Saturday, March 24, 2018

9 Parts of the Body that Need More TLC

More often than not, our personal care and beauty regimens focus on the most visible parts that are easily noticed by others, like the face, hair, arms, and legs. However, in our effort to keep these parts healthy and beautiful, we forget some small or hidden areas that also need some TLC. Here are a few areas of the body that deserve more attention.

1. Scalp
If you don’t take care of your scalp, your hair won’t be able to look its best. In fact, many hair issues like severe hair fall or dry and brittle hair is caused and/or aggravated by an unhealthy scalp. Make sure to choose a shampoo that suit your scalp’s condition; using the right product can help resolve a lot of scalp-related problems without the need for expensive treatments. You should also occasionally massage your scalp with an oil like coconut or jojoba to stimulate blood circulation and hair growth. Lastly, exfoliating your scalp is an important step in keeping it healthy, to unclog hair follicles and remove dead, dry skin. Just add some brown sugar or even baking soda to your shampoo and scrub gently. 

2. Lips
The lips are just a small part of your face but they make a big impact. Keep them healthy by exfoliating them regularly using lip scrubs made from natural ingredients. Korean brand Skinfood, for example, uses avocado, sugar, jojoba, shea butter, and lime oil to remove dry skin and nourish and moisturize the lips. After scrubbing, give your pout a layer of protection by applying a moisturizing lip balm. You should also consider using lipsticks, lip tints, and lip balms that contain SPF because the lips can also get sunburned.

3. Neck and Decolletage
A dry and wrinkled neck and decolletage can draw the attention away from your glowing, silky-smooth face. Taking care of your neck and decolletage is as easy as including them in your cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing routines. Massaging these parts will also help trigger the production of collagen and elastin to maintain firmness. There are also a lot of facial and neck exercises that helps prevent premature wrinkles and sagging skin.

4. Underarms
Shave your underarms toward the end of your shower, so that the warm water has had time to “soak” and soften your ‘pits, making it easier to get a close shave. Don’t forget to use a new, sharp razor and apply shaving cream to achieve a smoother result. You should also dry your underarms completely and wait for about ten minutes after shaving before applying any product, like antiperspirants or whitening creams, to prevent irritation.

5. Belly Button
Taking care of your navel is as simple as washing it gently yet thoroughly every time you shower, and then drying it completely to prevent the growth of germs and bacteria. If the skin around your belly button gets a bit dry, you may try applying moisturizing oils or lotions in and around the area.

6 & 7. Hands and Feet
Did you know that your hands can look older than your actual age? They’re the parts of our body that gets the most use every single day, and because we wash them so often, they can get quite stiff and dry. Likewise, your feet also take much abuse every single day -- especially if you wear heels to work.

One of the simplest ways to take care of your hands and feet is to exfoliate and moisturize them regularly. Schedule a monthly mani-pedi to maintain your nails and get the blood flowing to your extremities. You should also apply hand and foot creams (or just some good ol’ lotion), especially before going to bed so that the moisturizers have time to work overnight.

8 & 9. Elbows and Knees
Dry and sagging skin in your elbows and knees can age you almost as much as wrinkles on your face. To keep your elbows and knees in great shape, you should regularly exfoliate them to soften the skin. You can do this by scrubbing them gently with the same exfoliant that you use on your face; you can also dry-brush them prior to taking a shower. Afterwards, don’t forget to moisturize. Exercise is also a great way to keep your elbows and knees strong and firm.

Taking care of your body involves each and every part, no matter if they’re small or hidden or don’t get too much notice. Start giving these body parts some well-deserved TLC today!


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