Skincare doesn’t stop at the neck. Looking after your body’s skin health is a major trend for 2023.
The face has received a lot of attention in terms skincare over the past few decades. And that’s understandable given that it’s the one area that is exposed all year round and is the most upfront feature of a person. Typical face care products include moisturisers, serums, creams, masks, peels, cleansers and toners.
Body skincare, in comparison, gets a poor look-in. Whilst admittedly, the body doesn’t get as much exposure as the face, very few people give it the attention and pampering it deserves or needs. As a reflexologist and massage therapist I see this all the time: dry, calloused, leathery skin, grey or lack-lustre skin tone, pimply imperfections or acne, pockmarks, stretch marks (from pregnancy or rapid weight loss), scar tissue, sagging flesh and wrinkling. Whilst nutrition, exercise and quality of sleep have a role to play in the health of skin, many do not take the time during or after showering or bathing to exfoliate, moisturise and condition their body skin.
What is Body Skincare?
Body skincare refers to the practices and products used to maintain the health and appearance of the skin on the body, as opposed to the face. This can include things like exfoliation, moisturisation, and the use of body lotions, scrubs, and oils. It is important to use gentle, non-irritating products on the body, and to pay attention to any changes in the condition of the skin, such as dryness or irritation.
According to Boscia, co-founder Lan Belinky, the company conducted a survey and “found 40% of adults were starting to feel like having a body care routine was as important as having a skincare routine”. TikTok has contributed to the rise in popularity of body skincare, with brands like Truly getting over 61 million likes advertising its body care products.
The Process of Ageing
There is both an internal and an external process to ageing.
Internally, after the age of 20, the dermis – the layer below the skin’s surface (epidermis) produces 1% less collagen per year. According to RCA’s Clinical Director Dr Garry Cussell, “The collagen and elastin fibres become thinner and looser as we age, which means the skin is less elastic, which eventually causes wrinkling and sagging”.
An important part of skincare is exfoliation. Whilst your body does shed 500 million dead skin cells every day, your body’s ability to self-exfoliate declines as you age. In our twenties, the exfoliation process decreases by 28%. And in our thirties, gradually less moisture is transferred from the dermis to the epidermis and fat cells begin to shrink, making the skin look dull and thin. By the time we reach our forties, collagen production is reduced significantly. Collagen and elastin fibres break and lose elasticity. And in our fifties, our sebaceous glands reduce in size, causing the skin to dry out and become more prone to bruising.
And for women going through the perimenopause, a rapid drop in oestrogen levels causes the skin to dry out and sag more. This is because oestrogen helps the skin produce oil and retain water. Furthermore, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, collagen drops 30% in the first 5 years of (peri)menopause, then approximately another 2% each year for the next 20 or so years.
This is the ageing that occurs as a result of environmental and lifestyle factors. Two of the biggest external causes of skincare ageing are smoking and excessive sun exposure.
Smoking causes the blood vessels in the epidermis to constrict. Decreased blood flow means less oxygen and fewer nutrients are transported to the skin cells. This in turn causes the skin to lose hydration, be more prone to free radical damage and eventually cause collagen and elastin fibres to deteriorate. The end results are sallow, sagging skin with greater wrinkling.
As far as exposure to the sun is concerned, UV (ultraviolet) radiation damages the DNA molecules of the skin causing premature ageing and activates the pigmentation process (triggering melanocytes to produce the pigment called melanin). The latter leads to freckles, sun spots and uneven skin tone. And of course, there is always the danger of skin cancer.
The ageLOC Difference
ageLOC is a patented gene-based approach to combatting the neglect and ageing of body skin. It is delivered as a gel to the skin by means of a Galvanic Body Spa (a microcurrent hand-held device) for deeper penetration and impact. The combined results are immediate and impressive.
You can expect the following benefits:
- Minimisation and smoothing of the appearance of fat and cellulite for a slimmer, contoured appearance.
- A smoothing out of dimpled areas and stretch marks.
- Improvements in the appearance of skin’s firmness for a more youthful look.
- Strengthening of the extracellular matrix (ECM) of the skin to help build and maintain healthy looking skin.
- Moisture boost and purification of the skin – reducing the visible signs of ageing.
- General enhancement in the skin’s overall appearance.
The Body Contouring Process
- Exfoliation of skin using Liquid Body Lufra, comprising of finely ground walnut shells, to buff out rough spots and improve cell turnover.
- Apply ageLOC Body Shaping Gel using the Galvanic Body Spa – depending on size and number of areas to be treated – this could be between 5-20 minutes.
- Massage into the treated areas Dermatic Effects – a cream which has hibiscus and honey extracts. This is designed to amplify the results of the ageLOC Galvanic Spa treatment.
✅ It inhibits fat production and stimulate fat breakdown 👌🏻
✅ It prevents the appearance of cellulite and aging skin 💃
✅ An 8-week clinical study showed a 55% reduction in the appearance of cellulite 👍🏻
✅ 84% increase in moisture content 💦
✅ 37% improvement in skin firmness 💪🏻
✅ 69% enhancement in skin smoothness 🙌🏻
Now you can access this treatment in a really flexible and affordable way. Simply choose between 2 body shaping treatment packages (memberships) – 2 treatments per month at £60 or 4 treatments per month at £100 (a saving of £20). With the latter membership you can intensify treatment of one area or choose to target more than one area (perhaps in a double back-to-back session). It’s recommended that each area is treated a minimum of 4 times (with best results spanning 8 sessions). The more frequent the sessions, the more immediate the impact.
Visit the body shaping page for booking information.