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Be Gentle to Your Skin for Optimum Skin Care

August 10, 2012

We are pretty rough on our skin. After all, it is the outmost part of our bodies and serves to protect everything on the inside, which means it takes the brunt of all abuse we incur, including sun exposure, falls, bumps, bruises, etc. While we cannot always protect our skin, we can take measures to treat it well during many of our daily routines.

Shaving

Shaving, for most of us, is a daily habit. Because we do it so frequently, it can take its toll on our skin. However, we can take steps to make it less traumatic. Make sure to use a shaving cream to lubricate the skin. The cream should include some kind of moisturizer to replenish the skin after we shave off the top layer (essentially). This is not only healthy for your skin, but will make your skin look brighter and fresher. Use a high-quality razor, and one that is newer. Using an old razor can damage your skin and cause you to have to make many laps. Using a razor that has rust on it can cause an infection.

Bath Time

As relaxing as it might be, immersing our skin in hot water for long periods of time is damaging to our skin. Hot water in a bath or shower strips the oil from our skin, leaving it dry and itchy. When washing, use a mild soap that has a moisturizer in it and gently cleanse your skin with a loofah or soft wash cloth. Don’t scrub your body clean, just wash.

Once bath time is over, use a soft towel to pat your skin dry instead of dragging a towel on your skin. This will help retain the moisture. Some people choose to air dry, and while this may take longer, the water will absorb into your skin. After your skin has dried, apply a lotion or moisturizer. There are a wide variety of products from which to choose, so choose one that best fits your skin’s needs. If you aren’t sure which kind to use, consult a skin care therapist for a recommendation.

 

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