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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.