From a young age, we are raised on the old saying ‘love the skin you’re in’, and as children our parents may have passed down their own beauty routines to us. But with increasing pollution levels in the cities, sun exposure, work-related stresses and an increase in the amount of preservatives and sugars in our food, it is becoming increasingly difficult to figure out how to take care of your skin amidst of all these outside factors, let alone knowing what actually protects your skin these days.
With all manner of serums, procedures and pills advertised as keeping our skin youthful and vibrant, we decided it would be good to go back to basics and look at ways of keeping our skin healthy without the stress.
Our bodies are made of 60% water, so keeping ourselves hydrated is paramount to our wellbeing. But on average, this is something a lot of us overlook, reaching for the nearest cup of coffee or glass of red wine at the end of the day.
A quick analogy of this; your skin is a sponge. A sponge soaked in water is supple, whereas a dry sponge is rough with cracks and lines. This is an obvious reflection on the way water works in our body; the more water we consume, the suppler and smoother our skin.
Not only that, but water holds a multitude of benefits for our bodies as a whole, with positive effects on our metabolism, digestion and much more. It is in our best interest to keep ourselves topped up with at least 8 glasses of water a day, to ensure that we keep our bodies and skin looking and feeling their best.
It is so important to make sure you moisturise your skin daily; this keeps skin supple, vibrant and soft, essential for your natural beauty and wellbeing. That being said, we know how important it is to make sure that what you’re putting on your skin is of the highest quality, and provides your skin with the nutrients it needs.
When coming up with the formulas for our moisturising body butters, we ensured that only the best ingredients were used; for example, our Black Amber & Saffron Body Butter is designed with a base of shea butter that has been extracted from the Shea nut, which is found in sub-Saharan Africa. Shea butter is a rich, moisturising, nourishing and protective ingredient which easily absorbs into your skin with no greasy residue.
We advise moisturising daily, as throughout the day your body will expel water. Drinking it back will help to keep the balance in the long term, but for a more instant hydrating hit a daily body moisturising session (especially on your feet, joints and décolletage) will ensure your skin is kept its soft and supple best.
One of the best things you can do for your skin, and your health in general, is to relax. Stress is a major factor when it comes to premature ageing and well-being, and it’s hugely important that you take some time out of every day to dedicate to you.
Sit in a quiet room, play some relaxing music, take a long hot bath with our Grapefruit & Basil Signature Candle in the background, there are a myriad of ways for you to ensure you keep your forehead wrinkle free and your stress levels minimal.
Small, everyday habits become long-standing trends with time, and your skin’s wellbeing should be one of those habits. It’s all too easy to lose ourselves in the everyday hustle and bustle of work and family, but with some mindfulness and a little bit of help from Lilou et Loic, your skin and overall wellbeing can be managed and maintained with no stress whatsoever.