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K-Beauty Body Care

By Kate Limond
24/07/2023 | Read time: 5m

Our faces get a lot of love but what about body care?

Figuring out body care

For a long time, I didn’t really bother with body care – maybe I’d apply some lotion. Inevitably, that lotion wouldn’t do that much and I’d stop bothering to do it.

Add to this that I just moved to an area with hard water and my body is just crying out for some TLC!

In particular, it’s my arms that I want to work on: they are dry and bumpy – lots of closed comedones (CCs) and prone to hyperpigmentation.

My face gets CCs, so it’s not surprising to me that other areas do too. But it doesn’t make for a great summer body…

Thankfully, it’s K-Beauty to the rescue once again!

How to make a body routine

Just like your face, work out what your body needs.

Consider your skin type and what you want to work on: is it dryness you want to tackle or is there something more, like the bumpy texture I’m experiencing? Does your skin feel tight like it needs more moisture?

For areas that I don’t have any concerns, a decent moisturiser works fine. But, like me, you might have just been applying a lotion and finding it’s not quite up to the job – if so, approach body care like your face: layer up!

With my face routine, layering was a game changer for me. I’ve found that even on days when I don’t layer my products and just moisturise, I don’t suffer so much because my skin is already in a better place than it was.

I don’t do as many layers for my arms as I do for my face, but I still do quite a few because that’s what works best for me.

It might sound like a lot of extra work but it really isn’t!

I apply a layer of product to my face and neck, and, as that’s starting to dry, I then apply a layer to my arms. And as the layer for my arms is drying, I apply the next product to my face, and so on. It doesn’t even take more time because I would have been waiting for my face to dry anyway.

Product Choices

Whilst I want my body routine to be effective, it doesn’t need as much attention as my face so I tend to gravitate towards more budget options, with a few exceptions!

As I mentioned, I’m not only looking to hydrate and moisturise, I also want to work on the bumpiness and, in an ideal world, the pigmentation too.

You can also apply skin cycling principles to body care. If you haven’t heard this term, it refers to rotating your products so you don’t get too carried away with using actives more than you should. If you use actives too often, you might end up with issues like redness, dehydration, dryness and maybe even peeling or flaking skin. That being said, some people can use actives every day – it depends so much on how your skin responds. Start slowly!

To be sensible about it, I rotate my products so I’m not drying out my skin – although my arms are pretty resilient, they’re not happy about the hard water so I find skin cycling works well.

I’m listing my routine below so you can see how you might go about putting a routine together but your skin might need other products!

Actives

I’ve tried a variety of my face products for my arms and I’ve found that a few actives that contribute to smoothing out the bumps and dealing with pigment is the most efficient and effective option for me.

Cosrx AHA Whitehead Power liquid and Some By Mi Yuja Niacin Brightening toner are the best choices for my concerns. In the Some by Mi, you’ve got 5% niacinamide, more info on niacinamide from Safina here and review of the Some by Mi here, and in the Cosrx you’ve got glycolic acid, more info on this here.

I have also tried the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power liquid in the past, which worked well for the bumps but doesn’t target pigment, hence the move to an AHA instead. That being said, I do find the Benton Aloe BHA Skin toner really useful for my body, it contributes to clearer pores with 0.5% salicylic acid and it’s also really hydrating.

Hydration

For hydration, I want super lightweight and effective products. I like to do a couple of layers of Benton Aloe Real Cool Soothing Gel. I absolutely love this product – it is definitely cooling and soothing, just as advertised!

My arms get a bit itchy from the hard water so this is a multipurpose product that deals with the itchiness and gives me a hefty dose of hydration. I love that it’s totally non-sticky and absorbs really well, even when I literally slather it on. It works nicely with the Benton Aloe toner I mentioned above.

There’s a reason some products have been around for what seems like forever and are still super popular. One of those products is Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Serum. I’ve been using it for two years and it’s one of my most repurchased products. Review here for anyone who hasn’t seen my repeated raves!

Moisturisers

I actually tend to alternate moisturisers as per the skin cycling principles I talked about above, too!

When I’m not using the Some By Mi toner, I’ll use the Some By Mi Yuja Niacin 30 Days Miracle Brightening Sleeping Mask. Although the Some By Mi has the 5% niacinamide and vitamin c, it also has a lot of moisturising and skin soothing ingredients, like bisabolol, so it is a great choice on my hydration nights.

An added benefit from the Some By Mi moisturiser is that contains jojoba oil, which is actually a lightweight wax ester and might also be skin smoothing, which I talked about in my Mary & May Blackberry cream essence review. Given I’m working on bumpiness, jojoba oil is an excellent addition to my routine.

On my actives nights, I love the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Water Sleeping mask – not only is it very hydrating, it has beta-glucan towards the top of the ingredient list, which is a brilliant lightweight moisturiser that’s also really soothing. Review here!

Final Word

Body care doesn’t have to be complicated – I have a multi-step routine because that’s what works for me.

However, regardless of what you’re working on, there’s a real benefit to giving your body some TLC with your K-Beauty face products!