Whether it’s the occasional “bacne” breakout or dreaded back fat, one thing is for sure: Our backs need just as much TLC as other parts of our body. These product picks and expert- recommended solutions can help you tone up and feel beautiful when baring your back.
Use this caffeine-infused serum, which claims to help firm and smooth the skin, on areas of fat underneath your bra line to create a more svelte look. Wilma Schumann Body Contouring Serum, $60, wilmaschumann.com
Just like how your face needs to be treated with moisturizer regularly to keep it healthy, so does your back. This ultrahydrating body cream combines shea butter with a trio of oils to leave skin feeling totally touchable. Korres Body Butter in White Grape, $29, hsn.com
Ruby grapefruit extract, a natural astringent great for breakouts, is the star ingredient in this body exfoliator, which also uses rice bran oil to help even out your skin without leaving behind a greasy feel. Farmhouse Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit Sea Salt Scrub, $34, farmhousefreshgoods.com
Easily access hard-to-reach areas like your back with this skin-savvy accessory, which attaches to your Clarisonic PRO or PLUS device to give you the same deep clean and silky-smooth feel that you’d get on your face. Clarisonic Body Brush Extension Handle, $25, clarisonic.com
A combination of ballet barre work, yoga and Pilates, barre3 workouts are designed to stabilize the body—the “3” in the brand’s name is a symbol of balance. “We focus on strengthening the back and creating strong, lean bodies with an upright posture,” says barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln. “Our exercises target every muscle in the upper, mid and lower back, which helps narrow the waist and improve posture for a sexy, slim physique. A client told me that after committing to a regular practice, her bras even began to fit better because there was a dramatic reduction in her back bulge.” $20 per class, barre3.com
Body Peels: A Simple Solution For Sun Damage
According to New York dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, tanning and excessive sun exposure can leave behind the same type of freckles, hyperpigmentation and sunspots on your back that you typically see on your face. “In order to address it in the office, I like to use the new SkinCeuticals Pigment Balancing Peel. It’s great for treating discoloration and sun damage on the back post summer,” she says. “The two-step treatment consists of cleansing and prepping the skin and then applying the peel—a combination of skin-lightening agents and powerful acids that help fade spots and improve skin tone. Patients will see results after one treatment, but may need more.” If a peel isn’t for you, Dr. Engelman recommends using body wash with glycolic acid to remove superficial pigment, or a few sessions of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), which targets deeper discoloration.
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