While your skin’s colour and texture may be different to your best friends, your everyday skin care needs are both the same. Your skin is there to protect your body from the outside world, acting as a waterproof layer that allows your body to move freely. It also protects against harmful environmental damage such as UV rays and dangerous chemicals. Not only that, but it’s packed with sensors to help you connect with what’s around you. It’s pretty amazing really! As you age, these layers naturally start to degenerate. Slowly loosing their natural functions, showing the changes we associate with ageing. With modern technology we’re able to determine what is actually changing. Allowing us to find ways to avoid, improve and reverse the ageing process. Below are the basic foundations of skin care, and why they’re so important!
How Does Your Skin Work?
Skin itself is made up of three distinct layers, the outer layer is the Epidermis. This is the tough protective layer that constantly grows outwards and flakes off as the cells naturally die off. This is then bonded to the Dermis, the deeper layer below. This layer gives your skin the strength and elasticity, thanks to Collagen and Elastin. There are also blood vessels and nerve fibres that assist your temperature regulation as well as what you feel. Not only this but the hair follicles and glands are housed in the Dermis, allowing sweat to be released. Following this is the Subcutaneous layer. This layer includes the fat that acts as a protective layer and fuel reserve, as well as giving our body it’s shape.
Why Does Ageing Occur?
As you age, your outermost layer, the Epidermis, will have a build up of dead skin, as well as showing pigmentation issues. Naturally created by Melanin, brown spots form as your skin fights the damaging UV rays. You’ll also find your Collagen decreases as you age, leaving wrinkles across your most used (and abused) skin. The creases formed as you smile, laugh and frown. Unfortunately more is to come, with the decreasing of the fatty layer below, causing sagging in the skin.
While this might make you feel overwhelmed and distraught, never fear. There are numerous proven ways to reverse these changes. Our blog is full of information on a wide range of skin conditions you can improve. Let’s start today with a quick review of the basics that help your skin to function at its best.
Your Everyday Skin Care Needs Covered!
Your Everyday Skin Care Needs should look much like this;
- Cleanse – Remove dirt and impurities on the top layer of your skin, as well as the dead skin that inhibits it from functioning at it’s best. This includes a mask once a week to ensure your dead skin cells are removed. Check out our articles on cleansing, it’s actually pretty amazing what a decent cleanse can do for your skin in itself!
- Nourish – Antioxidants enhance and strengthen the layers of your skin, improving it’s protection against the environment and promote your skins rejuvenation. Definitely start with Vitamin B and Vitamin C! These are the initial framework that you then build on… there’s a large range of antioxidants out there!
- Ant-ageing– As you sleep your body attempts to heal itself. Vitamin A, Growth Factors and Peptides particularly assist in this healing and regenerative process. This comes into play as you start to notice your skin ageing – often starting in your mid to late 30’s.
- Hydration – Ensure your skin has adequate water retention to stay plump and function properly. Dehydrated skin doesn’t function properly – period. Note: You’ll often hear Vitamin E being used in your moisturisers!
- Protection – in the daytime, ensure you’re not damaging your skin in the UV rays. We have LOADS of articles on sun protection – you’re never too young or old to start protecting your skin!
This is then followed by your makeup and other beauty preferences. It’s recommended to also use a more thorough exfoliation at least once a week. Leaving you with naturally glowing skin and a greater ability to absorb your skin care. While it’s not necessarily a part of your everyday skin care needs, if you’re after quicker and more targeted results, treatments in a clinic will give your skin a huge boost in the right direction.
Cleanse The Impurities Away
We always start by removing the environmental residue from your skin, as well as removing the dead skin built up over time. This stops your skin from getting clogged up with unwanted waste, as well as helping your skin care go further. When you apply your products to this outermost layer of dead skin, it’s not necessarily able to assist the hydration of your living skin cells below. Or pass on the super nutrients in your serums your want it to!
Nourish To Strengthen Your Skin
There’s a plethora of proof linking antioxidants with an improved skin (and body) function. We’re talking about a group of compounds that naturally occur to protect your skin (and body) from damage. They are also shown to assist the healing of your skin! Some your body already makes, others you need to apply orally or topically. For these Antioxidants to assist your skin, they need to be formulated to be able to enter and make change – be chirally correct! This is where our products come into play. They’re not just “natural” – they’re scientifically formulated to actually make change in your skin. We have loads of information already on Antioxidants and Vitamins in your skin care, so check them out!!!
Anti-ageing At It’s Best
There are many serums claiming to provide anti-ageing results. The most widely studied and recognised is Retinol (Vitamin A) and more recently Growth Factors (Peptides). While Vitamin A is technically an Antioxidant, it’s so powerful we give it a heading all of its own. If you’re fighting ageing skin, it’s your no. 1 starting point. We have some great articles on Retinol as it’s incredibly powerful and often misunderstood.
Hydration Assists Health
When your skin is dehydrated all it’s normal functions are hindered. Having well hydrated skin actually makes a huge difference to your skins health. Allowing your skins everyday functions to perform at it’s best. Even your Collagen can start to break down when it’s left dehydrated and impaired!
Protection Against The Sun
You know what I’m going to say… protect your skin from the sun!!!! The UV rays are proven to be the most harmful and skin-ageing factor in today’s world. While there are many things, natural ageing included, that deteriorate your skin, the sun will provide the most damage. Worse yet, it can lead to far more serious conditions such as Melanomas! Your Everyday Skin Care Needs really has to include sun protection. Make sure you find something you’re happy to use everyday – not just at the beach.
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