Guest Post by Jori Hamilton.
When most people start a skincare routine, their primary focus is on their face. You might invest in different creams, moisturizers, and products designed to give you a glowing complexion.
But, the benefits of this type of routine go more than “skin deep”. A regular skincare routine can actually benefit your entire body if you do it the right way.
Remember, you’re covered in skin from head to toe. While most people might look at your face first, there’s no reason your entire body can’t be protected from the elements and have the same dewy glow as your cheeks and chin.
With that in mind, let’s look at a few ways your whole body can benefit from a skincare routine, and how to implement different practices to work different areas of your body into that routine.
A full-body skincare routine takes more time than just washing your face and adding moisturizer. So, before you dive in and make a commitment, it’s good to know what you’re getting into. What are the benefits of taking care of every inch of skin?
Most importantly, it keeps your body clean. While it’s not fun to think about, your body sheds skin cells all day. Skincare measures like exfoliating and washing can help your new skin cells to look firmer, cleaner, and more radiant. If you’ve ever described someone as having “glowing” skin all over their body, there’s a good chance they use products on more than just their face.
Another reason to practice a whole-body skincare routine is to protect yourself from dry skin and the potential symptoms that can come with it. Environmental changes, weather, chemicals, and beauty products can all contribute to dry skin. That might make you more prone to conditions like eczema, where your skin becomes itchy and flaky. When your body’s skincare routine includes exfoliation and moisturizing, you won’t have to worry about dry, itchy skin.
Keep in mind that even the best skincare routine won’t “cure” everything. If you have spider veins, for example, they’re likely from things like:
Skin imperfections like these often require lifestyle changes or further treatment. But, taking care of your skin can help to boost your confidence and leave you feeling and looking great as you work on those other issues.
It’s easy to develop a daily routine for your face, and it likely doesn’t take very long. But, what does it look like to put together a whole-body skincare routine?
It’s different for everyone, and there isn’t one “perfect” way to do it. However, if you’re stuck on how to get started, the following ideas can help:
The good news? You don’t have to spend a lot of money on fancy products to upgrade your skincare routine. Some of the best ways to exfoliate your skin come from natural ingredients. You can even have fun creating your own DIY body scrubs from ingredients you already have around the house like coconut oil and oranges, or sugar, salt, and essential oils.
Even shaving your skin can work to exfoliate it. If you want to shave, do it when your skin has been in the water for a few minutes. That will help to soften everything up so you can get a closer shave. You’ll get rid of unwanted hair and more dead skin cells all at once.
Developing a whole-body skincare routine is about more than using products. If you really want to nourish your skin, it starts from the inside out.
Hydration is key when it comes to healthy-looking, elastic skin. At least eight glasses of water each day is recommended to keep your skin looking its best. In addition to drinking enough, try to limit things that could dehydrate your skin, including showering in hot water, alcohol and caffeine, and strong soaps that could strip your skin of its natural oils.
Things like eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, getting enough sleep, and protecting your skin from the sun and extreme weather are also essential habits to get into if you want to improve your skin health.
Consistency is essential if you want to see results. While you might start to notice some changes in your skin quickly, they’ll only get better over time if you stick with these changes and stay on track with healthy habits. Don’t take care of yourself during the week just to throw away your healthy diet, not get enough sleep, and drink too much alcohol on the weekends. Your skin is often a reflection of your overall well-being. When it looks dull, dry, and unhealthy, it’s a good sign you aren’t taking care of yourself the way you should.
By combining the right products and practices with healthy habits, you can develop a skincare routine that benefits your whole body and gives you the glow you’ve always wanted. Try some of these ideas to adjust your routine, and start focusing on more than just your face when it comes to healthy skin.
Guest Post by Jori Hamilton.