When we are on an airplane, we are told by the flight attendant to first put on our own masks before we help others.
I’m sure you have heard this used as an analogy before, and I’m even more sure that you know what it means. However, most of us don’t dance to that tune. It might be a bit too deeply ingrained in us to put others first when it comes to our self-care. This might be a good time to reflect on how kind you are treating YOU. After all, taking care of YOU, is essential when taking care of others.
Your Skin- The window to your inner health
I think it is first important to acknowledge this fact: Your skin is the largest organ in your body!
The long-term benefits of taking care of your skin cannot be overstated. It is the window to your inner organs, & your health is directly related to the care of your skin.
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A common benefit of cleansing our skin is the removal of dirt, oil, and other unwanted debris.
Throughout the day, our skin is continually covered with bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dirt, and old (dead) skin cells. Daily washing removes these impurities to give the skin a fresh look. Without washing, your skin would be covered with a thick layer of dirt and grime which make it difficult for other products to penetrate the skin properly.
Washing is also an important factor in helping the skin maintain a proper level of hydration. Dehydrated skin looks and feels rough, wrinkled, and often loses its luster. Cleansing helps manage PH levels which helps enable sufficient water and product retention.
Exfoliating is really the next level of cleansing. Simply put, exfoliating helps to keep your skin silky soft, and smooth by buffing away and removing dead skin cells that don’t come off with regular cleansing.
We recommend exfoliating your skin twice a week as part of your weekly skincare routine. Not just the lips, the whole body.
Exfoliation is all about balance – whilst it’s important to buff away dead skin cells, you also want to take care not to strip away too many of your skin’s natural oils.
If you’re guilty of neglecting to exfoliate your skin, it’s likely that your skin is also suffering from dehydration. As layers of dead skin cells build, it can be harder for your skin to absorb the moisturizers you are taking the time to put on.
The skin on your face, ears, neck, and chest are very sensitive to environmental changes. Since they are the most exposed, they are also the most likely areas to develop issues. They also shed cells more rapidly than other parts of the body which results in needing moisture to repair themselves. More moisture allows for younger skin cells to rise up to the surface.
The massaging effect that is used when applying moisturizer is not only relaxing but also helps stimulate blood circulation and new cell generation.
By adding a moisturizer into your daily routine, you can keep wrinkles to a minimum. Your skin plumps up when you add moisturizer, giving you a firmer appearance and showing fewer wrinkles.
To sum this one up, moisturizing is not a personal care treatment that you should skimp on. It only takes a minute or two each day, but it provides you with so many long-term benefits.
Body powders are such a lifesaver! They are so versatile in their many uses; here are a few of our favorites.
It absorbs moisture from sweat and humidity. Perhaps it seems obvious, but if you haven’t ever used body powder you might not know that it is like having a deodorant that you can apply... well pretty much A N Y W H E R E. It helps to absorb excess moisture without added aluminum or toxic antiperspirants.
It keeps body acne at bay. Body powder stops the excess moisture from collecting on your skin and fights acne-causing bacteria using the antiseptic properties of essential oils. This assists in preventing skin irritation and clogged pores.
Sprinkling just a little bit of this on my feet before I put on my socks and shoes keeps them smelling sweet and helps prevent blisters! In the winter, I love it because it keeps my feet from getting cold and clammy in my boots. Keeping your feet dry also helps extend the life of your shoes by reducing the absorption of odor and bacteria into your insoles.
Last, but certainly not least, as this is the staple of The Healing Place Farm; Essential oils.
As an all-natural therapy, aromatherapy uses essential oils taken from flowers, peels of plants, leaves, stems, bark, seeds, and roots. When essential oils are inhaled, they have been shown to be beneficial for a variety of uses.
Did you know essential oils are now being used in hospitals? Recognized for their ability to treat anxiety, depression, and infection, more and more medical professionals are jumping on board. In fact, we at The Farm proudly source the inhalers used at several local hospitals.
Essential oils have had many studies showing great effectiveness at reducing stress, calming the nervous system, energizing, minimizing viruses & bacteria, taking the edge off cravings, minimizing pain receptors, and more.
We at The Healing Place Farm are here to assist you with any questions you may have about your personal self-care. It is our mission to create natural products that you can trust for your family, your friends & YOU!