Hey guys! This month’s topic is all about the skin! Maintaining clear and consistent skin is something we have both struggled with our entire lives. Growing up, we had horrible acne that was primarily caused by our genetics however many other external factors played a huge role in this too. We’ve tried every product, gimmick, or supposed quick fix on the internet to clear our skin. Although it has taken some time, we’re finally at a place where we’re very familiar and content with our skin but we wish we knew what we know now back then. As a disclaimer, we are not dermatologists and we know that everyone’s skin is different, but here are some basic tips that have worked for us in hopes that it may help some of you!
Your skin is the largest organ in the body. Aside from your digestive tract and stomach, your skin is the first part of your body that touches the outside world. Like a sponge, your skin will absorb any environmental factors it comes into contact with.
Skincare starts from within, products are merely supplements that can help. Similar to pharmaceuticals, they treat the symptoms but not the cause. Although your skin may look better on the outside, it is a direct reflection of what’s within your body too, aka your health.
Hydration! Your skin will appear just as hydrated as how much water you consume to quench your body internally. Try to drink at least 9-12 cups of water per day.
Diet. Processed sugar, carbs, and high fat products will wreak havoc on your skin. When your skin begins to age, it is oxidizing, which is what brown spots are a result of. Eating foods high in antioxidants will slow down the aging process in your cells.
Exercise. When you take the time to break a sweat, you’re assisting your body with pumping new fresh blood everywhere. This improved circulation will keep your skin looking healthy and alive. Be sure to wash your face after your workout though.
Stress. Your body is a holistic interconnected system, meaning when one part is out of sync, other parts of your body will malfunction. When you stress out, your hormones are out of flux, producing more than it should. This may lead to losing sleep or making unhealthy unhealthy eating choices, both which will reflect in your skin.
Environment. External factors play a significant role in your skin’s appearance. If you live in an area that is known for being polluted or having very dry air (ie. Los Angeles) make sure to use a humidifier and air purifier in your home to offset the time you spend outside.
Tips for better skin:
- Don’t touch your face!
- Wash your pillowcases at least once a week. Pro tip: Replace your regular cotton pillowcase with a silk pillowcase and your skin and hair will thank you.
- Wipe your phone screen and glasses down frequently
- Avoid re-wearing the same mask often (ever heard of Mask-ne?)
- Consider using a humidifier while you sleep for added moisture
- While your face is important, don’t forget to give the rest of your body some love too! Put lotion on your entire body right after you get out of the shower because that’s when your skin will absorb and lock in the moisture best.
- When doing your skincare, rub the products on your neck, chest, and hands as those are the areas that show the first signs of aging
- Most important skincare item: SPF SPF SPF! UV rays from the sun are the primary culprit for damaged, aged skin. Apply even if you’re indoors (UV rays penetrate through windows) and multiple times a day if you’re going outdoors (only lasts 30-50min, depending on SPF.)
- Our favorite sunscreen brand: Supergoop
- Top 3 ingredients for better skin
- Vitamin C – for brightness / even skin tone, applied in morning before SPF
- Retinol – best anti-aging ingredient to fight wrinkles and also helps prevent acne. Introduce slowly into your routine (start w/ every other night) and make sure to apply sunscreen the following morning as it increases skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
- AHA / BHA’s – for smooth skin / blackhead removal; chemical exfoliant, gets rid of dead skin cells. Use this at night after washing your face and before you put on any serums / moisturizers.
Yes, having clear healthy skin is extra work but you deserve to look and feel your best! When you have clear skin, it boosts your confidence by allowing your beauty and health to shine. Let yourself have that extra time in the morning and night to give your skin some extra TLC and your skin will thank you. Hope you enjoyed this month’s newsletter and see you back next month for more tips and tricks to improve your health and become your best self. <3