Winter Skin types

Your Skin Is A Little Bit Like A Snowflake

Skin is a little bit like snowflakes. Everyone’s approach to it is different because it has to be. Your skin isn’t exactly like anyone else’s, which makes it difficult to know exactly what you need to do to take care of it. 

When it comes to skincare, a lot of terms get thrown about without actually explaining what they do or why they’re important for knowing how to take care of your skin. However, knowing as much as you can about the type of skin that you have and what the ingredients actually do will help you to make sure that you are taking the best care of your skin that you can.

Amanita muscaria mushroom also known as Fly Agaric.
This mushroom has a considerable amount of useful properties, so it is widely used in medicine and cosmetology. Specially made extracts practically do not contain harmful toxic components, but have a very valuable complex of antioxidants and enzymes, characterized by high bio-activity. The use of such tools helps to improve the elasticity of the skin, even out the tone and its surface. In addition, it is an excellent natural stimulator of natural processes responsible for cell regeneration and renewal.

Antioxidants

We do a lot that damages our skin. Having antioxidants in our skincare products can help to slow down the aging process by protecting your skin from the sun and other “free radicals” like smoking, pollution and stress. 

Seaweed is a superfood, boasting more vitamins, minerals and trace elements than any land plant. The three major antioxidant vitamins are beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E, which seaweeds are rich in.

Peptides

Like antioxidants, peptides help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles because they contain amino acids like many of our other cells. Macroalgae is known to have numerous bioactive compounds that are proteinaceous in nature. These include proteins, linear peptides, cyclic peptides and depsipeptides, peptide derivatives, amino acids, and amino acid–like components.

Exfoliating

Exfoliation is a common practice that helps to remove dead skin cells from the outside of your skin. There are several different ways that this can happen – through acids like alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), naturally derived Malic Acid (nature’s AHA), glycolic acid or beta hydroxy acid (BHA), or through some sort of grit. Glycolic acid is the most common in cleansers and face washes. 

AHA and BHA work to dissolve the bonds that hold skin together, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. Gritty cleansers do the same thing with a little more elbow grease. Exfoliation is great for skin that’s tends towards dry and flaky or a combination of dry and oily.

Please help save the environment by boycotting micro bead exfoliants. Choosing a sustainable resource like ocean mud is much better for the environment and does a much better job sloughing off dead skin.

Brightening

Products that claim to brighten your skin are designed to remove dullness and extra pigmentation, making your skin look a lot more even. There is only one non-toxic skin brightener scientifically proven to work, on the market we know of, and it uses unique bioactives of a certain species of seaweed to inhibit the enzyme tyrosinase. This enzyme is responsible for the production of melanin. Most brighteners use toxic chemicals known to cause cancer, or simply do not work.

Non-comedogenic

This term is one that has come up more lately. It means that a product should not have a clogging effect on your pores, which helps to prevent pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. Studies show we absorb up to 60% of what is topically applied to the skin. It’s best not to put anything on your skin, you wouldn’t put in your mouth.

Sebum

Sebum is the fancy (or scientific) name for the oil that your skin produces. It is produced by the sebaceous glands and moisturizes your skin. However, it can over-moisturize your skin and make it much oilier than it needs to be. Using an anti-inflammatory seaweed can help regulate the sebaceous glands and ultimately eliminate acne. Seaweed also helps with hormone regulation, and can greatly reduce hormonal acne.

The causes of acne and blackheads include overproduction of the sebaceous glands, environmental toxins, diet, hormones, make-up, lack of exfoliation, toxic ingredients in soap and skincare, and more. However, it’s important to remember that harsh cleansers are not the answer. They can over strip the skin causing it to produce even more oil, because oils are apart of the skin’s acid mantle, or natural protective barrier. Try one of our gentle cleansers, to feel and ‘sea’ the difference for yourself!

If you find that even with your skin care routine changing you are still having problems with breakouts, you should talk to a naturopath about hormone balancing and diet. Our skin is a report card on the health of our internal systems.

Written for Seaflora Skincare
By: Ellie Porter
Managing Editor | SleepHelp.org
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