How-To Healthy Skin Care
5 Self care tips to maintain healthy skin
1. Create a Daily Skin Routine
Healthy skin are starts with you!
Our skin is the body’s most essential barrier from the external world. As the largest organ on our body, our skin works hard to protect us from things like bacteria, viruses, drying conditions and UV rays.
Our face is exposed to these elements during ALL seasons on a daily basis more than any other part of our skin, which is even more reason to give it the care it deserves.
Compromising your skin care routine (or not having one at all) will leave your skin neglected and therefore weaken its ability to act as a protective barrier.
Skin health is important not only to support our overall appearance, but because our skin acts as a shield while it performs essential tasks for our bodies.
Take some time out each day to cleanse your face and moisturise at the minimum everyday. Invest in a good quality cleanser that is kind to your skin and don’t forget to moisturise! Apply a hydrating moisture cream to your face and your entire body to keep your skin smooth, firm and healthy.
– Cleanse & Moisturise
– Do a mud mask to remove any built up stresses and impurities
– Get a professional in salon Facial.
2. Eat mostly whole, minimally processed foods
What you eat is just as important as what you put on your skin.
SO what does whole, minimally processed even mean? Well, it means they the foods are as close to their origin as possible.
While there is much talk about eating ‘superfoods’, take heed that most of natures resources, are in fact SUPER foods.
For example, Vitamin C is involved in building collagen (a very important structural protein), which we all know is important for the skin to help it look youthful and smooth.
Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and protects cell membranes by getting rid of the elements in the body that can damage skin healthy skin cells.
Try incorporating fresh new foods into your diet by ‘experimenting’ or ‘challenging’ yourself to step outside the box when it comes to what you know about food.
Minimally processed foods, have many vitamins, minerals and therefore a host of health benefits that support your daily bodily functions so you can go and have a kick-ass day and score goals.
Most fruit and veg will give you not just ONE but countless vitamins and minerals to help your skin repair and regenerate itself from the inside out.
3. Stress Less
First, lets define stress. There’s physical stress on the physical body, that we get from exercise and then there’s mental / emotional stress going on ‘Behind the Scenes’.
It’s important to note that stress can be good, but when it’s too much it can have detrimental effects on the body and therefore your skin.
Think about this scenario for a moment. We are confronted with stress from the moment our alarm wakes us up in the morning. This is known as a micro dose of stress. Then there’s traffic and were late. Another micro dose. Deadline at work just got moved forward, another micro dose and so on.
While these feel like minor irritations, when bulked up at the end of the day, they become a big ball of stress.
Stress can affect the health of our skin in many ways. Stress is a sneaky little thing that can creep up on you without your permission. It causes the levels of cortisol in our body to rise, which then weakens our immune system.
Once our immune system is weakened, pre-existing skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne begin to flare up, making our skin dry and in desperate need of nourishment.
Stress can also cause itchy skin, excessive sweating, hand rashes and even hair loss. Needless to say, stress is hard on our mind, body AND skin.
So what to do about it then?
- Check-in with yourself at regular intervals during the day. Just a simple STOP & 3 Breaths. The fact that you’ve thought about it, is the check-in part.
- Connect to your body. Yoga is good for the mind body connection.
- Try a guided meditation (theres lots of apps and You Tube videos)
- Use essential oils for aromatherapy with calming scents like lavender or sandalwood.
- Spend time with your bestie or your pet.
4. Sleep Baby
They don’t say “get your beauty sleep” for nothing.
A consistent sleep schedule can change everything from your mood, to puffiness of your skin. When we sleep, our bodies enter into repair mode and begin the process of regenerating our skin, muscles and brain cells.
Getting enough sleep has a myriad of health benefits, but specifically for your skin, will help to dramatically reduce the appearance of dark circles around your eyes and help even out your skin tone.
Even though sometimes you may feel like you don’t need it, you should be getting an average of 7-9 hours of sleep each night, less than that can be detrimental to your skin’s health.
A good night’s sleep also helps your body produce collagen, which prevents sagging of the skin. No one want sagging skin.
5. Don't forget to Moisturise!
Remember to moisturize and hydrate your entire body to keep your skin smooth, firm and healthy.
For those of us with sensitive skin, issues like redness, eczema, and itchy patches are a nightmare to deal with.
To help, pick a moisturiser with skin-calming ingredients like cucumber extract and aloe vera to ensure that your face is protected from the elements and looking its best.
By applying moisturiser on a regular basis you can keep your skin from getting dried out and flaky. There is nothing more unappealing than uneven skin with discolorations and patchiness.
The best times to moisturise your skin are generally after you shave, exfoliate or bathe.
Shaving and exfoliating normally lead to the removal of dead skin cells, but they can also strip your skin of natural and essential oils, so it is important to replenish with a good moisturiser.
After showering or washing your face, you want to lock that moisture into your skin. The best strategy is to apply moisturiser when skin is freshly moist (but not wet), immediately after towel drying. This will provide great hydration for the skin that will last longer, especially on dry skin.
Seasons of course also affect our skins moisture needs. For example, during the winter it might be necessary to moisturise your skin more often due to the cold weather and indoor environment affecting your skin, and causing dryness.
For a smooth, touchable face and an even complexion, give your skin the attention and ingredients it needs to keep it smooth, strong & elastic.
If you really need a hydrating formula to quench your thirsty skin, look no further than our very own Zensa Healing Cream, which is specifically recommend for rejuvinating dry or irritated skin..