Hello my darlings,
I will begin with an apology for this post’s tardiness. It was ambitious of me to promise weekly updates for two reasons which I think are important to mention. Once you decide to go organic, it takes time and money to find the substitutions. As of today I am not even close to having gone 70% organic and this is quite frustrating. And secondly I needed more time to test out the Weleda products I bought to see how they were working.
Anyway, I will include some of my recipes for homemade skin care and simply encourage you guys to trade in the modified products for unprocessed where you can. I am also going to include my thoughts on the Weleda Skincare products I have been using this month. This is going to be a long one, so grab a cup of joe and a note pad and get comfy.
The Biggest Organ
Despite what guys say, human skin is the biggest organ and it needs a lot of attention. Many underlying health issues can be detected through skin analysis and disorders.
Did you know that a face rash could be an indication of the chronic inflammatory disease lupus? Or that dark, velvety looking patches often indicate diabetes? Not only is it important for us to pay attention to the texture and colouring of our skin, it is also important to pay attention to the skin’s moisture levels as well, extremely dry skin could be an indication of over all dehydration, eczema and various other irritating skin conditions.
This post will not be covering chronic skin conditions, but if you fear you may be suffering from any of the conditions mentioned above, see your dermatologist immediately and never use the internet to self diagnose.
So, let’s talk skin care issues and homemade remedies.
Since there are so many conditions our skins suffer, there is no way for me to cover all of them, so let’s just go over the most common ailments and the homemade remedies if there are any.
If you live in an area that gets really cold weather, or you take long hot showers, use harsh soaps and hard water or spend time in chlorinated water, chances are you will at some point experience dry skin symptoms.
Aside from cutting back on your hot showers and chlorinated swims, what else can you do to ensure you don’t look like a breaded meat cutlet?
Well, moisturizing is always good. Lotions and olive oil or even oils with a thicker consistency really help the skin to maintain natural moisture and remain soft and supple. Practice adding moisturizer when you get out of the shower before drying as that will force more water into the pores and the oil will trap it there.
Quick Tip: Once you get out of the shower lather yourself with olive oil and then top it off with your favourite lotion or add Argan, birch or rose oil to your lotion.
Natural oils in your diet and body will help to keep your skin soft and smooth, so try to use cooler water( I know it’s hard) and avoid harsh soaps that strip the sebum and leaves your skin feeling tight and dried out. Hyaluronic acid is great for hydrating the body, helps with healing and tissue regeneration and can hold a significant amount of water in the skin, so look for lotions and moisturizers with this gentle molecule to keep your skin youthful
Foods that help keep skin moisturized
Since the production of Hyaluronic acid reduces over time, it is smart to eat foods that increase the production of this molecule as we get older. Organic soy products have been shown to increase this chemical in animals. So rustle up some tofu and enjoy a glass of soy milk.
Soy is also great to reduce age spots, discoloration, solar lentigines (sun spots) and hyper pigmentation. Mix fresh, unpasteurized soy milk with coffeeBerry( the outer casing of the coffee bean) to depigment and moisturize skin.
♦DIY Face masks for dry skin-my favourite is honey, aloe vera and yogurt. ♦
Sagging & wrinkles (loss of elasticity)
Much like moisture, our skin losses elasticity as we grow older. Collagen production decreases and as this structural protein diminishes, skin becomes deflated, saggy and wrinkled. Studies also show that the harsh UV rays of the sun cause an increase in fine lines and wrinkles and even some discolouration, so sunscreen is a must in your skin’s line of defence.
Quick Tip: Add sunscreen to your moisturizer or buy a product that already includes sun protection. Remember lips need protecting too 🙂
Foods that help keep skin look firmer
To reduce wrinkles and improve the skin’s appearance, try adding foods containing ascorbic and alpha hydroxy acids to your meals. Fruits and vegetables such as citrus, peppers and cantelopes contain antioxidant properties that help to boost immune system and reduce the signs of aging. The use of citrus and foods high in alpha hydroxy acid on the skin will help with firming a little but it’s better to ingest. Also dry skin looks older and shows more signs of aging so staying hydrated and moisturized are both of paramount importance. Check out this list of homemade skin firming techniques.
How much water should you be drinking? Is it 8 cups, 10 cups or does it depend? The best answer is it depends on your weight and level of activity. To get a close to accurate estimate of how much you need use this hydration calculator.
♦DIY: Mix honey and pineapple juice for a nice skin firming treatment or mash bananas and leave to sit on skin for 20-30 minutes. Wash and pat dry. ♦
Fat deposits in the subcutaneous (hypo dermal) layer of the skin often causes a dimpled effect known as cellulite. Or in simpler terms it’s a layer of padding under the skin that makes it look uneven and somewhat like an orange peel. Cellulite can be caused by genetics, diet,lifestyle choices and hormones. While there are many mechanical and chemical approaches to removing cellulite they have been proven only to reduce the appearance of cellulite but not completely smooth the skin.
Quick Tip: Add some rosemary, cypress or lavender oil into your post bath oil mix and massage it into your skin after you shower. Make sure to massage your lymph glands to remove the toxic build up.
Though exercise and a healthy diet are the main means of reducing the appearance of cellulite, there are some oils that do help to improve circulation and detoxify the body, thus reducing the fatty deposits under the skin.
