DID YOU KNOW?

today is #NationalWinterSkinReliefDay!

9 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR SKIN HEALTHY (& ESPECIALLY HYDRATED!) THROUGH THE WINTER

hydration. by keeping your body hydrated, your skin will naturally follow suit. if you have a hard time remembering to sip your H2O, learn to make a habit out of it by setting a reminder in your phone or using fun apps like Plant Nanny!💦

here’s a fun (& super helpful!) article on ways to trick yourself into drinking more water!

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-trick-yourself-into-drinking-more-water-every-da-1678956552/amp

hydration, part deux. supplements like: fish oil, lecithin, probiotics, digestive enzymes (with each meal) keep your body functioning at its best & your joints all lubricated (as well as your skin!)! please don’t get your supplements at a store. buy them from a naturopath or other such practitioner… 

swap out your moisturizer. use a rich, oil-based moisturizer (while skin is still damp from cleansing or from your toner) to help keep skin smooth & soft all winter long.

a good humidifier is a must! winter naturally brings low humidity, with stale, indoor air, heat in all its drying out forms, invest in a good humidifier, or several, to place throughout your house to keep moisture in your home. you will notice the difference!

munch (or sip!) your veggies! cucumbers, lettuces, sprouted veggies like radish & sweet peas & celery naturally contain lots of water—which makes them a perfect snack when you’re trying to keep yourself & your skin hydrated. orange & yellow veggies, like sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers & pumpkin, are great for your skin due to the antioxidant, beta-carotene & eating local, organic root veggies…boosts your consumption of vitamins A, B & E, as well as your iron & omega-3s, are the most nourishing winter foods!  

avoid hot water. hot hot showers may feel great in the moment, especially in the morning, but they suck the moisture right out of your skin!

while we are at it, turn down your heat too! 

coconut oil. virgin organic coconut oil serves as a highly effective product for body care. used internally as well as your cooking fat, coconut oil fights free radical damage, possibly due to its high levels of ferulic & p-coumaric acid, & its natural antioxidant properties. but, watch the facial skin. this oil can be comedogenic, causing those blackheads nobody wants! for your face, stick to jojoba, grape seed, hazelnut, even olive oil! 

sip pomegranate juice. this bright red fruit is packed with polyphenol antioxidants which not only fight free radicals but studies have shown that they may prevent cell aging. 

exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!!

as we mature, our skin’s natural ability to regenerate new layers of skin slows way down. manual & natural chemical exfoliation will really help not only to reveal your fresh, glowing skin, but also helps your skin absorb moisturizers & serums is much more.

one product that I use year round but especially saves my skin in the winter is my ultra protect body balm😍 this is hands down one of my favorite products!

I formulated my super unique long-wear balm as your all-over ultimate multi-tasker, essential after daily exfoliation for problem skin (like mine). its won’t-rub-off texture (’denser’ than greasy salves) provides the moisture barrier dry, sensitive, troubled skin needs & long-wear support between you & those environmental stressors.

https://youtu.be/qL2tpkRAHIA here is a video I made to show you firsthand how to correctly use the balm and why this product is so unique!☺️ additional info can be found here! https://sukiskincare.com/ultra-protect-body-balm/

please feel free to message me with any skincare questions or concerns you have!

& as always, know your beauty☺️ 

xo – Suki 

KNOW YOUR WORLD

Hawaii is set to become the 1st state in the US to actually ban the sale of sunscreens containing two types of chemicals toxic to the ocean( thank you Hawaii, but this is just now happening in 2018?! how long until all 50?) – oxybenzone & octinoxate.

they’re killing oceans around the world – the chemicals strip coral reefs of their nutrients & disrupt the development of fish & marine life.

about 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotion ends up in coral reefs around the world each year, with tourist-filled beaches, like in Hawaii & the US Virgin Islands, having the highest concentrations.

& for those of you thinking ‘well I don’t go into the ocean after applying sunscreen, so…” you’re not helping at all – when you go home & wash it off in the shower, the chemicals are sent into wastewater streams & sent to the ocean.

these chemicals are found in Hawaiian Topic, Banana Boat & Coopertone…just to name a few brands (also found in nail polish, fragrances, hair spray..yikes!)

fyi,  oxybenzone is associated w/ endometriosis & has the potential to damage cells that may lead to skin cancer. both oxybenzone & octinoxate disrupt your hormones which affects reproduction in men & women & puberty…hormones control everything in your body folks!

oh! & if that’s not enough, oxybenzone is more strongly estrogenic than BPA & it was named “Allergen of the Year”! & despite the huge health risks, octinoxate remains an approved ingredient worldwide & is found in many “natural” sunscreens (are you kidding?! like it isn’t already hard enough for consumers to navigate the beauty biz.)

sunscreen chemicals are extremely bad for your skin & health & we do not recommend using sunscreen at all…but if you must, use 100% natural bases w/ only the oxides used as sunscreen agents – Goddess Garden Organics’ sunscreen is made with plant-based ingredients, certified organic, reef safe & biodegradable (making it good for us & the world around us!)

&…know your beauty!

xo – Suki