We know the order we apply our skincare is just as important as the products we use. This is because the order in which we apply our products will either hinder or enhance their efficacy. The same is true when it comes to applying your bodycare…
Our bodycare routine becomes even more important during the cold winter months, so it’s wise to consider the order in which you apply everything. The winter is really when we should look after our skin, so that when the warmer months arrive, we aren’t then in a rush to get our skin into good condition. Additionally, it’s important the products we use on our body also complement one another when it comes to their scent, so we can create that cosy, cocooned feel we all yearn for come autumn. Layering your bodycare products has many benefits and one of those is that if you use a product that matches or complements your fragrance, it will enhance its scent and longevity too. Here are the dreem steps:
STEP 1: CLEANSE GENTLY
The first ‘layer’ to your bodycare routine mimics your skincare one. Choose the right cleanser; it must be effective enough to remove impurities, while gentle enough not to stress your skin. Try Into the Deep bath oil, which contains chamomile, sunflower, and rosehip oils and quickly turns into a hydrating oil the moment it’s massaged into skin. Your cleanser should also lay down the background notes of your final fragrance. Into the Deep has a beautiful floral scent and hydrates skin with blue spirulina, jojoba, and calendula oils, so it can hold onto the scent for longer.
The skin on your body has very similar needs to those of your face, so while you might not need make-up removal, you’ll still benefit from a deep but gentle cleanse to remove sweat, sebum and SPF that can clog pores and cause body breakouts.
STEP 2: EMBRACE OIL
Our skin naturally produces oil to keep it soft and supple, however over time this production slows down so it’s vital for us to keep it topped up with a body oil. Among the Stars body oil is heavenly; it’s subtly scented with juniper and lavender. Massage into slightly damp skin after your bath or shower to maximise the nourishing benefits.
STEP 3: MAXIMISE MOISTURE
Well moisturised skin is essential if you want your layered scent to last and your skin to feel hydrated. Whilst your body oil is absorbing into your skin, apply Bed Balm super salve to areas that are tense, aching, or inflamed. Bed Balm is packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients to leave you feeling relaxed and ready for deep slumber and smells divine.
Why do bodycare?
Our skin is our primary defence against the outside elements. It’s an airtight and watertight barrier that protects us from the millions of microbes in our environment. So, if our skin is damaged, bacteria and germs can easily infect us, and our immunity will be compromised.
Taking care of the body and skin is part of a healthy lifestyle. If you take the time to do your skincare routine and do it well, you are more likely to make healthier choices. Bodycare, after all, isn’t just lathering on many products onto your skin to keep it healthy. It also includes eating healthy and exercising. You’ll end up looking and feeling great, both inside and out. It’ll be a great confidence booster and will result in a happier you.
Additionally, doing bodycare is an excellent preventative measure. Prevention is better than cure. Wearing sunscreen, washing your face often, and using moisturising products can save you from invasive and often expensive treatments later when your problems pop up.
Of course, your routine doesn’t have to be set in stone, and just like skincare, you can scale it up or down depending on how much time you have. Just like a Sunday evening face mask and luxurious skincare and Netflix ritual, when you have the time, you can do more with your bodycare.
What products are best for you?
If you have oily skin, avoid products that have oils or alcohols in them, and instead, opt for ones with salicylic acid or natural essences like citrus or jojoba.
If you have sensitive skin, products made from natural ingredients and anti-inflammatories will work. Avoid skin care products that rely heavily on chemicals.
For dry skin, body lotions and creams infused with natural essential oils that help retain moisture are best for you, like coconut oil and sunflower oil.
If you have normal skin, a bodycare routine will still do you a whole world of good. Maintain your normal skin by nourishing it with moisturising products and wearing sunscreen to protect from harmful UV rays and keep it looking young.
Moisturise both day and night
The best times to moisturise are after your morning shower and before you go to bed at night.
Avoid touching your face
Our hands are one of the dirtiest parts of our body, so touching your face can spread bacteria and germs and can cause breakouts, scarring, wrinkles, and even flu.
Hydrate inside and out
Using bodycare products that promote hydration is good, but an extra boost from drinking around eight glasses of water every day is better. a little lick of lotion goes a long way to help prolong that super-soft feeling.
Our body loses millions of skin cells daily, and the buildup of dead skin cells can make it look dull, so exfoliating often will bring it back to a healthy glow. Exfoliation is also brilliant for your body – not only is it incredibly satisfying, but it can help the skin feel firmer and tauter.
Maintain a healthy diet
Nourishment from the inside helps a great deal for skincare, too. So, eat your greens and food rich in omega-3 fatty acid, which helps retain moisture. Reduce your carb intake as well.
Get enough sleep
During sleep, the skin repairs itself by rebuilding collagen, repair damage from UV exposure, and reduces wrinkles.