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Nicole’s Quick Guide – The Best Body Care Tips & Products

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Happy Spring! We have officially made it through the winter and now it’s time for some sun and good vibes. The weather is only going to get warmer from here so that means a change in wardrobe. And a change in wardrobe means you have the best excuse to take extra care of your body!

 

Nicole's Quick Guide - The Best Body Care Tips & Products

Now I’m not talking about diet and exercise; that is certainly body care, but not exactly my area of expertise. I’m talking about body skincare, which is equally as important. The skin is our body’s biggest organ so that means we have got to take special care of it. Unfortunately, we can’t trade out our skin once it gets unmanageable so we’ve got to love the one we’ve got! (I mean that literally and figuratively 🙂 )

With that said, these are my biggest body care tips and products that have treated me well and I hope will do the same for you. Let’s dive in!

Body Care Tips

 Nicole's Quick Guide - The Best Body Care Tips & Products 

Dry Brushing

I had to start this off with one of my favorite body care tips! If you’re looking for softer and smoother skin, then dry brushing will be for you. It’s pretty simple to do too!

  • Before you shower, take a body brush and start gently brushing your skin in upward strokes. A good rule of thumb is to move the brush toward the direction of your heart.
  • Take a shower to rinse off the dead skin you have loosened up with the brush. Avoid using a harsh washcloth or loofah that may damage the skin.
  • Be sure to moisturize your skin thoroughly after your shower to lock in that hydration and keep your skin looking radiant!

Be sure to use a brush specifically made for this to avoid damaging your skin. I am currently using the EcoTools Dry Body Brush.

Cleansing

a.k.a. “taking a shower.” I don’t need to go into why it’s important to clean your body, but I can let you in on a few tips for finding the best cleansing product!

  • Look for products without sulfates. These are pretty easy to find on an ingredient label because the term will have the word “sulfate” in it somewhere. Sulfates are harsh cleansers that strip the skin and create lots of suds to trick us into thinking we’re clean.
  • Look for products without fragrance. Sorry, but that palm tree sorbet scented shower gel is just a glorified perfume. Find something with natural fragrances or none at all. The goal here is to actually clean our bodies, not to only make it smell good!
  • Olive oil, tea tree oil, and shea butter are just some ingredients that are great to look for in body washes.

As for what tool you should use for cleansing your body, that depends on how much exfoliating you do. If you dry brush or use body scrubs a lot, then use something gentle like a soft washcloth or your hands even. If not, then go for a loofah or brush. Remember, over-exfoliating will only do damage to your skin!

I just purchased the Jason Purifying Tea Tree Body Wash and I am absolutely loving it!

Moisturizing

It’s best to moisturize right after taking a shower to lock in all that amazing hydration. The right moisturizer is all up to personal preference, but body butters and thicker creams are great if you have very dry skin, while lighter lotions and oils are perfect for normal, everyday use.

It’s wise to find a product that doesn’t contain harmful ingredients since you will be rubbing this all over your body on a daily basis. EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is a great resource to check the toxicity levels of products.

The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter is thick and super-moisturizing, while the Kind & Natured Nourishing Shea & Macadamia Body Lotion is a wonderful everyday option.

Underarm Care

The underarm area is quite a different situation than the rest of the body. The skin has a different texture there and you’re dealing with hair and more active sweat glands. I find that regularly exfoliating this area helps with discoloration and reduces sweating and odor.

Utilize a product containing charcoal to brighten, clear out clogged pores, and detox the area. Use this with a washcloth or brush to exfoliate. I guarantee you will see a difference in how your deodorant works and how much you smell and sweat throughout the day!

The Biore Charcoal Acne Scrub is great for improving the underarm area.

 

Hands & Feet

Nicole's Quick Guide - The Best Body Care Tips & Products

Everyday Care

Our hands and feet are some of the most beloved parts of our bodies, so we must take care of them! Always keep a lotion nearby to moisturize them and a nail care kit to handle hangnails or ingrown nails. Don’t let these ailments go without care or else you will be dealing with a much bigger issue down the line!

