Have you ever taken the time to really look at a raisin? I mean really look at it. Sure, you may not think to take a moment to really look at a raisin but if you did you would probably notice every crack, crevice and every wrinkle in it. You may even realize how unattractive a raisin really is.
What is a raisin?
It is a dried out or dehydrated grape. It is normally dried in the sun or processed by heat.
What does a raisin have to do with skin?
Hmmmmm, think about that. A lot of times I have clients come to me and ask about getting rid of wrinkles and I try to do my best to help them but here is a simple truth. Just like with raisins, the sun can assist the skin in drying out and becoming wrinkly. This happens via the UVA rays that come from the sun. UVA rays are the ageing rays and the more you are exposed to them the more your skin can become more prone to wrinkles. Clearly, the solution is sun block but I would also add that when the skin is well hydrated INTERNALLY and topically you are also taking a stance against UVA rays. Wearing sun protection is one thing BUT keeping your skin and your body hydrated will make a world of difference also.
How do you keep your skin and body hydrated?
Below is a picture of the 10 Most Hydrating Foods
By including these foods in your daily lifestyle you are increasing your chance of looking less like a RAISIN which is again is a DRIED out Grape! None of us should want to be dry nor do we want to look like a dried out grape but rather a plump and smooth…ummmmm….Grape.
What can you do topically to keep your skin hydrated?
I’ve recommended this more than once…ok maybe hundreds of times to people…OIL CLEANSE! Oil cleansing helps the skin become balanced with oil and water. Your skin produces the right amount of oil and water thus keeping your skin hydrated and plump. One good thing about oils is that many of them are minimal natural sun blockers of UVA rays. So, by oil cleansing you are already starting the process of naturally blocking the rays that cause the skin to age. I recently made a video on how to oil cleanse, just in case you have no cue as to how you do it. Feel free to watch that here:
Oil cleansing at night will also help to keep the skin hydrated throughout the night while the skin is resting and boosts your healthy cell turnover rate.
There are so many oils you can use to oil cleanse with and as you can see in the video, I give you a mix that you can make yourself with pumpkin seed oil and jojoba oil. This is one of my favorite blends with tea tree oil added.
Other oils to try:
Rice Bran Oil
Rose Hip Seed oil
These are just a few starters. Experiment with a few to see what works for you and make it part of your weekly if not daily skin care routine. Feel free to leave any comments, questions, or feedback! And that’s the Skinny on Skin! Until next time!
Licensed Holistic Esthetician