Realistic Skin Care

The cheek-to-cheek challenge

Have you ever thought about the difference between the texture of the skin on your face and the skin on your buttocks. As these photographs show there is a significant difference between the way the skin on the face ages compared to the skin on the buttocks. And the reason is simple. The skin on your face is exposed to environmental damage every single day from the day you are born – sun, pollution, cosmetics, bacteria, irritants. The skin on your buttocks however, is always protected by a layer of clothing.

The way you look after your skin plays an important role in how your skin ages. When cleansing the skin you remove make-up and dirt but you also remove the skin’s natural defence. The pH balance of the skin is altered and the natural layer of sebum is removed, making the skin look and feel taut and uncomfortable and leaving it vulnerable to bacteria and irritants that can cause infection. Restoring and replacing this natural defence by using a lotion, cream or oil not only alleviates that uncomfortable feeling but protects against infection.

There are 4 simple steps that form a realistic skin care routine:

  • 1. – remove make-up, excess oil, dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria and environmental pollution. This step  includes exfoliation.
  • 2.– cleansing alters the pH balance of the skin which is what protects it from bacteria that can cause  infection. By using a lotion, cream or oil based on your skin’s needs and your personal preference, the skin’s  pH balance can be restored.
  • 3.– cleansing also removes sebum, the skin’s natural oil which acts as a barrier to keep bacteria and  irritants out and prevents moisture evaporating. Again, with a lotion, cream or oil, this protective layer can be  replaced.
  • 4.– from photoageing, premature ageing from exposure to the sun. Avoid sun exposure, wear protective  clothing and as a last line of defence, use a sunscreen.


So it’s simple – keeping your skin clean and protected is the best line of defence against premature ageing.