This week is one of our favourite times of the year: Valentines Day. We love the outpouring of love that fills the streets this week, the numerous bouquets of flowers, boxes of chocolates, and generally loved up couples that make us believe in love all over again.
But this year we wanted to try something different. After you’ve shared some love with the significant people in your life, why not share a little love with yourself, and your skin.
Here are our tips on how to love your skin better this Valentines Day.
We all have aspects of our skin that we don’t like. Maybe it’s inconsistent skin tone, maybe its issues with dry skin, oily skin or a skin condition. Maybe we just aren’t happy with it in general. But, accepting your skin is the first step in learning to love it. Instead of thinking of your skin like a beauty item, think of all the benefits that it gives you, all the positives. It is true what they say: you have to love the skin you’re in.
If you want your skin to serve you well, look good and feel good, you have to protect it. This means giving it a regular coat of sunscreen, even if you aren’t sure you’re going to be out in the sun. It means guarding against dry skin with daily moisturising, even on the days when there’s so much more to do. And it means recognising that you might need your skin, but it needs you too.
Look Out For It
When your skin has a problem, it shows right there on the surface, which means there’s no reason for you to miss the signs. You need to know your skin, and check it regularly for things that seem out of place. This might just be a pesky skin condition that needs treatment, but it could also be the beginnings of skin cancer. Do yourself, and your skin, a favour and get to know your moles and blemishes, and be aware if something changes, or something new appears.
Your skin loves you, but you need to love it back. This means drinking between 1.6 and 2 litres of water every single day, and consuming a balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. The combination of the water and the vitamin packed produce allows your skin to be its best, which translates into glowing, healthy skin you’re going to love every single day.
It is impossible to imagine where you would be without your skin, so why not treat it every now and again? Give your skin some pampering with a regular at home face mask, skin scrub or other DIY beauty treatment, and follow it up with some loving from one of Scentrelle’s oils. Sometimes, a little bit of love can really give your skin a lift, and that carries through to you. After all, you both deserve it!
There are so many things to love about honey as a food. It’s sweet, gloriously sticky, marvelously golden and perfect at any time of day. You can drizzle, spoon or pour it on just about anything for a little hint of sweetness.
But, did you know that honey is just as magnificent for your skin?
If you didn’t, strap in, because we’re about to take you for a seriously sweet ride on the honey train. By the time we’re done, you’re going to be heading out to stock your pantry with this amazing beauty lifesaver. Here’s five thing you can do with honey, apart from eat it.
Use It As A Natural Cleanser
Honey has antibacterial properties, which makes it a fantastic cleanser that can exfoliate the skin from the inside, leaving it full of healthy, natural glow. This makes it great for people who suffer from acne, but honey can also be used to treat cuts and scrapes on a daily basis.
Use It To Reduce Scars and Lighten The Skin
Speaking of cuts and scrapes, did you know that honey has a natural bleaching effect on the skin. This means that as well as being able to give your skin a lightening up, it can help to fade the appearance of scars, no matter how old or recent they are.
Use It To Moisturise Your Skin
Honey makes one very sweet moisturizer! You can use it anywhere on your body to soothe, hydrate and moisturise your skin. Raw honey is best for this, so why not try is as a facial mask, or simply spread it on and enjoy?
Use It To Treat Your Lips
If you’ve got problems with lips that are dried or chapped, or you just want to give your lips a new lease on life, honey is the answer. You can use honey to moisturise your lips everyday as often as you like, without worrying about the harmful chemicals that are often present in lipbalm. Or, you can mix a small amount of honey with some brown sugar and a little lemon juice and give your lips a rejuvenating scrub. Simple and sweet!
Use It To Treat Chronic Skin Conditions
Honey has anti-inflammatory properties, which is one of the reasons that it is considered to be so good for you when eaten. But certain types of honey, particularly Manuka Honey can be used to treat skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. The anti-inflammatory properties can help to soothe the conditions, particularly for people who have very sensitive and damaged skin.
If you’re planning on using honey in your beauty regime, it is worth remembering that all honey is not created equal. As is often the case, the best kind of honey tends to be locally produced or small-scale honey productions, with less factory and chemical intervention. In some cases, certain types of honey are better, and when it comes to skincare raw honey, which is uncooked and unfiltered, often has a more marked positive effect than more processed honey.
So, are you surprised by what honey can do for you and your skin?