The Body Anti-Aging Bible

Although an inordinate amount of time is spent tending to and obsessing over the skin on your face, it is rather easy to forget the rest of the body.  While perhaps you run your night cream down your neck and across your décolletage, chances are slim that you truly devote the attention the skin on your body deserves. Considering that our skin is our largest organ, and so many other areas can show painfully obvious signs of aging, it’s important to spend some time treating the epidermis below the neck as well.

Here is what to rely on:

Sun damage and loss of elasticity can creep up rapidly on your chest, neck, and hands.  To combat this, try applying First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Resurfacing Liquid ($55) two to three times a week across those areas.  10% AHA smoothes and softens, but calming ingredients prevent a total freak out.

They say to truly know someone’s age, look at their hands.  Prove them wrong by slathering on This Works Energy Bank Hand Makeover ($46).  It corrects skin tone and conceals imperfections while moisturizing.

Does anyone actually have pretty elbows or heels?  While perhaps they’ll never look downright attractive, keeping AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream ($13) on your bedside table to generously apply to these problem areas helps keep the situation under control by simultaneously exfoliating and moisturizing.

When in a rush in the morning or exhausted at the end of the day, applying moisturizer all over your body can feel like an all too easy task to skip.  Consider splurging on Omorovicza Firming Body Oil ($75) for a luxe experience that you won’t want to miss.  It has a fantastic combination of oils to improve elasticity and smooth the skin.

Unfortunately cellulite is hereditary, but Clarins Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert ($70) will smooth the area as much as possible.  There is no cure, but you will be pleased at how this lifts and firms.

Use all the products you want, but dry brushing is far and away one of the most tried-and-true methods to treat your body. This one ($12) is perfect for smoothing lumpy trouble areas, sloughing off rough patches, and improving overall circulation.  Use it every morning before you shower, and thank us later.

-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com

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