Some Things I Learnt About Skin
- We all know that eating healthily is important and most of us are still trying to get the right mix of protein, carbs, fat, vitamins and minerals. Your skin needs to be fed with plenty of nutrients too, it’s the largest organ after all and needs it’s own carefully thought out plan.
- A full cell turnover takes 6 weeks. They start off at the bottom basal layer of the epidermis and reach the outer layer after 28 days. For the final two weeks they stay on the surface as dead cells, protecting the body and grabbing moisture. This is the most important layer to take care of and keep balanced. I also realised that it’s best to try out a new routine for at least 6 weeks, to make sure you’ve gone through a full cycle.
- Nature has a lot of answers already. It’s designed so many complex structures with multiple advantages and plants have always had to adapt to new conditions. Burt’s Bees look for the ones that solve the problems we’re after. The herb Clary Sage grows in humid conditions and still manages to retain moisture, plus it makes you think of sunny gardens in Southern Europe and all sorts.
- Synthetic products aren’t necessarily bad for the skin, so there’s no need to worry if you still have a lot of these lurking around (it’s like how I’ll occasionally eat a burger, in between all of those ‘healthier’ meals). You’ll just get a different result with natural products, a certain kind of glow. Coconut oil is used in some of their range instead of silicone, so that shiny, smooth box is ticked but then there’s all of the added benefits too. It’s a win win situation!
What’s your skincare situation at the moment? Do you follow a routine religiously or are you still figuring it all out? I know it can be tricky when we’re overloaded by so much on information and it’s hard to know where to start. Natural products seem to be the way forward for me and I’m definitely going to start paying more attention and work out when my skin looks at it’s best. Permanent sunshine is my ideal answer but hopefully this is the next best thing!