Most of us tend to focus our skincare efforts on what we can see when we’re looking into our bathroom mirror – meaning, just the bodily real estate from the neck up. It’s true that our faces make a strong impression on the people around us, and can greatly impact our self-confidence. But don’t make the face-only mistake: at Kristals skin care is queen and so it includes your entire body.
Paying attention to the rest of your body in your skincare regimen will pay off in feeling and looking younger and healthier overall. Here are four tips from Kristals Cosmetics skincare researchers to get you started on the road to full-body skin radiance!
Kristals Skin Care Tips: 4 Ways to Care for Your Body Skin
1. Exfoliation is not just for faces
The common problem of rough, bumpy skin on the backs of the arms, thighs, shoulders, buttocks, and back is called keratosis pilaris. This condition manifests as tiny, hard, raised, clogged pores that become solid and then often get red and aggravated.
Unclogging them through exfoliation and following up with a soothing skincare routine is the key to getting smoother skin, whether you get those bumps or just find dry patches now and again. At Kristals skin care experts love our ROCK CRYSTAL – Performing Body Polish – Love Spells with sea salt plus moisturizing sweet almond oil, jojoba, and sesame oil to lend your skin elasticity and radiance from neck to toes.
2. Use sunscreen below the neck
You absolutely use a facial moisturizer and maybe even a foundation containing sunscreen every day (right?!) – but some of the sneakiest signs of aging happen below the chin, according to the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics. The décolletage (that’s French for neck, but includes the cleavage area as well), shoulders, arms, and hands are all vulnerable to crepey skin, spots, and uneven skin tone.
All of this can be avoided with diligent use of sunscreen anywhere that will be kissed by the sun. Try a spray sunscreen for easy application. Add a wide-brimmed hat for extra protection (and a chic look!).
3. Keep baths and showers warm and don’t soak for too long
Few things feel better after a full day than a long, hot shower or soak. But spending too much time in your antique clawfoot tub or under that luxuriant waterfall spray head can backfire by leaving your skin dry, irritated, itchy, or even peeling.
Lengthy exposure to hot water will remove the skin’s natural protective barrier, which is made of healthy oils. Keep showers and baths short (under 10 minutes), on the cooler side, and, if you are truly adventurous, maybe even try skipping one now and then.
4. Moisturize while your skin is still damp
Whether you prefer a body lotion, body butter, or a body oil, you should be applying it right after showering or bathing (some way within 30 seconds of turning off the tap), while your skin is still slightly wet. This approach allows the lotion or oil to more effectively seal that external moisture right into your skin surface, leading to softer, smoother body skin and avoiding any dryness related to taking a tub.
Try a body lotion containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids if you need extra exfoliation help. If you don’t, here at Kristals skin care lovers are obsessed with our ROCK CRYSTAL – Supreme Body Butter – Love Spells with African shea butter, beeswax, and glycerin to soothe, soften, and heal. And for the décolletage (neck and chest) give the amazing PEARL Neck & Chest Extra Firming Cream a try. It’s brimming with a unique complex comprised of honey extract, soluble collagen, and elastin combined with vitamins E and B5 to revive skin’s appearance. The result? Improved skin firmness, elasticity, suppleness and moisture.