The 3 commandments of healthy skin
Regardless of your skin type the 3 commandments to healthy skin are
The aim of any skin care routine is to have your skin looking its best. Let's start with what you place on your skin.
You need to remove the pollutants without stripping your skin of its natural oils or disrupting its microbiome*. This means no alcohol and no chemicals.
*An ecosystem of bacteria on the skin's surface. It works to guard against pathogens that could affect your skin and overall health. When your microbiome is balanced, your skin looks and feels healthy.
You certainly do not want to over cleanse as over cleansing can damage the outer skin layer that protects your skin from the environment. Always be guided by what your skin/body tells you.A good cleanser removes pollutants whilst nourishing your skin and leaving it soft. Powder cleansers are unparalleled for this task.
Terra Tonics Elemental Cleanser is designed to cleanse without disrupting the delicate skin microbiome. A little goes a long way – measure out the desired amount with the spoon provided. Daily cleanse use ¼ to ½ of a spoon full – for a deeper cleanse/mask use a full scoop and leave cleanser on face for 10 minutes.
It is vital to nourish your skin to maintain hydration naturally. Most skin concerns can be traced back to an impaired skin barrier function. The main reason your skin barrier may not be functioning at its best is that it's not receiving the correct nutrients. Often the products being used are the problem rather than the solution.
The most common problem is dehydrated skin*. * Dehydrated skin is not the same as dry skin. Dehydrated skin lacks water, dry skin lacks natural oils (also called sebum). Dry skin is a skin type, while dehydration is considered a condition.
Dehydrated skin doesn't just present as dry skin; it can also be the cause of oily skin, breakouts, sallowness and fine lines.
Your skin barrier also guards against environmental toxins, such as bacteria and other pathogens. Your skin needs the correct nutrients so it can retain moisture.
Terra Tonics serums penetrate deeply and work with your biology to help your skin retain moisture and promote collagen. Scientifically driven botanicals paired with indigenous knowledge seamlessly make these serums a cut above the rest.
Our food and soil
Research has shown that our food is nowhere near as good as 50 years ago. Looking at nutritional data from 1950 and 1999 in 43 different vegetables and fruits found "reliable declines" in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C. Average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent.
It's estimated that some vegetables have lost 57 percent of their zinc - an essential element for the immune system, male fertility and collagen production for your skin. And, you can't simply supplement your way out of this, as we've discussed in a previous article.
One study concluded that you would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin C as our grandparents would have gotten from one.
Healthy soil = nutrient dense food = healthy people.
Soil also has stored in it 65% of our planet's freshwater. Rich soils ensure adequate levels of groundwater and are also integral to the health of tropical river systems. Ensuring healthy soil also prevents the dangerous cycles of floods and drought that afflict so many regions in the world.
As Dr. Robert S. Stern from the Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, says “Age gets blamed for wrinkles and rough, dry skin. But the real culprit is a combination of age and sun that dermatologists call photoageing. The short UVB wavelengths that cause sunburn can also damage DNA and suppress the skin's immune system. The longer, more penetrating UVA wavelengths may create highly reactive oxygen molecules capable of damaging skin cell membranes and the DNA inside.”
What we, at Terra Tonics, say is cover up during high UV periods and find an excellent all-natural, chemical free sunscreen to wear. There are many apps to check the UV levels your skin is not suffering any damage. Be aware that times vary depending on the seasons. Moderate your time in the sun based on your genetics and location.
There is also the strong connection between what you eat and how your skin ages.
"Evidence suggests that the antioxidants from foods may mitigate the main component of skin aging caused by sun exposure." Dietary Antioxidant Capacity and Skin Photoaging: A 15-Year Longitudinal Study, Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
We always advocate a holistic approach to your skin health.