|The skin is the largest organ of our
bodies. Stretched out on a flat surface, the skin of a typical adult can cover about
eighteen square feet and weigh about six pounds. Can you imagine what would happen if all
this skin covered only our face? We'd probably pay more attention to it! Many people tend
to think that skin care has only to do with the face, and perhaps the neck also, but daily
care is a must for our entire bodies.
Here are some hints, both for troublesome areas, and the rest of you!
Your Heels and Elbows
Using the coarse side of a foot file, vigorously rub your heels before your shower or bath (yes, on dry skin!) For a smooth finish, repeat with the softer side of the file.
If your elbows are very rough, do the same thing there. If they're only slightly dry, use only the softer side of the file.
Now take your bath or shower (Please don't cook yourself for a long time. Remember, the skin is a live organ!) Before you dry yourself up, massage Body Lotion with AHA all over. Then blot dry and reapply the lotion, emphasizing dry areas such as the heels and elbows.
Full Body Care
This may sound strange to you, but I do not recommend daily bathing or showers. If you ask your dermatologist, you'll probably see that most of them agree that this depletes the skin of natural oils and lubricants.
Personal daily care is second nature to most of us, so the next best thing is to make sure that we remove any elements that may clog our pores. This includes all kinds of environmental impurities and especially dead skin cells that are constantly being shed.
once again, before you bathe or shower, take a loofah mitt and gently rub your skin -- all
over your body. This will increase blood circulation and help slough off dead skin. After
your bath or shower, while your skin is still wet, massage Body Lotion with AHA all over yourself and
then blot dry your skin.
If you intend to spend the day in the sun (and while you do, remember that "the sun-goddesses of today are the prunes of tomorrow"), this is the time to apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 . You'll benefit most from this if you put it on, at least a half hour before sun exposure.
My clients often ask what kind of body cleansers I recommend.
True to my philosophy that change is good, I recommend that you alternate between antibacterial, moisturizing, and oatmeal-based cleansers. Definitely stay away from anything that leaves your skin "squeaky clean" or heavily fragrant.
Hope all this helps!