How Top Estheticians Take Care of the Other 95% of Their Bodies

Here at Byrdie HQ, we think the idea of a “perfect body” is as outdated as snake-oil diet pills and spandex-clad workout icons. But that doesn’t mean we don’t talk about our bodies—the opposite, in fact. We’re all about body acceptance 24/7/365, but this week, we’re serving up some extra love: Meet Byrdie Body Week. Consider it a love letter to the weird and wonderful vehicles we inhabit, as well as a deep dive into all the body questions that plague us (such as Will my laptop really fry my ovaries?). We’ll also be spotlighting all that’s new in the product world (fake nipples—yeah, we’re going there). Let’s all agree to be a little kinder to our bodies this week (and month and year), no?

We diligently wash our faces, pat on toner, moisturize, and occasionally do a peel or sheet mask. But when it comes to our bodies—and I may be speaking for myself here—we don't give nearly as much love to the other 95% of our skin. For me, laziness is a key player here, but the reality is that, like the skin on our faces, the skin on our bodies experiences a decrease in collagen and elastin, photoaging, and wrinkles. Clearly, not giving it proper care and hydration is doing ourselves a huge disservice, so aside from sometimes just slapping on a bit of body lotion, let's learn how to make our bodies as ageless as we aim to make our faces, shall we? To get started, we asked four top estheticians for their body care rituals. Ahead, their best tips.



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Next up, take a look at how estheticians apply their facial products.