“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare,” says American writer, feminist and civil rights activist Audre Lorde while explaining self-care's impact on life.
In most cases, self-awareness begins during adolescence. As time goes on, both age and the pressure of responsibility increase, people no longer get enough time to think about how important it is to take care of themselves! But is it really something to ignore?
"I've had a problem since I was in university, there would be white spots on my skin, and it would heal automatically. One day, on the advice of an acquaintance, I bought hypo from a photographic studio and started applying on skin mixing it with lemon juice. Although it started to reduce the spots temporarily, later left such a bad reaction on my skin that some of the spots became permanent.” Dr Md Shahidul Islam, chief scientific officer of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute was speaking. “In fact, in our time, taking care of skin was just a concern for young girls. It was not in practice to think separately about the skin, maybe that's why I could set an example of such ignorance. Later, when my daughter faced a similar skin problem, I took her to a doctor, and the doctor told me that this hypo is very dangerous for the skin.” It has not been found when or how it was started to apply hypo for such temporary white spots. Although many people know about this wrong treatment, they do not know about its harmful aspects.
At this stage, it is noted that the issues of skincare and skin treatment are not exactly the same. Skin treatment is a must or something we mandatorily need. Where skin treatment is mandatory under the guidance of a certified doctor, skincare can be done at home just by understanding your own skin type.
There is no substitute for skincare to keep the skin youthful. It not only keeps the skin healthy but also prevents various skin diseases. With age, skin cells turn over more slowly and the skin loses its lustre. A quality skincare line helps remove dead skin cells from your body and replaces them with new youthful skin. When a person's skin looks beautiful, the impression of confidence in his personality increases a lot. They can express themselves boldly.
“In the past, beauty products only promoted fair skin. Criticism of racism then grew, and as the harmful aspects of skin whitening products came to the fore, their marketing strategy is changed and they began promoting tight and young-looking skin," said freelance photographer Papia Islam. She added that Korean skin products are at the top of the market demand in this changing priority.
Now a question may arise as to why it is important to use skin products. As the need for nutritious food is to keep the body healthy, it is important to use good skincare products to keep the skin healthy. The need for skincare to protect the skin from the effects of pollution and climate change has also increased. Conscious people are beginning to realise that sunscreen is not a luxury; it is also a very important requirement.
There are a variety of skin products available on the market, all of them are not going to suit your skin. You need to know which product is suitable for your skin, and you need to know the time and frequency of use of that product. For example, cleansers, toners, moisturisers, exfoliators, sunscreens are now familiar names. Many also use those regularly. But a large portion of the users do not know that sunscreen loses its activity after 2 hours and then re-application is required. Exfoliators should not be used more than once or twice a week. Moisturiser should be applied after cleaning the face with a cleanser. Many people are facing more problems even when using skin products due to not knowing the proper use.
Even today, in the eyes of many conventional health-conscious people, 'skin care’ is something very fancy or a name of luxury, or absolutely unnecessary. They are not aware that healthy skin is an integral part of good health. So, it is very important for both men and women to take care of their skin to keep it healthy. It’s not just running after conventional beauty, but it keeps your skin looking cheerful, it helps you stay healthy.