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Taking Care of Your Skin – Your Daily Body Skincare Routine

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This website serves the purpose of providing general information and does not in any way replace medical or specialist advice. Consult a healthcare practitioner if symptoms worsen or persist.

Body hygiene and body care are key to our overall health and wellbeing. Quality skincare products will help you to cleanse and care for the skin on your body and protect it from damaging external influences such as the sun and hot and cold climates. They can also be used to calm disturbed skin and treat any concerns that you may have.

So where should your daily skin care routine start? A good skincare routine helps to restore your skin’s natural balance and keep it looking and feeling great.


Three steps to help you learn how to take care of your skin on your body: cleanse, care and protect.

Step 1: Cleanse

Thorough cleansing is the first step in any proper skin care routine. Cleansing removes dirt, sebum, sweat and other residues to keep skin feeling clean and healthy.

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Step 2: Care

Care products moisturise and replenish skin. Try a cream or a lotion to hydrate your body after cleansing and to treat any specific skin concerns (such as dryness). Care products can also be applied on certain areas of the body such as the hands and feet.

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Step 3: Protect

Sun protection is important for days when your skin is going to be exposed to harmful UV rays: the main cause of premature ageing of the skin. Body skin is not exposed to UV rays as frequently as facial skin, so this is not an essential daily step, but should be included in a daily skincare routine when appropriate.

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Find out more about looking after facial skin in a daily skincare routine for the face.



Why cleanse?

The fundamental reason for body cleansing is to remove dirt and sweat to keep skin clean and healthy and prevent unpleasant body odour. Showers and baths also play an important role in our overall wellbeing, helping us to feel refreshed, reinvigorated and relaxed.

How to take care of your skin without over-drying it

Pat rather than rub skin dry so that it retains some moisture (oil based products are most effective when applied to damp skin).

A strong awareness of hygiene, combined with today’s active lifestyles, has increased the frequency of cleansing. Over-exposure to water, as well as to harsh cleansing products, can dry out skin and weaken its barrier function. The following cleansing suggestions will help to keep skin healthy-looking:

  • Reduce bath time and water temperature: Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from the skin.
  • Choose a cleanser that is gentle on skin.
  • Pat rather than rub skin dry so that it retains some moisture (oil based products are most effective when applied to damp skin).
  • Moisturise well after cleansing.

How to choose an appropriate cleanser

Choose a body wash or cleanser:

  • gentle on your skin and that will not dry it out.
  • that has a pH value that corresponds to that of healthy skin.
  • contains lipid replenishing components. This not only compensates for lost lipids, but ensures that fewer lipids are lost during cleansing.
  • formulated for your specific skin type and concern.
  • that has been thoroughly tested and is, ideally, compatible with sensitive skin.
Choose a cleanser to suit your specific skin type and concern.

When your skin’s barrier function is impaired its sensitivity increases and it is more prone to dryness, infection and allergic reactions.



Why care?

Care products shall hydrate and replenish skin, preventing it from drying out. Moisturising your skin not only increases its water content, but protects it and encourages orderly desquamation (the process by which skin sheds dead cells) leaving it feeling smooth, soft and comfortable. Care products can also be used to target and treat specific skin concerns. For example, very dry skin is caused by the fact that the skin’s barrier function is impaired. Care products can help to address this concern by restoring missing lipids to help repair the skin.

How to take care of your body skin

Care products should be applied after cleansing as cleansed skin is better able to absorb the active ingredients. Regular moisturisation after bathing will help to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

Which care products are right for my body?

Moisturize your skin after cleansing to keep it hydrated and healthy.
Target and treat especially dry areas with a lipid rich moisturizer.

Choose a body moisturizer:

  • formulated for your specific skin type.
  • that targets any specific concerns you may have such as dry skin.
  • tested and, ideally, proven to be compatible with sensitive skin.

Eucerin offers a range of body moisturizers to suit dry skin types, and which have been tested on sensitive skin. Read more about Eucerin Complete Repair

The structure of our skin differs slightly according to where it is on our body. Different parts of our body are also treated differently and receive different levels of exposure to external forces. As a result, some areas of the body such as our hands and feet benefit from particular care and dedicated products. Read more in skin on different parts of the body.

Skin benefits from special care after it has been exposed to the sun. After Sun Lotions can help to cool and regenerate sun-stressed skin.


Why protect?

A small dose of sunlight can already have a positive influence on our mood.
Apply sun protection preferably already before going into the sun: the product needs time to spread evenly on the skin. Reapply regularly, especially after bathing and towelling.

Sunlight has many positive effects on the body:
It increases our vitality and well‐being, promotes circulation and metabolic processes and activates vitamin D production. But we only need a small dose.

The body is able to produce its own protective mechanisms to help against the negative effects of UV radiation – pigmentation, thickening of the external layers of skin, producing antioxidants and the formulation of UV filtering substances such as urocanic acid. But skin needs time and low dosages of UV to be able to protect itself and benefits from additional protection.

Over exposure to UV rays is one of the main causes of premature ageing of the skin and can lead to pathological changes of the skin – in the worst cases to skin cancer. The application of a cream or lotion with added Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is highly recommended to protect the body when it is exposed to UV rays.

How to protect

Sun protection should be applied after, or instead of, your normal moisturiser. Apply it well in advance of exposure to the sun so that your skin has time to absorb the active ingredients. Reapply the product regularly or as guided by the pack.

Which sun protection products are right for my body?

Reapply your sun care regularly to keep the level of protection and to avoid sunburn.

The choice of sun protection factor depends on the pigmentation and sensitivity of your skin and your skin type. It also depends on the season and on the level and duration of exposure that your body is going to have. 

Eucerin offers a wide range of sun protection products and varying SPF’s to suit all skin types and textural preferences. If you are in any doubt as to which products will be best for you then contact a dermatologist to seek their advice.

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