Running is also amazing at reducing cellulite but if you can’t or don’t enjoy running then brisk walking does an okay job. I have mentioned Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away The Pounds in other posts, as it is what I use during the long winter months when I have no treadmill or gym membership. It works!
Foods that help reduce cellulite
Alkaline rich foods and anything that helps detoxify the body such as lemons, kale, sunflower seeds that are high in Vitamin B 6, a great fat fighter, along with metabolism boosting chillies and cayenne are great additions to any diet. Anything that removes toxins and fat build up will help to remove cellulite from your body when paired with healthy lifestyle choices.
♦DIY: A mixture of warm water lemon juice, honey and cayenne pepper each morning will detox your body, decrease bloat and significantly improve your energy levels ♦
Never under any circumstance put red hot chilli peppers on your body-unless of course they are from the band and even then proceed with caution 😉 These little suckers get really hot and can be painful if misused. Instead add them to your meals in the amounts you can handle and drink alkaline water and added fibre to help your body clean itself.
Acne-blackheads or white heads
Acne and black heads can be such an icky topic and image( Do not search that on Youtube, it’s grosssss!!!) The cause of acne is an over production of sebum (fat), mixed with dead skin cells and dirt that causes a blockage in hair follicles. Simple acne is divided into two groups blackheads( open comodones) and whiteheads( closed comodones). Blackheads or open comodones have a larger opening and are usually dark in colour, while whiteheads tend to be beneath the surface with a smaller opening and no oxidation causing the sebum and skin cell deposits to maintain a lighter colour.
Quick Tip: adding a once weekly skin scrub to your skin care regimen and cleansing daily will significantly reduce the chances of having a breakout.
About 80% of acne is genetic and contrary to popular belief, scientist have not found any connection between eating greasy foods and acne. Also while cleansing and maintaining good personal hygiene helps in lessening future break outs and scarring, it is not to be assumed that people with acne are unhygenic.
What to know about acne
- Do not pick, pop or squeeze . I know how tempting this is and have had to slap my hand away a few times. Messing with the little buggers only spreads the bacteria and causes more to appear.
- If you are prone to acne, avoid oil based skin products as they will clog your pores and cause a break out. Use water based products instead. Check out Acure Organics oil control products.
- Apply sunscreen to protect your sensitive skin
- Wash your sheets, pillow cases, makeup sponges and brushes often and change your makeup every year to avoid using expired products.
- Don’t assume acne will just go away, see your dermatologist to get treated.
♦DIY: Cleanse, tone and moisturize daily and add in a scrub once per week to cleanse your pores and remove dead skin cells ♦
Here is a wonderful list of homemade blackhead remedies-the nutmeg and milk is my absolute favourite.
As usual, these are not all the problems that people face with their skin, but these are some of the most popular. if you have any request of skin disorders or treatments that I haven’t covered that you’d like to see, leave a comment below or email me at email@example.com.
Practice these simple at home tips to always put your best face forward and to have young, radiant skin in any climate.
Weleda Organics Mini Review
Item Bought: Weleda One step Cleanser & Toner
Measurement: 3.4 fl oz(100ml)
Suitable for: Normal to combination skins
Ingredients-This contains witch hazel, natural olive oil soap and other essential oils.
Price: About $25 Cda
Pros: Though I am not usually a fan of combination products, I do appreciate the convenience of skipping a step. I also enjoy the idea of using paraben free, organic products and I like the milky consistency.
Cons: As with most natural, perfume free products the smell is a tad strong. It is also pricey and I tend to feel like my skin is too dry after I wash so I feel the need to add toner before moisturizing.
My rating: 3/5- so far so good.
Item Bought: Weleda Hydrating Day Cream -Iris
Measurement: 1.0 fl oz(30 ml)
Suitable for: Dry to combination skin
Ingredients-Iris root extract,organic shea and cocoa seed butter, jojoba seed oil and witch hazel extract
Price: About $20 Cda
Pros: The smell of this cream is divine. It is not very greasy, nor does it leave a film.
Cons: The price of this one ounce cream is painful and it also feels as if it is a little too light for my dry to combination skin. I’ve had to reapply so my skin didn’t feel dry.
My rating: 2/5-this did not seem to work for my skin but the smell makes me want to keep using it.
Item Bought: Body Oil Starter Kit
Measurement: 6 X 1.0 fl oz(30 ml each)
Suitable for: Anyone without specific oil allergies.
Ingredients-this kit contains:
- Lavender Relaxing Body Oil
- Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil-smells like stale oranges
- Wild Rose Body Oil-smells like a rose garden
- Birch Cellulite Oil-smells like lemons
- Sea Buckthorn Body Oil-smells like oranges
- Arnica Massage Oil-smells like a light eucalyptus
Price: About $20 Cda
Pros: Variety is the spice of life and being able to test out a number of different oils with different effects on the skin is great. I especially love the wild rose and lavender and I use the Birch cellulite oil daily.
Cons: Try too many at a time and end up with an allergic reaction without being sure which it came from. The amounts are too small to measure any major change which would require repeated use over time.
My rating: 4/5-The price was great for what I got and I love having different types to mix with my lotion and massage into my skin.
So like I mentioned previously, this was going to be a doozy with lots of information. I hope you enjoyed the mini review of the Weleda products and you try the homemade remedies I recommend. Don’t forget to share your experience and subscribe for updates to this blog.