Body care? Meh. For some reason, it doesn’t feel fun and glamorous like other parts of your beauty regimen — but the College Beauty Awards is here to change that. Luxuriating in the right body care products can make you feel as good as you do when you use a particularly powerful charcoal mask, or apply huge falsies, or paint your nails with a bright new shade of red.
So, hot off the digital press is our internet treasure hunt of this year’s most essential products for your bod. Now you can build a routine of products that don’t have to be fancy, they just have to make you feel fancy.
Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream
Big news for your pits: this year, Drunk Elephant released its first-ever natural deodorant, and it takes the cake in underarm odor prevention. It’s also one of the very few that doesn’t cause an immediate rash. Instead, the deo smells dainty and like almonds. We usually twist some cream out of the bottle and rub it in using fingertips.
Antiperspirant Deodorant Cool Essentials
Speaking of armpits! It’s been a hot hot hot year and we’ve all been getting our sweat on. That’s why college women love this deo stick which has effective antiperspirant protection and a crisp scent for fresh underarms.
Body hair is a personal preference. One thing we love about the Flamingo brand is that it doesn’t push a particular version of femininity, so if you want hairy legs and toes, that’s no prob. This razor is about using something makes you feel good — and it works too. Like, you get a-smoother-than-a-dolphin shave.
Satin Care Ultra Sensitive Women’s Shave Gel
Shaving often looks like sitting on the edge of the tub, running a razor up your shin bones with a comically serious expression as you try not to cut yourself. Of course, shave gel is necessary for easy hair removal, and this one by Gillette makes your skin so soft and delicious.
Glides Away Hair Removal Cream
If razors and waxing aren’t your vibe, Nair is great for hard-to-reach areas and it typically lasts a lot longer than shaving. So, spotlight on: the easiest to use and most effective hair removal cream currently crowding our bathrooms
Rainbath Refreshing and Cleansing Shower and Bath Gel
There’s a difference between washing your body and ~wASHinG YoUr BoDY~. The difference is Rainbath Shower Gel, which evokes more of a spa experience than a quick shower. This gel is thick and moisturizing, so it feels way more expensive than it actually is. And every scent slaps, but the original is for sure our favorite.
Eucalyptus Spearmint Moisturizing Body Wash
Let’s take a minute to scream into the sky about the genius behind B&BW’s aromatherapy collection. Beyond just acting as a super functional body wash, it’s so effective at helping you unwind and relax. Standing in a steamy shower with the light scent of eucalyptus wafting around you — there’s nothing more calming.
KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA
Skincare is straightforward. When you have a breakout or texture issue, there are a bunch of products there to remedy your woe. But what about body bumps and dull skin? Where do you even start? Let us introduce FAB’s body scrub, made to exfoliate and smooth out your skin’s texture. With consistent use, you’ll say goodbye to those dry flaky patches in no time.
African Black Soap
This bar is formulated with ingredients like shea butter, oats and aloe, adding a little oomph to what would otherwise be just a plain ol’ bar of soap. You can use it on your entire bod, and it clears even the deepest, most painful bacne without drying your skin out.
Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
There are so many good things to say about this cream: the scent is warm and spicy, the formula melts into skin quickly, the packaging — we mean, COME ON. Once you join this loyal fanbase, there’s no going back.
Quench Ultra Moisture Shea Butter Body Lotion
There’s something so comforting about the word “quenched” when used in beauty. It implies that dry and needy skin is finally getting its tall drink of water, taking the edge off your thirst. As such, this lotion is one you’ll want to live your whole life in, constantly in a state of moisture and softness.
Here’s another pick for those of you in the sensitive skin club! This guy will fit seamlessly into your self-maintenance regimen, all without aggravating irritation and dryness. When you apply it liberally all over, it’s almost as if you can feel your skin’s broken barrier healing.
Body Balm Stick
Body balm is lip balm’s cooler older sister. It has the same dry skin relief properties and classic Vaseline feel, but you can use it allll over. Your dry knuckles and flaky elbows are not ready for the hydration that’s in store.
Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 55 Sunscreen Lotion
Sunscreen is the cherry on top of your skin routine. We’re obsessed with this one by Neutrogena because it’s so lightweight, and if you use it on your face, it doesn’t pill under foundation and concealer. Other than that, use it every single day for total sun safety (yes, even if you’re just spending the whole time indoors).
Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
Some self-tanning products can make skin look awkward and uneven, so we prefer products that give off a sun-kissed “glow” instead. For ex: this one can be used as a daily body moisturizer for subtle color, even if — like us — you haven’t spent a full day at the beach since March. When there’s no sun in sight, this bottle has your back.
Love yourself, amirite? OUAI’s Chill Pills are actually perfectly sized bath bombs made for you to slip in the bath with while enjoying self-care time. The scent is an uplifting combo of jasmine and rose, so you’re not feeling sleepy, but soft and lovely instead.
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