Nothing like giving a bit of shoulder action after you've moisturised is there? Photo: Getty
As a beauty editor, I've sampled more green algae body wraps at spas than I've had hot dinners. But when it comes to at-home skincare, the body tends to be forgotten territory. So with higher-hemline season just around the corner, it's worth investing in some souped-up body lotions and scrubs that you can afford to use daily.
"The skin on the body is much thicker than the face, so regular exfoliation not only keeps it looking smooth and soft, it helps to kick-start circulation and allows the body lotion that follows to sink in that much more effectively," explains skin technician Jessica Tebbutt, from Body Utopia Hair & Skin Clinic in Sydney.
For a thorough scrub down, you can't go past a sugar-based exfoliator. "The trick to boosting circulation is to start on the soles of the feet and gradually work your way up toward the thighs, stomach, chest and arms, using small circular motions," advises Tebbutt.
When it comes to long-lasting hydration, moisturiser mixed with body oil is like the Beyoncé and Jay-Z of beauty couples: super powerful. Moving on from the greasy oils of the past, the latest formulas are lightweight and perfectly scented, meaning you can wear them solo or blended with your regular body lotion for an extra hit of hydration and bonus sheen. "The key to boosting absorption is to apply the products straight after the shower when the skin is still damp," says Tebbutt.
If you're new to oil, my vote goes to the multi-purpose Nars Monoï Body Glow II ($95, 1800 007 844), which moonlights as a decadent bath soak to boot.
3 of the best: body balms
These are so aromatic there's no need to wear perfume.
Clarins Eau des Jardins Smoothing Body Cream, $48, (02) 9663 4277
Philosophy Inner Grace Firming Body Emulsion, $45, 1800 812 663
Kiehl's Aromatic Blends Orange Flower & Lychee Hand & Body Lotion, $38, 1300 651 991.