Tips On How To Keep Your Skin Looking And Feeling Healthy.
By David, Contributing Writer.
The human skin is a multi-layered organism caught in a state of perpetual regeneration. In fact, the entire outer surface of the human skin replaces itself monthly. When you think about the skin’s function, namely as a barrier to protect vital inner organs from harmful outside elements and as an essential cooling mechanism for the entire body, it’s easy to understand why the skin keeps itself as healthy as possible.
But what happens to all of that dead skin as the new skin comes in to take its place? Some of it sloughs off, but some remains, dulling the skin’s appearance and trapping the oils and fungus that feeds Tinea Versicolor (TV).
With that in mind, exfoliation takes on a new importance. Interestingly enough, the Scandinavian, European, and Asian cultures have long used exfoliation to keep their skin toned and beautiful. Perhaps it is the secret to maintaining their youthful appearance. Perhaps that youthful glow is part hereditary. Regardless, exfoliation can benefit each and every one of us, especially those who’d like to control Tinea Versicolor.
When we talk about exfoliating, we aren’t talking about those nylon substitutes you get with a bottle of popular body wash. We’re talking about exfoliating with a dry brush or exfoliating gloves. Even a simple washcloth and body scrub combination works wonders. Loofahs are popular, but they trap unhealthy bacteria that can actually harm the skin’s appearance, so it might be best to stay away from them.
The best time to exfoliate is in the morning as the skin is thought to repair itself while we sleep, but any other time is better than not at all. Most beauty experts agree that exfoliation should be done daily to weekly for the body, once or twice per week for your face.
The At-Home Body Scrub.
- Cleanse. In the shower, apply Terrasil Anti-Fungal Medicated Cleansing Bar to your skin and work in the moisturizer.
- Use a soft brush to brush from the feet upward, gently making short strokes for a few minutes.
- Rinse off.
- Scrub. Apply a body scrub to your entire body, massaging it in again for a few minutes. This is where your exfoliating gloves or washcloth will come in handy.
- Rinse off.
- Wash. Apply a salicylic acid body wash to your skin to remove oils, paying particular attention to those areas prone to Tinea Versicolor outbreaks. Massage into your skin by hand.
- Rinse off.
- Moisturize. Dry, moisturize, and you’re done!
A Few Tips for Exfoliating Your Face.
Exfoliating the face requires a gentle touch and a scrub with lighter granules, but the results will be worth it. Moisturizers will penetrate the skin better, makeup will smooth out better over your skin, and your face will glow with a healthier tone.
- Use a soft washcloth. (If you can afford a Clarisonic Skincare Brush, I hear they are wonderful exfoliators. Read the reviews!)
- Use an oil-free face scrub with finer granules, rubbing scrub circularly for about 30-40 seconds.
- Rinse with cool to warm water, not hot.
There you have it! Hope this helps keep the Tinea Versicolor away and your skin looking healthy, bright, and beautiful!