Thursday, July 29, 2010

Body Skin Care

If the skin is not taken care of properly it can become dry, flaky, cracked and inflamed. This can predispose the skin to infection from wart viruses and bacteria. A daily skin care regimen should start as early as infancy and continue throughout one's life.

Everyone has natural oil covering their skin. This oil, named sebum, is made by glands in the skin. When the oil is removed by frequent use of drying agents, such as soap, the skin becomes dry which can lead to cracking and flaking.  Once cracking occurs the skin is susceptible to inflammation and itching. Everyday factors that may cause drying of the skin include harsh soaps, long hot baths or showers, and frequent bathing or showering. Most people overdo skin cleaning.

Daily Skin Care (15-20 minutes each day):
1.    Each day when you take your bath or shower, try to use lukewarm water. Hot water dries out the skin.  Try to limit your time to fifteen minutes or less in the bath or shower. Bathing should be done no more than once a day.  If you bathe too frequently you will remove the natural oils from the skin causing dryness.
2.    Avoid using harsh soaps which dry the skin. Recommended soaps are Dove and Basis. Deodorant soaps are often very harsh and drying. Even better than soap are soap less skin cleansers such as Cetaphil Lotion and Aquanil.
3.    Limit the use of soap to areas that develop an odor such as the armpits, genital area, and feet.
4.    When toweling dry, do not rub the skin. Blot or pat dry so there is still some moisture left on the skin.
5.    Next apply a moisturizer to the skin. One that we recommend is Xtend-Life Age-Defense Day Cream. Concentrate on areas of your skin that become dry. Vaseline is good for severely dry skin and Lubriderm for normal skin. If you have oily skin you can skip this step.
6.    All areas that are exposed to the sun, such as the face, ears, hands, and back of the neck should have a moisturizer containing sun block or a sun screen of SPF 15 or greater applied daily.

Body care
Ø Mix six-teaspoon petroleum jelly, two-teaspoon glycerin and two-teaspoon lemon juice. Apply this moisturizing lotion at least twice a week if you have dry and flaky, arms and legs
Ø Peel and grate a cucumber. Squeeze the juice to this, mix half-a-teaspoon glycerin and half-a-teaspoon rose water. Apply this on sunburns, leave it for some time.
Ø If you have cracked heels, melt paraffin wax; mix it with little mustard oil and apply on the affected area. Leave it overnight. After 10 or 15 days, your heels will become smooth.
Ø Massage your body with a mixture of coconut oil and any of your favourite scented oils like lavender or rosemary.
Ø For rough palms, use a mixture of glycerin and limejuice in equal proportion.


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