As soon as the seasons change, so too do the needs of our skin. While winter may have left us feeling dry and chapped from our forehead to our toes, the summer months are a hot (literally) mess of dirt and oil and grime and sunscreen… and that’s just on the days when you’re not at the beach. Add in the elements of salt, sand, and sun, and you’re going to need to give the skin on your body some serious extra love.
Luckily, you can do that with a body wash that will run you only $5. When I asked Virginia-based dermatologist Dr. Lily Talakoub what people should be using in the shower to deal with these summer skin woes, she didn’t skip a beat before recommending Dove Body Wash, Dry Oil Moisture ($5). “It lathers very gently to remove oil, sweat, sunscreen, et cetera, but will leave a layer of moisture on your skin,” she says.
It’s made with argan oil, which helps lock in all of that sweet, sweet hydration, but won’t leave your skin feeling greasy or gross. And unless you’re dealing with body acne, Dr. Talakoub notes that you don’t even have to use a separate body exfoliant with it—it gets the job done all on its own.
In addition to using the right body wash, there are a few other things you can do to keep your skin in tip-top shape. Besides putting sunscreen on every day, and re-applying every two hours if you’re out in direct sunlight (because, duh), be sure to keep your shower time under 15 minutes so you won’t dry out your skin, and then slather on some lotion, like Love Beauty and Planet Shea Butter & Sandalwood Body Lotion ($8) twice a day. And though you may be a one-and-done type of shower person during the cooler months of the year, consider hopping under the water a second time when it’s hot out to make sure there’s no sweat or nastiness left on your skin at the end of the day. Now, you’re totally ready to show off that smooth, moisturized skin from now through Labor Day.
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