We tend to put a lot of effort when it comes to skincare for our faces. Strict multi-step routines and extensive research on ingredients are often involved. However, when it comes to our bodies we’re usually a lot more relaxed. Many of us choose our soaps based on smell, but the skin on our bodies still falls under a type. It’s important to pay attention to the ingredients of your body skincare so you can achieve your softest and smoothest skin ever.
Soaps made from natural ingredients are beneficial for every skin type. Commercial, mass-produced skincare almost always contain harsh chemicals that can cause excessive dryness, redness, or itchiness. They may contribute to problematic skin instead of solving any issues. You’ll definitely feel more confident about your skincare when it contains ingredients you can actually pronounce!
Dry Skin. Those with dry skin should look for soaps that provide maximum hydration and moisture. Water tends to evaporate quickly through dry skin, so the thicker the oil, the better. Fatty oils are perfect for locking in moisture. Some excellent options are olive oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, and shea butter. Honey is also a great ingredient for providing gentle hydration. These oils will moisturize your skin while also providing a lovely scent, making your bath or shower relaxing, cleansing, and soothing.
Oily skin. Breakouts aren’t always a face-only issue for some of us. Luckily there are some ingredients that help balance oil levels in the skin, which helps prevent acne. It may sound counterintuitive to treat oily skin with oil, but natural oils are incredibly helpful for dealing with all sorts of skin issues. Coconut oil is a great base that gently cleanses and moisturizes without clogging pores. Citrus oils will help balance, not dry out, the skin’s natural oils for smooth, clear skin. Turmeric and cinnamon are also excellent for clearing up acne.
Sensitive skin. People who have skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema know the struggle of finding a good skincare product that won’t irritate the skin or flare-up their conditions. Your best bet is to keep it as simple as possible. Extra ingredients, especially chemical ones, are more likely to cause irritation. Avoid heavily-scented products and stick to mild formulas. Oils with soft scents like olive oil, castor oil, and shea butter will gently hydrate skin without causing any flare-ups. Extra ingredients like oats gently exfoliate while relieving any existing irritations.
Normal skin. Congratulations, you don’t have to be super picky when choosing your skincare. Those with normal skin are lucky that they don’t have to deal with excess dryness, oiliness, or any conditions. However, the goal is to keep your skin soft and clear. Oils like coconut oil, olive oil, and shea butter will maintain healthy levels of hydration. Honey also helps the skin retain its natural moisture, while cinnamon promotes a healthy blood flow to help your skin glow.