Skincare For Your Whole Body
- By Dr. Alan J. Parks
- September 14, 2020
When it comes to skincare, many people think it applies exclusively to your face. Most products that we invest in are formulated for your face, however many don’t consider that the rest of the skin on your body needs some skincare TLC as well. Your skin is the largest organ on your body, and it carries out some really important processes for our overall health. It is our first line of defense against things in the environment, like allergens and microbes, and therefore needs to be strong and healthy to protect our inner organs from harm. It’s important to keep your skin clean and healthy, and it’s also important to protect the moisture barrier of your skin to keep it from flaking or cracking. While body skincare doesn’t call for quite as many steps as your facial routine, with a bit of time and effort your skin will look and feel healthy and beautiful.
Cleanser: This is likely already something that you do daily when you shower- cleanse your skin! Between the sweat and oil that accumulates on your body during the day and any dirt or dead skin, giving your whole body a good cleanse is essential to maintaining proper hygiene and keeping your skin barrier healthy. Depending on your skin type and any concerns you may have, it may be worth it to look for a body wash specifically formulated for your concerns. For example, HydroPeptide’s Invigorating Body Wash not only gives you a deep clean, it’s formulated with lactic acid to gently exfoliate the skin, as well as marine extracts and peptides to hydrate and rejuvenate even the roughest and driest areas of your body.
Exfoliator: We often forget all that our skin does for us during the day, and keeping it smooth and healthy is essential for proper function. This is where exfoliation comes in. Like we mentioned before, a lot of grime can accumulate on your body throughout the day, and adding in an exfoliation step in your routine can make all the difference in keeping your skin clear, smooth and healthy. The Apothederm Body Prep Scrub is not only great for scrubbing away dead skin, it’s an effective way to prep for hair removal to avoid ingrown hairs and irritation. It’s created with jojoba beads and calendula and aloe vera extracts to gently exfoliate and balance the skin. If you prefer a chemical exfoliant experience, the Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash uses free glycolic acid to help heal rough and damaged skin to reveal a gentle glow on your whole body.
Serum: Many don’t realize that serums are not only for your face; they’re for your body too! Body serums can be great for adding back much-needed hydration into the skin, as well as restoring and strengthening the skin’s delicate barrier. iS Clinical’s Youth Body Serum is a gentle, lightweight serum formulated for the body with a powerhouse of ingredients. With hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5, licorice root, micro algae and more, this serum not only hydrates and smooths, it provides antioxidant protection and protects your body against environmental damage. If you’re looking for a serum with some added anti-aging effects, HydroPeptide’s Perfecting Body Lift is a cooling treatment to help tighten, firm and lift the skin while evening the skin tone on your body.
Moisturizer: You might already be familiar with moisturizing your body after showering or shaving, but we often don’t moisturize our skin as much as we should. Keeping our skin hydrated plays a big part in keeping it strong and healthy. If you’re in need of some serious hydration, the Elta MD Moisture-Rich Body Crème is ideal for those suffering from dry, flaky skin. It contains all the necessities for hydrated skin: ceramides, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and mango seed butter to smooth and soothe dry skin. Another great option is the Replenix All-Trans Retinol Smoothing Body Lotion, an ultra-hydrating body lotion formulated with retinol and antioxidants to lift and smooth skin.
Sunscreen: You’ve heard it before; sunscreen is the most important step in taking care of your skin. This goes for your body too! If you have plans to spend the day in the sun at the beach or pool, sunscreen is a necessity for your whole body. For an easy yet effective spray-on screen, COOLA’s Classic Body Organic Sunscreen is SPF 50 and formulated with 70% organic ingredients for a sheer, hypoallergenic and water-resistant sunscreen your body will thank you for. If you prefer a lotion-based sunscreen, La Roche Posay’s Antheltios 60 Body Milk Sunscreen has a velvety texture and is formulated with antioxidants and a combination of UVA/UVB filters chosen to protect your skin.
As a final treat for your skin, apply HydroPeptide’s Nourishing Glow Shimmering Body Oil to give your skin an extra boost of hydration and add a radiant glow to the skin.
Your body deserves the best care possible, and that includes eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and taking care of your skin. If you have any additional questions about skincare for the body, please reach out!