3 Tips that skin experts know that now you can too ;)

At KindGirlco., skin is our specialty. We want to offer information to people about the biggest organ of their body. 

 

Before I started studying the skin, I could barely find any information out there about it. It seemed like a magic secret to have healthy looking skin. I had many questions, like: why would my skin break out after I travelled? Why my skin would become so dry? Why I developed eczema? What are all those chemicals names in my skin lotion?

 

So, I went back to school to study it. I learnt a few things that I would like to share with you:

 

1. Laying in the sun is literally killing off the cells in your skin. 

 

So, we learnt about UV rays in school, right? It is important to note that, although both rays are not able to penetrate through your skin, the rays that do are very harmful to the body. Over-exposure to the sun can kill of the cells that produce collagen in your skin. Which, could leave your skin looking dry and aging your skin quicker than regularly. I recommend not exposing your skin more than 15 mins and, if you do, use an organic sunscreen-as some sunscreens have been linked to skin cancer.

 

2. Most products available are made up of 80%water. 

 

Yup, that's right! Most of these big companies use mostly water and preservatives in their products. Water has many great uses, hydration on the skin is not one of them. I recommend using an oil based product as oils, particularly botanical oils, mimic your skin's hydration and are therefore very moisturizing for the skin. 

 

3. Skin's health depends on your diet too. 

 

It is important to treat your skin with care and external hydration; however, your skin is an organ and absorbs internal nutrients too. We absorb approximately 70% of our nutrients into our skin from our diet. So, it is important to eat well and stay hydrated too, if you want healthy skin. 

 

4 tips for hydrated and vibrant skin this winter.

1. Drink water

 

Yes! Water is essential! I can't stress how important it is to drink water. Our skin is the largest organ of our body meaning that it needs the most water. When we are dehydrated, we tend to notice it first in our face: lines appear under the eyes, around the mouth and next to our nostrils. It used to be recommended to drink 2 litres of water a day. I say, use that as a guide and if you are still thirsty, drink more. 

 

Extra tip: Spruce up your water with electrolytes, unsweetened herbal iced-teas and fruits. 

 

2. Exercise! 

 

This is imperative for a fully functioning healthy body. To be your healthiest, you must release toxins somehow. Exercise is the quickest and most effective way to do so. It also releases endorphins which give your skin a boost of collagen- leaving your skin more youthful. It is recommended to exercise 5 times a week. 

 

Extra tip: You must sweat to release toxins of your body so choose an exercise routine that gets your body dripping.

 

3. Meditate!

 

Meditation has been around for at least 5000 years. Amongst the many great things that meditation does, it reduces stress. And, we all know that happier people have more vibrant skin. If you are a beginner, start with 3-5 minutes a day in the morning and overtime you can meditate for longer at different times of the day. 

 

Extra tip: YouTube has some great guided meditations that are free. 

 

4. Moisturize! 

 

When your skin is dry, it needs moisture. I recommend body oils over creams as creams tend to have synthetics that can irritate the skin and dry them out more. Use oils that have argan oil for extra moisture. Also, tea tree oil is great for restoring dry skin. 

 

Extra tip: Try swapping out your soap for oils when you shower. It will leave your skin more hydrated afterwards.

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