Alicia Keys Wants You To Include the Rest of Your Body in Your Skincare Routine
Your face isn't the only area that needs some TLC.
When most of us talk about skincare, we're only thinking about the skin on our faces - and maybe our necks.
But with the skin being our largest organ and our body's first barrier of protection, it's about time we start thinking about skincare more holistically. That's why Alicia Keys has decided to expand her Keys Soulcare line into body care products.
"Soulcare is this idea of really taking care of yourself from every part of yourself: your mind, your spirit, definitely your body," Keys exclusively tells InStyle. "The body is such a big part of who we are and takes so much wear and tear. We're walking all over the place, running all over the place, it's fatigued. We work it so hard, so I think the body needs more Soulcare than almost anything else."
"Every day you have to wash your face and every day you have to wash your booty," says Keys. "So what's normally a mundane exercise or activity, Keys Soulcare makes it special. It makes it a ritual, it makes it something beautiful that you can pour into yourself. It takes me to a very special and peaceful place, too. It reminds us that we have this moment, let's take it for ourselves."
She's definitely not lying.
The new Soulcare goods all have the same calming, delicious sage and oat milk scent as the brand's initial batch, which gave me an amazing sensorial experience before I started my hectic day. To top it off, the formulas are ultra-nourishing, non-drying, and never greasy.
Now let's get into the nitty gritty of each product.
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Keys Soulcare Renewing Body + Hand Wash
After the beating my skin has taken from excessively washing my hands during COVID, it was so easy for me to fall in love with the Renewing Body + Hand Wash. Unlike many other cleansers, it actually nourished my hands without leaving them feeling dry or rough. In fact, I didn't feel like I needed to put on lotion afterwards.
"The Renewing Body and Hand Wash contains skin-loving manuka honey, shea, and cocoa butter to deliver rich hydration and moisture," says Dr. Renee Snyder, the dermatologist who helped Keys develop the line. "Comfort, clarity, and balance are experienced with Alicia's favorite scents of sage and oat milk."
To shop: $24; ulta.com
Keys Soulcare Sacred Body Oil
I love the idea of a body oil, but the truth is that a lot of them are extremely greasy. So unless you're planning on laying on the floor naked all day until your oil dries down, many of them aren't practical - especially in the summer heat. But I'm happy to share that the Sacred Body Oil is one of the exceptions.
"Sacred Body Oil contains baobab oil, which is known for its regenerative abilities," explains Dr. Snyder. "It is excellent for softening the skin and aids in healing due to the levels of aitamins A, B, and C, along with omega-3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. Marula oil is also included which contains 60% more antioxidants than most other oils, packing a powerful punch to the skin."
Shortly after rubbing it into my skin, I was glowing - without any greasy residue.
To shop: $25; ulta.com
Keys Soulcare Rich Nourishing Body Cream
I topped off the oil with the Rich Nourishing Body Cream, which is super thick - something I personally appreciate in a body cream. Despite its rich texture, the sunflower seed oil, ceramide, and shea butter-rich formula melted right into my skin and left it incredibly soft for hours.
"Antioxidants are also contained in this offering along with fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and D that impart a regeneration of new skin cells," Dr. Snyder adds.
To shop: $36; ulta.com
Since the products just launched, I can't speak to prolonged use just yet. But what I can say is that they didn't upset my sensitive, eczema-prone skin at all - and typically I can feel "the burn" almost instantly when something doesn't agree with my body (my eczema hot girls you know what I'm talking about).
But, of course, since everyone's skin is different, I had to ask the derm about whether or not the formulations were generally safe for those with reactive skin.
"We feel that we have created offerings that are good for all skin types," Dr. Snyder shares. "However, patch tests are an easy way to help predict if you may experience a negative initial reaction to a new product. It is recommended to perform a patch test before incorporating any new product into your regimen."
If you're interested in getting the new Soulcare lineup, I would say go for it. It's a solid launch with effective products, and I really can't get over the sage and oat milk scent (it's so good). Plus, with all of the change we've been through this past year, we all deserve a little more pampering.
"I think that it's more important than ever to have these ways to pour into ourselves, these ways to think about what is the way through and what is the way that allows us to be brighter and better and more powerful and more capable," says Keys. "I really believe that Keys Soulcare is a beautiful way to feel whole and to remind ourselves to take care of ourselves."