It’s important to look after our skin but with so many products and guides around skincare it can be easy to become confused and overwhelmed. As our skin ages, the natural levels of vital molecules such as collagen and elastin decline and the rate of cell turnover decreases. This leads to skin which is thinner, less radiant, and rougher. A 2016 study published by the National Institutes of Health states that the overall quality of skin can be improved with a home skincare routine, which leads to better, longer lasting results.
A 2010 study titled The Effect of Middle and Elderly Woman’s Skin Care on Happiness also shows that a skincare routine can have a direct effect on our happiness and self-esteem. Whilst having a regular skin routine comprising of several steps and products can do wonders to the skin and benefit mental health by allowing us to indulge in self-care, for some of us it can be difficult to stick to and without knowing what your skin is lacking, it can be hard to choose the right products.
But by understanding the scientific make-up of the body’s largest organ, you can care for your skin in 3 simple steps, ensuring skin is kept bright, youthful, and healthy with very little effort.
HOW CAN YOU HAVE HEALTHY SKIN?
It is not just age which influences the health and appearance of our skin, every day we are exposed to potentially harmful elements such as UV rays, pollutants, and chemicals. These can penetrate the top layer of the skin, the epidermis, and go much deeper, attacking the skin’s protective barrier or activating enzymes which break down the natural levels of collagen and elastin. This can result in skin which is not as well protected and looks more dry, saggy, or wrinkled. Luckily, there are 3 simple steps which you can follow daily to protect, prevent and overcome these effects, leaving you with healthier, glowing skin.
– HYDRATE FOR HEALTHY SKIN
Everyday activities and external factors can have a negative effect on the hydration of the skin. Hot baths and cold weather are two of the most common factors which contribute to dry skin. Usually, when there is cold weather the air tends to be drier and this can lead to an increase in transepidermal water loss. As Dermatologist Dr Jessica Wu claims ‘your skin loses more than 25 percent of its ability to hold moisture in the winter’.
On the other hand, hot baths are shown to break down the lipid barrier, found in the outermost part of the stratum corneum, the top layer of the skin. The lipid barrier is the body’s first line of defence against water loss and harmful penetrators such as UV rays and pollutants. However, the National Eczema Association states that ‘the best way to replace moisture in the skin is to soak in a bath or take a shower and then moisturize immediately afterward’.
Malée’s Moisturising Oil can be added to your bath or directly applied to the skin, helping to lock moisture in. An oil can be a great addition to a skincare routine as unlike creams which attract moisture to the skin, oils create a barrier which then prevents the moisture from escaping. Containing 100% natural ingredients such as coconut, avocado and almond oil and high concentrations of active ingredients, our hydrating oil provides an intense moisture boost, which leads to healthy, smooth, and soft skin.
– PROTECT AND PRESERVE
UV rays and pollutants can penetrate the skin, decreasing cell turnover and destroying healthy skin cells. This in turn can lead to premature signs of aging, including deep wrinkles and loose, saggy skin. Regularly using sunscreen and ensuring you aren’t exposed to the sun for too long is the most effective way to protect your skin from the effects of UV rays.
To protect itself from pollutants and environmental factors, your skin contains glutathione, an antioxidant which helps generate regular cell renewal. As pollutants enter the skin, these can begin to damage skin cells and lower the natural levels of glutathione, which may lead to a decline in the cell regeneration rate. One of the best ways to combat the effects of pollution and protect and preserve the skin is to regularly exfoliate.
Malée’s award-winning Conditioning Body Scrub can be used once a week to gently remove dead skin cells and help to promote skin cell renewal. Not only will this remove the appearance of dry, flaky skin as a result of external factors, this also allows moisturisers to easily penetrate the skin, boosting hydration levels and ensuring your skin is kept in the healthiest state. Containing natural salts, sugars, and plant-based ingredients which feature high levels of antioxidants and minerals, your skin is left healthy, protected, and glowing.
– KEEP IT NATURAL
Chemicals are commonly found in beauty and skincare products, but these can often strip away moisture and cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. By choosing skincare with natural ingredients, you can nourish the skin with vital minerals without the risk of further damaging it.
A 2015 article published in scientific journal Cosmetics states that ‘botanical products are a rich source of vitamins, antioxidants, essential oils and oils, hydrocolloids, proteins, terpenoids and other bioactive compounds’ and not only do these benefit the skin, they also benefit the environment at the same time.
Our skincare products contain 100% natural ingredients derived from natural and sustainable sources. Rich in natural vitamins and antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C and E, our skincare range allows you to be good to your skin without the need for harsh chemicals which could further damage you or the environment.
Aging and environmental factors affect the skin, slowing cell regeneration which can result in it feeling dry, irritable, or looking saggy, but you can be good to your skin in 3 easy steps. By keeping the skin hydrated, protected, and preserved using skincare products rich in natural ingredients, the layers of your skin will fulfil their purpose more effectively, which starts a cycle to ensure skin is kept healthier, younger looking and more vibrant.