Most of us spend hours on facial skincare for obvious reasons—your face is often the focal point of your body. But when you’re wearing a gorgeous BackStory cover with a backless dress or top, you’ll have another focal point that deserves equal attention: Your back. Luckily, many of the same beauty tips that apply to your face are also good practice for your back, so these habits should be easy to adapt.
1. Select the right moisturizer
With so many lotions and potions to choose from, it’s hard to know which one is best for your skin type. Research shows that ceramide creams are some of the best moisturizers on the market. They’re made with fatty acids designed to mimic how your skin naturally retains moisture, acting as a barrier to things that could dry it out, like the sun (see tip 3). The real test is applying the lotion to your back evenly. You may want to invest in a long-arm lotion dispenser (unless you know a trick we don’t!).
2. Exfoliate regularly
That back brush hanging in your shower—but rarely used—is critical to your skin care regimen, if you want to wear a backless outfit. An exfoliating brush helps remove the dead skin and dirt that can clog your pores and even cause breakouts on your back. Experts suggest exfoliating twice a week with a mild soap. You can also use a product containing alpha hydroxy acid to help accelerate the rejuvenation process, revealing brighter, smoother skin faster.
3. Wear sunscreen
We love pairing the Multibead Mosaic cover with a flirty daytime cocktail dress, but you should always apply sunscreen to your back before stepping outside, even if it’s overcast or raining. UV rays from the sun can cause excessive drying, discoloration, premature aging, and more. If you’re confused about how much SPF you need, experts say there’s no need to go higher than an SPF of 50. In fact, opting for a higher SPF may cause you to stay out in the sun too long, thinking you have extra protection, when you don’t.
4. Watch your diet
What you eat (and drink) does impact your skin. Research shows that eating a low-glycemic diet that’s high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids has helped improve skin condition overall, possibly due to an overall reduction in inflammation in the body. A few expert-approved clear skin foods to put on your plate and in your cup: Avocado, sweet potatoes, fatty fish, green tea, and more.