Skin care is one of the most important aspects of your health. Your skin needs to be given the attention it deserves for it to look at feel its absolute best. Even if you feel your skin care routine has it all, there may be areas you haven’t considered that need a little love, too!
Since it is your body’s first line of defense against disease and infection, those easy-to-forget areas are more important than you realize. Many people focus the majority of their skin care on the face and anti-aging. However, even just five minutes spent on the rest of your body can make a huge difference to your overall health.
Neck & Chest
When it comes to anti-aging, you shouldn’t stop with your face. Your neck and chest are prone to volume loss and sagging due to the thinness of the skin; use the skin care products you use on your face, such as cleansers and moisturizers, on your neck and chest as well to postpone the signs of aging.
Your hands are another area that is affected by aging – hyperpigmentation. Dark spots on your hands can be a giveaway to your age! To avoid getting new spots and prevent existing spots from darkening, look for products that contain alpha hydroxy acid and always wear a sunscreen or hand cream with an SPF of at least 30.
Elbows are prone to dryness, cracking, and callouses, so it is important to keep them moisturized. Gently exfoliate them in the shower, and apply a moisturizing lotion or oil to seal in the hydration.
Back of the Arms
This is an area that is easy to overlook, since you rarely are looking at it. If the back of your arms are red and bumpy, a body lotion containing lactic acid will help you get the smooth skin you’re looking for.
Back of the Legs
The back of your legs can also be prone to dry, bumpy skin, as well as cellulite. If the area is very dry, a rich and creamy lotion that contains shea butter is the answer (and lactic acid for the bumps). If cellulite is a concern, look for products that have caffeine – it will give you immediate tightening and can help smooth the appearance of cellulite.
Unless you treat your feet to regular pedicures, they are probably in need of some extra care. Luckily, you can give your feet a home treatment! Look for exfoliating lotions, such as those that contain lactic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, or urea. Let the lotion sink in for at least 10 minutes, and then gently wipe away dead skin with a warm washcloth or pumice stone. Follow with a rich cream for extra hydration.