TLC for Every Part of Your Body

TLC for Every Part of Your Body

Sometimes, just squeezing in a shower is all the “me time” you get in a day. But self-care has perhaps never been more important, and that includes giving every inch of our skin some TLC. Each part of our bodies is unique, and our approach to caring for them should be, too. With Ivory Gentle Deodorant and a few simple tips, you can give these often overlooked spots their time in the skincare spotlight.

Underarms: When you’re thinking about self-care, your underarms may not be the first spot that comes to mind. This area is especially sensitive, though, and prone to things like razor burn, ingrown hairs, and irritation. Products that are gentle on skin, like dermatologist-tested Ivory deodorant, can make all the difference. It’s safe for all skin types and made with the good stuff, like naturally derived Dead Sea salt for 24-hour odor protection, and without aluminum, talc, baking soda, dyes, parabens, and phthalates.

Neck + Décolletage: Even those who keep up with a regular skincare routine often neglect these nearby areas. And if you spend time in the sun, these spots could be prime candidates for sun damage like melasma and hyperpigmentation—even if you don’t notice a burn right away. The good news is you can generally use your facial products to moisturize and protect the neck and chest, too.

Back of Arms + Legs: When it comes to these areas of our body, the usual thinking is “out of sight, out of mind.” But things like dry skin, ingrown hairs, and keratosis pilaris (a.k.a. small bumps that resemble acne) are just as—if not more—likely in these places. To get ahead of them, the key is not to rush: When cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing, be sure to pay a little extra attention to the back of your bod, too.

Elbows + Knees: If these areas are trouble spots for you, you’re not alone: They tend to get dry and cracked, particularly in the winter. Luckily, you can address that dryness with a couple of things you likely already have on hand. Start by applying a bit of cocoa butter or coconut oil after showering to seal in moisture, and reapply as needed whenever skin is feeling parched.

Soles of the Feet: At the end of a long day on your feet, you can feel it. Your soles are chock-full of nerve endings, and the bottoms of your feet are prone to tight muscles and tension. All the more reason to give yourself a much-needed foot massage—ideally paired with a bubble bath and a good book, if you can swing the extra few minutes to yourself!

This article was originally posted on Parents.com.