#HelloHealthySkin Challenge – Phase Two – How To Nourish the Extra Cellular Matrix & Banish Dry Skin

#HelloHealthySkin Challenge – Phase Two – How To Nourish the Extra Cellular Matrix & Banish Dry Skin


Hello and welcome to the second week of
your 28-day healthy skin challenge and this week we will be discussing the
phase of conditioning and conditioning relates to some of the things within the
structure of your skin that we can actually improve upon and help overall
make your skin behave and feel and look better. So when I talk about conditioning
one of the things I want to highlight for you is the cellular level that your
skin exists on and we all know that the skin has phenomenal properties one of
the things that I admire the most is the way that you can actually spring your
skin out of shape and then it sort of pops back in to place and this is a lot
to do with what we know as the extracellular matrix so your skin is
just like a brick wall and if you think about the skin cells as being the bricks
and the other components of your skin including the extracellular matrix as
being like the cement in between your skin cells. So that cement actually has a
lot of healthy polysaccharides that are actually consisting of different fibrous
material you’ve also got water which your skin is 70% of it is water. So when we start to examine the skin on this level we realize that in order to have healthy
skin you actually have to condition and replace some of the things that may have
been lost over time and I’ve already spoken about the damaging effects of
using detergents and astringent alcohols on your skin so things that you find in
toners that are very drying you want to avoid using these because they will
actually affect the health of your extracellular matrix. So if I’m checking
someone’s skin and I noticed that they have a lot of dehydration
they’ll be particularly dehydrated around the eye area and you might notice
that this is also the place that you start to see lines first. So when I talk
about conditioning I’m talking about using ingredients that will replenish
the extracellular matrix and some of these ingredients I have highlighted
when I discussed moisturisers. So if you haven’t already watched that video then
I would recommend that you look back on day six of the challenge where I
introduced some of the things around moisturisers but what I’d like you to
take a closer look at are the ingredients that we know coexist within
your skin so if you think about formulations as being something that
should really give and not take away from your skin if you want it to be
healthy so the conditioning ingredients that I’m going to be going into more
detail on are things like hydrating ones like Shea, jojoba, these actually mimic how sebum naturally works in our skin there are more sophisticated ingredients that
we now have because you know there’s just been such a huge range of
development in the research around active ingredients being taken from
plants so there are other ones that are hydrating that aren’t in cream form. I am
a big fan of heavy water because it’s a molecule that actually stays in the skin
for longer and it will hydrate and actually plump your skin and remain in
the skin ten times longer than regular water so that’s another really
interesting ingredient to look out for. Liquid crystals anyone that’s a
fan of CosMedix may already recognize liquid crystals because they’re in our
top-selling a product called Optic Crystals and these literally are also
found in your skin so liquid crystals are amazing, they also work as
fantastic delivery mechanisms so they help the other actives penetrate more
deeply into the skin. Anything that’s sort of a fat so if you think about
your skin is actually being like your skin cells the membrane of your cells is
made of fat so it’s great if you have those healthy fats in your diet the ones
that remain liquid at room temperature. So we also do have olive extract and a
lot of our our skincare but you should definitely be eating and you know
plumping up your skin from the inside by having things like omega-3 and omega
obviously a little bit of omega six as well and you’ll find those things in
Hemp oil you know you can buy that really cheaply in the supermarket.
There’s a great brand called Good Oil which I literally take like two spoons of
everyday and have done for years. So think about your fats also being a
component of your skincare and natural ones. And then we’ll start to look a
little bit closer at some of the water-retaining so these are ingredients
that actually improve how your GAGs work and you might think that the name
GAG is a bit strange and it is but I’m not talking about gagging I’m talking
about these cells that are called GAGs and they are responsible for
retaining ten times the amount water in your skin. So if your GAGs are healthy
your skin is also going to feel and look more plump and we use ingredients that
support how the GAGs are behaving and there’s obviously some really great
ingredients that you can access very easily so the whole point about
conditioning and this is where it sort of becomes a little bit, not
necessarily complicated, but I just want you to be aware of the
actual cocktail and the overall formulation of skincare. Because skincare is sophisticated but sometimes we can get caught up on just using one active
ingredient when we think about it the skin is quite a, it’s a complex organ and
it’s like cooking, you need a whole range of active ingredients to be included in
your skincare so that it’s balanced and it actually provides you just like if
you were taking nutrition from your food it would have to have lots of complex
nutrients it’s the same thing for your skin so this is I think the the kind of
difference when you’re looking at a line that is more of a treatment line because
CosMedix is designed to actually assist with and deliver all those benefits in
one product so it makes it easier for you to use at home and it allows you to
have the convenience of you know saving time because you don’t have to put on
multiple products and anyone go there’s just more no more than four steps. So
when I’m looking at a conditioning phase I am being very selective around what
person is using morning and night because I don’t want to either overload
their skin with too many of one category of ingredient I want to get the whole
complex of what I like to refer to as skin fertiliser
into their routine and this is before we start stimulating and repairing the skin
with Vitamin A this is really giving the skin that support in its extracellular
matrix like what’s going on outside of the cell not just inside of
it so just I’ll post some little graphics for you to just get a better
idea of the technical aspects of what conditioning involves but if you have
any questions around your moisturizers in particular I’d really love to hear
from you because I think this is a big topic and you know conditioning can be
done over the course of your lifetime you know if you already have a
sensitized damaged skin then it’s gonna take you some time to actually
condition it before you start to run that marathon and really get into stimulating new cells, new collagen, new elastin. We’re really building on this
foundation so there are things that need to be eliminated from your routine.
Things that sort of strip the skin and I’ve already highlighted those
ingredients but remember there are amazing ingredients that you can nourish
your skin with and in particular some of the things that I’ve more and more
become a fan of which I wasn’t before are these oils. Now I’m not talking about
face oils that you know are just like Vitamin E these are really
sophisticated oils that in the past would have been used by Dermatologists
that were actually more aware of like even things like Ayurvedic and they’re
so they’re really now I think coming into their own and as I said I know
there’s lots of ingredients that people are using
especially in face oils but where I wouldn’t have been a supporter of face
oils like the old traditional type of face oils. Coming into the new generation
of face oils I’ve definitely seen some amazing products and I think they are
active and they’re very very beneficial to the skin. So I was gonna leave you
with that thought and I will be back in Part Two with the actual products
that I recommend for using in order to Condition your skin. See you again.

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