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Body Care Women

We often take it for granted. It is an integral part of our everyday lives in the form of a morning shower, the application of a deodorant and a nourishing body lotion. Taking care of one's body means taking care of oneself.

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But why is body care so important?

The skin surface of an adult human being averages 1.7 square meters, making it our largest organ. It is not only a sensory organ, but also serves as protection against harmful environmental influences and performs important tasks in metabolism and also in our heat regulation. Our skin is a very delicate, sensitive organ that should be well cared for. If you don't start taking care of your skin at a young age, you will definitely see the effects as you get older. To keep it healthy, plump and rosy for a long time, you should pay attention to it every day. Let's start with cleansing as an aspect of body care: Showering is definitely the most popular way of washing the body, a large part of the population (according to surveys) finds showers the most hygienic, compared to bathing.

Showers

Shower gel is more popular than the bar of soap. Women often prefer creamy, gentle care showers, while men often prefer their shower gel with a freshness kick: tingling and cooling, e.g. through essential additives such as menthol or mint. However, showering every day can unfortunately stress the skin's protective acid mantle. Especially for dry and sensitive skin, this can have negative consequences in the long run, since the natural protective acid mantle is supposed to protect the skin from external, negative influences. If you don't want to miss your daily shower, you should shower as briefly as possible and only with lukewarm water. Showering too hot causes the skin to lose moisture and important skin lipids, which are difficult to replenish. If possible, complete soaping and lathering should also be limited to every other day.

Dry skin

20-30% of all people have dry skin. When showering, use pH-neutral shower gels and be careful not to strip the skin of its moisture and oils. A body scrub should only be done every 3-4 weeks at the most for dry skin.

Sensitive skin

When showering, it is important to pay attention to the ingredients of the shower gel or shower cream. Surfactants, dyes and perfumes can often cause irritation, redness and/or itching, as the regeneration of the acid mantle is disturbed. The skin reacts extremely sensitively to external influences. To avoid burning and irritation, the skin should also be gently dabbed with a soft towel after the shower bath; strong rubbing would only stress the skin even more. Peelings and brush massages are unfortunately not suitable for this skin type.

Oily skin

Showering does not bother this skin type very much, because the skin fats are formed again relatively quickly. Nevertheless, even with oily skin, a mild, cleansing shower gel should be preferred, as harsh, aggressive agents can stimulate the skin to produce more oil.

Body Scurbs

Stimulating blood circulation in the skin and gently removing dead skin cells is not only good for a rosier, smoother complexion, but also for the immune system in general. In order not to irritate the skin unnecessarily, you have to choose the scrub smartly and match it to your own skin type. If you have sensitive skin, it is best not to use any scrub at all so as not to irritate the skin. A gentle cleansing is usually sufficient here. If you don't want to go without a scrub at all, however, you should definitely use a cream scrub with rounded particles. If you use coarse peelings that contain almond bran, sugar or salt, then you should only apply this to normal or oily skin. The exfoliant should be spread with gentle, circular movements, and then rinsed off well.

Body Brushing

Detox for the tissue: Body brushing, also known as dry brushing, is a growing trend in body care. Although mostly performed by women on problem areas such as thighs and abdomen, this gentle method of tissue detoxification not only does cellulite & Co. good, but also strengthens the immune system in general (so is also quite interesting for men). Regular dry brushing stimulates lymphatic flow and eliminates toxins/slag in the tissues more quickly. It makes the skin appear smooth and rosy and care substances of lotions and creams are absorbed more easily. Before showering or bathing: It is best to use a hand brush with natural bristles and massage with gentle circular movements towards the heart. Important: the brush is to be used only dry and replaced regularly. It is best to start at the ankles, then work your way down to the abdomen. Then it goes from the wrists towards the shoulders. Avoid sensitive areas of the body and only use on healthy, uninjured skin. Those who have sensitive skin or skin diseases as well as thyroid problems should refrain from brush massaging or ask a doctor for advice first.

Body lotion

An integral part of body care for many men and women is to apply a moisturizing lotion after showering. The demands are high: it should provide a lot of moisture, have a moisturizing effect, be absorbed immediately, not be sticky, smell good etc. The right ingredients play an important role! Parabens and kerosene, for example, should be avoided altogether. Glycerin, allantoin and hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, are readily seen on the ingredient list, due to their moisturizing properties. They leave the skin feeling soft and increase elasticity and resilience. Extra tip: spice up your body lotion with a fragrant body oil. Unfortunately, the scent of a body lotion fades very quickly. If you want to smell extra good for extra long, you can mix a few drops or splashes of scented body oil into the lotion. (This is unfortunately not suitable for sensitive skin types).

Deo
It's best to choose a ph-neutral deodorant that may also have a conditioning ingredient, such as vitamin E. Neutralizing body odor is always better than covering it up with lots of perfumes. Again, it is recommended to apply the product directly after showering.

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FAQ

How often can I use a scrub in the shower?

It depends on what type of skin you have. If you have dry skin, you should use a coarse peeling only about 1x a month. Cream peels with gentle peeling beads can be used every 3 weeks.

What's better: roll-on deodorant or spray?

A roll-on is much more economical than a deodorant spray. However, as the roll-on is in direct contact with the skin, the roll-on head should be wiped off more frequently for hygienic reasons, as occasionally skin flakes that have been removed may stick to it.

Do you have to apply body lotion every day?

This is, of course, up to each person. In general, it can be said that the skin is particularly receptive after showering and that care substances from a body lotion can be absorbed better into the skin. It is best to apply it when the skin is still slightly damp, as this is when the moisture is best locked in.

I have cellulite, can I massage my thighs with a normal body lotion?

Naturally, the tissue is better circulated through the massage and this promotes the detoxification process. Special anti-cellulite lotions often contain caffeine or algae extracts that have additional draining detoxification properties.

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