6 Body Products That Will Help You Look Better Naked
We all take really good care of our skin—right? We wax poetic each day about all the serums, lotions, potions, peels, and masks we swear by. We get laser treatments, invest in chemical exfoliants, make appointments for facials, and sometimes opt for injections.
But skincare encompasses more than just our faces; there's skin on every square inch of every limb on our bodies. Dermatologists famously say to start at the nipples, musing we should take care of our chests and necks just as well as we do our foreheads, under-eyes, and cheeks, but I'd argue our entire bodies crave this attention. So, in the interest of our legs, arms, elbows, and toes, find the very best skin-smoothing body products with acids (and one with retinol because it's really spectacular) below.
This new 10% AHA exfoliating body serum delivers full-body exfoliation without (often damaging) scrubbing. It's super lightweight with a lotion-gel hybrid texture. See, the serum is rich in lactic acid and xylitol, which are able to draw water molecules within the skin to the surface, and probiotics, which boost the skin’s defense barrier. Just gently massage the serum into clean skin after a shower, and the formula will exfoliate away dull skin—leaving your body softer, smoother, and far glowier. Pro tip: Use an SPF with this product as it makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Apply this treatment to retexture any damaged skin on your body, as the gel combines sodium lactate, a lactic acid derivative with niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, to provide exfoliation with a ton of hydration. Cool upon application, it’ll smooth rough skin on your elbows, knees, and heels as well as provide a glow all over your body. The gel formula is ideal for massaging into skin after a bath or shower.
Since the very first time I used this bodywash, I’ve never looked back. As someone who breaks out on my chest from time to time (mostly during those crazy Australian summers), I’ve found it works wonders on my skin. The formula is enriched with fresh fruit extracts to exfoliate and cleanse. Papaya and grapefruit extracts help break down dead skin cells to leave skin feeling soft and smooth while ginseng extract rejuvenates, and oat protein soothes sensitive and irritated areas. Plus, it smells like citrus and makes mornings all the more pleasant.
My love and devotion for Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50 have been well documented. I’m pretty much the textbook definition of a cultish devotee. Naturally, when the body product launched and I could actually practically bathe in the retexturising formula, I couldn’t help myself. Similar to the face product, the tingly, vinegar-scented formula exfoliates your skin while nourishing it with botanical extracts and vitamins. It balances your skin’s pH, smooths rough patches, tightens pores, and boosts hydration levels.
Cane + Austin Body Retexture Pads 10% Glycolic Acid Body Treatment ($100)
These easy-to-use, one-step daily treatment pads for your body contain 10% pharmaceutical-grade glycolic acid—that’ll lead to some serious anti-ageing results. They’re gentle enough for sensitive skin types (and everyday use) to reduce age spots, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and the like.
Adapted from Dr. Lancer’s facial skincare, his body treatment cream is a blend of marula oil, kigelia extract, Kalahari melon seed oil, and glycolic acid to restore moisture, tighten, and tone. Oh, and don’t forget about that ever-elusive glow.