Protect your Skin from the Sun’s Darkening Affects
There is a large misunderstanding present in the minds of many who believe that certain lotions darken our skin. The truth is that these people are looking at the wrong source; it isn’t the lotions making our complexions darker, but rather the sun. Sunlight increases the amount of colour present in our skin, so by using sunblock, you aren’t only keeping your skin hydrated and safe, you are also preventing it from darkening.
It is also important to remember that all of the different parts of our bodies need to be cared for differently, because the sun doesn’t treat them all the same way. Have a look below at our recommended methods on how you can care for the different parts of your body, keeping them healthy, hydrated and protected from the sun’s harsh and darkening rays.
1) YOUR ELBOWS
They are one of your most used and exposed body parts. Elbows bend, lean and prop you up constantly throughout the day. All of this motion contributes to thick and dry skin that can become damaged and discoloured. To heal the damage, first give the skin a light cleansing, exfoliate with sugar, then moisturize as part of a body care routine.
2) YOUR FEET
The skin on your feet is naturally drier than anywhere else on your body. It has no oil glands, so it uses sweat glands to provide necessary moisture.Because bare feet are exposed to a variety of surfaces, protecting and moisturizing the skin on your feet is important.
3) YOUR HANDS
Our hands are always exposed and we use them to perform many daily tasks. Hand skin is very thin, thinner than the skin on our faces, and it is one of the first body parts to reveal signs of aging. Dry environments play a large role, but frequent hand-washing (especially with hot water) will also weaken your skin’s protective layer and reduce its ability to remain moist.
4) YOUR KNEES
Like your elbows, your knees bend constantly and are often exposed to the air (depending on the season). The skin on your knees is strong but it’s often affected by the same dryness, damage and discolouration that affect elbows. Be sure to moisturize.
When it comes to skin health, it is important to remember that we should not play favorites with the various parts of our bodies, like our faces and hands. We should try our hardest to care for our entire bodies.