Body polishing is not new, no not at all. For many years, women have used exfoliating scrubs and pads, but a lot of people are just now beginning to discover their benefits. This might be in part to the expanding variety of products that are becoming available. Before your skin can grow fresh cells, dead cells should be removed. Body polishers often use grainy or chemical exfoliants to remove dead skin cells. These grainy exfoliants, such as sea salt or sugar, are more often than not mixed with a vegetable oil to keep the skin moist.
Moisturizing Body Cleansers and Scrubs
Cleaning with plain old bar soaps remains the most popular way to wash the body. Most bar soaps, however, are made with sodium lauryl sulfate, which can strip away the natural oils from your skin. There are soaps that can moisturize your skin as you wash. These soaps work by using the ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which helps your skin hold onto water. Certain soaps and cleansers have unique ingredients called sustained-release ceramides that help keep your skin moisturized. Other cleansers contain broken diamond powder that make your skin feel silky smooth.
Body Moisturizing Creams and Lotions
Body moisturizers are now multi-purpose. They combine moisturizers and alpha hydroxy acids to slough off dead skin cells to improve the skin’s glow. Some creams and moisturizers also provide broad-spectrum sunscreen protection. They guard against both UVA and UVB rays and offer an effective two-for-one punch, since tanning dries out the skin.
Both men and women get dry skin and could benefit from body moisturizing creams or lotions. You can use moisturizers and creams made for the face on your neck and chest. A moisturizing cream or lotion made for use on the body is best to treat dry, rough skin, especially in winter when skin on your legs, arms, and torso may become drier and itchy. If you’re not sure what’s best for your skin, ask a dermatologist. Ceramides may help. They are often found in cleansers and moisturizers.
Expensive body creams may smell better, look richer, and contain exotic ingredients, but most drugstore brands work just as well, if not better, in treating and preventing dry skin. Many have been formulated to be non-greasy. Some have ingredients that target dry, flakey skin. Creams designed for dry skin lock in moisture with ingredients such as shea butter and dimethicone.