It is no secret now that our planet earth is undergoing drastic climate changes. The snow caps are melting, sea levels are rising, and temperatures are spiking up and going as low as never before. In fact, the causes of these changes, their magnitude, and their impact on the human body are important matters of debates all over the world, making climate change one of the greatest challenges of the present times.
As the skin is the most highly exposed organ to the environment, it’s no surprise that it may start acting up, causing breakouts and excessive dryness. If climate change continues at present rates, there will be an increase in various skin diseases and skin cancers. It is therefore important to follow a skin regimen, depending on your skin type, and the climate it is exposed to, in order to keep it healthy and youthful.
Read on to find out several tips you can incorporate in your everyday skin care to protect yourself from excessive skin damage caused by harsh weather and climatic conditions.
- Cleanse your skin
The first step of any skin care routine is removing any makeup that you may have on your face. If all makeup is not removed it may settle in the pores, resulting in blackheads, breakouts, and acne. The double cleansing method is a method used for clear skin by women all over the world. It involves washing your face in two steps, first by using an oil-based cleanser, followed by a water-based cleanser. An alternative to the chemical-laden makeup removers and cleansers, you can try organic coconut oil. Simply rub your skin with a tablespoon of organic coconut oil. Remove with a warm washcloth. Next go in with a mild, water-based cleanser to get your skin squeaky clean.
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
It is very important to exfoliate the dead skin cells that make your skin look dull, taking away the glow and brightness. It is, however, important to remember that many exfoliators that are available in-store do more harm than damage. They have harsh chemicals that can strip the skin’s natural oil, not only making it dry but also causing irritation. You can switch to a natural, homemade scrub instead. Our personal favorite is a basic salt body scrub made with Epsom salt, organic coconut oil, lavender, and essential oil.
After all the cleansing and scrubbing, it is essential that you hydrate your skin, and rose water is perfect for skin hydration. It not only helps hydrate the skin but also revitalizes and moisturizes the skin, leaving it refreshed. It also has many antibacterial properties, helping in the healing of scars, cuts, and wounds.
- Herbal, Toxin-Free Sunscreen
Before heading out of the house, it is extremely important to apply a generous amount of sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays that can cause immense skin damage and even skin cancer. Sunscreen has become even more important with the depletion of the ozone layer, allowing the harmful radiation to reach the skin directly. Herbal sunscreen lotions are not only widely and easily available, they are made from renewable resources, are inexpensive and have no side effects.
The most important step in any skin care regime is moisturizing. However, the parabens and other toxins in the moisturizers have lasting impacts and have been linked with various diseases. The best way to keep your skin moisturized and supple is to try various DIYs. The natural ingredients in these home-made moisturizers will prevent any irritation from occurring. We recommend mixing organic olive oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil and vitamin E oil with beeswax or carnauba wax and an organic hydrosol of your choice. Add in some organic aloe vera gel, and a few drops of lavender essential oil to make a divine moisturizing lotion.
- Face oil
Facial oils are not given their due importance in skin care. They are often skipped or ignored. However, facial oils are rich in antioxidants and vitamins and can deeply nourish and hydrate the skin. These oils are plant-based with abundant nutrients. Facial oils help smoothen and nourish the skin, especially when seasonal cold or drier climates disturb the skin’s balance. It also helps with irritation, inflammation, acne and also helps prevent wrinkles by improving the elasticity of your skin. Lastly, they help make the skin glow making it look youthful and fresh.
Summing it up, the changing climate can take a toll on the skin. It is therefore important to take conscious steps, incorporating natural and herbals products in the skin care routine that will help keep the skin healthy, fresh and young!