The Secret Life of Beautiful Skin
Beauty is skin deep but boy oh boy, the importance of healthy, functioning skin cannot be overemphasized. When your skin looks great, you feel great and more loving towards yourself. You are confident and your most authentic self shines through. When you are fighting a breakout or hyperpigmentation, it can feed the constant unhealthy stress loop of not feeling content with your appearance and how you present yourself to the world. Beautiful skin isn’t perfect skin, it’s about obtaining your most beautiful glow for your authentic self. We are serious about skin health and want to share how to set your way to healthy skin. That is, the secret life of beautiful skin.
A Quick View of the Secret Life of Skin
Skin is the largest organ in the body and a clear indicator of overall health. It acts as a physical barrier against various bacteria, parasites, germs and fungi from entering your body and bloodstream. When functioning optimally, skin keeps healthy fluids in, keeps harmful microbes out and regulates temperature. The outer layer of skin, the epidermis, is continually making and shedding skin cells, replacing up to 40,000 cells every hour! (1) Although it does sound a tad disgusting, this continuous cycle of creating and shedding cells protects skin from a plethora of diseases and infections, while keeping it looking amazing.
How your skin looks is correlated with underlying health.
Skin irregularities, such as redness, dryness, irritation or acne, means your skin might not be functioning at its best and you may need to change things up.
Here are a few secrets that people with beautiful skin swear by:
Hydration is crucial to overall health and bodily functions, as well as healthy skin. (2) Just as skin needs topical moisture, drinking enough water is also needed for it to function properly.
Adult humans are 60 percent water, and our blood is 90 percent water. (2)
Drinking enough water has so many benefits for skin:
- Helps prevent acne and clogged pores (see ya later toxins!)
- Increased hydration in skin
- Maintains proper pH balance in skin
- Reduces wrinkles
- Improved skin elasticity, reduce wrinkles
- Reduces puffiness
Generally, adults should drink between 5 and 8 glasses of water every day, and even more if needed. Always make sure you are drinking at least six glasses a day to stay hydrated and healthy. (3)
Exercise and dietary factors, like caffeine, can increase the body’s need for more water than the suggested amount.
Cell-ebrate balanced skin microbiome
Most of us have heard of probiotics for gut health but did you know it is also important to nurture the good bacteria in your skin? Skin has its own unique and complex ecosystem of organisms, bacteria, viruses and fungi, which becomes highly vulnerable to environmental and immune influences if unbalanced. Changes to microbiome can make skin suspectable to acne, infection and disease.
Maintaining the delicate balance of skin microbiome is the key to maintaining not only our health but for glowing skin. How do we do this?
- Avoid harsh cleansers that strip skin of natural oils.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
- Cut the steamy showers!
- Adding topical skincare with prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics.
- Rebalance microbiome from within.
- Eating high-fiber foods
- Eating probiotic-rich foods
- Staying hydrated
- Regular exercise,
- Get out in nature.
Vitamin C is legendary for anti-aging and does wonders for skin. A very potent antioxidant, Vitamin C brightens dark spots, boosts collagen production and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. Using a Vitamin C serum every day provides skin with antioxidant protection against free radicals (aka toxins) that come in contact with your skin on a daily basis.
Use a Vitamin C Serum
Not all Vitamin C is created equal. L-Ascorbic Acid is the most researched and most active derivative of Vitamin C. Unfortunately, it is also the most unstable, so make sure the packaging is opaque to avoid oxidation. It is recommended to store serums containing L-Ascorbic acid in the fridge to prolong its shelf life. Avoid high concentrations (ie 20%) of L-Ascorbic Acid as these can irritate skin,cause breakouts and have diminishing returns.
If L-Ascorbic Acid is too harsh for your skin, there are many other forms of Vitamin C to explore, which can be offered in higher concentrations (ie 20%) and very beneficial to skin.
Green Tea is your skin’s bes-tea!
One of nature’s top superfoods, green tea is known for its anti-aging, antioxidant and inflammatory properties. This superstar botanical is made from unoxidized Camellia Sinensis leaves & buds, and has developed a creditable reputation for its impressive health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure, improving brain function and weight loss.
Green tea is more than just an afternoon sipper. Many studies have shown that applying green tea topically to skin also a very effective treatment for many skin conditions.
