Why is it that, The first part of the body that comes to mind when you see an article on body care, is the face? It is because…
It is the centre of attraction of your body, what identifies and distinguishes you from others, or just plainly because it is the norm. Whatever reason you have in mind is fathomable.
However, you should not forget the other parts of your body such as your neck, arms, main body, legs, and feet. Which are not less important than your face, and should not be deprived of love, attention and care.
As caring for your face is what you do every day, in this article, you will also learn how to care for your body.
And, trust me, it is definitely going to become “a comforting ritual” as well.
Your body care is broken down into two rituals; daily and weekly/bi-weekly.
Daily Body Care Rituals
1. Hydrate and Detoxify
The first step in your body care ritual is to start your day by drinking a glass cup of water. This helps to purify your blood from toxins, while also hydrating your skin, and restoring your skin to that youthful, glowing, and healthy look.
Remember, don’t just limit your water intake to just a glass of water. In fact, the daily recommended water intake is 8 glasses.
Yeah I know, I know what you’re thinking… Drinking just water could be very boring! Don’t worry, those 8 glasses of water could be met by having tea, lemon water, and mineral water etc.
You can even be creative by mixing herbs (e.g. mints, ginger, cinnamon), fruits (like lemons, apples) and vegetables (e.g. cucumbers) to make your own bomb detox drink while also meeting your recommendation.
2. Mild Purification
This step focuses on outer body purification. It starts with using a dry brush in a circular motion from your lower body (begin from the feet) to your upper body towards the heart.
This process detoxifies your body by increasing your blood flow and draining your lymph.
In case you’re wondering what a ‘lymph’ is; it is a fluid in the body that contains white blood cells and helps to keep the tissues healthy while passing through the body channels.
Then you move to cleanse your skin with an effective but gentle body wash. You should always opt for lukewarm water for a rinse, not scalding hot nor extremely cold water.
A point to note; a shower is better than a bath, as the latter tends to dehydrate the body.
But, you can also go for a bath if you wouldn’t be spending a lot of time in there.
Finally, gently pat your skin with a towel to absorb excess water.
Some days following those hectic days, you wake up to realize the time is against you. Pop in and out of the shower. Dry and dress yourself up.
Then rush out of the house in other to beat the traffic. And, you completely ignore moisturizing your body.
Thereafter, you notice your skin doesn’t feel or look its best anymore.
Moisturizing your body is just as important as cleansing/purifying your skin.
If cleansing removes all sorts of impurities, moisturizing locks in the moisture from the shower–the aim of using a towel after a shower is just for excess water absorption not to completely dry out the water.
If you aren’t familiar with applying moisturizers (body butter, lotions, creams etc. that are suitable for your skin type) on a damp/semi-wet skin, you should give it a try, and write a comment later.
You would notice how your body would start to feel more soft, supple, radiant and healthy, plus it would thank you for that.
Remember to use more quantity, or richer products on those stubborn dry areas like the elbows, knees, and feet.
Always protect your body from extreme external conditions like heat and cold.
Dress warmly on those winter days; Irrespective of your dress sense, you’re beautiful in and out, and that also reflects how you care for your body.
With summer comes a lot of entertaining outdoor activities. So, you should have fun applying your sunscreen frequently.
Try as much as possible to stay away from stress and stressors (things that cause stress), and also learn to cope with or manage them.
You should, of course, be aware of the fact that stress is a natural requirement of life and an optimum amount of it is still needed to increase performance.
5. Sleeping Beauty
In your last daily ritual, you should be a sleepy beauty–not the ones from those fairy-tales, but you that is reading this article–which means sleeping on time and at the appropriate hours.
Since the skin regenerates between 10:00 PM and 02:00 AM, do let your body be asleep during those times.
In order to care for your body, Do not be a ‘Cinderella’ or a ‘Prince-Charming’ looking for his Cinderella all through the night, nor should you be a night owl.
Weekly/Bi-weekly Body Care Rituals
Step up your body care rituals once or twice a week with these indulging treatments; exfoliation and pampering found in the steps below.
In this step, you are to provide your body with a more rigorous purification through exfoliating, to fade dark spots and hyper-pigmentation, remove the dead skin cells. Which also allows a better penetration of your moisturizer.
This step would replace dry brushing, and the method is the same as dry brushing. Just the tools are different (dry brushing uses a brush, and exfoliating uses a scrub or chemical).
Before exfoliating, you could chip in shaving or sugaring to remove those unwanted hairs.
2. Additional Pampering
Here comes another creativity for you.
It’s okay to have some self-indulgence session like having a spa day with a bath soak, aromatherapy, manicure and pedicure, hair treatments, and any other relaxation method you can think of.
It is the essence of caring for your body in a comforting ritual!
I hope with this article, you have been enlightened on how to care for your body, and it has helped in relieving some of your worries while answering the questions you might have had prior to reading through this post.
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