Body care: how to look after your body

Body care: how to look after your body

If you google the term skincare, most of the results will contain information relating primarily to the face. However, the skin is the largest human organ and the most important protective mechanism that protects us from external influences. Skin care should therefore not be limited to the face. Body (skin) care is important, but complex - we show you how.


When it comes to skincare, we probably all focus too much on our face. The rest of the body also deserves attention. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Body skin needs an individual care concept that is tailored to the skin type and the respective problems and needs. People with darker skin, for example, are more likely to struggle with hyperpigmentation or ashy undertones, while lighter skin is more prone to redness and spots. What they all have in common, however, is that the skin wants a comprehensive regiment of cleansing and care. 


For most of us, cleansing our face in the morning and evening with the right products has been part of our routine for most of our lives. But what about the body? We often don't use cleansing products designed for our skin type and pay much less attention to the ingredients when buying them. However, our legs, stomach and other areas also need to be cleansed with ingredients that are good for us. It is particularly important not to dry out the skin and therefore to opt for products that contain fatty alcohols and only small amounts of fragrances. It is best to use soaps and gels that contain only harmless ingredients, as these place the least strain on the skin during cleansing and do not impair its natural protective function.

Regular exfoliation is essential for radiant skin all over the body. It removes dead skin, stimulates blood circulation and makes the skin more even. You should exfoliate about 1-2 times a week. Products with alpha and beta hydroxy acids are best suited for this because they stimulate skin renewal and give you a smooth skin surface. You can also make your own basic scrub, for example with sugar or coffee grounds. To do this, mix two tablespoons of granulated sugar or coffee grounds with one tablespoon of olive or coconut oil. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and your scrub is ready. Please note that mechanical exfoliants can cause skin injuries if applied roughly. Chemical exfoliants are therefore more recommended.

Shaving, waxing, lasering
If you like it smooth, there's no getting around shaving, waxing or lasering. Skin irritation is not uncommon and affects light and dark skin alike. It is important to exfoliate before shaving or waxing if necessary so as not to irritate the skin further afterwards. Laser treatments should also be carried out in winter because they are not compatible with intense sunlight. Furthermore, not all lasers are the same, which is why you should find out in advance whether the respective laser hair removal is really suitable for your dark or light skin type. In principle, there is nothing wrong with the most common forms of hair removal, as long as you don't forget to take proper care of your skin.

As a general rule, the skincare ingredients that are good for your face are also suitable for your body skin, such as antioxidants or vitamins. SHE[A] RAW for example, is also available in a 250ml size for the body. This provides your skin with moisture and soothing oils that contribute to regeneration. After cleansing and especially after depilation, it is crucial that you moisturize your body skin sufficiently and also apply sun protection during the day in summer. This strengthens the skin's natural protective shield and prepares it well for whatever may come - whether sun, cold or sweat.

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