Creating the perfect routine for your face is important, however, it isn’t the only thing you should be focused on. We always talk about how to take care of our face, but what about the rest of our body from the neck down?
We prioritize taking care of our face since that’s the first thing people will see, but the skin below your neck needs the same TLC and shouldn’t be forgotten about.
You probably don’t think often about a routine for your body. I’m sure most people follow the basics: hop in the shower and then slap some lotion on afterward. Although that’s easy to follow, it’s time to focus on steps that’ll help you achieve glowing, healthy skin.
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Body Care Routine Steps:
This should be a no brainer, but you want to take a shower every day. Just like your face needs a clean slate before adding products to it, your body is the same way! Not only is taking a shower daily important, but using the right products on your body is too.
You should be using a cleanser that’s meant specifically for your body care routine. Look for gentle soaps or body washes that will cleanse without stripping your skin or causing irritation. This is important if you struggle with dry, sensitive skin and/or eczema as I do. I stay away from soaps that contain harsh ingredients or fragrances.
Here are some of my favorite all-natural soaps:
- Akoyn Beauty Simply Unscented Bar
- Akoyn Beauty Calming Lavender Bar
- Premier Naturals by K2 African Black Soap
- Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap
- Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Castile Soap
Exfoliating is an important step to include in your body care routine. You want to exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells and reveal brighter, soft skin. It’s important to choose good quality products and/or tools to use. Here are my favorites:
Josie Maran Sugar Scrub
I love using the Argan Sugar Balm Scrub from Josie Maran. It’s a hydrating exfoliating scrub that is formulated with 100% Argan oil and sugar crystals.
Not only does it smell good, but it also leaves my skin feeling fresh and smooth. The good thing about her products is they aren’t heavily scented! I’m able to use this on my sensitive skin without it causing irritation.
I love the texture of this scrub and how easy it is to rub on my skin without spilling it all over the shower. Thank me later once you try this!
I started using exfoliating gloves in my routine not too long ago and I love it. These are gentle and perfect to use on sensitive skin since they aren’t abrasive. I love that I can cleanse my body and receive the benefits of exfoliating at the same time.
I found an affordable set of gloves on Amazon that comes in different colors. They can be used more than once, however, I recommend replacing them every month. You don’t want bacteria or mold to start growing in the gloves.
Juara Skincare Body Polish
Another great exfoliant to try is the Candlenut Body Polish from Juara Skincare. This is gentle enough to be applied on dry skin and spreads smoothly. It’s formulated with nourishing ingredients such as:
- Candlenut Oil
- Crushed Walnuts
- Rice Bran Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Illipe Butter
The texture is perfect and it smells delicious! You can check out a tutorial featuring the scrub here.
Shave Correctly + Gently
If you’re still team shave as I am, it’s important to do it the correct way. You want to shave towards the end of your shower since your hair will be softer and easier to remove. Make sure you use a shaving cream that’ll allow your razor to glide smoothly without causing nicks or irritation.
We talked about shaving in my previous post on feminine hygiene tips! One thing I want to repeat from that post is you want to use a good-quality razor. Switch out your blade after using it for a certain amount of time and always keep backups on hand.
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After you finish cleaning, exfoliating and shaving, it’s time to apply a good moisturizer. You should put on your moisturizer while your skin is still damp. Make sure it contains clean ingredients too! What we put on top of our skin is just as important as what we put in it.
One of my favorite moisturizers is the Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter from Josie Maran. Although her products are a little pricey, it’s worth it for the quality you receive.
I hope this post helped you realize that your entire body is important and needs the proper TLC. You don’t want to forget about taking care of your skin from the neck down. Having a consistent, simple body care routine has helped me find relief for my eczema and dry, sensitive skin.
If you follow these steps in this post, you’ll be glowing from head to toe in no time!