If you frequently read beauty skin and body care articles, I’m sure you’ve heard having a daily routine is the key to naturally healthy, nourished skin. Routines, including cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, are a must. Not only does this help keep your skin looking its best—but it also helps reduce the risk of premature aging and breaking out in blemishes.
But like many people, following this body care protocol still didn’t deliver the consistent and radiant results I was after. That’s when I started researching the science behind product claims and ingredients. What I learned and started practicing completely changed my outlook on skincare and what I do to achieve naturally healthy, nourished skin.
Isn’t that what we all want? To look our best for as long as possible. Read on for all my best tips and product insights.
Where My Skin and Body Care Routine Started
I don’t know about you, but my skin had a rough time until age eighteen when I started taking my skincare seriously. Growing up, I infrequently moisturized, often suffered otherwise avoidable sunburns, and paid little attention to how hydration, diet, and exercise impacted my body. In other words, there was no foundation of a body care routine, let alone ritual, to speak of.
As a young adult, I started to prioritize my health from the inside out. I spent hours researching everything I could do to help my body heal and stay as healthy as possible. This was just the beginning.
Early Improvements Toward Naturally Healthy Skin
I implemented a regular fitness routine, started incorporating more veggies, and swapped soda for water more often. I even started taking basic multivitamins to ensure there were no gaps in my nutrition.
All of these additions to my body care routine made a great impact on my appearance over time. After about a month, I noticed changes in my nails. Within three months, my nails stopped having little white spots and no longer flaked or chipped easily. Within a year, my hair had more luster, fullness, and naturally richer color. It also grew longer than it ever had before. Seeing all these changes immediately boosted my confidence and natural glow, but I still wasn’t completely satisfied.
Lingering Skin Challenges
Despite my best efforts, I still struggled to repair and overcome some common skin care issues caused by my careless early years, including sun spots, fine lines, and crepe skin, not to mention the ever-dreaded strawberry legs. So, back to the lab again. I researched all the different moisturizers and serums that swore to fix my troubled skin.
I spent a lot of money trying different products, scrutinized my already healthy diet, and drank more water, nearly to excess. I felt like I had done all the things experts said to do, but I was still terribly frustrated as a mid-twenty-something showing signs of premature aging,
That was until I came across a less talked about tip from a dermatologist on YouTube — PH.
A Side Note & General Rule About YouTube Doctors
I want to be clear in stating I don’t think YouTube doctors take the place of your local healthcare provider. However, I do appreciate the education they offer. It certainly allows me to be better informed on my visits and know how to describe certain concerns, products, or procedures I am curious about. So please stay safe when working to resolve any conditions and consult your local practitioners too.
What I like Best About Dr. Dray
Uh, her name? Ok, that’s just a bonus. What I appreciate most is her authenticity and informative delivery. Sure, lots of YouTube personalities are just that, characters. However, based on the consistency of her delivery over the years and her willingness to call a bad product or trend as she sees it. Dr. Drey either deserves an Emmy or she really is showing up as herself in her daily videos. Plus, why would she need to act?
Second, I always feel more knowledgeable after watching one of her videos. She does a great job reviewing the claims of the product against the ingredients that do the work. She also does a great job highlighting conditions in the environment or of someone’s skin that will impact the effectiveness. I could go on, but those are the two big points for me. She has over three thousand videos, so consider checking them out for any other skin or body care questions you have beyond what I learned from her about skin pH.
Trying pH Balanced Body Lotion for Intensely Nourished Skin
After listening to Dr. Dray explain the importance of maintaining your skin’s natural pH level to help it work more efficiently, I was persuaded to try her suggestion. What she said made perfect sense to me. Though I was not thrilled to give up my beloved cocoa butter lotion for another unscented alternative, I was willing to try it if it finally meant healthier skin.
As someone who is very sensitive to smells and enjoys perfumes, following beauty recommendations to opt for fragrance free lotion was a tough swap to make. The unscented lotions I had tried before seemed to always have some sort of faint chemical or sterile smell that was really unappealing. More importantly, they didn’t seem to make any noticeable difference in my skin health. However, there was hope. I hadn’t tried a fragrance free lotion that was noted as having a balanced pH.
So, after listening to Dr. Drey’s recommendations, it was off to Target! Or the app, rather. I purchased Eucerin Advanced Repair Unscented Body Lotion for pick-up in-store and ordered Eucerin Advanced cleaning body and face wash for delivery.
The results were amazing. Within the first two uses of the moisturizer, I could see and feel an improvement in the texture of my skin. I started feeling as though I could skip a day or two of moisturizing without feeling the usual tight dryness. To me, this was an exceptional sign and led me to believe that pH really was the trick to helping my skin naturally retain moisture and stay healthier.
Then, the fragrance free body wash was delivered.
Trying pH Balanced Body Wash
Getting ready in the morning has evolved into an indulgent ritual rather than just a routine. However, I still love efficiency and reliable products that work as advertised. The body wash was great in that regard. I really enjoyed being able to wash my face and body at once with the same product.
The only drawback is the faint but dreaded scent. The unscented body wash does have a bit of a sterile smell, but the moment you rinse, it’s gone. So, for the efficiency factor and additional improvements I saw in my skin, including the reduction and the near disappearance of my strawberry legs, it’s a keeper.
Until someone piques my curiosity and has evidence to support a switch, I will be a Eucerin fan for a long time to come. Both the body wash and moisturizer help support naturally healthy skin. Plus, the body wash allows me to eliminate another expense and product from my shower caddy– a separate face wash.
Both products are available at most major retailers online or in stores. Both products are linked below and available on Target or Amazon.
Body Care Recap For Naturally Healthy Nourished Skin
With a few simple steps each day, you can give your skin the nourishment it needs to stay healthy and glowing. Is pH the definitive end all be all, probably not. But it is one valuable piece in the puzzle of developing the perfect body care routine. Fortunately, the products offered by Eucerin contain a list of other beneficial ingredients that together have really shown to improve my skin.
So, if you want to keep that youthful look for longer, invest in a good skincare routine that keeps your skin’s natural pH level balanced. Products like Eucerin Advanced Repair Unscented Body Wash and Lotion are great options to start with. The sooner you start trying different products, the sooner you’ll find what works for you. Then, you’ll start seeing improvements and prevent any skin issues from developing later on in life.
After all, your skin is one of the first things people notice about you! Taking time to look after it will not only keep you looking your best but also help to boost your confidence and self-esteem—your future self will thank you!
Marly is a lifestyle writer and creator of simplylivinghappy.com, a site dedicated to helping readers improve their health, wealth, mindset, and overall happiness. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her listening to audiobooks while gardening, visiting with family, or traveling.