Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Body Lotions, Potions, and Creams

Does the skin on your body cry out in desperation for some much needed attention? Think about the abuse it takes, . . . showers and baths with soapy cleansers, sun exposure, temperatures that are too high (or not high enough depending on the season), exercising, sweating, and being under your constant command. Surveys show that most of your time and money is being spent on pampering yourself from the neck up, forgetting all about the needs of the skin on your body. The truth is that our daily rituals are often very dehydrating, which escalates the aging process of the skin. You can certainly get away without using a body moisturizer, but in the long run, there will definitely be payback.

There is a wide array of body lotions and moisturizers to choose from. Body lotions range from light moisture sprays to thick, rich, creamy butters. Carefully choose one to suit your skin’s needs, the climate you live in, and your lifestyle. Look for one with great nourishing ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, avocado, and rose hip oil. Avoid body moisturizers with a high glycerine content. Glycerine is hygroscopic and will attract moisture, but beware, if there is not enough moisture in your environment it will actually draw moisture from the skin. Silicone ingredients can give you nice 'slip,' but don't get carried away with too much product as it will pill off in flakes or little balls. Not attractive. Sun blocks are limited in the moisturizing department as they are designed to sit on your skin and protect from UV rays. Bottom line . . . love the body you live in and take good care of it. All of it.