A natural skin care regime is essential to maintaining your health.
HOW THE SKIN WORKS
The skin acts as a barrier to protect our body from the environment. It also regulates temperature and detects and fights off infections. It’s made up of an outer layer, the epidermis, and a layer of soft tissue underneath called the dermis.
YOUR SKIN IS YOUR LARGEST ORGAN
Did you know your skin is the biggest and one of the most complex organs of the body. And just like your heart, stomach, and brain, you need to take special care of it.
Your skin is a living organ that constantly regenerates itself. The outer layer, called the epidermis, consists of a protective layer of skin cells that continually shed and give way to new cells. Below the epidermis is the dermis layer that produces the oil and collagen, which gives your skin support, elasticity, and shine.
HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR SKIN – NATURAL SKIN CARE
Your skin works hard to keep you healthy, so you need to take care of it. Here are some tips to help you keep your skin looking and feeling good.
…gently does it
The first step in natural skin care is to make sure you clean you skin without stripping it. Make sure you use gentle cleansers that do not strip your skin of its natural oils. Wash with warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores, and gently apply your cleanser in soft, circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with cool water to close the pores.
When taking a shower or bath, make sure that the water isn’t too hot as this can lead to dry, itchy skin as well (depending on your skin type).
Keeping your skin, and especially your hands clean, helps stop the spread of germs to other parts of your body.
…deeply penetrating natural oils
For healthier, younger-looking skin, without exposure to chemicals, toxins or harsh treatments, consider adding natural oils to your skin care routine. Natural oils, rich in vitamins, omegas and anti-oxidants are in-fact ideal to keep your skin healthy.
Yes, it turns out the skin care ingredient we’ve feared most of our lives, oil, can actually transform our skin. As we age, we produce less of the oils that give our skin a healthy glow.
By adding nourishing natural oils into your skin care routine you can help reverse the signs of ageing and help your skin retain moisture.
…what about acne
Scrubs, harsh soaps and other drastic treatments, normally recommended for acne, can strip off your topmost skin layer and eliminate the protection your skin needs.
This often aggravates acne as your skin then produces more oil (sebum) to try and restore this protective layer.
Applying natural oils like Grape Seed and Rose Hip Oil can alleviate breakouts by re-stabilizing the skin barrier. Importantly natural oils (or lipids) dissolve lipids, and in so doing they break up congestion and therefore actually help improve clogged pores.
Do you know beauty trendsetters like Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Stone are using natural oils in their beauty routine?
Make sure the products you choose use only natural oils in their formulations … not liquid paraffin (mineral oil). Liquid paraffin is derived from the petroleum industry, can lead to clogged pores, and does not contain any nutrients.
…hydrate & enhance your skin barrier function
If you have dry skin, you should cover yourself with a rich moisturiser on a daily basis. It is particularly important to do so immediately after you shower, bathe or wash your hands, while your skin is still damp.
However, don’t be too quick to grab the first bottle you see. As not all moisturisers are the same.
Opt for a moisturiser that is rich and nourishing and contains natural oils and waxes. These will help protect the skin and prevent water loss.
Look out for products that use beeswax, which is excellent for barrier protection and has healing properties.
Frequent hand washing can often lead to dry skin. Keep your moisturiser next to the basin so it is within reach each time you wash your hands.
Avoid using moisturisers, which contain petroleum products, dyes, fragrance allergens, and other possible irritants.
…protect yourself from premature ageing
There are a number of things that determine how quickly our skin ages, including genetic factors such as your natural skin type, environmental factors such as exposure to sunlight, and external factors such as whether or not you smoke.
Follow these steps so your skin looks healthy for longer.
Protecting your skin from the sun’s rays prevents sunburn, helps prevent wrinkles, and can decrease the risk of skin cancer.
So sunscreen is one product that everyone, regardless of their skin colour, needs.
Make sure you use a sunscreen that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays and has sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
Many people do not apply enough sunscreen. Reapply sunscreen regularly throughout the day and after swimming.
Try not to go in the sun between 11am and 3pm, or cover up with clothing, hat and sunglasses.
…maintain a healthy lifestyle
Your skin reflects your general health. To keep it in good condition, you need a healthy balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and veg, regular exercise, enough sleep, and plenty of water. Supplement your diet, especially in times of stress, with a good multivitamin.
Water is essential for radiant, healthy skin. Drinking water moisturises your skin from the inside out, keeping it smooth and delicate.
Regular exercise is a great outlet for stress and leaves the skin looking and feeling vibrant.
Catch up on your beauty sleep! Get at least eight hours of sleep a night to help delay the effects of ageing, aid cell regeneration, restore and rejuvenate the skin and energise your body.
Never sleep in your make-up as this can lead to blocked pores, sore eyes and acne breakouts.
If you have a fair complexion take extra care. Darker skins generally have more pigment and lipids and show the effects of ageing less.
Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes can dull the complexion, by narrowing the blood vessels and damage the quality of the skin.
Treat skin infections……
Most people will develop some kind of skin condition at some time in their life. Whether you suffer with a rash, itchy skin, skin fungus or infection, talk to your doctor or dermatologist because there’s treatment available.
Our 100% Pure Eucalyptus oil is a powerful anti-microbial, which means it has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.
Put a few drops into your bath and let this pure essence soothe, decongest and protect you.