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Skin Care Products > Articles > Body Skin Care - Caring For Skin Beyond Your Face

Body Skin Care - Caring For Skin Beyond Your Face

Posted On: - 2010-03-20 04:59:00


More often then not, skin care for women is restricted to their faces as they forget about other parts of their bodies. In fact, most women seldom do anything apart from removing make-up from their faces and care less about their skin care needs from the neck down.

Aging signs are the first to appear on skin from neck down. This is particularly evident if you have been careless about protecting your skin from sun exposure. Without proper skin care, your hands, forearms, and chest (décolletage) can look older than need be. And once you cross the age of 40, sun damage, predominantly brown spots, skin dullness, and loss of elasticity will be become more and more evident on those areas.

Here are some skin care tips to treat the often forgotten parts of your body:

Use Antioxidants
It is important to realize that the skin on your body needs as much care and attention as the skin on your face. And it has the same needs and requirements when it comes to skin-care products. If you protect your body against potential sun damage, the the skin remains healthier, softer and more younger looking. That is why its advisable to use skin care products rich in antioxidants and nourishing ingredients.

Exfoliate Regularly
Just like the face, the skin on your body needs effective care. If you exfoliate the skin well, it can function better and also absorb moisturizer better. Therefore, use well-formulated AHA or BHA based scrubs and exfoliating products that help enhance the skin texture and make it more smooth.

Avoid Soap
Soaps and bar cleansers contain harsh ingredients and have a drying effect on the skin. Therefore, avoid using soaps and instead use a gentle body cleanser that cleans your body without leaving it dry and lifeless.

Care of the Neck and Décolletage Area
A rule of thumb is - whatever you are applying to your face, you should apply to your neck and Décolletage areas as well. You daily skin care regimen should include:

Sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher that offers broad spectrum protection against the UVA and UVB rays of the sun.
Night Moisturizer that contains a blend of nourishing and moisturizing ingredients. The most effective way to apply moisturizers is on slightly damp skin
Scrub or Exfoliating Product that gently peels away sun-damaged layers of skin
Skin lightening products containing hydroquinone helps to treat skin discolorations caused by excessive sun exposure.

Care for Hands & Arms
Skin on your hands has highest risk of damage dues to unprotected sun exposure. Sun damage generally shows up as creepy skin and brown discolorations on the back of the hands and arms. This is more so in women between the ages of 35 and 40. therefore, make sure you apply sunscreen diligently all round the year and make sure you reapply it every time you wash your hands. Use La Roche Posay Anthelios SX, a non-greasy moisturizer and Sunscreen all in one. Anthelios SX offers Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) protection.

Care for Knees, Heels & Elbows
Skin on the knees, heels and elbows tend to be thick, rough, and often callused. Therefore, you need to use a topical exfoliating product or scrub, preferably one that is rich in BHA (salicylic acid). Also, nourish the callous skin with a rich creamy moisturizer. Regular application can make the skin smooth and softer.

Try Skin Care Heaven Anti-Aging Exfoliating Scrub that gently removes dead skin cells and excess oil by delivering a soothing wave of heat, leaving the skin soft with a youthful glow.


Naomi Andrews is a professional esthetician and skin care expert. She has worked in several spas and medical spas across Maui and has intensive knowledge about skin care products and skin care cosmetics.