Women’s skin is naturally softer than men’s. But over time, the skin on a woman’s body is subject to chafing and irritation from clothing. The skin dries out from hot water and harsh soaps, and it becomes drier and flakier with age. Fortunately, body washes and moisturizers can restore the softness that aging takes away.
Some of the compounds found in advanced facial skin products — peptides, retinols, and fatty acids such as ceramides — are also used in body creams and moisturizers. But products for the thicker skin on the body are formulated differently than those made for the delicate, thinner skin of the face and hands. So it’s important to look for products designed specifically for the body.