No matter who is – or isn’t – headed back to class in your household, everyone can benefit from a refresher course on skin care. Here are a few situations common to the season, complications that can crop up and how to solve them.
The Hazards of New Shoes
Blisters are one thing but constant pressure on your heel can cause a thick, hard layer of skin otherwise known as a callous to form. Make sure your shoes fit correctly and swap them out with another pair on alternate days until the new ones are broken in. Try using an exfoliating mask or cleansing scrub regularly to prevent calluses from forming. Regular use of a pumice stone can keep your feet looking pretty all year round!
Too Tight Ponytails
Little girls, big girls, even some long-haired men – it seems the ponytail’s popularity never wanes. Just make sure yours isn’t secured too tightly. The pull on your scalp from a too tight ponytail or braid can actually cause bald spots to form. The same can happen when you continually tug on your hair. So best to loosen up!
Sweating It Out
Whether you work up a sweat at after-school sports practice or running your daily mile, get in the habit of wearing a sweat-absorbing headband to prevent skin breakouts. When you perspire, small traces of hair products and natural sebum from your scalp can transfer to your skin, particularly your forehead and that can cause trouble.
Good Lunch, Bad Lunch
Every time you pack a lunch or make selections at the cafeteria or take-out place, remember your good health and consequently the appearance of your skin is at stake. So stick to a low-fat, fruit and vegetable-rich diet providing essential amounts of protein. Your healthy body and glowing skin will thank you.
The Proper Supplies
Notebooks, pencils, backpacks – it’s important to have the right stuff! The same applies to skin care products. Is your skin dry, oily or a combination of the two? Seek out products that match your particular skin type. Troubled by acne breakouts? Look for non-comedogenic products that are less likely to cause blackheads and whiteheads to form. Remember, just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean you should skip moisturizing. And as always, include a broad spectrum sun screen with an SPF of at least 15 in your arsenal of supplies and apply it daily!