The internet’s ‘Queen Of Bodycare’ is on hand to round-up her top tips and tricks to build a simple, effective everyday bodycare regime. Because a great routine doesn’t have to break the bank!
Constructing a body care routine is not as difficult as people think, especially when compared to your facial skin regime! Unlike dealing with the face, with the body you have to think about effectiveness and affordability at the same time. The body is a much larger surface area than the face and in order to see good results you have to be able to repurchase your products without feeling guilty, so that you can use them consistently. That is why I was so happy when Superdrug’s Me+ line expanded to affordable yet effective body care products!
An easy way to build a targeted bodycare regime is to target 3 main ‘skin goals’ that you’d like to achieve, and then keep your routine to three steps that correspond with those concerns. One of the steps that I always recommend for people to have is a protection step, which usually consists of sunscreen for the mornings and an ointment for the evenings. But before things get complicated let’s make sure the routine order is correct!
Step 1: Hydration
Maintaining a healthy skin barrier is the first step on an bodycare regime. The skin barrier can become impaired due to friction or a even a cut, but we can also sometimes see a skincare regime causing issues due to over exfoliation, lack of hydrating products or inadequate protection.
Once I’ve jumped out of the shower I like to add the ME+ Hyaluronic Acid Body Gel to damp skin, ensuring I cover all parts of my body for a nice hydrated glow. The gel like consistency, makes it easy to spread across the skin. Hyaluronic Acid is a great humectant (preserves moisture) and a staple part of facial skincare, which is why we love it for the body too.
Step 2: Treatment
This is the most customisable step of your routine, I like to keep two options on hand; one option that helps with texture and breakouts and another option that helps with calming or pigmentation. One of my favourite ingredients for texture and breakouts is salicylic acid, however some formulations that contain salicylic acid can be quite drying. Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid which has a comedolytic property that makes it ideal for dealing with blackheads and whiteheads as well as refine texture. Salicylic acid can also be used to manage keratosis pilaris by exfoliating away dead skin cells.
The Me+ Salicylic Acid Body Gel has a rich and comforting texture that is also ideal for dry skin. You can apply the salicylic acid body gel after your hydrating step.
If your concerns are less breakout focused, then a niacinamide body product is wonderful for maintaining your skin barrier and gently brightening the skin. It’s become a trending facial ingredient in recent years, and it’s amazing for body skin too! I like to use the Me+ Niacinamide Body Gel in both the morning and the evening. I also find the niacinamide body gel useful after hair removal (please wait 24 hours and patch test), as it helps to calm the skin. My tip for application is to carefully dab the gel into your skin.
Step 3: Moisturise
Choosing a moisturiser can feel like an overwhelming task to most people, but I like to make it simple by making sure the texture is something I enjoy and the moisturiser compliments the rest of my routine.
You cannot have a skincare routine without moisturiser! I like to use the New Superdrug Derma-vu Hydrating Lotion to finish off my routine. Derma-vu is a range of moisturisers which you can use to further tailor your routine, I tend to favour the hydrating lotion so my skin looks plump and supple on camera. The hydrating lotion is also gentle enough for me to use on my tattoos in the later healing stages.
Once you can identify your body goals, whether that’s a particular skin concern or just achieving that summer glow, you can begin to treat them with affordable and effective products.