While you may or may not have already been using your favourite body scrub or buttery lotion on your tushy, a recent boom in derrière beauty products has us asking the burning question: Do I actually need to be masking my butt?
The answer? "For most people, no — for a few people, yes," Dr. Kenneth Howe, MD, of Wexler Dermatology tells Refinery29. While things like acne and dryness are real concerns, the crux of butt beauty usually has more to do with smoothing skin, addressing tone imperfections (including hyperpigmentation as a result of acne scarring), too. However, for things like dry skin, Howe says that while masking is all well and good, a gentle body moisturiser will also get the job done: "You don't need a butt-specific moisturiser for dry skin in this area," he says.
However, if you're willing — or if nothing else, genuinely curious — to dive into the universe of all things butt beauty, here are five masks, lotions and scrubs.
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