Often we pay so much attention to our skincare routines that we forget to share the love below our necklines. Just as you should be moisturising your face every day - morning and night - the rest of your body also needs the added nourishment.
The skin on your body has fewer sebaceous glands than the face, so it needs the helping hand in the moisture department. Especially in summer when the drying effects of the sun and water (the ocean, swimming pools and even your daily shower) further zap your skin of essential hydration.
These are the a-beauty body moisturisers we love for keeping your skin smooth and nourished from head to toe.
Best for firming skin
OUR PICK: Bangn Body Firming Lotion
Smoothing and toning are two words that definitely resonate with our summer skin needs. This Bangn Body moisturiser blew up on social media and has earned itself a cult following for working wonders on fading stretch marks, firming skin and delivering intense hydration. It’s packed with nourishing natural ingredients like green coffee bean extract (from Byron Bay), jojoba, avocado oil and sunflower oil, as well as pineapple fruit extract which gives it its tropical scent.
Plus, normally we wouldn’t recommend putting body lotions on your face (as they’re generally heavier and richer and may clog your pores), but this one from Bangn Body is different. It's lightweight enough that you can also use it on your face as a moisturiser or primer. It can even be applied directly onto pimples to help reduce redness, inflammation and prevent scarring.
Best for body oil lovers
OUR PICK: Salt by Hendrix Neroli + Argan Body Oil
If you love the luxurious feeling of coating your skin in a body oil, then give this Salt by Hendrix one a go. The plant-based formula contains a vitamin and antioxidant-rich concoction of jojoba, argan, apricot kernel, and neroli oils to intensely nourish your body from tip to toe. It smells divine (add a few drops to your bath as part of your Self-Care Sunday ritual), absorbs quickly, and can help improve your skin elasticity. Added bonus: It looks so pretty on your bathroom vanity.
Best scented body moisturiser
Do you let your nose lead the way when it comes to choosing a body moisturiser? This endota one smells divine - the calming notes of vanilla paired with invigorating citrus notes will instantly put you in a good mood. Your skin will drink it up, too. The rich cream contains fast-absorbing macadamia along with nourishing grapeseed, avocado and coconut oils for a deeply moisturising treat. The addition of Australian native lilly pilly also delivers firming and toning perks.
The best time to apply body moisturiser is after your shower when your skin is still damp. In addition to delivering the nourishing properties of your formula, your moisturiser can trap in the water left on your skin for an extra hit of hydration.
Best for a compromised skin barrier
OUR PICK: Synergie Skin B-juvEnate
If you want your body moisturiser to work as hard as your face cream, then slather yourself in this Synergie body lotion. The cosmeceutical formula is enriched with niacinamide, which boosts your skin’s hydration levels, stimulates collagen production, reduces hyperpigmentation and strengthens your skin.
It also contains powerful moisturisers like pure squalane from olives (read up on the moisturising properties of squalane here), marula oil, sodium PCA, and betaine. It’s a great body moisturiser for skin that is exposed to daily environmental aggressors as it improves your skin barrier and defence against sun damage.
Best for sunburnt skin
Try as you might, sometimes that harsh Aussie sun gets the better of your skin. When you need to heal and soothe sunburnt skin, reach for this body cream from Australian beauty brand Coast to Coast. Tasmanian leatherwood honey will help repair sun damage, aloe vera provides cooling relief, and desert lime is packed with antioxidants to calm inflammation and restore hydration back to your sun-parched skin.
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