Following on from our #bustabeautymyth on acne and pollution, this weeks tough topic is the skin on our body. Often neglected, it is an area that is significantly less explored but oh-so beneficial once taken care of. Here are the myths and maxims you need to know about.
The skin on the body is the same as the skin on the face
“Skin on the body is thicker and less oily than the face so the effects of skin products will not be as effective on the body that the face. However there are now many body moisturizers with actives in them that will and can improve skin health,” says facialist Marie Reynolds.
“The body routine should be similar to that of the face in that the removal of dull, dead skin cells is still necessary to improve the appearance of skin and allow your hydrating and nourishing products to penetrate the dermis and be as effective as possible,” continues facialist Sarah Chapman. “The main difference in routine is that you may find the body requires maintenance less often than the delicate skin of the face.”
The body is self-sustaining – it needs no help
True & False
While the skin on the body, like the face, is nourished from the inside, it is the last organ to receive vitamins and minerals. Thus, maintenance is key for healthy, supple skin.
“Before a shower, dry brush the skin to increase circulation. This will refill the top layer of cells with blood and help fight aging, cellulite and dull skin,” says Anita Kaushal, founder of Mauli Rituals. “At night, bathe in himalayan healing salts to reduce bloating and diminish toxins, while at the same time replenish lost minerals. Have a daily massage with an oil too – it’s vital for detoxification, calming inflamed skin and improving circulation.”
Avoid the sun at all costs.
“Regular short, sharp bursts of sun exposure are great for ones health,” continues Anita. “Limit time in the sun to 10-15 minutes without sunscreen, to give the skin an opportunity to manufacturer vitamin D. This in turn supports healthy bones and protects against diseases, while also boosting levels of serotonin in the body, which is our natural happy hormone. Finally, a little sun exposure is known to be good for healing skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.”
That said,” warns Anita, “beyond 15 minutes, lather on an sun cream – even if you are indoors or it’s not the height of summer as the rays will still be strong. Also, note that applying two sun protection products on the skin, does not equal twice the protection.”
The body still needs protection from the sun
“A little of everything does you good, but being over-exposed to ultraviolet rays causes sunburn, which is the obvious sign of damage,” says Anita. “Beyond this, sun damage is detrimental to the ageing process as rays penetrate deep beneath the skin and essentially destroy healthy cells. The bigger concern is that prolonged time spent in the sun is a common cause of skin cancer.”