Great Skin From Top to Toes
You’ll see—and feel—a big difference in just days!
Posted by Dana Ramos, author of the best-selling book: The Skin Regime; Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin. See below for purchasing info.
Most of us tend to show more skin in the warm months—can’t hide as much behind long sleeves and pants and scarves and gloves. I used to be a little self-conscious about wearing shorter sleeves because many years ago, I had little bumps on the back of my arms that never seemed to disappear—until I learned all about skincare and how to take care of almost all my skin problems myself.
If you have persistent bumps on the back of your arms or thighs (keratosis pilaris) or rough skin on your feet, knees or elbows, read on to learn how to get smooth from head to toe and keep it that way. You’ll see—and feel—a big difference in seven to 14 days.
Here’s the bottom line: You can use peels and other products you use on your face on other parts of your body, and usually, you can use them in stronger preparations because the skin on your elbows and knees, for instance, is a lot tougher than the skin on your face.
So let’s say you have little pimple-like bumps on the back of your arms and/or back of your thighs. First, get a good loofah, body scrub brush, or pair of scrubbing gloves (available in many drugstores or Bed Bath and Beyond stores). Give your troubled spots a good scrubbing to exfoliate and while you’re at it, go ahead and scrub all over every few days to remove dead skin; this will help prevent problems from occurring and keep your skin clean, exfoliated, smooth and soft. Personally, I love the inexpensive scrubbing gloves, most of the brands can be tossed in the washing machine after each use, too.
After you dry off, before your skin is totally dry, use a cream that is hydrating as well as exfoliating. Our 25% Triple Treat body lotion is perfect for treating KP. It will help to gently smooth the bumps and give your skin the hydration it so desperately needs.
Another option instead of applying acid daily, is performing a body peel. You can use a peel in a stronger preparation than you normally would for your face. If you use fairly strong facial peels, try stepping up to a real bump-buster, such as TCA 20% or a Glycolic 70%.
Follow the peel instructions just as if you were using the products on your face, which means washing the peel off and finishing with a moisturizer. A good one to compliment the bump-fighting routine is the L’il Ones Body Cream, with virgin shea butter and other natural ingredients that adults love as much as kids do.
Instead of using a peel for extra exfoliation—for instance, if you just want softer skin and to prevent bumps from occurring or reoccurring—scrub with the acne-fighting and exfoliating Glycolic and Lactic Body Wash all over your body (but avoid getting in your eyes or on your sensitive private parts.)
To really rid those bumps in the beginning, do the scrub and lotion routine every other evening for a couple of weeks; it will probably be too irritating to do every day. Use the peel you choose according to directions (usually every week). The bumps should disappear or improve dramatically after seven to 14 days! After a couple of weeks, to prevent recurrence, continue to scrub and apply moisturizer every four or five days and use a peel every four to six weeks. If you have used a very strong peel on the problem areas, you most likely can step down to a milder peel.
If you have very rough skin on your elbows and knees, you can treat those areas the same way unless you have callouses or extremely tough skin. If so, gently file callouses down with a pumice stone or a rough-grade nail file before applying a peel. Be careful not to over-file the skin; if you do, wait a few days for any irritation to subside before applying any of the suggested exfoliating products. In some cases, an isolated callous might respond so well to filing that you won’t need to use any peels—if so, great! Just be sure to massage in a lot of moisture to keep the skin soft and prevent re-occurrence of the callous.
But what if you not only have annoying bumps on your arms and legs—but also have extremely dry skin? This is not uncommon, in fact, those bumps often are caused not just by blocked pores, but as a reaction to dry, sensitive skin. In this case, follow the same scrubbing directions but finish up with something super-moisturizing. I like to mix some Emu Oil with Hyaluronic Acid. You might also like to check out this full range of terrific emu oil products at EmuOilCompany.com
Let us not forget keeping our hands and and feet looking great: It’s too hot to hide them with gloves and Uggs right now. Check out this blog post for the best mani-pedi hacks: https://www.platinumskincare.com/blog/best-manipe...
Where can I buy Dana's Book?
The Skin Regime; Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin, available as a Kindle download or Buy paperback to buy your paperback copy from Platinum Skin Care. You can also read the first chapter--FREE--by click here to read 1st chapter.
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