It may be very tempting to care only for the parts of the body that show, which for a good many people may mean just the face.
But all the skin on your body should be treated with respect because it has a vital role to play-it protects us against germs, acts as a thermostat, cooling and heating according to our needs, and seals in body fluids and moisture. Here are some best natural body skin care tips.
Natural body skin care tips
To perform at its best, the skin needs to be kept mist and prevented from drying out, so basic care should start by protecting the skin with a body cream or oil which helps keep in the natural moisture.
It should also be kept clean to prevent blemishes and regularly cleared of dead, flaky skin. This also has the advantage of making it soft, smooth and attractive.
Bath time beauty
Most of your skin care routine can take place in the bath. It is a matter of choice whether you bath or shower as far as cleansing is concerned, but a shower will invigorate and stimulate the circulation, improve the tone of the skin and give you a sense of well-being, whereas bathing in warm water soothers and relaxes.
In either case, never use extremes of temperature. Very hot water has a drying effete and can cause spider veins to appear on the skin and, for women, may also encourage the breast to sag.
Lying in a bath with hot wear covering the breasts relaxes the pectoral muscles and will, over a period of years, encourage the breast to sag, especially if you take little exercise. Conversely, splashing cold water on the breasts will tighten and tone up the muscles, and, if done regularly, will help to keep them firm.
Make good use of your time in the bath. Use a good, mild soap and scrub your back with a long handled bath brush. Rub off dead, flaking skin from arms and legs with a loran or a rough hand-mitt. This makes the body tingle a sign of improved circulation and tones up flabby muscles.
If your skin is delicate, use a sponge and wash gently with lot of soapy lather, paying particular attention to the neck. Use a pumice stone on rough parts of the feet, the elbows and hate knees. And remember to rinse the soap off your body after washing or your pores will become blocked and your skin increasingly dry.
Nourishing the skin
If skin is to look its best it needs feeding, and the best time to do this is during and after a warm bath or shower, when the pores are open and able to absorb nourishment more easily.
There are many different bath time preparations available to suit your personal taste, but use bath salts carefully as these can sometimes cause delicate skins to become dry and itchy.
Shower and bath foams are usually gently and can be used on all skin types. Bubble baths, however, contain detergents and should be used sparingly and infrequently because they can have a drying effect on the skin use only the amount of bubble bath stated on the bottle and mix it well with the bath water.
If you find bathtime products too much of a luxury for your budget, the kitchen cupboard holds many excellent substitutes. Add a cup of powdered milk to your bath water to enrich the skin and leave it satin smooth, or a cup of Epsom salts or sea-slat to stimulate and cleanse the pores. Cider vinegar in the bath is good for dry, flaky skins, and is very soothing for sunburnt skin.
People whose skin tends to be dry should try adding a few drops of almond, olive, sunflower or corn old to their bath water to keep the skin soft and supple. And, if the water in the area where you live is hard, add a handful of oatmeal to the bath it is an excellent and natural water softener.
After a bath or shower, smooth body lotion over your skin to keep it soft. If your skin is very dry, massage a little unperformed or lightly perfumed body oil into your skin instead of body lotion.
Coping with skin problems
There are a number of common problems which with the right care and attention can be prevented. But if they do occur they need special attention and the earlier they are attended to the easier it is to deal with them.
Spider or broken veins are bluish-red in color and are usually found clustered on the outer thighs behind the knees and around the ankles.
They often appear during pregnancy or at the time of the menopause or they may be caused by drinking too much alcohol it is also thought that they may result from pressure on the skin cause by wearing tight girdles or boots or by sitting with the legs crossed.
It spider veins are particularly noticeable, they can usually be concealed quite successfully with a thick covering cream, or they can be removed by electrical treatment.
Stretch marks may appear after sudden rapid weight loss or after pregnancy and the affected areas are usually the breasts hips stomach and bottom. Initially stretch marks look puckered and pink in color but gradually fade to white smoother looking marks.
Once they appear though they cannot be removed so it is sensible to avoid frequent fluctuation in weight and to massage the stomach with olive oil or lanolin cream regularly during pregnancy to keep the skin more supple and elastic.
Cellulite is the name given to the patches of fatty tissue that accumulate water and fat and look like quilted orange peel. It can appear on any part of the body but it is most commonly found on the hips and outer thigh.
Cellulite is caused by bad circulation lack of exercise and a diet that is too high in sugar and starch. Massage is the best treatment so rub the affected areas gently with an upward movement to stimulate local circulation and always use a loofah in the bath. And or course get as much exercise as possible.
Mottled skin is the result of poor circulation and is most noticeable on the arms and legs. Exercises, particularly arm and leg swinging and using a loofah or a rough hand mitt in the bath are good ways of improving circulation.
Bumpy elbows are a common problem. Their appearance can be greatly improved if you do not lean on them as it is this pressure which causes them to become lumpy. Keep elbows looking good by scrubbing them with plenty of soap and water, and then rubbing in body cream.
Rubbing cut lemon into the elbows will help to prevent the skin discoloring or becoming dark through everyday wear and tear.
Pigment blotching are brownish spots which usually appear with age and are often caused by over exposure to the sun. It is very difficult to remove them, and they are better concealed with make-up if they cause embarrassment.
If rough red patches appear on your skin it may be the signs of a skin complaint that needs professional attention so see your doctor who will be able to proscribe the right treatment.
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