This Body Serum Is the Ultimate Cure-All For My Dry, Bumpy Skin

POPSUGAR Photography | Kyley Warren
POPSUGAR Photography | Kyley Warren
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While my job requires that I test a wide variety of products, I always find myself returning to the same brands — especially when it comes to skin care. I have notoriously sensitive skin and often struggle to find products that don't cause irritation, so when I do find a unicorn formula that does its job — with zero evidence of breakouts after the fact — I make sure that it becomes a mainstay in my beauty cabinet. Byoma is one of many such brands, and when I heard that the label was expanding into body-care products, I knew immediately that I'd found my go-to lotion brand for summer.

After conquering the skin-care category, Byoma just released a handful of new body-care products that translate the brand's staple skin-care ingredients into formulas that are designed for all-over use — think nourishing body lotions, exfoliators, and even body oils that transform the look of skin with a healthier, more noticeable glow. I've tried the entirety of the collection (because obviously) and have already found a clear favorite in the Byoma Smoothing Body Serum ($14). It's lightweight, hydrating, and the ultimate solution for targeting bumpy skin or rough patches.

Ahead, I break down everything you need to know about this unique body serum, plus how you can best incorporate it into your everyday beauty routine.

About the Byoma Smoothing Body Serum

  • This body serum is designed for all skin types but works best for those with dry skin.
  • It's formulated with hydrating ingredients like Byoma's Barrier Lipid Complex, succinic acid, squalane, and blue tansy, which work to calm skin irritation and minimize blemishes or bumps.
  • The product is dermatologist-tested, vegan, and cruelty-free.

What I Like About the Byoma Smoothing Body Serum

If I don't maintain a regimented body-care routine, I find that the skin on my arms and legs usually suffers the most; I'll notice flaky patches on my knees and elbows, and bumpy spots will appear more frequently. Historically, keeping my skin smooth has felt like a full-time job, but this serum has managed to eliminate a lot of the usual hassle. I've been using the product for almost three weeks now and have already noticed a dramatic difference in my skin's texture and vibrancy. It looks firmer and feels healthier, and the usual irritation spots I battle on a daily basis have ceased almost entirely. Not only does the serum go on smoothly, but it also elicits immediate results that make me feel like my skin is being nourished properly from the inside out.

I also like how evenly it dries on the skin. Oftentimes, with oilier or more fluid serums, the product doesn't absorb as well into the skin and can leave behind a greasy layer. Despite how lightweight and glossy this formula is, the serum doesn't dry awkwardly; it provides immediate hydration that absorbs into my skin's surface and elevates it with a brighter glow.

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How to Use the Byoma Smoothing Body Serum

The body serum can be used on its own or teamed with other products from the brand. Because I'm such a Byoma loyalist, I prefer to indulge in the full collection routine whenever possible. To start, I simply go about my normal shower regimen, cleaning my body with a gentle body wash, and then — depending on my schedule — also exfoliate my skin with a gentle scrub. I try to exfoliate once every week to remove any dry skin. Once I step out of the shower, I'll dry my body off fully before using any skin-care products. I squirt two to three pumps of the serum into the palm of my hand and begin lathering different parts of my body with the product.

Because my legs are usually my biggest problem area when it comes to bumps or rough spots, I'll try to focus primarily on them before moving on to other areas like my arms or stomach. The formula is incredibly lightweight and glides easily across my skin's surface, coating it with a hydrating layer that's nourishing yet free of any oily residue. The serum works great on its own, but if I really want to treat myself, I'll then cap off my routine with a rich body lotion and body oil to ensure my skin boasts a little extra shine the next day.

What to Consider Before Trying the Byoma Smoothing Body Serum

This serum has a very strong scent to it, which might not be ideal if you're someone who prefers fragrance-free products. When it comes to lotion or serums, I typically prefer more understated aromas like vanilla or cashmere, so I was skeptical at first. The scent reminds me of a sweet-smelling cologne that's not too overbearing but still strong enough that you can smell it on your skin long after it's been applied. I don't mind it, especially when I choose to use multiple products from Byoma's body collection at once (all of the products emit a similar fragrance). However, it might not be for everyone.

Where Is the Byoma Smoothing Body Serum Available?

This formula is available to shop at Byoma, Cult Beauty ($19), and Target ($14).


Kyley Warren is an award-winning writer, editor, and affiliate strategist with more than four years of experience in the publishing space. She currently works as an assistant editor on POPSUGAR Shopping and is an expert on all things related to shopping and fashion. She previously worked with Entertainment Tonight as a style commerce writer, and her byline has appeared in publications globally.