Skincare concerns don’t always stop at the skin. There are many other issues that can affect our bodies as well. Targeted bodycare products are a growing beauty category. Although targeted bodycare was something we initially approached with some skepticism, experts who we spoke to said they could be a great addition to your routine depending on the area or type of concern.
Elyse Love, MD, a board-certified dermatologist says that targeted bodycare is a great method to address skin issues. Although our faces are the most prominent focus in the beauty industry, body skin also has many of the same concerns as the face. When asked if they are worth adding to your skincare routine, she says that it’s subjective, but that it can be very worthwhile.
Lily Njoroge (Topical’s top esthetician in New York) agrees with the view that body-specific treatments are more effective than facial products.
You can shop by concern if your skin concerns include acne, loss or firmness, as well as targeted bodycare products.
What to look for in targeted bodycare products
You can choose to have a higher concentration or lower amount of active ingredients in targeted bodycare products. Njoroge shares that the skin of the body is more resilient than the skin on the face and can usually tolerate more active ingredients. “This allows people to use stronger actives and more concentrated treatments. This is great news but it is important to be cautious when you come across bodycare products that claim to be anti-aging miracle workers.”
She says that anti-aging is a marketing term that exploits people’s fear of ageing. “This allows brands to place an exorbitant price on regular ingredients. People will pay to appear younger and look better. Over-the-counter products cannot stop or reverse the effects of aging. Botox, fillers and retinoids can all reverse visible signs of ageing, but only to a limited extent.”
Njoroge also points out that premature aging due to UV and particulate matter-induced cell damage can be prevented and reversed in certain cases. This is what many would call “free radical damage”. Antioxidants are what you need to protect your cells. They “donate” electrons to stabilize the free radical. Njoroge emphasizes this type of protection.
“I recommend that people concentrate on body treatments that address their concerns and provide antioxidant protection. To have anti-aging benefits, it doesn’t need to be labeled. It must promote healthy cell turnover, collagen synthesis, and protect your skin’s barrier. That’s all. SPF is the most important anti-aging product that we need. This should be more important than expensive serums that don’t offer anything unique.”
With this knowledge, you can now choose a product that suits your needs. Njoroge believes it is important to choose a balanced formula. She says, “Make sure they have a little bit of everything but not too many of one group of ingredients.” You want to promote cell turnover while also promoting a healthy moisture barrier that prevents excessive dryness and minimizes irritation. You want to make sure that the ingredients are targeted at your particular concerns. Look for products that contain AHAs and salicylic acid if you suffer from body acne. A product that contains a combination of tyrosinase inhibits is the best for brightening hyperpigmentation. Retinol is the best friend for wrinkles and fine lines.
With Njoroge’s guidance, we have selected the top targeted bodycare products to address a few of my major skin concerns. Scroll down to find the one that suits you best.
The Target: Loss Of Firmness
- Mutha Body Contour Cream ($95)
Mutha Body Contour serum is packed with AHAs and hyaluronic acids, as well as coffee extract and other natural ingredients. It acts as a multihyphenate. It helps to tighten and firm the skin and clear up any bumps or blemishes.
- BeautyBio The Sculptor Smoothing Skin Cream ($60)
This high-tech, smoothing cream for the body reduces the appearance and support elasticity. The LipoCare Complex supports the body’s natural fatty acid breakdown process, making skin appear smoother.
- Clarins Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert ($71)
Cellulite isn’t bad, we just want to say that. Cellulite is normal, and anyone who wants to embrace it should be proud to say so. However, we do understand that not everyone loves it. So we would be happy to help you reduce it. Clarins Body Fit formula is a great way to tighten and sculpt the skin where it may be lacking.
- Caudalie Vinosculpt Lift & Firm Body Treatment ($45)
This rich body cream contains a powerful blend of grape polyphenols that help lift the skin around your stomach, arms, and butt.
The Target: Dry Skin
- Playa Beauty Ritual Body Serum ($38)
Playa Beauty is now offering bodycare products. Ritual Body Serum by the brand contains vitamin C, Tigergrass, and Hyaluronic Acid to give you a full-body glow all year.
- Reed + Gwen Supercharged Reishi Body Melt ($48)
This body melt, which is reishi-charged, combines adaptogenic mushrooms and vegan ceramides to promote healthy skin.
- Lord Jones Bump + Smooth CBD Skin Serum ($60)
This body treatment for skin resurfacing uses both AHAs as well as BHAs to deeply exfoliate your skin. CBD can also reduce the appearance and glow of body bumps.
- First Aid Beauty KP Bumper Body Scrub ($28)
Njoroge and Love both recommend this product because of its gentle exfoliating, brightening and brightening qualities.
The Target: Acne
- Paula’s Choice Clear Acne Spray ($25)
A body mist that targets acne is ideal for hard to reach areas. Paula’s Choice is a top-rated brand when it comes acne-fighting products. This clearing body spray is no exception.
- Versed Back-Up Program Acne Control Body Mist ($15)
The combination of witch hazel, tea tree oil, and salicylic acids creates a powerful body acne treatment. You can also use it on your skin to combat the appearance of maskne.
- Soft Services Clearing Clay Multi Use Breakout Treatment ($28)
To effectively clear the skin, this clay treatment uses 10% sulfur and 1% zinc PCA. It’s clay so it can make things a little more messy. Clear skin is worth the effort. It can also be used as a spot treatment to treat other pesky bumps.
- Topicals Faded Brightening and. Clearing Mist ($30)
Njoroge recommends this supercharged spray. It’s loaded with exfoliating actives like glycolic acid, kojic acid. It contains protective and reparative antioxidants such as licorice root extract and camellia sinensis. For those suffering from body acne, the anti-inflammatory properties of centella asiatica are a great option.
The Target: Wrinkles
- Paula’s Choice Retinol Skin Smoothing Body Treatment ($29)
According to Njoroge, Retinol has been deemed the best treatment for premature aging. This body treatment can plump the skin and smooth out fine lines.
- REN Clean Skincare AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum ($42)
Njoroge also loves this gentle exfoliant. It contains probiotics to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. It protects the skin and locks in moisture, promoting smoother, radiant skin.
- Necessaire the Body Serum (45$)
This serum is a hydrating and visible plumping of wrinkles in the skin. It’s also fragrance-free, dermatologist-tested, and hypoallergenic.
- Replenix Retinol Smooth + Tighten Retinol Body Lotion ($71)
This lotion is business-oriented. It is packed with retinol and edelweiss flowers, as well as hyaluronic acids to deep hydrate, lift, smoothen and smoothen the skin.