Your skin is a vital organ that takes a lot of abuse on a daily basis. From the cold wind of air conditioning to the hot sun, your skin goes through a lot! Luckily there are a few simple things you can do to help look after your skin properly.
While the skin on your face is probably the area you look after most, three other key areas can suffer if you don’t take proper care. Your hands, your feet and your decolletage are all exposed all year round and taking care in all weather is really important.
Looking After Your Decolletage
Your chest might not be your first priority but this area of skin is particularly sensitive. Though your skin is usually good for producing natural oils, in this area it can be remiss causing the skin to become fragile and thin. If you are worried about the signs of aging then the decolletage should be high on your list.
Protecting your skin from the sun should be a priority but as your chest is one of the most exposed areas of your body, you must make sure that you use a strong enough SPF to prevent the possibility of burning and prematurely aging skin. If you regularly use a foundation with SPF then an easy option is to blend down your neck and onto your chest.
The more you can do, to protect your skin, the healthier you will look and feel. There may not be room to list every single thing you can do for your decolletage here, there are 14 décolletage skin care tips that come highly recommended here!
Looking After Your Hands
Your hands do a lot in a day and though there’s only a limited amount you can do about a broken nail, you can at least take care of your cuticles and the delicate skin on the back of your hands.
Washing your hands properly is, of course, something you should be doing but strong soaps and detergents can dry and damage your skin. One great tip from a hand model is to always carry lotion so that after drying your hands, you can rehydrate your skin and replace the oils you lost.
Your cuticles are also incredibly important as they protect your nail beds from getting infected. Anything from a nick to cold weather can cause all kinds of problems but it is really easy to treat your cuticles. In fact, here is a video showing you just what to do:
Even if you don’t think much about your nails beyond the color of nail polish you are going to use, they say a lot about you. In fact, the way your nails look and feel can indicate vitamin deficiencies. If you want to have strong, beautiful nails (to go with your strong, beautiful self), then these are the vitamins you should be enjoying within your balanced diet.
Looking After Your Feet
If you are going to find dry skin anywhere, you can almost guarantee that it will be on your heels. Thickened skin and tough calluses are common problems but if you take good care of your feet you should be able to avoid the worst. According to WebMD, it seems that a warm footbath of black tea is a great way to soften your skin before using a pumice to remove dead skin cells. Soak your feet for around 15 minutes for the best effects.
Fungal infections are another common problem with feet and if you have an infection, you should really get an over the counter treatment as soon as possible. If you have clean healthy feet but you are worried about getting an infection then there are a few simple preventatives you can try.
If you are an athlete, then your feet will need a little more attention. Make sure that you wash your feet carefully after your workout and dry between your toes before putting any socks and shoes on. This should help to reduce the instance of fungal infection and make your feet happier. Clean shoes and socks are a must but breathable fabrics and a perfect fit are also highly advisable.
Your skin might go through a lot but with a little bit of care and attention, it can stay perky and beautiful. Taking care of these three areas is always a good start and hopefully, once you are into your routine, you will find that these methods work for your whole body.
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