Winter wrinkles – Ugh!

I just turned 40.  And to be honest, I’m taking an extra glance in the mirror.  And I didn’t like what I was seeing.  I wasn’t seeing 40 years of life, I was seeing a depleted woman.  I wasn’t taking proper care of myself, and it was showing.  I wasn’t even taking time to use the products that I make that are helping so many other women age well.  Lack of self care coupled with dry winter air was really doing a number on my skin.

WIth a little help from my husband and my boys, I am off to a much better year.  They could see the tiredness in my spirit, and they all stepped up so that I could have a little more space to take care of myself.

Here is I learned from my experience.

Stay hydrated!

  1. Drink more water than you think you need.  I was burning the candle at both ends, rarely even stopping for a drink.  If I did stop for a drink, it was a cup of coffee, which further dehydrated me. Cold air can’t hold much humidity, and furnaces do away with the little moisture that was left.  You might not be sweating as much, but you’re losing more water just through evaporation of water in your breath.  Breathe out humidified air from your body, suck in dry air from the environment. Repeat 23,000 times a day. So long hydration.
  2. Our bodies as a whole can become dehydrated, but our skin takes on its fair share in the battle of dehydration.  It’s our first line of defense in separating our insides from the outside world.  It’s in contact with that dry, thirsty air all day long. Trans-epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) is a fancy way of saying we’re losing our water through our skin.  Dehydrated skin can’t function as well as a barrier, and it also begins to look flaky and wrinkled.  What’s the difference between a grape and a raisin?  A raisin is just a dehydrated grape.  In order to maintain that plump, grape-like skin, we have to make sure we’re putting enough water in, and then keeping it in.  The very bottom level foundation for a healthy body and healthy skin is proper hydration. The next step is to keep that water in.  A good barrier cream will prevent water loss through your skin, and beeswax is a great barrier ingredient. You can check out our selection of beeswax skincare here.

Skin on the outside is a mirror to skin on the inside

Do you feel like you’re wrinkling and aging faster than you should?  Is your skin dry, red and flaky? Maybe you’re dealing with hyper pigmentation, aka dark splotches.  Did you think that surely you would have outgrown acne by now? All of these things reveal problems that are much more than skin deep, so of course solutions are more than skin deep. The major causes of these problems can usually be traced back to one of the following causes.

Inflammation from a poor diet, sickness, autoimmune problems, stress

Bacterial imbalance of the microbiome of skin and/ or gut ( pretty much the same causes as inflammation)

Oxidative stress from poor lifestyle choices and insufficient preventive measures (think sunscreen and a healthy diet)

Blood sugar issues from too many sweets for too long

Fat, Vitamin or Mineral Deficiencies from a poor diet or poor absorption

Hormone imbalances that resulted from consumption of synthetic hormones, prolonged illness, exposure to too many endocrine disruptors from chemicals in food and personal care products

 

A diet that is full of organic fruits and vegetables and low in refined carbohydrates and sugar, coupled with regular exercise and successful ways to cope with stress will work wonders in all of these areas.  (Might I suggest keeping a prayer journal to help you regularly cast all of you cares on Jesus, because He cares for you?)

Next I’ll discuss causes and effects of inflammation in your body, what your skin has to say about it, and what you can do about it.