It’s your largest organ and the physical barrier that keeps important things in, and unwanted things out!
Taking care of your skin has many facets; from what you put into your body to give it the nutrients it most needs, to what you put directly onto your skin for nourishment and protection.
Here are some key things you can do to keep your skin healthy and looking great:
Good nutrition and hydration will not only keep your skin looking its best; it will also help your skin withstand environmental stresses. Some key ingredients to include are:
- Vitamin A: sweet potatoes; red and yellow bell peppers; salmon; dairy and eggs; leafy green vegetables; carrots; tomatoes.
- Vitamin E: red sweet peppers; broccoli; spinach; avocadoes; butternut squash; fatty fish; nuts and seeds such as almonds and sunflower seeds; vegetable oils like safflower oil.
- Vitamin C: red or yellow bell peppers; oranges; lemons; blackcurrants; thyme; parsley; kale; broccoli; brussel sprouts; strawberries.
- Zinc: shellfish; legumes; eggs and dairy; nuts and seeds; whole grains.
- Omega-3 Fats: fatty fish (mackerel, salmon, anchovies, sardines, etc.); cod liver oil; flaxseeds; chia seeds; walnuts.
This is one of the most important things that you can do to care for your skin from the outside. As well as being linked to premature ageing, overexposure to the sun is linked with an increased risk of skin cancer.
Here are some things to consider when it comes to sun exposure:
- Avoid direct sun exposure between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF15. This blocks about 93% of UVB rays (SPF 30, about 97%). Broad spectrum also protects against UVA rays.
- Know the difference between sunscreen and sunblock: sunscreens are chemical protectants that penetrate the skin to absorb UVA rays. Sunblocks sit on the skin and provide a physical barrier without being absorbed - they usually contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide.
- Apply sun protection liberally: whether you use sunscreen or sunblock, apply liberally and reapply every couple of hours - more frequently if you’ve been swimming or breaking out a sweat.
- Cover up with clothing, especially if you’re out in peak sun hours: generally speaking, the darker and more tightly woven the material, the better protection you’ll get. Alternatively, more brands are now producing clothes that provide sun-protection. Australian brand Solbari specializes in protective clothing that is equivalent to wearing SPF50.
Even with excellent nutrition and sun protection, skin can always do with a little nourishing. Check out our Friday Favorites on Hydrators and Moisturizers for some of the ingredients we always look for when choosing skincare products.
CBG - or cannabigerol - is a phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plant. Known as the ‘mother of all cannabinoids’ because all other cannabinoids are synthesized from it, CBG is of particular interest to researchers because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
As well as those anti-inflammatory properties, CBG has antibacterial and neuroprotective properties to boot - making it a great addition to your skincare routine.
Since it can be absorbed by the skin, CBG can be used to target specific problem areas. Our LUV CBG Tincture can be used in this way to target wrinkles, dryness, redness, itching, blemishes and imperfections. Alternatively, it can be ingested for overall skin health (and for its multiple other benefits!).
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