Interesting Facts about YOUR SKIN - Volume Two

As a follow-up to Volume One where we brought you the first round of interesting facts about YOUR SKIN, here is some more skin trivia for the responsible health-conscious people among us.

  • Your skin accounts for about 15% of your body weight.
  • Continuous and long-term use of makeup does not damage the skin, if the makeup is of good quality, suitable for your skin type and if you regularly remove it. 
  • Your skin renews during the night, so if you really want to slough away the dead cells, the best strategy is to stick to a morning exfoliation
  • Sometimes changes on the skin can be an indication that something is going on with your health. For example, hormones produced by the thyroid gland are directly linked to natural fats and oils that protect our skin and hair, cells and pigmentation.
  • Collagen synthesis can be achieved with regular scrubbing. It helps to make the skin look tight, plump and young while preserving its integrity and texture. 
  • Ingrown hairs are a common skin problem that can be fought off with exfoliation, so it really primes the skin for any upcoming topical products. 
  • Scar tissue lacks hair and sweat glands.
  • The skin ages for two reasons. Natural ageing is inevitable and linked to chronological ageing, that is, the biological clock. Another reason for skin ageing is the influence of exterior factors - in the first-place ultraviolet radiation, but it is also necessary to mention the adverse effects of cigarettes and alcohol.
  • In order to keep a healthy glow even when ageing, the skin needs to keep producing sweat. As you become older, daily exercise is necessary to assist the body in producing more sweat since this function declines with time.
  • Hyaluronic acid disappears as you age, so you need to introduce it via a diet rich in vegetables, magnesium and zinc. It protects elastin fibres and collagen from becoming too rigid and FYI smoking speeds up the process of degradation.
  • Ageing spots are actually sunspots. Those brown spots that occur with ageing are actually the result of overexposure to the sun. They are most commonly found around the area of the face or the torso. They appear because the pigmentation cells are located at the very top of the skin in these places. To avoid them, regularly apply SPF lotions, wear hats and sunglasses.
  • Exfoliation will provide the deep cleans your skin requires, so make sure to remove all makeup and start with a clean face.
  • According to the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology), women with dry skin should exfoliate less often than those with oily skin. Acne can also affect the optimum scrubbing frequency.
  • Stress increases cortisol levels, which causes the glands to secrete fat that in turn clogs the pores and causes pimples to appear. So psychological problems can lead to

 

So, learn about your skin and invest in it. After all, it is going to represent you for a long time. And remember exfoliation is – or should be – a natural, yet critical, part of your daily beauty routine. If you need a little push in the right direction to get you started, check out our Australian-made, vegan scrubs and indulge yourself with the best ingredients that nature has to offer.

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