Ask nearly anyone about their skincare routine, and their response will likely detail some of their favorite toners, serums, and moisturizers formulated for delicate facial skin. That’s just the way it is. Although a basic body care routine takes only minutes a day, we tend to overlook the needs of the skin on our arms, legs, and torsos until the signs of neglect begin to show. We often forget that skin issues are usually easier to prevent than repair until the surface is dry, rough, or uncomfortable.
Skincare products formulated for body care often contain high concentrations of active ingredients that help keep the surface smooth, supple, and vibrant. But many are also made with questionable chemicals and compounds that can damage ecosystems and impair your skin’s natural ability to rejuvenate and repair. As you review the steps of a basic body care routine, keep in mind that many of today’s top-rated body care products are made with natural ingredients, plant oils and extracts that are better for the environment and help support healthy skin function.
How to Begin a Natural, Plant-Powered Body Care Routine
Your body care routine doesn’t need to be overly complex or time-consuming to be effective. For optimal skin health and appearance, your body care routine should include a gentle soap or body wash, a few minutes set aside each week for exfoliation, and a protective moisturizer to help keep the surface smooth, supple, and hydrated. For naturally healthy, radiant skin, consider the simplicity of the following plant-powered body care routine.
Choose a Cleanser
When selecting a cleanser to help remove dirt, debris, sweat, and odor-causing bacteria, choose a product formulated with a range of non-irritating ingredients that won’t strip your skin of its protective lipid barrier. For an added layer of protection, turn down the temperature and reduce the duration of your shower or the amount of time you soak in the tub while cleaning the surface with a natural cleanser formulated for your skin type.
Natural Body Wash
With growing consumer interest in natural alternatives, many companies are adding a selection of body washes made with natural and organic ingredients. You have many options. For dry, itchy, or sensitive skin, consider trying liquid castile soap in place of your usual body wash. A staple in many homes, this mild, emollient soap is made with a selection of plant oils. The list of ingredients varies by brand. Castile soap can also be used in place of your usual hand soap, shaving cream, laundry detergent, and dish soap.1,2
Plant-Based Bar Soap
Soap has a reputation for being rather harsh and drying. It can be. Some soaps are made with ingredients that can disrupt barrier function and cause dehydration. But with the right formula, an expertly crafted plant-based bar can be quite nourishing and hydrating. For dry skin, look for natural soap made with coconut oil, olive oil, or shea butter. Consider trying a bar made with activated charcoal if your skin is oily, or a fragrance-free formula made with soothing oatmeal if your skin is sensitive.3,4
Regular, consistent exfoliation helps keep your skin looking and feeling its best by gently removing depleted skin cells from the surface. Not only will exfoliation help prevent clogged pores and ingrown hairs, current studies also suggest long-term exfoliation helps stimulate collagen production, an effect that could help promote elasticity and help keep your skin from looking crepey. For best results, use one of the following methods to exfoliate your body 2-3 times per week.5
Use a Body Scrub
Natural body scrubs are typically made with a plant-based oil or fat and a gritty substance like sugar, salt, pulverized shells, or coffee. You can purchase a ready-made scrub or make your own. Exfoliating with a sugar scrub might be your best option if you have sensitive skin because the granules are round and less likely to cause irritation. Salt scrubs can be particularly beneficial for rough knees and elbows, and exfoliating with coffee could help reduce the appearance of cellulite.6
Loofahs, Brushes, and More
Although effective, body scrubs can get messy. If you’re concerned, consider exfoliating with a natural loofah or konjac sponge. You can also exfoliate in the tub or shower with a washcloth or exfoliate before bathing with a dry brush. If you want to try dry brushing, choose a brush with short, soft, natural bristles. Dry brushing with stiff bristles can cause irritation. The process involves working upward from your feet in a gentle, circular motion.7
Moisturize According to Your Skin Type
Hot water, soap, and body washes can strip the protective lipid barrier that helps protect your skin’s delicate moisture balance. That’s why moisturizing is an important part of a body care routine. There are three basic types, occlusives that form a protective barrier over the surface, humectants that attract moisture and bind with water, and emollients that help keep your skin lubricated. Choose one of the following product types to help your skin retain essential moisture.
In-shower moisturizers are an alternative to traditional creams and lotions. You apply the moisturizer after cleansing, give the product a little time for any active ingredients to absorb, then rinse. In-shower moisturizers are water-activated and leave an emollient layer behind to help prevent moisture loss. Although these products tend to work well for people with normal skin, most in-shower moisturizers are not hydrating enough for dry or very dry skin.8
The moisturizer you apply after bathing or showering helps fortify your skin while forming a protective barrier against environmental irritants. If your skin is normal to oily, choose a lightweight moisturizing lotion. For dry to severely dry skin, a rich, emollient cream is the better option. To get the most benefit from the active ingredients in your moisturizer (and seal in water), apply your product of choice to slightly damp skin.
Why Are So Many People Switching to BOTA™ Body Care Products?
There was a time that the scientific community believed the molecules in most skincare products were too large to penetrate the surface. Back then, experts in the field believed skin formed a nearly impenetrable barrier that kept tissues below the surface from harm. Today, we know that skin functions much more like a sponge than a protective shield. Researchers estimate that your skin can absorb about 60 percent of the chemicals and compounds applied to the surface.
Many people make the switch to BOTA™ plant-powered body care products after discovering that up to 90% of the ingredients used in personal care products, including the creams and lotions they use every day, have never been evaluated for consumer safety. Of the roughly 10 percent that have, many have raised more than a few red flags.9
BOTA™ body care products are made with natural, wholesome plant oils and extracts; the best ingredients nature has to offer. The coconut oil and shea butter in BOTA™ Nourishing All-Day Body Lotion and BOTA™ Ultra-Rich Satin Body Crème create an emollient barrier that helps protect your skin from moisture loss. Our luxurious body care products also include a range of botanicals selected to help calm irritation and fortify your skin’s natural protective barrier. BOTA™ plant-powered skincare products are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and enhanced with the many potential skin benefits of hemp-derived CBD.
Are You Ready to Embrace Next-Level Body Care?
CBD (cannabidiol) is an active botanical that could help maximize the impact of your body care routine. When applied topically, CBD penetrates the surface of your skin. Once absorbed, it interacts with important chemical receptors found on nearly every type of skin cell, including the receptors regulating moisture retention, skin cell turnover, oil production, and collagen synthesis.10
To learn more, visit BOTA™ to read our Complete Guide to Natural Skin Care. Then take a moment to browse our selection of CBD-infused facial serums, toners, moisturizers, and body care products. BOTA™ CBD skincare products are third-party tested, and US Hemp Authority™ certified.
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