We spend a great deal of time and money on trying to find the holy grail of products to help keep the skin on our faces in good knick. There is a lot of trial and error involved in the process and it does require some patience.
The same effort placed on taking care of the skin on our faces, should also be extended to caring for the skin on the rest of our bodies, because it is in fact just as important.
Developing a skincare routine for the rest of your body is vital in helping to prevent damage from extreme weather conditions and general daily wear and tear, which can induce stress and trauma.
signs of poor skin health:
Blotchiness/uneven skin tone
The skin is very good at letting us know when our body is not happy. Lack of sleep, dehydration and poor nutrition can lead to poor health and this will be reflected in the skin via the appearance of blotchy colouring and uneven skin tone.
How to tackle the problem
· Get those solid 8 hours in every night, no excuses. This benefits the skin all over your body, not just your face.
· Moisturise from the inside out by increasing your water intake, try to drink at least 2 litres per day, and no, wine does not count as H20. (don’t give me that spiel about how Jesus turned water into wine, thus effectively making wine water).
· Pay attention to the foods you eat and make sure you have a nice balanced intake of all the right food groups.
· Keep your choices fresh and colourful and try not to over indulge on a regular basis.
· Choose your skincare products wisely; taking care of your skin from the outside is a very important step in a healthy lifestyle. The products you choose should infuse vital nourishment into your skin along with working to support and protect your skins natural barrier functions.
Rashes on your skin may indicate underlying medical issues or allergies. They can also be a sign that the products you are using on your skin are simply too harsh for you.
If rashes develop in correlation with using a new product on your skin, discontinue use instantly.
In general, it is always best to be assessed by a healthcare professional, just in case the rashes are the cause of a more serious underlying medical issue.
Acne can be traumatising to those suffering from it and unfortunately there is no quick fix or overnight cures. Acne is not exclusive to the face and can sometimes be found on other areas of the body, including the back, arms, or in some cases, the entire body.
The causes vary anywhere from the build up of bacteria on the skin, the over production of oils, the irregular shedding of dead skin cells and also your diet.
How to tackle the problem
Developing good skincare habits and omitting certain types of food from your plates can help to greatly improve and control the appearance and breakout frequencies.
- Keep your skincare products to a minimum, as throwing everything under the sun at the problem could have the opposite intended effect.
- The ideal acne skincare treatment will kill bacteria and promote regular and consistent cell turnover whilst soothing and calming the skin.
- When choosing your skincare products, look for ones that contain AHA’s and BHA’S, they work exceptionally well to dry up spots and sloth off dead skin.
This is one situation where being more hands on will work against you. Keep restless hands and fingers away from any area of your body affected by acne, as this is another way to introduce bacteria to the skin and will only work in causing your skin to be more irritated and increase the risk of infections.
- German Chamomile, Lavender, Geranium and Tea tree essential oils are all anti-fungals, antibacterial and antiseptics and are outstanding when it comes to calming, soothing and healing angry irritated skin.
- Geranium is also excellent for balancing the sebum produced by the skin, which makes it perfect for acne sufferers.
If you suffer from mild acne or breakouts try using our Calming Face Oil. This oil was developed around chamomile, lavender, Bisabolol, comfrey, calendula & arctic oat extract, which all have great properties to help with settling the skin.
Hyper-pigmentation is a condition in which patches of skin become darker in colour in comparison to the surrounding skin. Many different factors can contribute to the cause including, inflammation and subsequent post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, trauma to the skin, medication and medical conditions/diseases such as Addison’s disease and sun exposure to name a few.
How to tackle the problem
- Do not pick at your pimples and spots, and learn the right method and right time to pop them. This video by acne.org will tell you all you need to know.
- Avoid prolonged and direct exposure to the sun without sunscreen, also try to find a good mineral based sunscreen and be sure to apply it accordingly.
- If it’s too late to prevent hyper-pigmentation, then exfoliating products should help to improve and fade them. These also include exfoliation body moisturisers, body washes and body scrubs.
- Conditioning the skin is also very important, our Regenerative Face Oil or our Antioxidant Butter would be ideal for conditioning and regenerating skin that is suffering and struggling with hyper-pigmentation.
If this is how your skin is presenting itself, a lack of exfoliating and moisturising might be the problem.
It’s been said before, but it bares repeating, exfoliating is important to help sloth away dead skin. It improves the texture and appearance of the skin, which makes it ideal for tackling rough/flaky/scaly skin.
How to tackle the problem
There are two types of exfoliators; manual/physical and chemical.
- Manual/physical exfoliators - These include loofahs, washcloths, skin scrubs and skin brushes such as Clarisonic. These require you to physically scrub your body and face to remove dead skin and dirt.
- Chemical exfoliators – there are two types of chemical exfoliators; AHA’s(Alpha hydroxy acids) and BHA’s (Beta hydroxy acids), these can be found in skincare products such as face washes and body creams, they work by penetrating the top layer of the skin to dissolve dead cells.
The skin is perfectly prepped to receive moisture and active ingredients after exfoliation. So be sure to make the most of the opportunity. It is important to select the right type of moisturiser for your skin type and needs. Both oil and water based moisturisers are great for taking care of your skin, but they moisturise the skin in slightly different ways.
- Oil based moisturisers such as body oils, whipped body butters and balms are pure oils and work by trapping and locking moisture, which results in plump and smooth looking skin. Their emollient qualities mean they are also ideal for conditioning and protecting the skin especially during wintertime
- Water based moisturisers such as; body creams, body lotions and body/skin milk are usually a blend of water, oils & other active ingredients. They are absorbed faster by the skin and are great for delivering additional moisture due to their water content.
Try our Renewing Face Oil or Renewing butter after showering or bathing. The entire Renewing collection is formulated to moisturise and renew dry and tired skin, whilst introducing some very wonderful nutrition to the skin.
What to take into consideration when building a skin routine for your body
1. Ascertain your skin type, this will help you to decide the qualities to look for in the products you’ll be buying and trying.
2. Keeping your skin type in mind, start doing some research. Look for products that have clean ingredient lists, ideally from a brand that focuses on using nourishing ingredients that are from natural sources.
3. You’ll need products that Exfoliate/clean, moisturise and protect.
Keep it simple and focused, and once you’ve developed your skincare routine for your body, adapt it with the seasons, the same way you do with you facial routine.
Until next time