Every time I walk into my local retailer I am amazed by the different products that are available that act as body cleansers. From soaps and body wash to body scrubs, they all seem to appeal to people looking for the quickest way to shower or bath. We must take note that the skin is the largest organ of absorption and elimination and besides just cleansing it, it requires proper care. Managing your personal hygiene is important to look and smell your best on a daily basis, but it also helps to prevent the onset and spread of infectious diseases.
Keeping clean means more than just maintaining one’s exterior appearance. A clean shirt may look crisp and ready for work, but what is under the shirt matters more. Some try to hide beneath heavy colognes and perfumes, but this just makes it more obvious that you are attempting to cover up body odor or uncleanliness. Washing removes germs that cause illnesses, so it is vital that we keep our bodies clean. Sensitive skin need a lot more care, especially during the summer months and if you are not diligent about proper care it could lead to irritation of the skin such as rashes, redness and breakouts. Allergies to ingredients is a major cause of skin irritations, so it is important to check and look out for irritants such as ammonium laureth sulphate, sodium lauryl sulphate, salicylic acid and parabens. Some herbal extracts, although natural, could also have negative side effects on sensitive skins. Avoid soaps labeled “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial”. These tend to reduce the skin’s acidity, which acts as a protection from infection.
In summer the skin is more exposed to the sun’s UV rays and the intense heat and as a result sebum, which is the oil secreted by the sebaceous glands, tend to flow more to the surface of the skin. The skin appears shiny and is prone to breakouts or acne.
The best way to wash the body is to use a gentle cleanser and an exfoliating scrub twice a week to unclog pores. If you do apply a body tanning solution, make sure that this is completely washed off as the ingredients and chemicals could cause a reaction on your skin. Body moisturizers are specially formulated to keep the skin hydrated. Use a gentle, effective broad-spectrum sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Body make up is also available to help control shine, protect the skin and give an overall glow. In winter the skin needs extra moisture, so body butters or natural body moisturizers are ideal to keep the skin healthy. Calluses on the hands and feet may indicate an area of excess friction or pressure. By soaking them in warm water and using a daily moisturizing cream you will be able to soften the skin.
Always check for bruises or change in texture of the skin. The first step in curing any skin problem is to eliminate the cause. Healthy skin is smooth, with no breaks on the surface. It is warm and neither dry and flaky nor moist and wrinkled. Healthy skin is a mirror of a healthy body.