We all want radiant, smooth skin. But when it comes to our bodies, it often seems like an afterthought that barely gets much attention. If you want lustrous skin, you've got to give the body some tender loving care (TLC). One exfoliating body treatment that comes to mind is body polish.
Read ahead for a complete guide to using body polish for radiant and velvety skin.
What Is Body Polish?
Body polish is a physical exfoliant that is very similar to a body scrub; however, its primary purpose is to exfoliate and moisturize the skin. Like a body scrub, an exfoliating agent, such as salt, sugar, or coffee grounds, is used to slough off dead skin cells. For differences between the two, check out our article Body Scrub Vs Body Polish: What is the Difference?
Benefits Of Body Polish
When it comes to physical exfoliation, body polish kicks things up a notch by offering deeper stimulation. Polish helps the pores to absorb the skin nourishing benefits of natural oils, leaving you with well-moisturized skin. Using body polish truly gives you a luxe spa-like treatment, while also revealing brighter, softer, and smoother skin.
How To Use Body Polish
Follow this simple three-step routine; do this once or twice a week for ultimate results. Individuals with sensitive skin may consider exfoliating once a week.
Step # 1 - Prep
It’s best to dampen your body with warm water or allow the steam from the shower to build up. The steam gently opens your pores to help release dirt, oil, and excess sebum.
Pro Tip: For optimal results, you should start on freshly cleaned skin before using your body polish.
Step # 2 - Polish
Choosing a quality body polish is key to getting good results. So, opt for a natural, non-abrasive body polish that softens and rejuvenates the skin like our Whipped Rose Body Polish.
Apply a small scoop of the polish to your dampened clean skin. Using your hands or an exfoliating sponge or loofah, lightly apply pressure and gently massage the polish into the skin in a circular motion.
Work in small sections until you cover the entire body. Be sure to pay more attention to the knees, elbows, hands, and feet, as these areas tend to hold onto more dead skin cells.
Please note that you should avoid applying body polish to the soles of your feet while standing in the shower. Although the soles of your feet will be silky smooth, you are more prone to slip and fall.
If your body polish contains any additional essential oils, skincare actives, or plant extracts, you will want to wait a few minutes to let these ingredients absorb into the skin. Then, thoroughly rinse the body with lukewarm water.
Step # 3 - Aftercare
Once out of the shower, your body should feel soft and very moisturized. At this stage, quickly apply an occlusive moisturizer like our Daily Moisturizing Body Cream. It will help seal in the moisture and ensure the skin stays plump.
Avoid applying any other chemical-based exfoliants or harsh active ingredients on the skin for 1-2 days after using body polish. Over exfoliation and exposure to harsh ingredients can easily cause irritation.
Be sure to apply sunscreen when going out to prevent your skin from damaging UV rays. This is especially important after a polishing session, as your skin is more susceptible to sun damage.
You now have a recipe for smooth, radiant skin. Body polish is a great tool to achieve your ever-glowing soft and smooth skin goals. Don’t forget that you’ll want to seal the deal with a reliable moisturizer. Start your journey to lustrous skin today!