In caring for your body, it is important to consider that the skin on the back and upper chest is oilier, since there are more sebaceous glands. On the contrary, the skin on the thighs and buttocks quickly loses moisture and dries up. Normal skin becomes dry after about 35 years of age due to physiological and hormonal changes in the body. Frequent diets, various medications, smoking accelerate skin aging. In winter, with extreme cold and prolonged exposure to frost, the skin becomes paler, flabby and dry, peeling and irritation appear.
- do not use facial cosmetics for skin care: the skin on the body has a different cell structure, so there will be no effect from the cream;
- apply body cosmetics in a thick layer so that each layer of the skin can receive the nutrients it needs;
- before applying cosmetics, you should warm up the skin with a massage or apply it with massage techniques;
- do not forget about morning exercises: blood flow increases, and nutrition is better absorbed by the skin. Pay more attention to the buttocks, hips and stomach during exercise, as the skin here is drier.
How to take care of your body at home
Step 1 – Cleansing
It is better to cleanse the skin in the shower. Taking a bath is not recommended more than twice a week, as the bath dries out the skin. The water temperature should be around 37 degrees. In order to cheer up, use a contrast shower. The body during the shower should be rubbed with a hard washcloth, mitten or brush from the bottom up, starting from the toes, in a circular motion. In order to stimulate skin regeneration processes, use a deep cleansing scrub or peeling. Peeling for dry skin is enough to carry out once a week, for oily – 2-3 times a week. Scrub is applied to damp skin from the bottom up, “rubbing” in a circular motion. Thoroughly but gently rub the legs, knees and elbows, and be more delicate with the skin on the stomach and chest. Try not to touch the moles, if any.
As a scrub, you can use coffee grounds or sea salt in combination with other products:
honey (1/2 cup per 1 tablespoon);
olive oil (1 tablespoon) – add a few drops of sandalwood to this mixture;
crushed peel of one orange, ginger oil (3 drops) and cedar oil (2 drops).
Step 2 – Moisturize and Nourish
After a shower, the skin must be moisturized. For this, creams, lotions, milk, oil are used. In winter, it is better to use oils: ylang-ylang, jojoba, shea, grape seed, coconut (very rich in vitamins A, E and D, which is especially useful in winter). Oil, as well as a fatter or thicker cream, are more suitable for dry skin. Apply moisturizers in a thick layer, especially in the thighs, abdomen and buttocks. To moisturize oily and combination skin, you can add astringent and drying oils: hazelnut, grape seed, almond, mango, essential oils of fir, spruce, tea tree, ginger. Here, proteins and anti-inflammatory components, such as aloe vera, will be useful. Do not moisturize your skin too often, 2-3 times a week for oily skin and once a day for dry skin is enough. In winter, due to the use of heating batteries, it is better to do this daily.
Step 3 – Wraps
After moisturizing, you can proceed to the wrap. We will immediately warn you that it is rather problematic to produce body wraps at home. It is advisable to do this with an assistant. For wraps, honey, butter, yogurt or fruits pounded into gruel are suitable. You can also use special products for body wraps based on algae or mud. Before using any product or in order to properly do body wraps at home, it is better to consult a beautician in the salon. A cosmetic product is applied to the cleansed body, then the body is wrapped in a film (you can use ordinary food at home) and in a blanket. Then you should lie down and relax for 20 minutes. At the end – a warm shower and relaxation.
It is important to know that body wraps should not be done for gynecological diseases, hypertension, skin diseases and acute chronic diseases. It is better to perform body wraps at home regularly, not more than once a week. Anti-cellulite wraps are best done in a course of 5 to 20 procedures every other day, supplementing with a massage course.