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The top 5 products from super chic body care brand Nécessaire

January 1 | 3 minute read

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Words by Emily Deacon and Gemma Dawkins

Originally published on | September 30

‘Skincare for all of you’ is how Nécessaire co-founder Randi Christiansen describes the brand’s lineup of simple and effective body care that not only looks super chic but actually works.

The name itself comes from Christiansen and her business partner, Nick Axelrod’s, beauty philosophy: to base their formulas on ingredients that are necessary for optimal skin health, and nothing that isn’t. Christiansen explains that the skin on our body is the same as our face, it’s just that the concerns differ (i.e. keratosis pilaris and rosacea). “Body should be the first thought, not the conventional afterthought,” she says.

Nécessaire isn’t just about body care with a skincare state of mind – they’re a brand setting the standard for conscientiousness in the beauty industry. Being Climate Neutral certified, having a supply chain that minimises their carbon footprint and adhering to the EU's care standards (you won’t find any of their prohibited substances in a Nécessaire ingredient list) are just some of the ways they’re taking action.

Ready to get to know Nécessaire a little better? Start with these top five products.

Think of this as a multivitamin for your skin. The ingredients list of this gentle cleanser reads more like a typical facial cleanser: vitamin C and E, niacinamide, marula and cacay oils leave skin soft, refreshed and nourished. Mild plant-derived surfactants help to gently cleanse without stripping or leaving residue, and it has a balanced pH level of 5.5 making it non-irritating and non-sensitising. An optimised pH level directly impacts skin's ability to recognise key ingredients and reap their benefits, which is why you’ll notice every Nécessaire product has an optimised pH range.
Yes, you can apply a serum to your face and body. This fragrance-free treatment, formulated with five molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, offers multi-level hydration. Apply it once you’ve jumped out of the shower (ideally to damp skin) before The Body Lotion and you’ll notice how instantly hydrated and plump your whole body feels. Added niacinamide (vitamin B3) and ceramide NP also help to support and protect the skin's moisture barrier.
Body should be the first thought, not the conventional afterthought
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Your hardworking hands deserve this cream! Think of it like an invisible glove that protects your palms against environmental stressors and nourishes dry, compromised skin. You’ll want to buy multiple so that every drawer, handbag and car console is well stocked. It’s dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic, so is suitable for sensitive and eczema-prone skin.
A treatment that uses two methods of exfoliation – chemical and physical (types-of-exfoliation) – to soften and smooth skin. Your limbs will love its gentle AHA/BHA trio (glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid) which helps to remove dead skin cells, alongside pumice and sustainably sourced bamboo charcoal to help soften skin without irritation.
Fast absorbing but super hydrating, this lush body lotion is spiked with marula, cacay and meadowfoam oils, plus skin barrier-supporting niacinamide. You guessed it, The Body Lotion is dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic too, with a pH level of 4.75 to 5.75. Apply it all over and massage into skin until it’s completely absorbed. Try it after exfoliating and applying your body serum.

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