Written by : Lisa
I glanced in the mirror today and thought about you. With the recent onset of this newest wrinkle, I thought it best to look back and give you the advice that you most certainly deserve. With age came wisdom and with this wisdom I sought out solutions to try and recapture the youthful glow that you once possessed. Thankfully with my routine of LAFACE products, I can see you coming back every day, but if I could reach back and tell you the four things that could have made a difference, it would have been this:
1) Wear sunscreen – Remember all those trips to the beach, the park, and long walks through the meadows? Sure, we took the time to wear a protective sunscreen then. But what about on our commute to work, walking to lunch, or when we went out to walk the dog? We left ourselves vulnerable to the sun everyday unknowingly. It is necessary and recommended that you find products that have a built in SPF to protect your skin throughout the day. Exposure to the sun causes most of what we think is the normal part of aging. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in our skin called elastin. When these fibers break down, our skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. While sun damage may not have been apparent when we were young, it will unfortunately show up later in life.
2) Drink water and moisturize – We didn’t think about back then, but our skin is our largest organ and just like everything else in our body is made up of cells. Our skin cells, just like every other cell, are made up of water. Without water our skin cells die. Our bodies lose water everyday and it needs to be replaced. When our skin is dehydrated, it turns dry, tight and gets flaky. But here’s the tough part drinking water is not the only solution. When we drink water and hydrate it reaches all the other organs first. It is necessary to hydrate our skin from the outside as well. Use a hydrating moisturizer within 2 minutes of leaving the bath or shower. The skin is still porous and is more receptive to products, allowing better absorption. Use a product containing hyaluronic acid prior to your moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times its own weight in water; it attracts water to the skin and holds it there. Along with this, drink more water. Drinking that 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins. Not everyone agrees that water consumption will improve skin, but it certainly can’t hurt you. Many people have said that by increasing their water intake, their skin had a more radiant glow. People prone to acne reported the same results. Nothing will happen overnight, but spend couple of weeks of increasing water intake to see how hydration can affect your own skin.
3) Get your sleep – There’s a reason why they call it beauty sleep. Through the years, the lack of sleep took its toll on our skin. Late nights, long nights staying at work, sleepless night filled with stress. It all added up. While you are sleeping, the body rebalances. Skin is able to recover moisture. Not getting enough sleep results in poor water balance, leading to puffy bags under your eyes and under-eye circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles. The science of sleep is simple, during deep sleep; growth hormones allow damaged cells to repair. Without the deeper phases of sleep, this just doesn’t happen. Lack of sleep allows daily small breakdowns to accumulate instead of being reversed. The result – more noticeable signs of aging. And here is an extra beauty tip – sleep on a satin pillowcase. Cotton or synthetic blends actually pull moisture from your skin and your hair. A satin pillowcase actually helps keep your skin and hair healthy.
4) Natural skin care really is the best – Looking back at all the chemicals that we applied with all the vacant promises that this was the way to go, you actually did more damage to our skin than you knew. We put our skin at risk of premature aging by using chemicals continuously. Toxic ingredients, that are not found in natural skin care products, are prominent in these chemicals, which overtime exhaust your skin and make it sag because it loses its natural reproductive elements. In fact, unnatural products can actually cause acne. Many of the chemical products used in unnatural skin care lines can cause impurities. Common ingredients like mineral oil can attract free radicals and result in blemishes, and early aging. Taking the time to invest in natural, vegan skin care, like LAFACE, will make all the difference.
That’s it kid. Years of wisdom and a new beauty routine with LAFACE. We have many years ahead of us to continue to glow and be radiant. Cheers!