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 

BEAUTY FROM WITHIN…POSSIBLE?

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we hear it all the time: “beauty is only skin deep…”, but how many of us truly believes that? &, how can we, when we know the reality is that beautiful opens doors, beautiful seems to have it all, or at least, has it soooo much easier in life? of course, it’s all relative—although beauty may seem to win the day, it is all relative & everyone has their problems—even those blessed with perfect symmetry & hair…& teeth…:-/

in fact, it seems like the most beautiful of women are actually the most insecure! how is that possible? but we see it all the time, no? these are the women how are more concerned with every blemish, line & 5 extra pounds, & never believe it when told they are pretty.

even though we all know that true beauty resides within (as every cosmetic company including yours truly reminds us…know your beauty!), in the end, we all want to look good on the outside…& there’s nothing wrong with that. wanting to be the best we can be is a good thing, it’s evolution, it’s part of our innate  survival instinct! the problem is when we are torn up inside about every imperfection or addicted to the external so much that we ignore our inner selves, actually arresting our development so we not only long to stay youthful looking, but keep ourselves back emotionally too.

I’m not a big proponent of plastic surgery, however, I don’t fault anyone for doing whatever they wish to feel good about themselves. it is a slippery slope though, & we need to be very careful when delving into the world of easy fixes. we can be easily lured as if by the devil, into constant picking ourselves apart, wasting precious time on the past, not embracing our present & futures & all that comes with that. think about it – the freedom not to care what people think, the confidence that comes with experience, the joy of sharing them & helping others instead of being youthfully self-obsessed. there are so many great things that come with getting older. I’m just beginning to feel & see that myself & yes, sometimes it is challenging to see the changes, but that’s partially because it’s a learned behavior. if I’m honest, & not worried about people thinking I’m being conceited, I’ve gotten better looking as I’ve gotten older. it’s also incredible to experience how freeing maturity is too!

scientists have seen that hormonal reactions that determine our lifelong skin “blueprint” start in the womb so, best start embracing these faces now folks. it’s so important to choose to see our ourselves as beautiful individuals & not base our self-concept on air-brushed models or photo shopped celebs (&, seriously, I can’t understand why more people don’t see how ridiculous so many of them look after their latest surgery or whatever…it’s like we are a nation of robots who don’t notice stuff anymore!) I don’t think of my developing lines as the lines of age, but as smile lines, & sure, the ones between my brows reflect stress – that I’ve put into this business, getting my degree, getting through childhood…& I use that as motivation for my next phase of life, which is to “lower my mind,” deal with stress in a different way than I learned in childhood…become less reactionary & more thoughtful, breathe more. if I automatically dismissed & thought only negatively about myself, I reject my past, my history & all the experiences that make me the unique person I am & that is a terrible way to treat myself. what’s more, I should be complimenting myself for getting through it all & for not only surviving, but thriving! &…for having the cahones to want to do more work on myself in mid–life!

when I think of the most beautiful celebs, Robin Wright, Holly Hunter, Lauren Hutton, Patricia Clarkson, Julie Delpy, Glenn Close, Rita Wilson, Julie Christie & of course Meryl Streep come to mind…the ones who appear to be naturally aging & who seem to have all the confidence in the world…&…I kinda want to be like them!

but, I remind myself I am not them. they can be inspirational to me…but I have to look in the mirror & compliment myself…even even on what I feel like is my worst day…now, your turn! 🙂

meryl streep

xo

—Suki