In time for Valentine’s Day, this week’s post is all about love! Don’t worry if you are single though, as I’m talking about falling in love with your skin. The skin is our largest organ in the body, and there are many reasons we should show it some love; it protects us, helps keep us warm or cool and even makes essential vitamins for us. Your skin does a lot for you and deserves to be loved and looked after in return!
One of the keys to true and lasting love is understanding and by understanding how your skin works you can love it better. Your skin is comprised of three layers; the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous layer. The top layer, the epidermis protects us against damage from the outside environment, including the weather and UV rays. One of the best ways to help your epidermis is therefore to limit exposure to the sun and wear UV protection all year round.
Upping your intake of protective antioxidants is another important measure you can take. Plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables and your daily Beauty & Go with MacroAntioxidants® is the best way to get your antioxidant hit. Beauty & Go Winter Skin Protector contains additional ingredients to protect against the elements at this time of year. Click here to find out more.
Keep her happy
The cells of the epidermis layer are continually being shed and replaced by new ones. Sometimes however, the old dead cells can hang around for too long, making skin look dry and dull and clogging pores, which can cause breakouts. Exfoliation will help get rid of these old skin cells, so they can be replaced by new ones revealing radiant skin underneath. Many exfoliating products are harsh on skin though, so try this homemade scrub for a natural glow.
Oatmeal is a very gentle exfoliant, less abrasive than salt or sugar, making it perfect for sensitive skin and regular use. If you need a more thorough exfoliation from time to time, you can add a teaspoon of baking powder to the scrub. Raw honey adds antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, to help clear up breakouts. Papaya contains natural fruit enzymes, which break down and digest dead skin cells, while coconut oil moisturises.
Natural Face Scrub
1 tbsp oatmeal
1 tsp raw honey
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 small cube of ripe papaya
Mash the papaya thoroughly and mix in a small bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Apply a thick layer all over the face. Leave to work for 10-15 minutes, then massage the scrub into your face with gentle circular motions for 5 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
Nourish her with good food
Every 28 days your skin completely replaces itself and your body makes the new skin cells from the food you eat, so your diet determines the health and condition of your skin. Eating a balanced diet based on wholefoods and skin-feeding nutrients is therefore one of the best ways to achieve good skin. The skin can also be thought of as a mirror, reflecting what is going on inside your body to you on the outside. A balanced diet, high in fruit and vegetables, essential fats from nuts, seeds, fish and avocados, wholegrains, plenty of water and minimal processed foods is the bedrock of good skin (and overall health!). Adding some specific skin-feeding nutrients will also help and Beauty & Go have this sorted!
Collagen is one of the most effective bioactive ingredients for improving skin condition. It is found in the dermis or middle layer of our skin where it provides structure, firmness and elasticity. Unfortunately, levels naturally decline as we age and in response to things like stress and poor diet. Replacing some of this lost collagen has been scientifically proven to improve skin condition and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Including 1 daily Beauty & Go drink is a convenient and delicious way to achieve this. It is also important to consume plenty of good quality protein and vitamin C, which are both needed for the body to manufacture collagen. Berries, peppers, kiwi fruit, spinach, broccoli, citrus fruits, tomatoes, guavas and peas are especially high in vitamin C, but all fruit and veg are great.
Love, love, love!
When we fall in love the hormone oxytocin is produced and it is believed to reduce inflammation and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol – both of which are great news for skin condition. Stress on the other hand, actually leads to collagen degradation and premature ageing of the skin. Love yourself and your skin by practicing stress reduction techniques and incorporating things that bring you peace, happiness and joy into your daily routine. Click here for help with this. Oxytocin release can be triggered by stroking your favourite pet, cuddling a baby or a hug from your Mum, partner or best friend. Practicing daily gratitude exercises, where you say thank you for the things you are grateful for in your life, is also thought to trigger the release of feel-good hormones.
Love and nourish your skin by applying this natural facemask.
Turmeric Face mask
I learned this facemask recipe in India, where turmeric is not just used commonly in food but also as a beauty ingredient due to its amazing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Indian ladies have been using turmeric on their skin for centuries to improve skin condition and reduce wrinkles. You can apply this mask right up under the eye area, as it can also help reduce dark circles. The yoghurt and honey are both antibacterial and yoghurt is extremely nourishing and softening.
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp raw honey
1 tsp live natural yoghurt
Apply all over the face and leave on for about 20 minutes until completely dry. Wash off with warm water and apply moisturiser straight away.