My DIY Mani/Pedi

If you’re like me and not a big fan of nail salons, then it’s up to us to really care for our hands and feet. I give myself a mini manicure once a week and a pedicure every 2-3 weeks. My process is nothing complicated and something you can totally tackle on your own. Here’s what I do for both my hands and feet:

  • I start by removing any excess polish with nail polish remover.
  • Then, I trim down my nails to the length that I’m feeling.
  • I apply Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover and let it sit while I file and shape my nails. I like to use a crystal file which is gentler than a traditional file.
  • Once the cuticle remover has sat for a few minutes, I will push my cuticles back gently with an orange stick. I only trim them if I feel they will get in the way of my nail polish.
  • After this, I lightly buff the nail surface to smooth out any unevenness.
  • I finish off by applying 2 coats of Orly Nail Strengthener.

I will stop there if I’m too busy or just want to give my nails a break. If not, I will start the polishing process after that!

For more on my nail care routine, check out my top nail care products!

 

Lip Care

Nicole's Quick Guide - The Best Body Care Tips & Products

My Favorite Lip Balms

I am very picky about my lip balms! They can’t be too greasy, have too much of a smell or taste, and they have to actually do the job. I have tried them all but these have found their way into my lip balm circulation.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm

Nivea Smoothness Lip Care

Exfoliation

This is such an integral part of lipstick application! If you have flaky, dry, or peeling lips, your lipstick will not apply smoothly and will only make your lips look worse as the day goes on.

Although I am a total lipstick lover, I am not really a fan of lip scrubs. They are messy and I have yet to find one that really does the job. Instead, I use a washcloth! Here’s how:

  • When I’m fresh out of the shower or ready to apply lipstick, I will take a washcloth and wet one of the corners.
  • I gently scrub back and forth focusing on areas that typically get dry.
  • Then, I flip the washcloth around to the clean but still wet side to wipe off any excess dead skin.
  • I finish it off with a light layer of lip balm that I will rub in with my fingers.

Lipstick Removal

With the array of all-day wear and matte lipstick formulas out there, it can be quite the challenge to get lipstick off at the end of the day! Sometimes a simple makeup wipe or face cleanser just doesn’t do the trick. Here are two products that I love:

For more on lipstick and lip care, check my Quick Guide to Lipstick!

 

Shaving

Nicole's Quick Guide - The Best Body Care Tips & Products

My Favorite Razor

For years, I didn’t really pay any mind to the razors I was using. As long as it got the job done, I didn’t really care. But I did find myself having to shave more often with the cheaper razors. That’s when I learned about Harry’s razors!

These are heavy duty, high-quality razors that give me a shave I have never gotten from any other razor before. The best part is that they are way less expensive than other quality razors and are available at Target! Super convenient, right?

Shaving Cream Alternatives

There are a bunch of other products that you can use instead of shaving cream that are better for your skin and less expensive. These come in handy when you’re traveling or simply on a budget!

  • Conditioner gives you super soft skin and softens up the hair, which makes for an easier shave.
  • Coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties in it that help cleanse the skin and prevent ingrown hairs.
  • You can also use a creamy body wash if that works for you too. However, some people find this causes irritation if the soap isn’t conditioning enough.

Post-Shave Products

It doesn’t just stop at a great shave! You have to follow it up with quality products that will keep your skin soft and free of irritation or ingrown hairs.

  • Tend Skin is great if you have problems with irritation. It’s basically an after-shave for your body.
  • Bio-Oil is perfect for damaged or dry skin. It’s a multi-purpose oil that works wonders on practically any skin ailment.
  • Always finish a shave with a good moisturizer to maintain that smoothness!

 

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If you loved these body care tips, then be sure to check out the rest of the articles in my Quick Guide series! Learn to amp up your lashes, rock your favorite lipstick, wear eye makeup, or achieve your best skin.


