The Skincare That Works For Your Body Too

The Skincare That Works For Your Body Too
2020 was the year skincare technology moved decidedly south, with exfoliating acids, collagen-boosting agents, advanced hydration complexes and brightening ingredients now taking pride of place in your bodycare. It’s a reason to splurge on a whole new batch of beauty treats – or, instead, do some smart lateral beauty thinking. Could the battery of serums, boosters and oils you already own for your face be employed to upgrade your bodycare, should you be caught short? It certainly can…

For Bacne

Congestion and spots on your back, chest or even your bottom require the same fail-safe standby you’ve hopefully already embraced for your face: salicylic acid. Dr. Dennis Gross Traitement exfoliant pour le corps Alpha Beta, 15,00 £ has this pore-purging active, along with other skin-clearing acids, in small wipes you simply rub over affected areas, while Paula's Choice Exfoliant corporel à 2% de BHA pour les taches lissantes, 33,00 £ has it packed in a lotion. Smooth on and see spots shrivel.

Caught short? The magic number is 2%: at this level, salicylic acid has a fast, noticeable effect on congestion. Kate can be directly applied to any body area to stop acne in its tracks, or you can blend five drops with an oil-free body hydrator (such as plain aloe vera gel) to smooth over larger areas.

For Dry, Irritated Skin

A mix of water-trapping humectants, nourishing emollient oils, and moisture-sealing occlusives is needed to treat super-dry, eczema-prone skin, along with calming agents like oat and chamomile extracts. Malin + Goetz Hydratant pour le corps à la vitamine B5, 33,00 £ and have got the goods.

Caught short? Any face oil is a blend of essential fatty acid-rich, emollient plant oils: is a great example. Add a few drops to a basic (or fancy, whatever you like) body cream or rub the oil (makes sure it’s unscented) onto irritated patches before applying cream as a soothing, softening supplement.

For Chicken Skin & Scaliness

Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin) happens when tiny body hairs get trapped inside the skin, while rough, scaly skin is due to a lack of exfoliation and hydration. Both conditions need a liberal daily application of peeling AHAs such as lactic and glycolic acid to lift away dead cells and blockages. Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion will show improvement in a matter of days. Sunday Riley Gommage corporel au charbon de bois, 32,00 £ teams acids with exfoliating beads for an even faster rough-to-smooth turnaround.

Caught short? If only certain areas, like the backs of your arms or the insides of your knees are affected, treat them to your glycolic acid toner or mask (try Caudalie Peeling glycolique, N/A Caudalie Glycolic Peel), every day for five to seven days, preceded by daily body brushing: satisfaction guaranteed.

For Discolouration

Scars and bruises can leave post-inflammatory pigmentation on your limbs that can take years to fade – and let’s not even talk about sun spots. AHAs (see above) and vitamin C are your gold-standard ingredients for lifting discolouration surely but surely. Sarah Chapman Booster exfoliant de nuit de Skinesis, 69,00 £ has vitamin C and collagen-boosting peptides to regenerate skin.

Caught short? A daily high dose of active vitamin C applied directly to a stubborn discoloured patch or scar can visibly lighten it. Murad Traitement de resurfaçage Invisiscar, 35,00 £ pairs ascorbic acid (vitamin C) with other powerful brighteners in a silicone base to ensure the vitamin C remains potent. Alternatively, under you boy lotion, apply drop of Dr. Dennis Gross Sérum concentré IPL Dark Sport de qualité professionnelle, 99,00 £ with AHAs, ascorbic acid and other potent brighteners.

For Slackening Skin

For firmer, smoother, more even skin, retinol is still the no.1 go-to for your face as well as your body. The past year has increasingly seen it popping up in bodycare: Chantecaille Traitement pour le corps au rétinol, 87,00 £ is one to try.

Caught short? is a powerful retinoid blend that is oil-based, making it easy to mix with any oil-based body creams and lotions before smoothing it on from the neck down. Use four to five drops per limb but scale it back to one or two if irritation occurs, and then slowly build up. Sunday Riley Huile de nuit Luna Sleeping, 45,00 £ is another good one for this trick.