Skin is the largest organ on our body. On the average adult, our skin spans roughly 22 square feet. Things that affect our skin are what we consume internally for nutrition as well as our hydration level and how much sleep we get. External factors such as environmental pollution, weather and bacteria also play a part. Perhaps one of the biggest things we overlook is what we apply (or do not apply) to our skin. Skin can be an excellent barrier but depending on the molecule size and type, can all let things permeate in several layers and even as deep as entering our bloodstream.
Did you know that you need 15 minutes of unprotected UVA time in the sun each day? While Vitamin D supplements are okay, sunshine is free and still the best way to increase your Vitamin D levels. Of course, if you have health conditions or tend to burn easily, taking precautions such as choosing non-peak hours may be your best option.
Drinking at least half you body weight in water will help deliver important nutrients to the cells in your skin to keep it functioning at it's highest level.
Keeping skin clean is also important. Choosing the right exfoliant for your age and type of skin can help keep things open for vitamins (like Vitamin D), minerals, fats and other protective, nourishing components to enter.
Serums have a much smaller molecule than lotions and creams. Serum generally allows nutrients to penetrate deeper which also allows any other lotions or creme on top to work at it's full capacity. I highly recommend serum be added to any skin care routine for face and neck.
For full body, I recommend a body scrub containing sugar, salt, volcanic ash and/or charcoal powder.
Follow either with nourishing and protective butters like Shea and Aloe.
Crystal Encapsulated Vegan Cholesterol, Activated Charcoal, Kaolin, Tea Tree oil, Caffeine, Colloidal Gold and Shea Butter are just a few other ingredients that can optimize skin appearance and performance.