Some benefits of green tea in skincare:
- Superior DNA repair by repairing DNA damage and antioxidant protection from further damage.
- Improved texture, due to its Vitamin A content.
- Calming and soothing redness, damaged or inflamed skin.
- Rich in a polyphenol that has been shown to improve acne and oily skin.
- Contains Vitamin C, which brightens the skin.
- Anti-aging, firming and tightening abilities with high content of vitamins, including B2.
- Reduced puffiness, dryness and superficial lines.
Looking for skincare that contains green tea?
Makeup Remover | Euphrasia – Natural Makeup Remover
Cleanser | Sublime – Cool Lime Gel Cleanser
Toner | Pansy – Wild Herbaceous Anti-aging Toner
Eye Repair | EYE SEA – Eye Hydrogel
Moisture Treatment | Skinny Dip – Hydation Mask
Aloe You Vera Much
Aloe is so much more than your sunburn rescue and so important to keeping skin looking youthful and radiant. Rich in glycoproteins and polysaccharides, this natural plant is an anti-aging powerhouse with capabilities ranging from reduced hyperpigmentation, acne, psoriasis, soothe irritation and redness.
Active components with its properties: Aloe vera contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids. (4)
Aloe has some serious healing and anti-inflammatory properties that are crucial to skin health. It also protects skin from ultraviolet radiation, decreasing photodamage, increasing collagen production and containing anti-inflammatory compounds paramount for skin healing. Aloe is a must if you suffer from any skin conditions, like dryness, irritation, sunburn or puffiness.
Some aloe infused products we love:
PommeSeed – Ultra Sensitive Skin Cooling Mask
Soothie – Sensitive Skin Calming Serum
Sassy Banana – Enzyme Resurfacing Mask
Cherry Wiild – Glycolic Acid Treatment
Treat Yourself to Facials
Who doesn’t love getting a facial? Not only is it relaxing and rejuvenating for your mind and body, it is also great for skin! Even if you don’t have skin concerns, like acne or hyperpigmentation, having a professional pamper your skin can help keep it healthy and free of issues.
Facials boost cell regeneration, detox skin from accumulation of toxins, improve blood circulation, exfoliate and unclog pores, and stimulate collagen production.
Aim for a facial at least once a month.
Don’t forget to Mist!
No, not just water. We are talking a nourishing, replenishing mist that delivers minerals and vitamins into skin and preps skin for enhanced skincare absorption.
Mist to Prep Skin
When applying a serum or moisturizer after giving skin a generous spritz, it creates an emulsifier that delivers the oils and water together to be accepted by skin’s hydrophilic and lipophilic cells.
Remineralization and Hydration
Stagnant office air at 4 pm?
Dull skin after a day outside?
Dry skin lacks more than just moisture and needs a humectant, such as glycerin, so it can draw in and hold onto moisture. Rain, our mineral mist, is infused with algae, sea minerals and glycerin to soften and remineralize skin for an instant, healthy glow.
Beauty is at the core of our utmost desires. We strive for fulfillment through beauty. Obviously, that beauty can look different in various cultures and eras. But the very longing for beauty is a constant. It unites us.
– Tobias Hürter, Philosopher
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(1) How Much Skin Do We Shed in a Day? Reference.
(2) Fifteen benefits of drinking water. Medical News Today.
(3) 7 Ways Drinking Water Helps Improve Skin. Pure Luxe Medical.
(4) ALOE VERA: A SHORT REVIEW. A. Surjushe et al. PubMed.
(5) Green Tea for Your Skin. Scott Frothingham. Healthline. Medically reviewed by Katherine Marengo LDN, R.D.
(6) Double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial of green tea extracts in the clinical and histologic appearance of photoaging skin. PubMed. Annie E Chiu et al.
(7) The use of green tea extract in cosmetic formulations: not only an antioxidant active ingredient. M. Gianeti et al. PubMed.
(8) 10 Benefits of Green Tea | Why You Should Drink it Every Day! A Sweet Pea Chef.
(9) Skin photoprotection by green tea: antioxidant and immunomodulatory effects. PubMed. S. Katiyar
(10) Green tea prevents non-melanoma skin cancer by enhancing DNA repair. PubMed. S. Katiyar
(11) The skin microbiome: impact of modern environments on skin ecology, barrier integrity, and systemic immune programming. S. Prescott et al. BMC.