The season has changed and the sun is out more which means we're spending more time outdoors. The warmer it becomes the less and lighter is the fabric we wear.
Everyone wants a beautiful summer glow for face and body and are you ready to be all in skin?
Body Care for the largest living organ...the skin!
WHERE TO START
The best place to start is to have a positive perception of self. It helps to reconcile beauty in your body.
As an aesthetician, I've heard just about everything in the treatment room from wishing and wanting to wear something that isn't going to happen, to wanting to shed inches and weight to sculpting the contour of the body to look like someone else.
I'm here to tell you that another person's beauty should never threaten yours. You are your own kind of beautiful.
SKIN & BODY
Most people invest their time and money in treating their face, leaving skin on the body as an afterthought. The skin is the largest living organ and most neglected. The skin provides a protective barrier against UV radiation. The organ detects infections, helps regulate body temperature, and controls moisture loss. Nerve endings in skin communicate to the brain so that experiencing temperature, pleasure, pressure, and pain will keep the body safe from harm.
Skin on the body tends to be thicker than on the face and has more fat in the subcutaneous layer for thermal protection. It also produces less oil due to fewer sebaceous glands. Fewer oil glands leave skin on the body drier than the face. The T-zone area (forehead, nose and chin) contains the most sebaceous glands, which leads to more oil being produced with higher visibility. Certain areas like the palms of the hands and soles of the feet are unique in that they have an extra layer in the epidermis that allows for more elasticity and resilience.
New skin is constantly being produced through a process called the cellular turnover. Cellular turnover is the continuous act of shedding dead skin cells and subsequently replacing them with younger, healthier cells. Age, hydration levels, skin care and overall health are all factors that dictate how fast this process happens. Skin on the body has a naturally slower turnover rate than the face so treating concerns may require stronger formulations, stacking multiple modalities, more frequent treatments. Exfoliation is one of the easiest ways to support healthy cellular turnover, which is why it is a core step for the majority of body treatments.
TIPS FOR AT-HOME BODY CARE
It is important to take care of your skin at home to ensure desired results.
Regular exfoliation is particularly important for skin on the body due to the constant shedding of dead skin cells. To intensify a physical exfoliant like a scrub, apply it to dry skin while standing in the shower with the water turned off. This prevents the water from dissolving or diluting the scrub before a full exfoliation is achieved and makes it easy to rinse off when complete. Make sure the area has not been shaved within 24 hours to prevent sensitivity since shaving is a form of exfoliation. Additionally, taking a bath before exfoliating will soften dead skin for easy removal.
If prone to dry skin, decrease the temperature of the water to a tepid temperature. Hot water dries skin significantly. After showering or bathing, pat skin dry and apply a moisturizer or body oil while the skin is still damp to increase hydration.
Try dry brushing in the morning for an energetic start to the day. Daily dry brushing not only gently exfoliates skin, but it also increases circulation to improve overall skin health.
For breakout-prone skin, wait to cleanse and exfoliate the body until after all shampoos and conditioners have been used. This will help ensure any ingredients with the potential to exasperate breakouts are cleansed from the skin.
Be mindful during warmer months when more skin of the body is exposed to the sun and consider cutting back on an products that cause sensitivity. Winter months are a great time do do more intensive body treatments.
Exfoliating too frequently leaves skin sensitized and dry. Not exfoliating enough leaves skin rough and dull, and it limits skin's ability to benefit from aftercare products.
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