Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Art of Moisturizing

The skin is the largest organ in the body and since it’s the most exposed to the environment, you need to nourish it. A regular cleansing, toning and moisturizing for dry skin routine will help your skin look fresh and supple even as you age.

Tips for the Face:
·         Use a gentle cleanser, say a coin-sized drop at least three to four times per day, especially when you step-in from outdoors. Next, use a toner to remove traces of oil and dirt. Toner is a mild astringent, however if your skin is oily, switch to an astringent during hot, sweaty months. Make sure that you use a moisturizer for dry skin, not only on your face, but also your body, especially dry areas such as the hands and elbows.
·         Do not use bleach or scrub more then once in three weeks as using these frequently can damage skin.

Tips for the lips:
·         Among the driest parts of the body are your lips, which chap easily as they have no moisturizing glands. Apart from dry weather, overexposure to the sun, frequent biting or licking, and vitamin deficiencies can cause chapping. Applying lip balm can only offer temporary relief.
·         Use a balm with sun block before stepping out. Matte lipsticks are moisturizing compared to frosted products, always apply lip balm before using a lipstick.

Tips for the Nails:
·         Nails that are brittle peel or break easily. The most common causes of brittle nails are nutritional imbalance, anemia and thyroid disturbance. The main culprit, however, is overexposure to water. Nails absorb up to 25% of their weight in water. Add to this harsh detergent, nail polish removers and minor traumas such as nail-biting or finger-drumming, and you have nails on the brink of breakdown. Improving your nutrition is the easiest way to keep your nails healthy. Increase the protein content of your diet.
·         Soaking your nails in oil works well after bathing or using detergents to replenish the moisture lost. Just brush on the oil and massage it into the nails. If your nails still remain brittle, get your hemoglobin and thyroid levels checked.
·         Remember that your skin and nails indicate your overall health status.