Before I start today's tips and tricks, I wanted to thank you for your lovely responses to my last two emails!
I'm so glad you enjoyed the content and that it had a positive impact on you.
So today I wanted to share a little bit about my skincare journey and what's helped me along the way, as this is something I've struggled with for a long time.
I suspect that some of you probably feel the same way and that it might be helpful for those who struggle with similar issues as I do.
I'll be honest and say that I've never had the most beautiful skin, and it took a toll on my self-esteem at a young age.
Back then, there wasn't much talk about skin care.
I didn't know how to take care of my skin and didn't think there was much I could do about it.
I grew up with very dry and sensitive skin that was prone to breakouts.
It's a wonderful combination, isn't it?
Jokes aside, I always thought I'd never have clear skin…
Somewhere along the way, I realized that everyone's skin is different and there's no one-size-fits-all solution to good-looking skin…
And healthy skin is important not only for looks, but also for health reasons!
For the past 7 years, I've been dedicated to skin care and now, in my late fifties, I’m in such a good place with my skin.
This isn't about striving for perfection and eliminating all signs of ageing, but learning more about the factors that affect your skin and taking care of yourself.
Lack of sleep and eating sugar were just a couple of obvious factors for me, but there are a few others that negatively impact my skin.The first factor that had major effects on my skin was stress.
What I learned is that cortisol (the stress hormone) can increase sebum production, which can then clog the pores and trigger breakouts.
They can also contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin, leading to more signs of ageing showing on my skin.
That’s why taking steps to manage your stress benefits your physical and skin health.
Along the way (and this isn't just about skin care), I've realized that self-care really does improve the way you feel and perceive the world.
And even if you're thinking "I've so many tasks, I don't have time" or "I'll do that another time," I have to tell you something from my personal experience…
Taking care of your health, exercising, maintaining a skin care routine, or just treating yourself to that slightly overpriced coffee you've been wanting to try are all investments in your well-being.
Yes, even the overpriced coffee now and then counts.
Okay, back to another factor...
Remember the era of fat-free cookies?
They are just a small example of a bigger problem.
Before I read into this, I was more concerned with the fat grams in the nutrition label than anything else…
Making sure that your diet is rich in essential and healthy fats plays a crucial role in how skin ages by reducing inflammation in the skin,
building strong cell membranes that reduce water loss in skin cells among other advantages.
I learned that going really low on fat affected my skin barrier and made my skin drier and more sensitive.
So, make sure to prioritize balance.
Of course, you should first talk to your doctor if you ever decide to change your diet.
Increase blood flow and circulation within the skin
If your skin is not experiencing redness or rosacea but is looking tired and dull, it’s important to address circulation.
Skin cells, like all cells that make up the tissue and organs of the body, rely on good circulation to get the oxygen, water, hormones, minerals and other elements they need.
I have learned on my skincare journey that tired skin happens when the microcapillaries don’t get enough nutrients.
So, choose products that contains beneficial ingredients that give your skin a healthy boost (read more about the Rose Youth Elixir)Stop comparing yourself
One thing that many women overlook is that skin texture is completely normal.
Between magnifying mirrors and social media filters, I've noticed that I've started to have unrealistic ideas of what "healthy skin" looks like.
So rather than forcing these unrealistic results on your skin, you should value your skin and work to achieve the best possible outcome for your skin.
Because skin is indeed very complicated!
You'll have your best skin if you take the time to understand what you're working with and what works for it.
My advice for next time you’re doing your skincare routine and catch yourself concentrating on your flaws, just try to think of one positive thing you did that day or one quality you like about yourself.
It might sound funny, but the truth is, it’s just not healthy to do all this negative self-talk.
I would love to connect with you, so feel free to reply to this email.
I will be happy to hear your skincare story and what your skin concerns are/were.
Until next time,