Personal Care series – Skin care 9 December 2021 – Posted in: General
We all have it. Every human being. Man, or woman, boy, or girl. . It is with us, come; sun, rain, sleet or snow. Musicians from MJ to Wizkid have waxed lyrical about it. Where its black or white or brown skinned – it’s a pretty big deal!
The skin is the largest organ in (or is it on) our body and makes up about 15% of your body weight. There are three layers which are; the epidermis- the part we can see, the dermis – where hair roots are embedded in, also your sweat glands, and lastly the subcutis- where fat and large blood vessels are.
For the sake of this post we’ll be focusing on how to care for the epidermis.
The epidermis is basically the canvas where everything is shown. If any organ embodied “we outside” – it’s the skin. Colour, acne, hair texture, heat, cold, it’s all seen on the skin.
We all hate to sweat, but it is natural and necessary! Also, sweat on its own doesn’t smell, it is the bacteria on your skin that breaks down the protein molecules contained in your sweat and produces the sweaty smell we’re all familiar with.
And yet, people don’t take bathing at least once daily seriously. We can’t have that now, knowing what we know, can we? Some weeks ago, without being under duress, some Hollywood celebrities broke the internet by disclosing how infrequently they bath. The reactions across board from different parts of the world, were revealing is all I’m willing to say.
Good skin care practices
So, what do you typically need for a good bath? Firstly: a good body wash. Whatever form they come in, whether as a bar soap or liquid form, a good body wash or soap shouldn’t be drying or strip your skin of oils that it needs to stay supple. The One Basket liquid black soap, for example, is just what you need. It cleans without stripping or drying out your skin. Click this link to make a purchase (or 10).
Next, you need one of the following; loofah, sponge, washcloth. They come in different styles and colours. Choose what makes you most comfortable. They need not be hard or tough to get the job done. This will help you scrub away dead skin cells, bacteria and whatever else your skin has been exposed to. We also recommend washing with a sponge/loofah/washcloth at night. While in the morning, just your hands and soap is good enough since you’re indoors and not exposed to the elements while you’re asleep.
An important part of skin care is exfoliation. On an average, no matter your skin type, it is recommended you exfoliate once a week. There are two different types of exfoliation. Chemical and physical exfoliation. The One Basket sugar scrub is a great way to physically exfoliate. Slough away those dead skin cells, revealing new radiant skin. Don’t forget to scrub in between your toes too.
Climate plays a role in how much we sweat. In a country like Nigeria when the weather is mostly humid, we tend to run hot and our bodies in a bid to cool us down, produce more sweat. More sweat means bacteria working overtime which means the likelihood of having an odour, happens. Hair traps sweat and dirt, especially in the groin and armpits. To prevent odour, trimming/shaving these areas is really important. As is using a deodorant or antiperspirant. Two areas of the body that trap dirt and sweat and people forget to clean are the belly button(navel) and earlobes. To clean your belly button effectively, use Q-tips (cotton buds) dipped in methylated spirit to clean it out. You’ll be surprised by the unwanted smelly treasures you’ll find.
I hope you learned something new from this blog post. Leave a comment below on what tip you’ll be adopting and share with us how you care for your skin.