Holistic Approach to Skincare

I have always been honest with my customers and social media followers about my holistic approach to skincare. As I have aged I’ve experienced a loss of volume and tone in my skin due to depleting collagen and elastin in my body, which has led to me looking ‘older’, ‘tired’, even ‘angry’ at times. I have to be honest, when I don’t look or feel myself it knocks my confidence.

A practical approach

The only way to address some of the skincare matters that arise as a direct result of ageing is to go deeper into the epidermal layers, to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production and stimulate hydration to soften fine lines and wrinkles, plumping and tightening the skin effectively.

Alongside this, I wanted to go one step further than my daily skincare routine, so I found a specialist aesthetic clinic that could help. I now make regular visits for additional treatments with Dr Sabika Karim, a specialist in skin rejuvenation, to give myself an extra boost.

And just to be clear…

The rich nourishing organic formulations in each SairaSkin product are designed specifically to cleanse, exfoliate, nourish and soften the skin. Used twice daily, the products should help our customers see a marked improvement in the appearance and texture of their skin within seven days, with skin that looks brighter, fresher, toned and glossy.

However, at SairaSkin we pride ourselves on our honesty. We love how our fragrant, luxurious oils treat our skin, but what our products won’t do is remove fine lines and wrinkles, clear pigmentation, remove dark circles, or tighten and lift the skin. Anti-ageing treatments cannot be achieved with oils, serums or creams – they require clinical procedures or non-surgical solutions such as injectables.

A healthy diet

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Your diet really does matter if you’re serious about improving your skin. A nutrient-rich diet full of vitamins and antioxidants will help strengthen skin from the inside, thus contributing to a clearer, healthier look. Over the years I’ve found that my skin improves as soon as I reduce my intake of refined sugars and processed foods. I’ve put together a list of some of the best foods you can eat to give your skin a boost from inside out (I’ve included fish as I appreciate that not everyone is vegan or vegetarian):

  • Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and herring – excellent foods for healthy skin, they’re all rich sources of Omega 3 fatty acids,  which are fats that your body cannot make by itself. These fats reduce inflammation in your body, including in your skin.
  • Avocados – high in healthy fats essential for many bodily functions, including healthy skin. Getting enough of these fats will help keep skin flexible and moisturised.
  • Walnuts – these nuts are another great source of essential Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Sunflower seeds – crunchy versatile seeds that contain Vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant to help give your skin a boost. Use a handful of seeds as salad toppers, or mix them into morning yogurt with a drizzle of honey.
  • Broccoli – this green, leafy veg is full of the vitamins and minerals that are important for skin health, including zinc, vitamin A and vitamin C. It also contains lutein, which helps protect your skin from oxidative damage that causes it to become dry and wrinkled. I love steaming mine but it’s also great in soups or lightly stir-fried.
  • Green tea – the powerful compounds found in green tea, known as ‘catechins’, work to improve the health of your skin by improving its moisture, roughness, thickness, and elasticity.

A love of hydration

For me, water is an essential part of skin health and glow. Our body’s cells and tissues are mostly comprised of water, and getting enough can improve blood flow in the skin and body. Water assists the blood in carrying essential nutrients to the skin, which helps protect it from premature damage. I drink freshly made herbal teas and filtered water every day, and I’ve noticed that when I reduce my water intake my skin is often dry and cracked.

A sensible exercise regime

I incorporate stretching, resistance and strength work, cardio and walking into my working week, to keep physically and mentally fit – but also for my skin. When I work out, blood is pumped through my body, working my heart muscles and circulating blood and oxygen. This increased blood flow during exercise can result in improved circulation even when I’m not exercising. This means that all of my body’s cells, including skin cells, are nourished by the enhanced blood flow, leading to improved vitality and more effective cellular repair and replacement. Exercise also helps the body to expel toxins and reduce stress and inflammation. Put together, the result is a major contribution to healthier, happier skin.

A respect for the sun

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I wear sunscreen 365 days of the year, because it’s the most important product in any skincare ritual, helping protect your skin from premature ageing caused by the sun’s rays. Sunscreen is not just to be applied on the beach while on your summer holidays, but each and every day to protect the skin from harmful rays like UVB and UVA. It can also help protect you from the blue light that’s omitted from our digital devices, which can penetrate into the skin’s deeper layers causing pigmentation and collagen breakdown. By wearing a daily sunscreen you reduce the risk of skin cancer, as well as the likelihood of getting wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, sagginess, blotches, blemishes and age spots.

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