While we think nothing about investing both time and money to our daily facial skincare routines, our body, on the other hand, tends to get neglected. The truth is, not many of us would voluntarily moisturise from the neck down when we could simply go to bed five to ten minutes earlier. Plus, we are also guilty of not committing to a rigorous sun care routine when it comes to the skin on our body. Yet, the skin on our body works in the same way as the skin on our face. This means that without regular hydration and exfoliation, dead skin cells can pile up and frequent usage of harsh cleansers can lead to the damage of skin’s barrier layer and in turn, result in dry, rough and itchy skin.
To avoid this, it is important to keep your skin hydrated from top to toe, especially so if you’re exposed to air-conditioning for long hours everyday. The best time to moisturise your skin is when it’s still damp so do slather on a body lotion in the shower before getting dressed. Lightweight lotions are usually preferred because they are absorbed by the skin quickly so you can get dressed quickly after. Look out for ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid as they lock in moisture for smooth and supple skin immediately. If you are prone to itching, that could be a sign that your skin’s barrier function has been compromised. This means you should be looking for products that contain oat extract or ceramides as these help rebuild your skin’s barrier layer to strengthen it against further damage. Read on for the best body moisturisers that have been tried, tested and loved by beauty editors: