Body care: your body deserves just as much love as your face

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I’ve said it before: your skin is the largest organ of your body, take care of it. In the past (and even on my skincare journey) I neglected to treat the skin below my neck, aka from the tips of your toes to the top of your shoulders and everything in between.

We’re now coming out of a cold (but relatively mild) winter. I always ensured my body was properly moisturized, however, there weren’t many complex products I used outside of the drug store favourite body lotions –  No active ingredients, no treatments, I honestly thought it wasn’t necessary.

I think some of you may agree that the skincare industry is now releasing great body care products that have actives in it such as exfoliants (AHAs/BHAs/PHAs) and niacinamide. Let’s talk about some products that will make your body super happy.

Scrubs

This is a great way to get dead cells off your body. Here, you can use physical scrubs since your skin on your body is stronger than the skin on your face. Personally, I love physical scrubs, such as the Fuzz Skin Perfecting Body Scrub ($30CAD). It’s perfect to get that dead skin off (sugar and salt) and the oils make it perfect for a pre-shave session. Don’t worry, all the oils are washed off in the shower!

Frank Body has gained popularity over the years for its body coffee scrubs ($22-26CAD) and the brand is now available at Sephora. Robusta coffee grinds and sea salts gently exfoliate your skin, while the cold pressed almond oil and vitamin E keep your skin hydrated, all while keeping your skin from free radicals and promotes healing/fading scars. I personally think this can get quite messy, especially because of the dark coffee grinds, but this is a great affordable option for you.

Lotion

If you had to pick one thing to treat your body after a shower, it would be body lotion. But I’m sure that most of you already know that ;). It’s ESSENTIAL that you add that moisture back into your body. Do you really want a young and beautiful face, only to look down at an aging deteriorated body? No? I didn’t think so either.

I’m personally a big fan of Dr Jart Ceramidin Body Lotion ($34CAD) because it’s extremely hydrating, lightweight and non-sticky. Don’t we all NOT want our bodies to stick to our clothing after moisturizing? Specifically, their highlighted ingredients are their 5-cera complex which protects, firms, rebuilds, strengthens, and moisturizes the body!

During the Sephora VIB sale (which started today for the VIB Insiders and on Apr 15 for Beauty Insiders), I ordered the Necessaire body lotion ($35CAD), mainly because it has niacinamide (brightening and acne preventing) and green tea (great antioxidant and soothing properties) in it. There’s quite a bit of hype built around this brand and other than their ingredients, I definitely think it’s because of their fashion-forward minimalistic packaging.

NIVEA also has excellent body lotions (AND AFFORDABLE) as well because 1) their product sizes are 625ml. That’s three times bigger compared to the 200 ml luxury body products available at Sephora, 2) NIVEA has a variety of products for every consumer, and 3) their product have great moisturizing ingredients. You can purchase these products at your local drug store such as Shoppers Drug Mart. I always buy them on sale! That saves you an extra $5 as well (compared to the regular $12 price tag).

Extras

As winter approaches, I like to add a body oil to my routine to ensure that my body has the extra hydration. I don’t do this every day. This is definitely luxe, but not essential as part of your weekly routine – as long as you moisturize!

Fuzz Skin Beautifying Body Oil ($25CAD) leaves your skin GLOWING, without leaving it sticky at all. The ingredients are simple: coconut oil, squalane, avocado oil, peppermint oil, and argan oil. Usually, I wouldn’t want to add these oils to my face, but my body definitely can handle them with ease.

I definitely like to give my body some extra love when it needs it. Once in a while I get minor breakouts on my shoulders, chest, and back. They’re so small that someone else would barely see them, BUT I SEE THEM!

A few months ago, I came across a great exfoliant body treatment by Paula’s Choice ($28 USD but they often have 15-20% site wide sales). It has 2% BHA (salicylic acid) that aids in skin exfoliation. This is great if you have rough and bumpy skin, as it works to improve its overall texture. It also has great soothing ingredients such as green tea and chamomile, all while keeping the skin nicely hydrated. I use this product about twice a week after my shower and prior to applying body lotion. Of course, if you’re applying this in the morning, always ensure to apply the necessary SPF as salicylic acid makes your skin more prone to sun sensitivity.

Remember, you don’t have to spend nearly as much of your hard-earned money on body products compared to ones for your face. An alternative is if a face product doesn’t work for you (and you can’t return it), use them on your body! It’s a great way to repurpose the product and avoid unnecessary WASTE!

If there’s a favourite body product you love, please let me know on Instagram! I would love to hear from you.

Until next time!

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10 Comments

  • Natalie Richardson says:

    Great post Fleur – thank you for sharing this information!

  • Dutchie says:

    Thanks for publishing such informative article, Fleur. In Europe we adore the sun and using SPF is not a very common thing. Also, I remember that in the early days, SPF didn’t go higher than 30 and we only used it while on the beach. And when someone got a sun burn, we just laughed and put slices of cucumber on it to cool it down. You are absolutely right, we need to include SPF in our daily skin routine. Now one more challenge to go: introduce this to my husband.

    • Fleur Boomsma says:

      Thank you for sharing this little story! If we can normalize the use of sunscreen a lot of skin cancer could be prevented! Luckily the skincare companies are getting more innovative with their formulas to make sunscreen attractive for everyone of all skin colors/conditions/types!

  • Eva B says:

    So informative! Thank you for the sunscreen recommendations xx

  • Jennifer says:

    Sunscreen can save your life!!

  • Sue says:

    Your hair looks lovely. I want to try this now.

  • Celine says:

    Hello! I want to ask, after using the innisfree super volcanic mask, you rinse it off and then do you apply your skincare after that? or do you just leave your bare face after rinsing the clay mask off?

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