Before there were anti-ageing serums, toners and chemical peels, all we really needed were moisturisers. Throughout history, from avocados and rose petals, to simple milk as a body lotion, moisturiser is the one product advised to all; for every era, skin type, or region.
The earliest use of lotion-type salves can be traced back to 3000 B.C.E. to Ancient Sumer and Ancient Egypt; body care and skin care we essential to civilisations like the Ancient Egyptians, who lived in rough environments exposed to extreme heat and wind. As a result, they knew the importance and value of taking care of their skin.
But what is moisturising, really?
Moisturisers act as a barrier, retaining moisture and hydrating the skin’s outer layers. The process of moisturising involves sealing and locking in hydration to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, and keep it soft and silky smooth. As you prepare to tackle the winter elements, finding the best moisturiser for dry skin should become your top priority.
The body is an area often ignored; we can spend months, years even, perfecting our facial skincare routines to find the ideal combination of serums and lotions that have us looking our glowy best. Yet we overlook, both on quality and sustainability, when it comes to body care.
It’s important to remember that the skin is the largest organ of our body, and it doesn’t stop at the chin! Consequently, the body requires some extra TLC to look and feel its best, just like our face. Whatever the skin type on your face is, it’ll likely be the same type for the rest of your body. This means that if you reach for skincare to treat dehydration or sensitivity on your face, you should follow through with a similar routine for the rest of your body.
It’s time we extend the same energy we have for our multi-step facial practices towards how we care for our bodies. Read on for our top three reasons why we think we need to shift our view of skincare beyond our faces.
1: Prevent Future Skin Problems
It’s so important to remember that your face is not the only area prone to skin issues like discolouration, age spots or skin cancer. The rest of the body is just as susceptible; your neck, hands and décolletage get just as much sun as your face. A proper skincare routine is your body’s first line of defence against infection and disease, plus it ensures an all-over healthy glow! The shoulders, chest and back are also common areas for breakouts, as there are a high concentration of sebaceous glands and larger pores. Healthy skin can also restore and repair itself quickly, allowing you to heal faster and be less susceptible to infections.
2: Attending to Your Skin is an Act of Self-Love
Caring for your skin is a way of showing kindness to your body; concentrating your energy on improving skin health pays off for your mental and emotional health. Taking the time to nourish your skin influences both the mind and body. At fiils, we use only the best ingredients; we’re sustainable and we don’t compromise on quality. That’s why our refillable hand and body lotions are made from 100% cruelty-free, vegan and organic ingredients, and are filled to the brim with essential oils, almond oil and shea butter to soften and moisturise your skin to the max.
3: Feel Good, Look Good
Moisturising the body enhances the overall appearance of the skin, whilst also repairing and maintaining the skin’s function as a barrier to the environment. It also helps improve blood circulation, which helps your general sense of wellbeing. Taking care of your body reduces the signs of ageing and provides a more lively, fresh complexion. It’s no sin to want to look good all over, and tending to your bod helps you do just that.
A good skincare routine is only as good as the products you use. Your skin absorbs a great deal of what you put on it, making body products significant contributors to toxic load. Choosing products thoughtfully and treating your body with the same respect you provide your face goes a long way – physically and mentally.
At fiils, we believe you’re only as pretty as your planet, which is why we don’t sacrifice its beauty for ours. We produce desirable and refillable, ethical beauty products while respecting the needs of our planet; no need to sacrifice on style or beauty expectations in order to do your bit. Our products are natural, clean, green and free from chemical nasties.
Visit our website for a peek at our Coconut Hand & Body Lotion Refill to start your sustainable body care journey.