Did you know that 79% of women think that face care is more important than a body skin care routine? In reality, the skin on your body can become dry cracked and unhealthy. Though your face is what you show to the world, other body parts are just as likely to experience moisture loss and damage. To have truly healthy skin, from head to toe, it is important to practice good skin care from the tip of your nose to the tip of your toes. It is your first line of defence against the outside world and harsh elements, and needs to be healthy in order to protect you effectively.
When it comes to body skin care, here are a few particular areas to keep in mind:
They are one of your most used, most-exposed body parts. Elbows bend and lean and prop you up constantly throughout the day. All of this motion contributes to thick, dry skin that can become scaly and discoloured. To heal the damage, first give the skin a light cleansing, then moisturise as part of a body skin care routine. Do this regularly for visibly repaired elbows.
The skin of your feet is naturally drier than anywhere else on your body. It has no oil glands, so it uses sweat glands to provide necessary moisture. Though this skin is already dry, it can still be damaged by dry weather and hot showers. Very dry feet can feel itchy and become cracked. Because bare feet are exposed to a variety of surfaces, protecting the skin on your feet is important.
Our hands are always exposed and we use them to perform many daily tasks. Hand skin is very thin—thinner than the skin on your face—and it is one of the first body parts to reveal signs of aging. Dry environments play a role, but frequent hand-washing (especially with hot water) will also weaken your skin’s protective lipid layer and reduce its ability to retain moisture.
Like your elbows, your knees bend constantly and are often exposed to the air (depending on the season). The skin on your knees is strong but it’s often affected by the same dryness, scaliness and discolouration that affect your elbows. Luckily, the same body skin care routine that you use for your elbows will also work for your knees: mild cleansing, followed by moisturising.
Take care of your face, but remember that when it comes to skin health, it is important to care for your entire body. If you are struggling with dry skin that needs TLC, be sure to invest in Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
– not only does it provide relief for dry skin but it also creates a barrier against further damage and dryness.