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34 Comments

  • Reply Corey

    This is loads of good info definitely book marking thank you

    March 21, 2018 at 10:47 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Great! I’m so glad this was helpful for you 🙂

      March 21, 2018 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Mimi

    Love the Nivea lip balm! Just run out of mine, you have great tips girl. xx

    March 21, 2018 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Thanks girl! Glad you liked it 🙂

      March 22, 2018 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Paula I'm Busy Being Awesome

    I have heard so many grreat things about dry brushing, might finally try it

    March 21, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      You should totally do it! It’s fantastic

      March 22, 2018 at 9:06 am
  • Reply ShootingStarsMag

    Thanks for sharing all of these. I’ll have to look into that razor – and the lipstick wipes! 🙂

    -Lauren

    March 21, 2018 at 1:35 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      It’s the best razor I have ever used! Hands down

      March 22, 2018 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Michelle Stelly

    Love this list! So when you take a shower do you ever use the brush in the shower? I use a loofa but I am up to other good suggestions to use!

    March 21, 2018 at 7:10 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      I don’t use it in the shower because it would be too harsh for everyday use. I use a loofah as well 🙂

      March 22, 2018 at 9:07 am
  • Reply Andy

    I’ve been “borrowing” my hubs’ shave butter for my legs! I love it! I’m going to try adding the cuticle remover to my mani-pedi routine. Great tips!

    March 22, 2018 at 8:51 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Thanks so much! Nothing wrong with a little “borrowing” 😉

      March 22, 2018 at 9:07 am
  • Reply Brittany wright

    This is a game changer for me! I never thought about dry brushing or the underarm care outside of shaving and using deodorant. This is a great list! I’ll be pinning for later

    March 22, 2018 at 9:32 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Yay! So glad you liked it.

      March 23, 2018 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Jordan

    So many great tips (and products!) Bookmarking 🙂

    March 22, 2018 at 10:46 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Awesome! Thank you so much 🙂

      March 23, 2018 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Brandi Michel

    These are such great tips for a healthy skin care routine! I love the Kind & Natured Nourishing Shea & Macadamia Body Lotion!

    March 22, 2018 at 6:01 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      It’s SO good. I used it right after I shaved my legs and they were super soft for days!

      March 23, 2018 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Hillary

    You are so gorgeous! I use the bio oil for my growing belly to prevent stretch marks. It worked wonders on my last pregnancy so I’m using it again this time around. Thanks for the tips!

    March 22, 2018 at 6:59 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      I have heard of pregnant women using it for that which I think is great! And thank you 🙂

      March 23, 2018 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Emma

    Lovely post but… can we just talk about friggin AMAAAAZING your hair is and following in close second place by the fact your robe has your name on. Love! xx

    March 23, 2018 at 9:50 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      omg thank you! haha my robe is from Etsy I believe (from when I was a bridesmaid in my sister’s wedding lol)

      March 24, 2018 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Kelsey

    Great tips! I love exfoliating and scent-free products!

    March 23, 2018 at 1:55 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Me too! Too many scents give me a headache lol

      March 24, 2018 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Lindsey

    Love the idea of dry brushing! Have never tried it but I will need to. Thanks!

    March 23, 2018 at 2:15 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      It’s a good one! I promise 🙂

      March 24, 2018 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    So much great info! I discovered Dry Brushing about a year ago and it’s so easy, but you’re right, you have to use the correct brush for his method. I’m hearing so much about charcoal too…thank you, definitely saving for later!

    March 23, 2018 at 8:29 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Yay! Glad I could help 🙂

      March 24, 2018 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Kate K.

    So much good information! I tend to neglect my hands and feet even though I obviously use them constantly, so I need to get better at taking care of ALL of my skin.

    March 23, 2018 at 8:34 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Exactly! Hope this helped you out 🙂

      March 24, 2018 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Laura | The Yellow Birdhouse

    Your underarm charcoal trick is news to me! I’m definitely giving that one a try!

    March 24, 2018 at 8:32 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      It’s a good one!

      March 26, 2018 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Courtney

    Great post! I will be implementing these into my self care regimen, thanks for the awesome info!

    March 24, 2018 at 11:22 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      My pleasure! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

      March 26, 2018 at 9:56 am

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