Skin, also known as the body’s largest organ, together with hair, nails, glands, and nerves, is part of the integumentary system. The integumentary system has a very important role in the human body as a protective barrier between the surface and the inside organs. The skin is the largest organ and it is the most sensitive one, too. It is true that a whole host of things can easily throw it out of whack. For example, you may be using a face wash with salicylic acid even though you already have dry skin and it’s making you flaky. Or maybe you always sleep with your hand under your face and the oil and germs from your palm are clogging up your pores. So to help you cut some skin threatening factors out of your life, we’ve rounded up all the best, easiest ways to make sure your skin stays clear.
Great skin is not simply a matter of DNA — great skin is a reflection of your daily habits, starting from morning cleansing to long bath showers in the night. In fact, the skin has the biggest impact on what you see in the mirror. You can read a ton of product reviews or hear opinions of dermatologists you consult about the importance of moisturizing and protecting your skin. Ultimately, caring for your skin is simply personal. Here’s what you ought to have in mind to sort through all the noise.
Building a daily body skincare routine
If you’re spending a lot of money and big amount of hours in a day than you can spare on skincare, but your skin still isn’t bringing its A-game, you’re probably doing something wrong. Wheather your skin type is normal, dry, oily, or combined, a daily skincare routine can assist you in maintaining overall skin health. A daily skincare routine has some basic steps you can follow too, once in the morning after you get out of bed and once in the evening just before you go to sleep. If you take your skincare routine seriously, your skin can reap the full benefit of every product you apply. Don’t forget that it is not enough to have good body skin-care products. For an effective skincare routine, it is very important to know your skin type, the ingredients of the products, the formulations of your products, and your order and time of application. The target of body skin-care routine is to tune up your complexion so it’s working at its best, and at the same time target any areas you would like to focus on.
How to create a pampering shower routine
When we were younger, it was pretty easy, just wash your body and face with any drugstore cleanser and maybe apply that random moisturizer sample that your mom got you from the department store, not a lot of trouble. But as we grow and mature we realize it is time to set some realistic self-care goals to renew our entire skin, so that our body, mind, and soul will feel nourished too.
Treat Your Face Before a Shower
Properly cleansing is the first step that helps to remove dirt, oils, pollution, and dead skin cells that have built up throughout the day. A quality facial cleanser will prevent natural oils from being stripped from your skin, which is very important. In the mornings, you can use a cleanser if you like, especially if you’re hitting a morning workout and want to freshen up a little just before you apply makeup. If you worry whether your cleansing product could irritate your skin, you can substitute it with micellar water or gentle towelettes. Also, a couple of times a week, you can add an exfoliating step to your cleansing routine. You will notice the difference right away.
Find your best shower temperature
Next, setting the right temperature for showering. We’ve all had that chilling experience of stepping into the shower to find that halfway through shampooing your hair, the hot water has already run out. And as irritating as this may be at first, the fact is that cold showers bring with them a plethora of hidden benefits like speeding up muscle recovery, burning fat, reducing stress, and boosting energy levels.
On the other hand, we have hot showers who provide us with a tremendous amount of benefits like relief from respiratory issues, help with blemishes, and help with muscle relaxation which is crucial for a good night’s sleep.
Since there isn’t a specific temperature that works for everyone and it is rather difficult to measure your shower’s temperature, keep an eye on your skin to determine the right one. Redness usually indicates that the water is too hot. If lukewarm water feels very cold, start your shower with hot water, then scale from hotter to cooler, so you can find your perfect temperature.
No shower routine is complete without body wash
No doubt, the most important part of your daily shower routine is what product you use to wash up. Body wash tends to be more convenient and moisturizing than bar soap, but its a very personal choice. While antibacterial and scented soaps often contain harsh, unnatural ingredients that can trigger issues on sensitive skin, there are some natural, organic and indulgent soaps, and body washes that can be found in shower collections.
Let’s not forget that just like a bath, showers are better when you set the mood and make some spa-like ambiance. Make a playlist you love to listen, turn the volume low on your portable speaker, and dim your bathroom light with some candles. An excellent natural body wash should cleanse and restore the pH balance in the whole skin – without stripping your skin of its natural oils.
Moisturize your body like your life depends on it
After you’ve soaked up nicely and thoroughly until your fingers and toes have gone all pruney, it’s time for a very delightful part — moisturizing your whole body!
It’s no secret that when your skin is hydrated, it glows. Which means you should never ever skip your moisturizer in your daily beauty routine. A moisturizer both hydrates the skin and locks in all the other layers of product you’ve applied.
Protect — Apply sunscreen
We came to the last step, but certainly not the least. Any dermatologist will tell you that sun protection is the most important part of a body’s skin-care routine. The best care is preventive care. No matter your age, applying a product with SPF — it is recommended to put on at least SPF 30 — on a daily basis is the single most effective way to protect your skin from damage from harmful UV rays, which can cause skin cancer and signs of premature aging. If your moisturizer doesn’t contain SPF, you still need to protect your skin. For chemical sunscreens, you should wait 20 minutes before going outside for the sunscreen to be effective.
As said earlier taking care of your skin is simply a personal approach. All of us have different daily routines, hobbies, and activities, and starting a new body skincare routine can be rather frustrating, but the point is that it gets easier once you make it a part of your daily ritual. Cleansing, nurturing, protecting, and hydrating is the ultimate magic wand to rejuvenating and revitalizing the human body.