Healthy Skin is in!!
Well, of course it is. Who doesn’t want that?!?seriously!!!
Take a step back for a moment and think bout what really means to have healthy skin. Words like smooth, soft, even and unblemished describe the ideal appearance, but the connotation goes much deeper.
Skin that truly glows broadcast the fact that you have a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. After all, when you eat well, exercise often, wear sunscreen, drink water, sleep deeply and find time to relax, the first place you see benefits is in your complexion.
Live well and you’ll look awake and energised.
While this may not be as dramatic as a 20-pound weight loss or sleek, muscled arms, it’s there, making your appear lit from within.
Our skin is a reflection of our inner ecosystem, so epidermis health ultimately comes from the foods we put in our bodies, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Those three things create the foundation for clear, glowing skin. But sometimes environmental and hormonal factors take a real toll on our skin and we need to give it some special care (especially during frigid winter months).
As a Wellness coach, I work with clients to heal their brains and bodies so they can step into their full potential, and skin health is a huge part of that. When your skin is healthy, it’s a sign that all your organ systems are running smoothly. When you’re clear and glowing, you feel confident and amazing things happen in your life.
Make Your Hands, Feet, Butt, and Legs Look FLAWLESS
Beautiful, healthy skin requires daily care. If you follow the golden rules after your daily shower, on holiday, during the cold winter months… your skin will be softer, suppler and radiantly beautiful!
I protect my skin from the sun
To keep your skin healthy, do not go out in the sun without protection. Apply a sun cream with an SPF that is adapted to your skin type. Reapply it on a regular basis. It is also highly recommended to stay out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day.
Use gentle soap on my skin
Does the skin on your body tend to become dry, especially after taking a shower? It is important to use gentle, soap-free skincare products for your cleansing routine. If you use products that are too harsh, your skin can become extremely dry and feel very uncomfortable. The best products to use: Lipid-rich soaps.
In the shower!
A shower is better for your skin than a bath, which tends to dehydrate the skin. Make sure that the water is lukewarm, rather than hot. For bath lovers, it is ok to take a bath from time to time. However, don’t stay in the water for too long!
The art of gently patting my skin dry
Before you get out of the shower, rinse your entire body off really well to eliminate all traces of your cleansing product. Then, rapidly dry your skin by gently patting your legs, chest, arms, etc. with your towel. Do NOT aggressively rub your skin until it is dry.
Moisturise your skin daily
Make moisturising a daily habit! After gently patting your skin dry with your towel, use a suitable cream to effectively moisturize your skin. This will help restore the hydrolipidic film that covers your epidermis. Do not forget that ALL SKIN TYPES require moisturisation!
When it is cold out, dress warmly
Have you noticed that your skin becomes particularly sensitive during the winter months? In fact, the cold weather, as well as the wind and sun, tend to dry out the skin, leaving it feeling uncomfortably tight and prickly. As soon as the temperature begins to drop, make sure that you dress warmly. And do not forget to protect your hands!
Drink lots of water
For beautiful skin, your body requires sufficient amounts of liquid. Make sure that you drink enough water, i.e. approximately 8 glasses per day. A glass of water when you wake up, tea for breakfast, mineral water throughout the day, herbal tea at night…. This way you can easily meet all of your daily water requirements!
Eat healthy, well-balanced meals!
A healthy, well-balanced diet is not only good for your body, but for your skin as well. Each day, you should eat five fruits and vegetables, which are rich in antioxidants. This will help you maintain beautiful, healthy skin.
Get your beauty sleep
If you get enough sleep, your skin will look radiantly healthy! Your body needs a certain amount of sleep to stay healthy: 7, 8, 9 hours… In fact, our sleep requirements are determined by our genes.
Do you smoke? Smoking is very bad for your skin. It leaves the complexion looking dull and lackluster and causes the skin to rapidly age. This is a very good reason for putting out your last cigarette, don’t you think?
The Ultimate Full-Body Skin Care Plan
Even if you’re fanatical about skin care, chances are there’s a body part (or two) you’re neglecting. After all, if you’re obsessing over every tiny wrinkle that appears on your forehead, you probably don’t have much time to dedicate to your dry knees.
However, those often-forgotten body parts are more important than you may realize — and it’s not just about looking pretty. Your skin is your largest organ, and it’s your first line of defense against disease and infection. Of course it’s important to focus your anti-aging efforts on your face, but five minutes a day could make a huge difference for the rest of your body. After all, what appears to be a freckle on your hand could actually be melanoma.
So take a look at your arsenal of sunscreens, serums, and lotions and know that our skin care plan will have you rethinking how to use them. We’re also recommending a few specialty products for you to pick up along the way. Trust us, your heels will thank you
Neck and Chest
Anti-aging skin care shouldn’t stop at your jawline. “I think people are good about their faces but they don’t think about their bodies as much,” says Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD. She suggests using the skin care products you use on your face on your neck and chest as well — simply get in the habit of cleansing and moisturizing those areas in the same way.
Since the skin on your neck is thinner than the skin on your face, it’s more prone to volume loss and sagging. If you’re willing to take the extra step, look for a cream specifically designed for the neck with ingredients like peptides to address the problem.
If you have dark spots, your hands might be giving away your age — even more so than your neck and chest. To treat hyperpigmentation, New York dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD, says to look for products with alpha hydroxy acid. To prevent new spots from appearing or to keep the ones you already have from getting worse, wear sunscreen on your hands every day. Look for a hand cream that contains SPF 30 or higher.
Elbows: Dry — even calloused — elbows are easy to forget. It’s not like they were ever a pretty body part to begin with, right? However, elbows, like heels, are prone to cracking, so it’s important to keep them well moisturized. Start by exfoliating in the shower with a loofah, says Baumann. Then, after you pat dry with a towel, massage in a few drops of oil like vitamin E, almond, or olive oil (Baumann’s favorite), and seal it in with a layer of rich body lotion.
Back of the arms
If you’re prone to red bumps on the backs of your arms — not-so-affectionately called “chicken skin” and medically referred to as keratosis pilaris — there is something you can do about it. Opt for a body lotion that contains lactic acid, which chemically exfoliates the skin, suggests dermatologist Zein Obagi MD. To keep the problem at bay, you’ll have to use the lotion daily, but the results will be worth the effort.
The good news is that you’re already exfoliating your legs regularly by shaving. However, depending on what you’re shaving with, you may also be drying out your skin. Dermatologists say you can skip washing your lower extremities — the warm water and soapy run off (from sudsing the rest of your body) is enough to clean your legs. Then, when you get out of the shower, pat your legs dry and apply a body lotion or cream almost immediately — it will help lock in moisture. Focus on your knees if they’re a trouble spot.
Backs of the legs
There are two unfortunate things that make this spot “special”: dry, bumpy skin (similar to keratosis pilaris on the backs of the arms) and cellulite. If the area is extremely dry, choose a rich body cream that contains shea butter, which is an incredible natural moisturizer. If it’s dry and bumpy, use a cream with lactic acid to speed up exfoliation.
If cellulite is your main concern, look for products that contain caffeine — it will give you an immediate tightening, says Baumann. Even though body products can’t get rid of cellulite completely, your skin will appear smoother.
Aside from the occasional pedicure, we’re almost all guilty of neglecting our feet. Fortunately, weekly at-home treatments can help turn them around quickly. Look for a special foot lotion that contains alpha hydroxy acid, lactic acid, or urea — all of which exfoliate really well. Let the lotion absorb for at least 10 minutes before rubbing away dead skin with a warm washcloth or pumice stone.
For an intensive moisturizing treatment, apply a rich cream and put on cotton socks before bed.