Skincare Applies to More Than Your Face: How to build an effective body care routine

If you prioritize your skincare routine but can’t remember the last time you used body lotion, then your skin below the chin is probably in need of some TLC right now. Your body deserves a skincare routine that’s just as effective and comprehensive as the one you use on your face. Here’s how to achieve healthy skin from head to toe.

Stay Hydrated
If you want your skin to look and feel hydrated, then you need to be hydrated. Water intake is directly linked to better skin hydration and circulation. Drinking enough water, half of your body weight in ounces of water is a good rule of thumb, will not only make you feel better, but it will make your skin look better too.

Turn Down the Water Temperature
It may be tempting to relax in a steamy, hot shower or bath after a long day, but your skin will be much better served with a 5-10 minute, lukewarm shower or bath instead. High temperatures can cause water to evaporate more quickly from your skin, causing it to feel tight and itchy once you dry off.

Exfoliate Regularly
Exfoliating one to three times a week (depending on your skin’s sensitivity) can help buff away any dry, dead skin cells, and make room for new, healthy skin cells to form. Plus, exfoliation can increase circulation, which helps flush skin-dulling toxins from the body.

Remember to Moisturize
Even if your skin isn’t visibly dry and cracked, using body lotion daily can help replenish your skin’s moisture levels before irritation can occur. Remember to avoid lotions with strong fragrances as they can be irritating to sensitive skin.

Use SPF Daily
Even if you’re not planning to spend the entire day outside, damaging UV ray exposure can still occur if you’re near a window or walking to and from your car. Using SPF every day can help protect you from uneven pigmentation, dark spots, melasma, and other skin condition flare-ups.

At the Dermatology Center of Acadiana, our mission is to provide patients with expert dermatologic care in a comfortable and welcoming office environment. Experience the difference that our skilled and friendly staff makes to your skincare experience and dermatological services when you schedule an appointment at (337) 235-6886.