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Skin Care Tips for Your Whole Body

Concentrating all of your efforts caring only for the skin on your face is counterproductive. The skin on your hands and neck will reveal your age and lifestyle just as surely as the skin on your face. And unless you plan on spending the summer covered up and sweating buckets, chances are the skin on your legs, arms, and feet will also be open to public scrutiny. A holistic approach to skin care will benefit you in many ways. Could you care for only part of your heart or one of your kidneys? Your skin is also an organ which happens to cover and protect your entire body. In order to have truly healthy skin you must care for the skin on your entire body.

Every heard the expression about being comfortable in your own skin? It probably originated after a person spent some time scratching dry flakey skin or nursing a sunburn. It can be hard to feel comfortable much less beautiful in your skin when it is peeling and flaking off everywhere you go. All over beautiful skin will boost your self confidence and esteem. When your skin is soft and beautiful you won’t mind showing it off. In fact, you’ll want to show it off. It seems logical then to conclude that taking care of the skin on your whole body, not just your face, is an absolute necessity.

Caring for the skin on your entire body isn’t much different than caring for the skin on your face. Your skin, no matter which part of the body it happens to be connected to, requires the same basic care. If you want beautiful, healthy skin, you must cleanse it, exfoliate it, moisturize it, and protect it. These are the same principles you have probably already employed to care for your face. Though different skin types may require some variation in the frequency of certain steps or the type of products used to care for the skin, all skin types should perform all aspects of skin care.

Cleansing should be done based on your individual skin needs. Wash your skin every day with a cleanser best suited for your skin type. A person with oily skin should avoid rich moisturizers as they will clog pores and lead to problems with acne. On the other hand, a person with dry skin will want to use a moisturizing wash to cleanse the skin. Sensitive skin can be difficult. Use a product which won’t irritate. If you know which ingredients to stay away from, then do so. Otherwise stick with all natural products without fragrances. The water temperature should not be hot if your skin is usually dry or it is sensitive. Hot water aggravates both.

Moisturizing the skin on your entire body will keep your skin soft and smooth. Dry skin should be moisturized as often as possible. Choosing rich creamy products will be much more beneficial than lighter moisturizers. Apply the moisturizer immediately after bathing. It will penetrate and absorb better. Finish with a light coat of baby oil to lock in the moisture and prevent it from escaping. Sensitive and oily skin should be moisturized, but with caution. Use natural products and avoid heavy creams. Only moisturize as needed. Avoid baby oil or petroleum oil as they can clog pores. Aloe Vera is a great moisturizer for all skin types.

Exfoliating your skin is necessary for all skin types. The process removes dead skin cells and helps renew the skin. Your skin will appear more radiant and the tone will be more even. Use a gentle exfoliate so as not to damage the skin. Oily skin may require a scrub several times a week over the entire body. Dry and sensitive skin should be exfoliated once a week. You can make a great exfoliating scrub from oatmeal or sugar for skin sensitive to harsh ingredients. As many off the shelf skin care products include alcohol as an ingredient, dry skin would benefit from the homemade scrub also. Alcohol will dry the skin even more.

The most important step of all in any skin care regiment is protection. Your skin protects your body from all hazards. Isn’t it only fair to reciprocate by protecting your skin? The sun’s rays are skin kryptonite. The damaging rays wreak havoc on your skin and all of the functions this organ performs. Sun block should be applied religiously. Every morning, apply a product containing sun block to your face and body. Do this every single day of the year. You should also use a chapstick or lip balm which contains sun block to protect the thin and vulnerable skin on your lips from the sun.

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