So much of skincare centers on the face. After all, your face is always exposed to the elements, and to other people. Your face endures daily sunshine and still bears all of your emotion and much of your beauty. And with all that attention, your face often endures all of the skincare it can handle, including the bad stuff—the mistakes, the over-washing, the attempts to save money on cheap skincare products.
But what about the rest of your body? Don’t your neck and shoulders, chest and stomach and arms and hands and knees and hips and feet deserve skincare, nutritional nourishment and professional aesthetician attention, too?
Why yes, of course they do.
If you’re as serious about skincare as we are, then your full-body skincare routine deserves at least as much attention as your face. Here’s why.
You Have a LOT of Skin
Your skin covers your entire body. It’s a significant indicator of your whole-body health, and it needs to be cared for not just aesthetically, but as part of your healthcare regimen. In fact, your skin is the largest organ in your body.
And on top of simply being exposed, your skin protects your more sensitive organs, helps to keep you cool, and flushes toxins out of your body.
Plus, people who are more aware of, and comfortable in, their own skin, who care for their skin and regularly expose it to professional attention, are more likely to detect health issues early.
Your Skin Should Be Nourished Inside and Out
Skincare goes two ways. Of course, we think about treating the outside of our skin. That’s the part that everybody can see. That’s the part we have direct access to with our hands. And that’s the part we, as aestheticians, treat.
But you’re responsible for your skin’s health and nourishment from the inside, too. Have you been keeping up your nutritional skincare?
Fortunately, much of the nutrition that works for your face works for the rest of your body, too. Just remember: Hydration and vitamin-rich foods—especially fresh, dark-colored vegetables—make for excellent nutritional supplements to your whole-body skincare routine.
The Difference Between Facial and Body Skin
In addition to the differences in what’s exposed to the elements (remember: SUNSCREEN), your body’s skin is different from your face in a few significant ways. And these factors indicate how these parts of the skin should be cared for.
- Most notable is how the skin in various parts of your body moves, scrunches and elongates. Think about the amount of skin that stretches and compresses when you move your elbows and knees. Think about how supple the skin around your shoulders and hips should be as you go about your day. Suppleness and elasticity are vital to the skin on and around your joints.
- How frequently your skin gets washed. You may wash your face a lot (or too much), but think about how often you wash your hands (which has probably increased over the last two years). Repeated exposure to soap and water—versus other areas that get scant bath-time attention—affects different parts differently.
- What gets shaved varies widely from person to person. Depending on your natural hormones, your overall health, and your aesthetic preferences, what parts of your skin have to endure the razor—and razor-induced exfoliation—affects what you need to do to keep them healthy.
The Importance of Bradenton Whole-Body Skincare
In colder climates, your face and your hands get all the exposure. The rest of your body stays bundled up against the elements. But not so when it comes to Sarasota-Bradenton skin! Here, so much of your body stays exposed—from bikinis at the beach to shorts and tanks at the farmer’s market or on the golf course.
Bellagena med spa professionals see southwest Florida skin, from top to bottom (literally) every day. We can tell you about the treatments and products that are right for your skin, and why these products are different from what you use on your face.
After all, all of us here on the Suncoast have warm weather, Florida sunshine, and Manatee County beaches to bask in. Talk to your Bellagena aesthetician today about your full-body skincare concerns. Working with our clients’ behaviors and lifestyles, our state-of-the-art med spa skin treatments, and our spa-grade products, our goal is to make you look good and feel good—no matter how much of your skin is seen.