SKIN CARE Tip 1: Your ears
Poor old ears often get neglected. Yet they suffer from sun and wind damage just the same as the rest of us. So be nice to them.
Not only are they an important area for acupuncture, used to treat conditions such as mood disorders, obesity, and pain, but, if you massage your ears it can even help improve your mood.
Also, top tip for the day, avoid using cotton buds to clean your ears. You could puncture the inner ear and do yourself irreparable damage.
SKIN CARE Tip 2: KNEES & elbows
The skin on your knees and elbows can get dry from exposure to wind, low humidity and cold weather. So do treat them to a scrub from time to time. Use an exfoliating glove or foot scrub cream. To truly indulge yourself, massage them afterwards with a mask of lemon juice and oil. Rub in for few minutes before you wash off with a warm shower.
Nourishing oil – body oil or even better olive oil – is also an excellent moisturiser.
SKIN CARE Tip 3: Your breasts
The best way to keep your breasts healthy is to make sure you have an annual breast exam organised through your health care provider. A monthly self-examination is also important as it will help you catch any problems early on.
In addition, a gentle massage with a soothing oil boosts circulation and is great for the skin.
SKIN CARE Tip 4: Your buttocks
Because they’re round the back and we can’t see them, buttocks can get neglected. However to keep them smooth, a regular scrub with an exfoliator, followed by a massage with a moisturising cream is great for the skin, and it can boost cellulite-busting circulation.
SKIN CARE Tip 5: Your feet
Did you know that the soles of your feet, along with the palms of your hands, have the thickest skin on your body? Even so, they shouldn’t be forgotten. Use a pair of tennis balls and roll them under your feet during the day. This simple exercise stimulates the pressure points on your feet and propels blood to the area. It’s the perfect tonic for tired feet.
SKIN CARE TIP 6: Intimate care
When it comes to the vagina, less is more. The skin in that intimate area is particularly sensitive, so soaps are to be avoided. The two golden rules are: keep it simple and keep it dry:
- Remove wet bathing suits and exercise kit promptly. Don’t wear tight workout clothes
- Wash with lukewarm water using a soft washcloth, your hand or gently rinsing the area while showering
- Avoid products that may alter your vaginal pH levels
- Wear 100% cotton underwear. After washing, double rinse underwear or any other garments that come into contact with that area
- Depending on your flow, change your pad every 3 to 4 hours or before it gets soaked
Finally, if you experience any irritation in that area, do visit your doctor or health care provider to find out why, and get treatment as soon as possible.