Natural Skincare 101 The Basics | Beauty in Pajamas
Hey, lovelies. This is Jenna and Caitlin, with Fleur & Bee’s Beauty in Pajamas, and we’re here to talk to you today about the basics of natural skincare. We have seven simple things you can start doing to get glowing skin.
And be sure to stick around to the end of the video for a special offer. So let’s start with some skin basics. Alright. So, your skin is made up of three layers; the innermost layer, the hypodermis, the middle layer, the dermis, and then the outermost layer, the most famous layer, your epidermis.
Now, the epidermis is a layer that we see, and it’s also where new skin cells are produced. So the dermis, that second layer, is where you’re going to find hair follicles, sweat and oil glands, your nerve endings and blood vessels.
It does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to skin’s daily duties. Now, the hypodermis, which is the innermost layer, is mostly made up of fat cells, and it serves to connect the dermis to your bones and muscles.
Also, fun fact, it helps to regulate body temperature. Good to know. And anything you’re doing to your epidermis, that outer layer, is going to affect the other layers, which is why natural skincare is so important.
Now, it’s also important to remember that just anything that you do to your body in general is going to affect the health of your skin. The great news is that it’s never too late to start taking good care of your skin, ’cause it’s actually regenerating every 27 days.
Phenomenal. So you’re on the road to better skin as soon as you start to level up your skincare routine, and your daily habits. Alright, so what are some of the simple things that you can start doing right now to better the health of your skin? The first thing that you can actually do, might be surprising, is sleep, and we all know that we need to get enough sleep.
But seriously, how much rest you get directly affects how your skin looks and functions. While you’re sleeping, your skin actually renews and repairs everything. It produces human growth hormone, which is key for repairing skin damage.
It also secretes melatonin, which can act as an anti oxidant. Your skin is also creating new collagen while you’re sleeping, and that keeps fine lines and wrinkles at bay. A lack of sleep can actually cause dryness, puffiness, and dark circles.
We don’t want any of that. No, we do not. So, to keep those things away, be sure to get between seven and nine hours of sleep every single night… Every night. We love to go to bed early. We do. Don’t be afraid to go to bed early, and you will thank yourself when everyone else is looking rough and ragged, and you are looking fresh and fabulous, because you went to bed.
Next, what you eat is also key for keeping your skin healthy. There are six super nutrients that are found in fruits and veggies, that help to fuel your body’s natural skin rejuvenation. So let’s talk about them.
All right. So the first one is beta carotene. Beta carotene converts to vitamin A, or retinal, which is super important for healthy skin care, or skin production… Skin cell production. So, which foods contain this beta carotene? Alright, it’s actually super easy to remember the first one, because it’s carrots, which sounds a lot like carotene.
So, think about it, beta carotene, carrots, super easy. Another one is sweet potatoes, squash also has it, and then spinach, kale, cantaloupe and apricots. The next super nutrient is vitamin C, which can help to protect against environmental stressors, and can boost skin rejuvenation.
And this may surprise you, or it may not surprise you, but one of the best sources of vitamin C are citrus fruit, but also broccoli… Who knew? Sweet potatoes, again, make an appearance here, but then there’s other fruits you can eat also like strawberries, watermelon, kiwi, papaya and mango.
Another incredible vitamin is a vitamin E, which helps to protect cells against oxidation, and just like vitamin C, it also helps to boost that skin rejuvenation. Some of the best sources of vitamin E are nuts like hazelnuts, almonds and pine nuts, but also avocado is a great source, so is broccoli and spinach, and then oils like sunflower and safflower oil.
Zinc is particularly helpful as an anti inflammatory and immunity booster. Try eating lentils, yogurt, oatmeal, black beans and chickpeas. And finally, omega 3, and omega 6 essential fatty acids. Alright, so what does essential fatty acid mean? Well, what that means is your body doesn’t produce them on its own, so you’ve got to consume those through food.
These provide wonderful anti inflammatory benefits for your skin. Try adding fish like salmon or sardines to your diet, or if you are a vegetarian, chia seeds and walnuts are a great alternative. Alright, so we have talked a lot about what we put in our bodies, but now let’s talk about what we put on our bodies.
And what we put on our bodies, obviously, has a massive impact on how our skin looks and feels. Your best bet as far as a skincare routine is to go natural. Yes, and it’s actually super easy to go natural, all you really need are the basics.
You need a basic cleanser, toner, a vitamin C serum is also a good thing to throw in there, a face cream, and an eye cream. Luckily for you, Fleur & Bee has an incredible line up of natural skincare products.
There is a vitamin C serum, a rose water toner, face and eye cream, and a cleanser. Just use this line up twice a day every day plus sunscreen in the morning. Maybe throw in a little detox mask once a week, and that’s all folks.
So another really important part is, you’re not gonna wanna hear it, but I’m gonna say it anyway, it’s exercise. You were right, I did not want to hear that. I know. It’s so hard for me to wanna exercise and I know that it can be hard for some of you too, but there are some great ways for you to incorporate movement into your daily routine without having to go to the gym.
Yeah, and if you don’t wanna go the gym, stand on the treadmill, stare at the wall, really, you know it’s not for you, we totally understand that. So you should really explore other ways to get your heart rate up.
There’s a ton of fun things you can try like hiking and dancing, we love to dance, and there’s rock climbing, swimming, bike riding, kick boxing, yoga, which we also love. Love yoga. And even walking.
Anything that’s gonna get that heart rate up, just find what you enjoy and try to incorporate it into your routine. And the biggest benefit for your skin is that it will boost blood flow, which brings oxygen and nutrients to your skin and it’s also why you get that gorgeous post work out glow.
Yes it is. Now, hydration is also key for keeping your skin healthy. The gold standard is eight eight ounce glasses of water per day. It is going to be all the difference for your skin and your overall health.
Absolutely. Water makes your skin hydrated and happy. Even mild dehydration is gonna make your skin less than fresh, discolored, like flat, bleugh skin. You don’t want it. And we know that these are probably things that you’ve heard before, like eat right, drink water, exercise, but what’s not talked about as much is really taking time to de stress and take care of yourself.
Absolutely, and one of the best ways to do that is to meditate. Just teaching your mind to be mindful in the moment and getting it to relax, releases these feel good chemicals in your brain and it also helps to reduce stress hormones like cortisol.
Research has even shown that consistently practicing meditation could potentially slow the aging process. What? And who doesn’t wanna turn back time? “Baby if I could turn back time! If I… ” I’m not singing it right.
And then finally, one of the best things that you can do is just treat yourself. Go get a facial, go get any other type of skin rejuvenating treatment, just give your skin its glow back, and it’ll make you feel amazing and fabulous and fresh and wonderful and just, yeah, treat yourself.
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