In the quest to rid yourself of problem skin, there are a few areas you probably focus on.
Your face is the most obvious. Redness, dryness, discomfort and acne – they can all combine to make you feel uncomfortable. If your facial skin is not feeling the best, it can also have an impact on your mental health too. It’s not vain to be concerned about what others see when they look at you, and there’s no area more prominent than your face.
The areas prone to dry patches, such as the elbows, ankle joints and knees. Given their propensity for becoming drier than the Sahara, it’s understandable you focus on giving these areas the moisturiser drenching they require.
However, that still leaves about 80% of your skin unaccounted for. You probably tend to keep it ticking over with body scrubs and moisturisers, applied liberally after a shower to keep you feeling comfortable. But what about the less obvious areas of skin, that need a little more than being involved in a catch-all dousing
Keep Your Cuticles Cute*
(*Sorry about the pun, but I think we can all agree that one is right there and can’t be ignored…)
The cuticles are the fine, barrier areas of skin around your nails. That’s nails as in both feet and hands; for some reason, the former tends to get ignored. Cuticles that are dry can be extremely uncomfortable. If they crack, then you become susceptible to infection. If you use nail polish remover regularly, the chances of your cuticles drying out and cracking are very high indeed.
The solution is to moisturise, preferably with an overnight treatment. Apply a thick layer of oil or emollient cream before bed and then sleep in a pair of gloves, for warmth and to aid absorption.
On a final note: don’t ever, ever, ever cut your cuticles. Ever. And if a manicurist tries to, stop them in their tracks – it’s dangerous not to.
Scalp Care Doesn’t Have To Be A Head Scratcher
Scalp problems tend to be recognised as a separate issue, but realistically, it’s just another area of skin in need of some TLC.
The first step is to scrutinise your shampoo. If you have irritation issues, then try a free-from shampoo. The ingredients you want to eliminate are as follows, in order of importance: sulphates, silicones (anything that ends with -cone is to be avoided), parabens and artificial fragrance.
If that doesn’t solve the problem, turn to specialist treatments. Learn more about scalp treatment and move to a regular oiling regime. Oiling is a finicky process, but it’s one that can resolve a multitude of scalp transgressions. Choose a rich oil such as sweet almond (the eternal favourite of the wellness fans, coconut, is not so great for this job due to how thin it is). Layer it onto your scalp, wrap in a bandana or wear a hat, and sleep in it. It might take a few goes of shampoo the next morning, but when you’ve rinsed the oil out, your scalp will be thinking you for your efforts.
So the next time you’re thinking about skin care, remember not to neglect certain areas. Your skin is the biggest organ and is responsible for keeping you healthy, so treat it right.