We Chat to Hannah from The Skin Creamery
Together Baobab, Bentonite and Buchu act as an effective cleanser – nourishing all skin types, from oily to dry.
So, no matter your skin type, if you desire clear, fresh and vital skin, here are a few reasons you should try our Skin Creamery Cleansing Facial Powder – after all, it contains all three of these miracle skin solutions!
Formed after years of weathering volcanic ash, bentonite clay is packed with minerals such as silica, which strengthens connective tissue including muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone.
Mixed with water, activated bentonite clay assists in healing and regenerating skin tissue. The clay helps to rejuvenate skin naturally and reduce fine lines and wrinkles while fighting bacteria and infection.
Used as an exfoliator, it removes dead skin and works to detox and clarify – leaving skin instantly radiant and glowing!
Bentonite clay powder can even be used instead of face powder. Free from any damaging ingredients, this powder is a safe, non-toxic cosmetic staple!
When it comes to natural health remedies, buchu comes out on top. This evergreen, flowering shrub, which is indigenous to South Africa, contains naturally occurring anti-oxidants and bioflavonoids such as Quercetin, Rutin, Hesperidin, Diosimin, Diosphenol and Vitamins A, B and E.
Used by the Khoisan for centuries (they believed it to be an elixir of youth), this ‘miracle herb’ is currently being marketed for a wide range of clinical applications, most notably as a completely natural anti-inflammatory.
Buchu also acts as a natural sunscreen – Making use of it just before going out in the sun averts skin from detrimental UV rays.
Baobab oil is the natural choice for healthy skin. Rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, it does anti-aging wonders for skin by fighting free radicals. Being an emollient, it provides hydration to dry and dehydrated skin, without clogging pores. Baobab oil quickly absorbs into the skin without creating any oiliness, making it beneficial for all skin types, even oily skin. In fact, the moisturising properties in baobab are so amazing, that it has even been known to treat serious skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Essential Vitamins A, C, D, E & F are also found in Baobab: Vitamins A and F help to regenerate skin cells and improve skin elasticity, while Vitamin C and E are anti-aging antioxidants that helps to fight wrinkles and combat premature aging in the skin.
Boabab has one of the highest levels of Vitamin C of any fruit in the world – which protects the skin from looking old and dull while eliminating harmful toxins that get in the way of our skin’s natural ability to defend.
It’s no secret that beauty shines from the inside out – and we’re not just talking about your sparkling personality here. While it’s important to choose kind, quality skincare products, good food choices really make a difference when it comes to looking and feeling great.
Because we know that an effective skincare routine is hinged on the choices you make every day – and not just the products you use – we’ve put together a few simple tips for supporting the health of your skin through your diet.
Eat foods high in skin-loving vitamins and minerals
It sounds pretty straight forward, and it is. Your body breaks down the food you eat into vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and then uses these to build new skin. Foods rich in vitamins A, C, D and E are at the top of the list, with zinc, copper, selenium and magnesium topping the minerals charts. Omega rich foods are important too, as they help nourish the skin from the inside.
Remember to add lots of dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, blueberries, avocado, nuts and chia seeds – among many others – to your shopping list!
Eating better doesn’t have to take too much effort, either, and many more of us are taking to the idea that healthy food is in fact quite delicious. Sometimes, all it means is adding a handful of leafy greens to your meal or adding some avocado to your morning smoothie. And for glowing skin all year round? We’ll take that, thanks.
Eat foods as close their natural state as possible
Aim to fill your plate with whole foods, as close to their natural state as possible. Where you can, opt for fresh, raw fruits and veggies. The theory behind this is that when you heat food, the nutritional value (vitamins and minerals) is compromised and important enzymes are damaged or destroyed.
Skin problems (from severe acne to dull skin) are usually caused by hormonal imbalances and inflammation. Eating raw, whole foods help maintain the balance in the body, and inflammation that could lead to redness and discomfort. The skin is, after all, your biggest organ, so any healthier you are, the healthier your skin will be.
Eat dark chocolate
We thought this one deserved a category of its own, even though there’s a “in reasonable portions” disclaimer attached.
Dark chocolate is actually quite nutritious, and a great source of important minerals like Iron, Magnesium, Manganese and Copper. It’s also a powerful antioxidant, which helps rid the body of free radicals. Dark chocolate even contains a high amount of fibre!
Tip: The higher the cocoa content, the more benefits you’ll enjoy. Always go for the best quality you can find, and if you can, see if you can find a fairly traded, organic option.
Drink water, my friend
We’ve heard it many times before – 8 glasses, or 2 litres per day is the standard recommendation. When you’re well hydrated, the skin is equipped to fulfill all of its functions properly, from repairing and replacing skin cells to flushing out impurities.
The trick is to drink water throughout the day, as opposed to gulping down a litre at a time. And why not make things a little bit more exciting? Flavour your water and enjoy extra health benefits by adding fresh mint and lemon, or go for berries or cucumber slices for something a little different.
Eat foods that promote an alkaline pH in the body
pH has a huge role to play in your general well-being. Where does your skin fall on the pH spectrum? Finding the perfect balance between acidity and alkalinity creates the perfect conditions for healthy cells (read: skin, hair, body) to thrive in.
The skin becomes overly acidic when we eat sugary, processed foods, and may become stripped down, inflamed and red – and also prone to aggressive breakouts. To prevent this, we should try to choose foods that keep our skin pH levels closer to the glorious 5.5 mark.
Alkaline diets have gained plenty of attention lately – and perhaps rightfully so. Many recent studies have shown that an alkaline diet can help you reach an ideal healthy weight, as well as prevent cancer and many other health conditions. It’s worth exploring, don’t you think?
Foods that encourage alkaline pH levels in the body include root vegetables like carrots and beets; childhood favourites (*wink*) like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage; dark, leafy greens like kale and spinach; garlic, peppers, and the queen of them all: the lemon.
Fermented foods (not just for hippies)
The health benefits of eating fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut and even plain yoghurt are endless. With a little bit of research – and courage – you could even make them at home quite cost-effectively.
Natural fermentation allows the food (or drink) to develop B-Vitamins, certain strains of probiotics, enzymes and Omega-3 fatty acids – almost everything you need for overall health and radiant skin. That alone is quite amazing.
Eating naturally fermented foods is highly beneficial to the gut, which happens to be the root of many of our ailments. When you have the correct balance of healthy gut bacteria and enough digestive enzymes to keep things moving swiftly, you will absorb more nutrients from the food you eat (another reason to choose whole, nutritious foods).