Glowing skin on your face is one thing, but do you have a body care routine for glowing skin on your body?
With the weather warming up, you may be wanting to ditch your long sleeves and long pants and show a little more skin.
The question is: are you ready for it?
If not, try this routine to get your body skin ready for summer fashions.
Body Care Routine for Glowing Skin: Start Here
Most of us have a skincare routine for our faces. But what about the rest of our skin?
It’s easy during the winter months when we’re all covered up not to think too much about the skin on our legs, arms, shoulders, and feet.
That’s why it can be surprising to note that the skin on these areas isn’t looking that great! You may have dryness, flakiness, age spots, or just a general look of dullness going on.
Start by realizing that a body care routine is necessary. This isn’t something you can fix in one or two days. It’s time to adopt a series of steps that you take to get your body skin back in shape.
Moisturizing every day is a good start. But when you’re talking about restoring that healthy glow to your skin, it’s best to set aside some time when you can give your body skin a little extra TLC.
Body Care Routine for Glowing Skin Step 1: Dry Brush Your Skin
What exfoliating is to your face dry brushing is to your body skin. Use a long-handled brush with stiff bristles, then start with your feet and ankles and make upward motions upward toward the heart. This helps promote lymphatic drainage while removing that dull, dry skin that’s collected on the surface.
It’s best to dry brush all over before you step into the shower or bath. Then you can cleanse off any remaining dead skin cells and emerge refreshed and renewed.
Find more tips on dry brushing in our post, “Have Dull Skin? Looking for an Easy Detox? Try Dry-Skin Brushing.”
Step 2: Gently Cleanse
Take a look at what you’re using to cleanse your body skin. If it’s bar soap, it’s time to make a change. Most bar soaps are drying and will leave your skin feeling tight. This can lead to that dry, dull feeling that you don’t want.
Instead, choose a gentle and moisturizing cleanser with healthy ingredients like shea butter, ceramides, or plant oils. These are ingredients you might normally look for in your moisturizer, but they can help in your body wash too as they prevent that drying effect that cleansing often has.
Body Care Routine for Glowing Skin Step 3: Treat Your Skin
You’re used to using anti-aging serums on your face. But have you ever used something similar on your body?
Many people don’t. If you want healthy, glowing skin for the summer, though, this step is a must. Your skin requires a little extra to recover its youthful look.
Fortunately, there are many body treatments out there today that carry similar ingredients as face treatments. Look for serums that are rich in natural oils, vitamin C, and even retinol. It can help quicken skin renewal and boost collagen production so that cellulite and skin bumps are less noticeable.
Step 4: Moisturize
Whereas you may apply your skincare treatment once a day or perhaps a few times a week, you want to apply moisturizer every day. Putting it on immediately after your shower or bath helps trap some of the water in your skin, keeping it deeply hydrated.
Whereas you may have to be careful about using heavier ingredients like coconut oil on your face—particularly if you’re oily or acne-prone—the body skin is usually more forgiving. Plus it tends to be dryer than the skin on your face and may be crying out for some significant moisture.
Look for products with proven moisturizing ingredients. Hyaluronic acid and ceramides help seal in hydration, while natural oils sink deeper to plump up the skin from the inside out.
We recommend our Body Repair Lotion. It stands out among the competition because it’s made with safe, natural ingredients that work well even in those with the most sensitive skin, yet it leaves behind a lovely, natural glow. (Try it and see!)
Key ingredients like beta-glucan help boost collagen, while calendula and aloe vera soothe any irritations and reduce inflammation. Use this one every day and notice how much your skin improves.
Body Care Routine for Glowing Skin Step 5: Fake the Sun-Kissed Look
You know that tanning isn’t good for your skin. Yet that sun-kissed look is dynamite. Get it with a self-tanner instead. These have come a long way over the past several years, with today’s formulas giving your skin a gorgeous glow without the risk of damage.
All products are not the same, though. You can often achieve the best results by using a mousse first, then applying a tanning lotion every night after that. This can also extend your color.
Experiment until you find one that you like, then make sure you exfoliate the skin before applying. (Dry-brushing works great.) Wait until your skin is dry before applying the tanner, then prime problematic areas like the knees, elbows, ankles, and heels with a little bit of moisturizer. These are likely to turn too dark with the application of tanner. Lightly adding moisturizer can help reduce this effect.
Start with your thigh and lower leg first, then when you have just a little tanner left, smooth it lightly over the bumpy areas. Always wash your hands when you’re done, even if you use a mitt, to make sure you don’t end up with darkened palms.
Finally, make it last longer by moisturizing the area every night with our Body Repair Lotion to keep skin looking its sun-kissed best.
How do you restore that healthy glow to your body skin?