Bathing is an essential component of good hygiene. However, most people focus on just the skin of the face when it comes to skincare regime.The first rule to healthy skin is to keep your skin clean, and care for your skin starts in the bath or shower. Bathing promotes skin renewal by gently polishing and stimulating your skin.
How does the caress of your skin feel? Is it like the rough surface of sandpaper or the soft plush of velvet? Unless you have a lifetime supply of baby skin, you will need to practice the following care for your skin in the bath or shower.
How to care for your skin in the bath or shower
Watch the water temperature. Hot bath is relaxing but it will strip the moisture and oils off your skin, leaving it parched, dry, and scaly. What’s more, hot water makes your hair frizzy and dry. Use warm water. Limit your bath to 15 minutes at the most.
Do not over wash. Hot water and heavy soaps drain precious oils from your skin. Wash your face only twice a day with any mild cleansers and use very little soap on your body when you bath or shower. Skip the bubble bath, which strips the skin off its natural oil.
Choose the right cleanser. A detergent-free, natural skin cleanser lifts impurities from your skin. If possible, use organic products for deep pore cleanser, toner, detoxifier, and makeup remover.
Exfoliate. The surface layer of dead skin is rough to the touch. Exfoliation makes skin glow, accelerates cell turnover, improves the color, tone and skin texture, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Use exfoliation towels or AHA cleanser, daily for the body and once a week for the face.
Do not over-exfoliate. Too much exfoliation robs your pores of softening oil. Use light pressure to prevent irritation. Do not exfoliate around the eye area and private parts.
Shave correctly. Shave in the direction of your hair growth. Always use moisturizing shaving cream. Choose shaving creams with aloe and essential oils. A hair conditioner is a wise substitute to shaving creams for that close, nick-free shave, smooth and supple.
Rinse well. Residues clog skin pores, and leave your skin dry, tight, and uncomfortable.
Pat Dry. Dry gently, patting the water off your skin instead of rubbing your skin dry. By patting dry, the skin retains more of the moisture that you are going to seal with body moisturizer.
Moisturize. Apply moisturizer from head to toe after you step out of the shower to lock in that thin film of moisture and keep you dewy soft all day. Moisturize according to skin type. Individuals with oily skin do not need the heavy oil in moisturizers. People with dry, sensitive skin should consider using thicker lotions-60% grease and 40% water-that are less irritating to sensitive skin.
Remember that your skin needs re-hydration every after bath or shower. Body creams and lotions protect the body from dryness, itchiness, red blotches, painful cracks, rashes, acne, and other irritations. Follow up with sunscreen. Remember, to nourish and pamper your skin. You will be happy when you collect the benefits.