When it comes to skincare, many women focus on their faces and other parts of the body that are visible to others. For example, legs, lips, arms, etc.
While we focus on these parts, we neglect other parts that need equal attention. Half the time, it is not deliberate. We just find ourselves not paying attention to these parts.
Today, we will be talking about body parts we often neglect and how to care for them.
Back of your ears
These happen when we do not pay much attention to it when taking our bath or cleaning up.
How do you take care of the back of your ears?
- Do not forget to wash behind your ears when you are taking your bath.
- If you are sweating, clean the back of your ears with a warm or soft cloth. You do not want the sweat to dry up there.
- You can use an exfoliating wash every week to clean it to avoid any smell.
- Take off your earrings before you sleep.
2. Belly button
You might not want to hear this but your belly button hides a lot of dirt and bacteria.
In fact, according to research, the average belly button has about 67 different types of bacteria. The buildup of dirt and bacteria in your belly button can lead to bad odour and skin infections. So, you need to pay attention to it.
How do you take care of your belly button?
- Make sure you clean it at least twice a week.
- You can make use of a cotton swab. Dip it in alcohol or mild soap and use it to clean your belly button.
- Dip a clean cotton swab in water to wash off the soap or any residue in the belly button.
- Finally, use a clean, dry cotton swab to clean it, so that you leave it dry, not wet.
- If you must moisturize (which is not really necessary), do not apply your moisturizer to the inner parts of your belly button to avoid the breeding of bacteria.
Your back is the hardest part of your body to reach with your hands.
Many times, we neglect the back because of this. But it shouldn’t be. Why? Just as we can easily get acne on our faces, the same goes for our backs too.
Your back has sweat glands too. And if sweat or dirt is not properly cleaned, it could lead to the buildup of bacteria, especially since it is usually hidden beneath our clothes.
So, no matter how hard it is to reach your back, you have to try!
How do you take care of your back?
- You can treat your skin to monthly body spa sessions to keep the skin on your back soft, smooth, and free from acne.
- Makes sure your hair (especially if it very long) is properly washed. Do not apply too much hair products that leave your skin greasy and oily.
- As much as you can, avoid direct contact between your hair and your back.
- You can get a gentle back scrubber. This makes you reach every part of your back with ease and cleaning it becomes easy.
- Exfoliate the skin on your back twice weekly, especially with products that contain salicylic acid or lactic acid.
4. Elbows and Knees
Your elbows and knees are parts of your body that do a lot of stretching and bending.
We use both of them a lot and it is unfair if you do not take good care of them. If not properly cared for, they become prone to skin problems like hyperpigmentation, psoriasis, eczema, etc. They can even become really dry and dark.
How do you take care of your elbows and knees?
- Always wash your elbows and knees with soap and water when taking your bath.
- Gently exfoliate your elbows and knees to prevent dead skin cells from building up and turning your elbows dark or worse, lead to a skin issue.
- Always moisturize your elbow and knees to prevent them from getting dry. You can even use a thicker moisturizer for your elbows.
- Wear sunscreen on both parts. Constant exposure to the sun can cause hyperpigmentation.
It is funny how we spend so much time on our faces and easily forget our necks.
Do you know that the skin on your neck is one of the parts of your body that shows early signs of sun damage and aging?
How do you take care of your neck?
- Cleanse your neck just as much as you cleanse your face. It is easy for dirt to pile up on your neck.
- Moisturize your neck. When your neck is dry, it becomes prone to sun damage and aging.
- Exfoliate your neck to get rid of dead skin cells and brighten the skin around your neck.
- Apply sunscreen on your neck. This prevents the skin around your neck from getting dark and sun-damaged.
Tip: while applying those skincare products to your face during your routine, take a minute or two to extend them to your neck. That’s all you need to do. Take care of your neck as much as you care for your face.
These are body parts that we often ignore when taking care of our skin.
If you are guilty of this, you should stop immediately. These parts need the same attention you are giving to your face. Some of them even need more attention.
Try out the tips I gave above and let me know how they worked for you. Also, if you have any questions, leave a comment, and let’s talk.