You’ve got a facial skincare routine nearing double digits in length, but how are you taking care of the skin below the neck? Often overlooked, a body skincare regimen (or, as we like to call it, body care) can feel like a lot of effort. But, with the right products, it doesn’t have to be.
Caring for the body’s largest organ (i.e. your skin) means giving it a good scrub and a lot of moisture to ensure it stays youthful and firm — who doesn’t want that? Regularly exfoliating away dead skin cells helps to improve skin tone and texture, while keeping it hydrated can stave off the crepey appearance of aging skin.
Whether it’s the summer when the body naturally sweats more and is exposed to more sunlight and damage or the winter when it’s dry and flaky, the skin is always in need of proper TLC. We’re rounding up the best body lotions and scrubs to kickstart your bodycare routine that’ll have you glowing from head to toe.
1. The Reparative Moisturizer
There’s a reason La Mer often finds itself atop a beauty roundup – it provides the goods. The brand’s Reparative Lotion offers firming and revitalizing benefits for men and women alike. Formulated with the same Reparative Ferment and Miracle Broth that make its facial skincare so coveted, the rich lotion will have the gams, arms, and everything in-between feeling tighter and brighter. $195, cremedelamer.com
2. The Hydrating Moisturizer
We might sound like a broken record at this point, but it bears repeating: hyaluronic acid (HA) is a must for hydrating the entire body. Regardless of the climate, the skin lets go of moisture, but hyaluronic acid can help lock it in. CeraVe’s Moisturizing Cream delivers a drink of water in a tub with its use of HA, glycerin, and ceramides to nourish and protect the skin’s barrier. Great for all ages, it’s also fragrance-free for those with sensitive skin. $18, ulta.com
3. The Firming Moisturizer
The fast-absorbing, vitamin-packed Necessaire Body Lotion is another fragrance-free option that is brimming with goodness. It boasts vitamins A, C, E, as well as omega-6 and omega-9 to firm, nourish, and improve the skin’s texture. Oh, and it’s formulated with a pH between 4.75 and 5.75 to help repair and balance the skin barrier. $25, sephora.com
4. The Healing Moisturizer
If there’s one thing we can count on Moon Juice for, it’s the utilization of the best Mother Nature has to offer. The Cosmic Cream nourishes every part of the skin it touches with ingredients like ashwagandha, schisandra, silver ear mushrooms, and hyaluronic acid. The adaptogenic blend improves elasticity, boosts collagen production, and thwarts inflammation on the face, neck, decollete, or any area that needs little extra attention. $58, moonjuice.com
5. The Toning Moisturizer
Clinically proven to improve muscle tone while tightening and firming the skin, One Ocean Beauty’s Bioactive Body Sculpting Cream is an active body’s best friend. By increasing cellular energy, it heightens the effects of a healthy lifestyle in a way this is reflected in the skin. Full of emollients and moisturizing Murumuru seed and shea butter, the consistency is rich but not greasy. Best used in the morning, gently massage all over the body and enjoy looking firm even on your rest days. $114, oneoceanbeauty.com
6. The Moisturizer Backed By Science
ARgENTUM Apothecary’s La Lotion Infinie Hydrating Body Cream boasts quite the ingredient list. Firstly, silver hydrosol acts as an anti-irritant and antibacterial combo that protects the skin, while decreasing the harsh effects of oxidative stress. The DNA HP, meanwhile, is a marine-derived ingredient that boosts cell regeneration and, by extension, collagen production for smoothing skin. The minimalist packaging helps protect the formula from sun exposure to keep it performing at its maximum best. $128, net-a-porter.com
7. The Body Scrub To Make You Glow
Frank Body has a cult-like following, which is why this Shimmer Scrub had a 50,000-person waitlist before it even hit the shelves. Yes, really. The coffee scrub awakens the skin, with the sugar exfoliating to allow for the absorption of the grapeseed oil and vitamin E. The latter keeps the skin hydrated and protected from sun damage. Did we mention it also has glow dust? Altogether, the result is skin that feels velvety smooth and radiant. $19.95, ulta.com
8. The Body Scrub For Keratosis Pilaris
Those with sensitive skin and keratosis pilaris (KP) understand that bodycare is essential for maintaining healthy skin. KP is the appearance of rough, bumpy patches of skin found on the arms, thighs, and cheeks. It’s medically harmless but cosmetically frustrating. A multitasking exfoliant, like First AId Beauty’s KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA, chemically breaks down dead skin cells while physically buffing them away. $28, firstaidbeauty.com
9. The Scrub That Treats The Body And Scalp
While this is meant to be a list of body scrubs, we’re always down for killing two birds with one stone. The Ouai’s Scalp and Body Scrub is gentle enough to clarify the scalp, but powerful enough to slough off dead skin cells. Recommended for use once a week, consider this a detoxifying treat. $38, sephora.com
10. The Scrub To Soak In
If you love your tub time, why not utilize the bath to slough off dead skin cells and relax your muscles? Indie Lee’s I-Restore Body Soak eases muscle tension while addressing skin concerns. With the combination of dead sea, Himalayan salt, fragrant arnica, black pepper, and patchouli, it’s a calming blend that helps revitalize the epidermis and ease the mind. $42, indielee.com
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