Body Care: The Basics

The stress in your day can make it all too easy to forget about body care, but a good body care routine is essential to your skin’s well-being.

The importance of body care

The skin is an essential protective barrier and needs special care to keep it smooth, supple and healthy-looking.

What’s the difference between body lotion and cream?

Body creams and lotions are both used to help prevent dry skin by keeping it hydrated and fully nourished.

Body creams tend to be heavier and richer in texture, while containing an even mix of oil and water.

On the other hand, body lotions have a lighter, less sticky texture and are fast-absorbing.

How to care for your body

During day-to-day life, the skin on our body may be left feeling dehydrated and uncomfortable. Replacing moisture that’s lost and taking special care of your skin is important for it to stay healthy-looking.

You should use a gentle cleansing product in the shower and make sure to rinse carefully, removing all traces of the product once you have  finished. Baths tend to dehydrate skin compared to taking showers, so try to enjoy both in moderation and make sure the water isn’t too hot.

When drying off, you should gently pat skin dry, avoiding any aggressive rubbing motions. In addition, finish your shower or bath by applying a liberal amount of body cream to lock in moisture and keep skin feeling smooth.

NIVEA® Creme: A Classic Moisturizer

A body cream that has been loved by people all over the world for over a century is NIVEA Creme. Its intensive nourishment and protection makes it skin care essential.

5 Reasons to Moisturize Every Day

  • It’ll help to keep your skin soft, smooth and with a healthy looking glow
  • Daily life can dehydrate the skin – applying moisturizer will add this nourishment back in
  • It’ll form a moisture barrier to lock in moisture to keep skin hydrated
  • Massaging the moisturizer in improves the healthy-look  of skin
  • Skin will be smoother to the touch – a great confidence booster!

Body care: Finding a routine that suits you

Your body care routine can vary depending on your lifestyle and changing seasons but make sure your skin still gets what it needs to stay healthy-looking.

Find the time to give your body the care it deserves

An effective body care routine doesn't need to be time consuming. Choose products that are fast-absorbing and quick to apply so your body care routine is a breeze. You will enjoy smoother skin in no time.
Essential aspects of a great body care routine


It’s in the shower that you’ll wash off any dirt, sweat, or residue on your skin, leaving it fresh and clean. Why not try Care & Orange Blossom Moisturizing Body Wash to energize the skin as you cleanse?
Essential aspects of a great body care routine


The moisturizing process helps to keep skin hydrated especially during colder months. A NIVEA® moisturiser like Essentially Enriched Body Lotion will help prevent dry, flaky skin and leave skin feeling smooth.
Essential aspects of a great body care routine

Manicuring your nails

Having well-presented nails is something that a lot of women enjoy as part of their body care routine and it helps to make them feel more feminine and beautiful. Manicures can be a lovely treat at any time of year.
Essential aspects of a great body care routine

Body massaging

Getting a massage is a wonderful way of relaxing and destressing. Your body will thank you for it. Try using Nourishing Body Oil to provide skin with a luxurious treat during your massage.

Tailoring your skin care routine

Your body care routine will be different depending on the seasons. In the winter months, emphasis should be placed on nourishing products to combat dry and dehydrated skin, whereas the summer months are all about taking sun protection measures and moisturizing.

Body care rituals you may not have thought of

Although applying topical creams and lotions to the skin helps keep skin  healthy-looking, there are other ways of altering your lifestyle to take care of your body.
Make sure that you keep your body hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day! What’s more, maintaining a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and antioxidants will leave radiant-looking skin.

Always ensure you get enough beauty sleep! Our bodies need a certain amount of sleep each night to function properly. 

Another important way of taking care of your body is by staying warm when it’s cold. Our skin is particularly sensitive to the cold and can be left feeling uncomfortable and tight if not protected. Hands and feet are especially susceptible – so gloves and thick socks are a must!

The ideal products for caring for your body

Using the right products is key to providing your body with the optimal care.

Which body care products are right for me?

If you tend to suffer from very dry skin, a body lotion like Essentially Enriched Body Lotion could be just what your skin is craving. Its formula with Almond Oil provides long-lasting and intensive moisture.

For those looking for something slightly lighter on the skin that will absorb quickly, Express Hydration Body Lotion has a sensationally light formula with sea minerals to keep skin hydrated and smooth.

Many people tend to prefer the feel of creams to lotions and NIVEA® Soft delivers a fresh feeling moisture boost to the skin. It can be used on the face, body, & hands.

Treat your skin with NIVEA® In-Shower Body Lotion

For people that struggle for time in the morning, Nourishing In-Shower Body Lotion could be a solution. Just apply in the shower after cleansing, rinse off, dry yourself and you’re ready to go!

Quick tips for applying your body care products

  • Apply moisturizer immediately after showering and while your skin is still damp
  • You may need to reapply your body cream several times a day during the winter months
  • Don’t forget about areas like knees and elbows – these places tend to get drier so they may need extra body lotion

Body care products from NIVEA®