So much effort on skin care is focused on our face. The skin on our faces is much more sensitive and exposed to harsh elements considering our face is always exposed, and so much of the rest of our bodies are often is hidden. Yet skin care for our face is not the only skin care we should be mindful of, especially considering this upcoming Summer season. After all, our skin does cover us from head to toe. Let’s check out a few ways to be mindful and to care for it to leave your entire body with healthy, glowing and radiant skin.
1. Keep a Healthy Diet
As the largest organ in the human body, the skin has a big job to do. In fact, our skin has three main jobs on its agenda: protection, regulation, and sensation. Not only does our skin protect us from our external environment but from our internal environment as well. Thus, if we are feeding our bodies things that are detrimental to our health then our skin will spit it out in the form of acne and fail to have what it needs to look and feel healthy or operate correctly. Many foods are essential for remaining the elasticity, moisture of skin and acting as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory. Eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and protein is essential for maintaining healthy skin. Leafy greens and fruits provide essential vitamins such as A, B complex and C. Proteins are essential for collagen production and sugar and carbohydrates break down collagen. In order for you to have healthy skin, it has to start with diet. Your body can only use what nutrition it is given. As the saying goes “good in, good out” this is most especially truly for full body skin care.
2. All over moisture
Facial moisturizer is essential for anti-aging on your face, but it’s imperative not to forget about the rest of the skin on your body. Fortunately, from the neck down, our skin is typically not as sensitive as our faces are, so we don’t have to be as shy or calculated about our routine. Simply slathering on coconut oil, shea butter, and other natural body lotions are essential. Make sure your lotion is free of parabens, mineral oil, and sulfates because this can actually dry out your skin. Our skin reacts better in the short and long term with real, natural ingredients, so go with a lotion with fewer ingredients, ones that you can actually pronounce. Keep it simple, just keep it consistent. A great habit to get into is lotioning your entire body with you are still in the nude, straight after a bath or shower and before bed as well.
3. Dry brushing
Our lymph system is a crucial part of the circulatory system, and a vital part of the immune system. It is comprised of lymphatic vessels that carry lymph (a clear, jelly-like fluid) towards our heart. It’s essential that we care for our lymph system, and increasing this flow of lymph can reduce cellulite (in fact, it’s one of the only ways), clear our skin of acne and imperfections and reduce inflammation. Dry brushing is a great way to stimulate your lymphatic system because it stimulates the fluid flow, also, it gets ride of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, revealing a healthy glowing fresh layer of skin. For more on dry brushing, check out this earlier post.
4. Take more baths
In our busy schedules, it is easy to jump in a steamy hot shower, quickly get ready for and rinse off our day and move on. Taking more baths– at least once a week- can be a way to relax your body, mind, and skin. Running water down our bodies is effective in cleansing, but ritually soaking it even more effective. Each time you take a bath, you can add something more beneficial to the water and enjoy a different benefit. Epsom salt is wonderful for easing any tension, relaxing your muscles and relieving soreness; take an Epsom salt bath after a hard workout of if you have an injury. Adding essential oils is a fabulous and easy way to boost the health benefits of taking baths. Both oatmeal and honey are great for soothing irritated skin and have moisturizing benefits. (Check out my post on 10 beauty benefits for baths for more ways to boost your beauty with
Dry brushing is a great way to exfoliate when your skin is dry, but exfoliating in the shower is an even better way to boost the health of your entire body’s skin. Coffee scrubs contain caffeine and are effective for aromatherapy, blood flow, smoothing your skin, and anit-inflammatory. Sugar scrubs and pther DIY scrubs will also do the trick, or you can cruise down to your favorite cosmetics store to find a good one. The key is to exfoliate every other time you shower.
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