When it comes to skin care, the skin on our body is often neglected in favour of an in-depth facial skin care routine instead. Our body care routine often consists of just a bar of soap in the shower, a plain body wash, and maybe a splash of moisturiser if skin is feeling particularly dry. What many of us might not consider is that a good body skincare routine can be just as important as our facial routine in maintaining healthy skin. Whether you're on a budget or looking for products for the whole family, I've put together a guide to my favourite body care products to help you on your way to glowing skin.
Benefits of natural body care
Natural body washes, lotions and oils are packed with replenishing and seriously nourishing ingredients such as deeply hydrating plant-based oils and butters, which can help give your skin that extra helping hand when it comes to maintaining a healthy glow. Along with a balanced diet, a regular routine consisting of a gentle body wash, hardworking moisturiser and maybe a bit of dry body brushing can help keep skin soft, smooth and well looked after. It's also really important to consider where our body care products end up. If you're using a mainstream, body wash in the shower, it will end up being washed down the drain, potentially adding to our waterways unwanted ingredients and potentially harming animals and marine life. By opting for natural body products you're doing the best thing for both your skin and the environment!
Natural body wash & soaps
Life Basics Activated Charcoal Face & Body Soap Unscented
If you're new to natural body care, I'd recommend starting with the Life Basics Activated Charcoal Face & Body Soap Unscented as it's suitable for all skin types, including sensitive. Activated Coconut Charcoal absorbs excess oil and gently removes dirt, while Olive, Sunflower and Coconut Oils as well as Shea Butter nourish and soften skin to leave it hydrated and smooth. This Vegan soap bar is Australian Made and Palm Oil free, and ideal for use on both face and body.
Ethique Sweet Orange and Vanilla Créme Bodywash Bar
Another favourite is the Ethique Sweet Orange and Vanilla Créme Bodywash Bar, which uses a base of Coconut Oil to cleanse and moisturise. 100% Pure's Coconut Butter Soap is another great bar soap option for hydrating the skin while it deep cleans, and it lathers into an incredibly rich butter that feels really luxurious on the skin.
Eco Tan Coconut Mint Body Wash
A refreshing blend of hydrating Coconut and uplifting Mint, the Eco Tan Coconut Mint Body Wash contains soothing Aloe Vera to deeply cleanse the skin without stripping its natural oils. Developed to help extend the life of your fake tan, this foamy body wash nourishes and hydrates skin to help retain colour, but can also be used by the whole family, especially those with sensitive skin. Certified Organic, Vegan and Gluten Free, this rich, minty wash can be used daily in the shower or bath.
Hydrea Vegan Dry Body Brush
Made with natural Cactus plant bristles, the Hydrea Vegan Dry Body Brush helps to remove dead skin cells and thoroughly exfoliate the skin, and can help to reduce the appearance of Keratosis Pilaris and Cellulite. Stimulating and revitalising, this intensive body brush can be used to prepare the skin for fake tan application and may help prevent ingrown hairs and body acne. Use on dry skin before showering to help stimulate circulation and improve the lymphatic system.
Natural body lotion
Andalou Naturals Energising Clementine Body Lotion
A zesty, deliciously fragrant body lotion, the Andalou Naturals Energising Clementine Body Lotion helps to smooth, soften and energise dry skin. The anti-ageing and antioxidant rich properties of Clementine and Ginger help to hydrate and plump skin to leave it soft, healthy and glowing, while moisturising Rosehip Oil, Argan Oil, Shea Butter and Aloe Vera may help to replenish dry and damaged skin cells. Gluten Free and Vegan, this nourishing body lotion can be massaged liberally all over the body for an uplifting experience.
Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Body Oil
Ideal for all skin types, the Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Body Oil is a unique blend of 12 deeply nourishing oils chosen for their rich moisturising properties, such as Avocado, Rosehip, Coconut, Vitamin E and Hazelnut. Hydrating and fast absorbing, this Vegan, Australian Made body oil is scented with Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Sandalwood Essential Oils and can be applied to damp skin after showering or added to the bath for a relaxing, aromatherapeutic and replenishing bath oil.
Juniper Calming Face & Body Wash
The Juniper Calming Face & Body Wash is ideal for the most sensitive and delicate of skin types, even babies, as it has been formulated to be non-allergenic and non-irritating. Creamy and fragrance free, this hydrating wash cleanses both face and body and may help ease the symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions such as mild rosacea as well as itchy dry skin conditions including mild forms of eczema or mild forms of dermatitis. Mild and very gentle, this nourishing, Vegan cream cleanser actually doubles as a moisturiser too - it can be used as an in-shower moisturiser to hydrate and revitalise skin, as well as a pH balancing feminine wash.