Just like your face, the skin on your body is equally susceptible to damage. This is often triggered by poor lifestyle choices and environmental aggressors, causing the skin on our arms and legs to sag and look patchy. These issues can keep you from wearing those short and sleeveless dresses you’ve been pining for.
But to repair this damage and regain the confidence to show off your arms and legs again is easier than you think. By spending a little more time every day to care for the skin on your body, you can achieve soft and smooth arms and legs. Scroll down for five near-genius habits that you should incorporate in your daily body care routine, starting today!
- 01. Moisturise without fail
- 02. Exfoliate regularly
- 03. Shave with caution
- 04. Apply SPF every single day
- 05. Stay hydrated
01. Moisturise without fail
Just like how you use a moisturiser on your face every day, irrespective of the season, you need to do the same for your body as well. Apply a lightweight body lotion all over your hands and legs right after a shower. Make sure your skin is still damp when applying the lotion. The lotion creates an artificial barrier that prevents moisture loss and keeps external aggressors from entering the skin.
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02. Exfoliate regularly
Similar to your face, there can be a build-up of dead skin cells, oil, dirt and sweat on your hands and legs as well. Apart from causing uneven tone (we’re looking at you, dark elbows and knees), it can even clog pores leading to the much-dreaded strawberry legs. Exfoliating your arms and legs about twice a week helps slough away dead skin cells, visibly brightening skin and improving blood circulation to keep your arms and legs looking soft and smooth.
03. Shave with caution
Are strawberry legs keeping you from flaunting those pretty summer dresses? You can easily prevent their appearance by adopting better shaving techniques. Firstly, always use a clean and sharp razor and always slather on some shaving foam or gel. Secondly, ALWAYS shave in the direction of hair growth and don’t forget to exfoliate your legs before shaving. These practices will prevent hair from getting trapped in the follicles and leading to folliculitis or strawberry legs. Lastly, moisturise your legs right after to lock in hydration and reduce friction.
04. Apply SPF every single day
Sun damages the skin on your body, causing signs of ageing such as saggy skin, pigmentation, uneven skin tone and, of course, sunburn. Therefore, make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your hands and legs too. Trust us; you’ll thank us in a few years!
05. Stay hydrated
Apart from following all the above-mentioned tips, making a few changes to your diet can improve the health of your skin too. For starters, make sure to drink at least 8 to 10 tall glasses of water every day. This will keep your body hydrated, help flush out toxins and keep your skin nourished and hydrated. Also, eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin Apart from following all the above-mentioned tips, making a few changes to your diet can improve the health of your skin too. For starters, make sure to drink at least 8 to 10 tall glasses of water every day. This will keep your body hydrated, help flush out toxins and keep your skin nourished and hydrated. Also, eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and C to keep your skin looking glowy and radiant all year round.