Simple Summer Guide to Healthy Skin
Okay ladies, it’s almost summer and let’s just say that #hotgirlsummer #aintgonnahappen
I think we can all agree that we are all fabulous and drop dead gorgeous the way we are. So, how about a new challenge?! A challenge that will make us feel alive inside and show from the outside. A challenge that will have lasting effects and bring out that free girl we have been missing... How about: #healthyskinsummer?!
Although it can be fun and effective, there are so many ways beyond skincare products that can help you get clear skin. This is why we believe healthy skin starts with habits. We also understand that old habits can be hard to break so think of it like this: out with the old, in with the new - goodbye habits of old, hello habits of new… you get the point.
How do I know which habits will help my skin?
Before we get into that, let’s tackle the ‘healthy skin’ misconceptions you may have:
1. No matter what products you use, how simple the routine is or what habits you pick up, healthy skin will NEVER come instantly. DISCLAIMER: it takes consistency and patience... an abundance of patience!
2. When adopting new habits, we need to be kind to ourselves and take it one step at a time.
3. Expensive products don't always mean effective and safe. Just as much as natural, healthy, and quality products don’t always mean expensive!
4. Healthy skin IS NOT flawless skin. It’s sooo much more than that. Healthy skin is a mirror of a healthy body...
So, what does having healthy skin look like then?
Well, answer me this: what are some characteristics of a healthy body?
That’s right, to fight injury and disease quickly. In fact, the skin is the body’s primary defense against foreign particles, microbes, and UV radiation - protection is its function. Basically, your skin has this same function, known in the skincare world as the skin's barrier function. When healthy, this barrier is strong and will resist any insults such as bacteria or sunburn, for example. When skin is unhealthy, it has a weak barrier function - that is, the skin will take longer to recover after encountering these insults.
We know a barrier function is healthy when the skin is less dry and more plump in its physical appearance - due to its ability to retain water. The more water it holds, the plumper it gets. This is why we LOVE the extra hydration that our ‘Younique Hydration Serum with Hyaluronic Acid’ provides.
A strong barrier function also means your skin is at its natural pH of 5.5. When the skin’s pH is sitting in this sweet spot, it creates the conditions for a strong acid mantle - a layer of sebum and sweat on skin (I know, sounds gross, but it’s our natural barrier), which fights against harmful germs and bacteria that can cause irritation and acne. When looking for skincare products, it is important to be aware of their pH levels, as products with too high of a pH will alter the skin’s natural pH level and its ability to heal itself.
All of our products are intricately formulated to ensure that your skin is protected and maintains it’s natural, healthy state.
Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let operation #healhtyskinsummer commence…
How do I know which habits will help my skin?
It may be a challenge but we recommend these simple habits that you can adopt to utilise in your everyday routine. Are you up for it:
1. Maintain a healthy diet
It is up to you what this looks like but we recommend including antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables into your diet. The vitamins within will enhance skin protection. Some examples are:
- Vitamin C - oranges, strawberries
- Vitamin E - avocados, spinach
- Beta carotene - carrots, sweet potatoes
As they may be linked to acne, ease up on fast food options that have a high glycaemic index (GI).
2. Wash your pillow case regularly
Even if you wash your face right before bed, it is recommended to get into the habit of washing your pillow case anywhere from every few days to daily. If you are prone to acne, it is better to wash it more often.
3. Drink water
Drinking water keeps your body hydrated and refreshed and helps maintain your skin's elasticity. The more water you drink, the less likely you are to suffer from scars, wrinkles, and soft lines and won't show as many signs of aging as those who drink little amounts of water.
According to the ‘Better Health Channel’ (via Department of Health, VIC Government, Australia), Women should be drinking about two litres (eight cups) of fluids a day, and men about 2.6 litres (10 cups).
4. Choose clean skincare and read the label!
Natural products will always be good for the environment and free of nasties such as parabens, high pH levels, artificial fragrance/parfum, sulfates, etc. These products are harsh on your skin and strip your skin of its natural goodness. So, make sure you are reading the labels of products before purchasing them and avoid these harsh ingredients. But do be mindful of greenwashing. Greenwashing is a term used in the natural skincare industry to describe the use of clever marketing strategies to mislead people into believing they are buying all natural and/or organic products. Not all products that claim to be "Organic" or "Natural" are fully organic or natural. Currently regulations allow for companies to label their ingredients as "Natural" or "Organic" if 1% of the ingredient is natural or organic, therefore a very small percentage of the product you purchase could be natural or organic, not the whole product. We use 100% natural and/or certified organic ingredients.
5. Be consistent with your skincare routine and don't skip steps
Keep on top of your routine at least before bed. Different steps play different roles that are just as important as each other. One step will not be as efficient without the other. For example, if you're going to cleanse, your skin becomes more sensitive so you then need to use a toner to prep your skin and reset it to the normal condition for the next skin care steps. I know, it’s a lot but really, it’s simpler than it sounds.
We recommend this routine in this order:
- Oil Cleanser (in the shower or out to remove makeup)
- Use in conjunction with a face halo to remove makeup or any other insults such as bacteria
- Cleansing Lotion (also in the shower if preferred)
- Also use in conjunction with a face halo to remove buildup of dirt, bacteria, pollutants and old skin cells to give your skin a fresh look and prepare your skin so other products have the best chance for penetrating the skin. Also, helps boost hydration and manage pH levels.
- Resets your skin from the sensitivity caused by cleanser, removes excess makeup and instantly hydrates
- Brings immediate hydration to the skin and retains water to enhance the skin's elasticity
- Targets specific skin concerns and holds in the hydration longer from the previous hydration step.
6. Avoid over-exfoliation
Exfoliating too much or too hard can cause your skin to be very dry and can strip your skin of it’s natural goodness. It is important to only exfoliate once a week at max.
To exfoliate, we recommend using a gentle face brush designed for exfoliating, used with our oil cleanser to give it just the right amount of exfoliation - removing dead skin cells that may end up blocking pores and can make your skin look dull.
7. Get enough sleep
The results of poor sleep for your skin can include:
- skin that ages faster
- skin that doesn’t recover as well from environmental stressors like sun exposure
- less satisfaction with your skin quality
You should average seven to nine hours of sleep.
8. Manage your stress
If you’re concerned about breakouts, make sure you manage your stress and remember that breakouts can evolve from hormones. A hormone released during stress, called cortisol, can increase the amount of oil your skin produces - this oil is called sebum. Although sebum is naturally produced in small amounts within your body, when you produce too much, it can create the perfect condition for acne by clogging pores and creating a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria to grow.
Take deep breaths, listen to your favourite tunes and remember YOU GOT THIS. There’s no need to stress!
If this does occur though, 100% natural skincare products like ours are perfect for balancing out the skin's sebum production - in other words, bye bye breakouts!
Most of all, remember that your skin is unique! Our goal should not be clear or flawless skin, it should be healthy skin. You don’t have to look young or perfect to have healthy skin. You can have wrinkles, sagging, pimples, blackheads, dark spots, dark circles, puffy eyes, and STILL have healthy skin. All of those imperfections are normal outcomes of aging or genetic characteristics. Healthy skin is more about how well the invisible machinery inside your skin is running. And by maintaining these habits, you can ensure that your skin remains healthy and will stay that way!