By Michelle Rostamian
Think about all the things you do that can cause stress to the skin on your body: walking barefoot (which can lead to cracked heels), washing your hands (which can dry out your skin), getting sun exposure (which can lead to dark spots), and shaving (which can lead to ingrown hairs).
Now think about all the things that affect your skin without you even knowing it — like aging, genetics, and fluctuating hormones, which can lead to loss of firmness, inflammatory skin conditions, and breakouts.
Needless to say, no matter how much you don’t want to add another product to your skincare routine, the TLC shouldn’t stop at the neckline.
The market is brimming with formulas for your body, so we’ve rounded up the best ones that target every skin concern. Check them out below.
Pricey? Sure. Worth it if you have skin as dry as the sahara? Absolutely.
Mutha’s Body Oil is everything dry skin could dream of: emollient but not greasy, easily spreadable but still packs a punch. It’s laced with vitamin A and C as well as fatty acids to deeply nourish your skin.
Plus, its vibrant citrus scent is the perfect pick-me-up when you’ve hit snooze one too many times in the morning.
Dark spots, who?
This lightweight body lotion relies on niacinamide to brighten dark spots and even out the skin tone whether you’re dealing with ashiness, sun spots, or anything in between.
You’ll also appreciate the ceramides and amino acids in this formula, which provide antioxidant protection and fend off dryness for good.
Ingrown hairs can be solved in as little as two steps thanks to this kit from BushBalm.
Use the exfoliating scrub first (to unclog pores and introduce hydration) then follow up with the ingrown hair oil (to soothe irritated skin and smooth out the surface).
The result? Perfectly touchable, comfortable skin.
Surprise! Acne isn’t just for your face. In fact, if you’re one of the many people struggling with acne on your chest, back, or butt, you’re definitely not alone.
Cue the Soft Services Clearing Clay, a body breakout treatment that uses sulfur, an antifungal, antibacterial ingredient, to ward off pimples.
Lather it on top of your breakout-prone areas in the shower for one minute before rinsing off, or pop the formula onto clean skin and let it sit for five to 10 minutes if you’d rather use it as a mask.
Rough skin can be, well, rough to treat.
Not anymore with Pixi’s Glycolic Body Lotion, a staple if you’re looking for a gentle way to smooth out skin texture. Glycolic acid is the hero ingredient here, but you’ll also find aloe, grapeseed oil, and ginseng to keep skin’s moisture levels in tip-top shape.
Wrinkles on your neck are inevitable, but if you’d rather try to minimize their appearance, this neck cream is a safe bet.
It’s made with a unique blend of peptides and fatty acids that work to boost elasticity, collagen production, and hydration levels for a smoother neck and less apparent wrinkles.
Eczema comes with a whole host of issues like itchiness, redness, dryness, and general discomfort.
If you’re experiencing a flare up, reach for this balm from dermatologist-founded brand DermaDoctor — it’s made with 1% colloidal oatmeal to soothe inflammation and put itchiness to rest. It also strengthens your skin barrier via evening primrose and borage seed oils.
You’ll never be wary of wearing flip-flops again thanks to Barefoot Scientist’s Intensive Hydration Foot Cream.
And it’s no wonder — this formula is made with 15 moisturizers that include hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and glycerin to deeply moisturize this often-neglected area. Only a little is required to really make a difference — just apply a dime-sized amount wherever you’re dry, throw on a pair of socks, and wake up to impressively soft feet.
If you’ve exhausted all your options when it comes to treating the rough, bumpy skin associated with KP, try this formula from KP Away.
It’s infused with coconut oil and stearic acid among other effective ingredients like fatty acids. This formula is best applied one to two times a day to reap the full benefits. Plus, the formula is so gentle that it can be used on babies and sensitive-skinned folks alike.
Fun fact: Olive oil isn’t just for your salad dressings — it’s also the star ingredient in this hand cream from Korres. We like to think of this as the perfect hand cream to throw in your car.
Though it’s insanely hydrating for both the hands and cuticles, it never feels greasy or heavy on the skin (read: your hands won’t slip and slide on your steering wheel after applying).
Instead, it’s lightweight yet manages to keep hands feeling renewed all day.