil to warm it and help to activate the ingredients before massaging it into your skin.
For an oily skin type, look for a moisturizer which is lightweight and oil-free. This will prevent your pores from being clogged.
I would also recommend choosing a moisturizer which contains an SPF factor. Especially, to your neck and hands, which tend to be the most exposed to the sun throughout the year. While many of us tend to only wear sunscreen when we actively spend time in the sun, UV rays that can cause sun damage and lead to skin cancer are always present.
UVB rays remain present on both hot and cold days and are not blocked out by the clouds, this is a common misperception. The benefits you will see from wearing sunscreen on your body is no pigmentation, youthful and tight skin.
After, taking on a body care routine it may open your eyes to areas of your body that may require extra TLC. A common area of the body which takes a lot of wear is out feet, which can become dry and even cracked. Here is how to tackle them for super supple feet, which will be summer-ready for your favourite sandals:
- Soak your feet. I would recommend soaking your feet for ten minutes, this will allow your skin to become softer and will make it easier to slough away the dry skin and dead skin cells.
- Scrub away. After your skin is softened, dampen your scrubber and if you would like extra exfoliation use the scrubber alongside an exfoliating scrub, preferable one specifically for feet. Scrub your feet in circular motions, ensuring you go between each toe and pay extra attention to the heel area.
- File down. The scrubber should have removed a good amount of the dry skin from your feet, but it can be stubborn so use a foot file to remove any hard and tough skin left behind. To use the file simply place it under your heel and move it in a backwards and forwards motion.
- Rinse away. After you have scrubbed and filed your feet rinse away the dead and dry skin.
- Lock-in the moisture. Your feet should now be feeling smooth but in order to maintain the results you have achieved; it is important to keep them hydrated. Choose a rich moisturizer, use a one made for feet if you have one. Moisturizers that contains peppermint has been known to help soften hard skin and will leave your feet feeling refreshed.
Apply a generous amount of the moisturizer and pay extra attention to applying it in between your toes and heels. After applying the cream and rubbing it in thoroughly, put on soft socks. The socks will keep your feet warm and will help the moisturizer to absorb better into dry areas of your skin.
I hope this post helps you to take care of your body. Whether you just scrub your body or lather on moisturizer after each wash, your body will thank you for it and the results will speak for themselves. Self-love is important, however busy you are always make time to look after and pamper yourself, because you deserve it!