Body care involves more than just the products you use. It’s really more about the ongoing maintenance of your physical and emotional selves. The former is socialized more broadly and frequently because it is something that you, the consumer, can quickly control – you are empowered. The messaging is simple… “If you don’t like your skin, buy this product.” And, when those things don’t work, you’re on to the next product. Soon, you have a cabinet full of half-used creams and ointments but your skin hasn’t improved. You believe that the products are to blame – they aren’t. They can only enhance the characteristics that already exist. What no one is telling you is that how your body/skin looks is a reflection of your overall health.
Your body signals when it needs specific attention and care. Although perfect skin is a myth, you can realize your best possible skin by maintaining an exercise routine, eating a balance diet, getting the proper amount of sleep (for your body) and maintaining healthy relationships. Balance in each of these areas is key in ensuring proper body care. Your body will send you signals if any one or a combination of these areas is out of balance. If you have…
- dark circles under you eyes (and don’t have a health issue), then you may need to get more sleep or minimize sun exposure. There are many, many, many products on the market that promise to reduce or eliminate dark circles. In truth, they may not be able to keep their promise. What’s really happening is that applying the product causes you to manipulate that blood that has pooled, pushing it away from the eye. Instead of reaching for a “miracle” product, get at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night. NOTE: If you cannot get more sleep on your own, consult a medical professional.
- rashes on any part of your body that keep appearing and disappearing in the same place(s), then you may need to avoid an allergen or a stressor. It’s very common to mistake these outbreaks as a form of acne. But, they could be your body’s way of telling you that it cannot handle a stressor or ingredient. The next time the same rash appears, make note of what you came in contact with or were doing over the last 48 hours. Follow this practice each time an outbreak occurs. Hopefully, you (and your doctor) may be able to identify the common source so you can avoid it.
- chronic dry or dehydrated skin, then you may be dehydrated or suffering from a medical issue (i.e. diabetes, thyroid issue, dehydration). In these instances, applying moisturizer on a frequent basis may not soften skin or give it a ‘glow’. In fact, continuing to put these “barriers” on skin may make skin look worse. Yikes! A simple visit to the doctor can identify whether or not any of these medical issues exist. If you are dehydrated, you may realize that consuming more water (and minimizing caffeine intake) will improve the way your skin looks and feels.
We’ve listed just a few issues for you to consider. But, there are thousands of other body care issues that you or someone you know may be experiencing. When it comes to maintaining proper body care, a solid routine and quality products are just the beginning. Ensuring health from the inside out and doing your research is a great way to learn what no one is telling you.
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