Many people take their skincare routines seriously but often neglect moisturising other parts of their bodies aside from their faces. After getting out of the shower, many just dry off and throw their clothes on quickly.
But if you know better—if you’re like us who wish to avoid dull, dry, flaking, and ageing skin not just on the face—then you’d know how important it is to apply body lotion. So here, we break down the best practices to apply it to make the most out of your products.
When it comes to moisturising, timing is everything. Therefore, it’s essential to know the most ideal times to apply body lotion. Though it’s best to do so when your skin is still damp, there’s not only one specific time you should moisturise your skin.
For that round-the-clock soft and supple skin, here are the 5 best times to apply body lotion to experience its maximum benefits:
1. As soon as you hop out of the shower
Experts always suggest applying body lotion once you exit the shower. This is because while washing your body, you strip your skin off with its natural oils. So it’s important to slather a good body lotion like Mayerling’s De-Ageing Body Treatment within five minutes after you shower to make sure you lock in your skin’s natural moisture.
Opt for one that specialises in lightening pigmentation and smoothing dry, scaly patches. Target them by not missing the legs, knees, and elbows.
2. After you shave
Aside from removing unwanted body hair, shaving also gets rid of the surface layer of skin cells, similar to exfoliation. It’s good to apply body lotion after you do this as it means your skin can absorb more hydration. In doing so, you’re also preventing your newly exposed skin from getting dry, which may cause skin irritation.
Quick tip. Since after-shave skin may be a little sensitive, it’s better to use an unscented and unperfumed lotion that still does the job of moisturising.
3. Before a run or going outdoors
When you’re outdoors, whether exercising or not, you’re exposing your skin to certain elements like wind, pollution, or UV rays. Not applying body lotion can potentially risk your skin to dullness or dryness.
Apply sunscreen lotion with SPF 30+ to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. Go for one that is non-greasy and lightweight. That’s what you need when you know you’ll be sweating!
But wait, the sun is not your only enemy. Even during winter, you still must generously apply lotion as your skin can be more prone to crack, flake, or peel. So always remember to put on a good amount of body lotion before heading out to keep your skin protected and hydrated.
4. During and after air travel
Hopping on a plane is inconvenient enough for many. Add to it the skin dryness that comes with flying. It is widely known that air travel causes your skin to get dry. This is because planes have low humidity and the recycled air inside is notorious for dehydrating the skin.
To combat this, make it a habit to bring along in your carry-on your trusted body lotion in travel size. Apply it generously when you get to your seat and once more when you land.
5. Before going to bed
Did you know that while we sleep, moisture is pulled out from our skin? This is exactly why it’s good to include applying some body lotion in your bedtime ritual to protect your skin from dehydration. Also, because our bodies still do their work during our snooze.
We can help boost our skin’s regeneration process by adding a layer of self-love in the form of lotion. Plus, who doesn’t like going to bed having soft and smooth skin and waking up feeling more refreshed and gorgeous as ever?
There you have it! Taking care of the skin should not only be solely focused on the face. Give the same pampering to the rest of your body, too. Now that you know the best times to apply body lotion, we hope you’re able to soak up all the wisdom and from here on, treat your skin better. Remember: gorgeous skin is healthy skin, and healthy skin is hydrated skin. So don’t forget to moisturise!