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Exceptional Exerkines! Meet the Molecules at the Heart of Exercise Benefits – And Learn How They Can Transform Your Skin!

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you; in fact, it’s absolutely vital for our entire body, from maintaining mental hygiene to the health of our skin! But have you ever wondered exactly how exercise’s benefits are conveyed to the body?

The human body is a complex array of interconnected systems, and when we exercise, those systems start sending signals around to make necessary changes. One type of signal that is sent by the body is a group of molecules called exerkines

These compounds inspire the body to get into shape – trimming fat, making muscles stronger, and skin firmer and tighter. You can think of them as our bodies’ microscopic personal trainers!

Once researchers began to better understand exerkines, the next question was obvious – could we add exerkines directly to the body without having to produce them through exercise first? The answer could herald big changes for the future of skincare!

So, today, let’s explore the world of exerkines, learn what they do, why we want as many of them as possible, and how LUMI has been incorporating them into our latest cutting-edge offering: Skin Gym!

What are Exerkines?

When the body exercises, a number of different things happen. The central nervous system sends commands from the brain to all the major systems of the body, including the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and metabolic systems. 

The general message sent is pretty clear – forget about conserving energy, it’s time to put things into overdrive! We begin to prioritise strength, speed, and agility over longevity and cell maintenance. This is great in the short term, but may leave the body weakened in the aftermath.

Thankfully, because the human body is an incredibly complex organism, it also understands the need for repair and reinforcement after exercise. Damaged cells need to be renewed, and muscles and other key structures need strengthening.

The body needs to convey this information to cells somehow, and it does so through a variety of peptides, metabolites and RNAs that we call exercise factors, or exerkines

Scientists have discovered hundreds of different exerkine compounds so far, produced throughout the body and involving every major organ and system. You can think of them as messages from the body that command cells to become fitter!

Bring the Benefits of Exercise to Skin with LUMI!

So, we know what exerkines are and how important they are for our bodies to reap the benefits of exercise. But how can they change the game in skincare? Could exerkines be key to keeping skin firm and tight, and better shaping our bodies?

Our friends over in Barcelona, the pioneering Vytrus Biotech, have been busy at work answering these questions, and they’ve developed something truly special. Their latest plant stem cell active, Baolift™, replicates exerkines throughout the body’s ‘Skin-Fascia-Muscle Axis’ to firm up skin, improve muscle tone, and rejuvenate the skin’s complexion.   

Anyone who’s used LUMI products knows that we’re obsessed with the latest in biotechnology, so when we saw Baolift™, we knew we had to make good use of it! And we’ve done just that with our revolutionary Skin Gym series – an intensive workout for skin with products specially designed for facial skin and the whole body.

Our Skin Gym Facial Training Formula complements Baolift™ with cutting-edge neurocosmetics, stimulating the production of mood-boosting oxytocin on the skin’s surface. The serum is designed to work alongside facial massage for an intensive skin fitness regimen!

For the rest of the body, we’ve developed Skin Gym – Body, complete with an additional plant stem cell active that further shapes skin by breaking down fat cells and harnessing intra-cellular energy. It’s a state-of-the-art biotech solution! 

So, this summer, embrace the power of exerkines, and get your skin back in shape with LUMI Skin Gym!


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Sunstruck: The Reality of Sun Allergies, and How LUMI Can Help!

When you hear ‘allergic to the sun’, you may think of vampires, or teenage gamers who refuse to leave their bedrooms even on the nicest of days! But sun allergies are very real, and no joke to those who suffer from them. They can make even the most routine activities a challenge, and the effects of sun allergies can last for weeks!

But what actually are sun allergies, and what’s behind them? More importantly, what can those suffering do to protect themselves? Today, we answer all of these questions and more, as we explore sun allergies, their causes and potential cures, and take a look at how LUMI can help your skin stay happy and healthy this summer.

Let’s dive in!

What is a ‘Sun Allergy’?

Sun allergy is a catch-all term for several different conditions, though all affect the appearance of the skin. In the medical profession, a rash caused by exposure to the sun is called a photodermatosis. A photodermatosis can have many potential causes, both from within the body and from an external source.

Polymorphic Light Eruption

The most common sun allergy is the fantastically named polymorphic light eruption (PLE). PLE (sometimes called polymorphous light eruption in the US) is a surprisingly common skin rash that’s caused by UV exposure. In Europe, it’s thought that one in five people will suffer from PLE at some point in their life. 

PLE is much more prevalent in women than men, and usually begins in early to mid-adulthood. All skin types can be affected by PLE, but it’s thought to particularly affect those with fairer skin.

PLE can present in many different ways (polymorphic means taking multiple forms), including as small red bumps, flushing red areas of skin, itchy or stinging skin, and even blisters and hives. Skin will often form hard ‘plaques’ of tough, desensitised skin that can last for several weeks after UV exposure. 

The symptoms of PLE are often mistaken for heat rash (also called prickly heat, or miliaria), but heat rash is caused by overheating and the blocking of sweat glands and ducts, rather than UV exposure. Consequently, prickly heat will not last for as long as PLE and doesn’t result in desensitised skin or hardened skin plaques.

The causes of polymorphic light eruption are not fully understood, but it is thought that the skin microbiome plays a pivotal role. Recent research suggests that the rashes that characterise PLE may come about thanks to the skin secreting antimicrobial peptides, which serve as a chemical barrier for skin. 

The skin releases these antimicrobial compounds in response to changes in the microbiome brought about by UV radiation. Because the rash is caused by the antimicrobial peptides and not from the UV radiation itself, PLE can last for multiple weeks after sun exposure. It also means that if we can stop disruption of the skin microbiome, we can potentially minimise PLE symptoms. But more on that later!

Other Sun Allergies

PLE is the most common sun allergy by a long distance, but there are several others. Juvenile spring eruption affects the ears, particularly in people with short hair that does not cover the ears, and can present as lumps, rashes, crusts, or blisters on the ear’s surface that usually needs medical treatment to resolve.

Actinic prurigo causes incredibly itchy rashes, as well as many of the same symptoms as PLE. It is often misdiagnosed as PLE, but can affect more of the body, including the lips, and symptoms are usually much more severe. There are dozens of other sun allergies, including chronic actinic dermatitis and hydroa vacciniforme, but these are exceedingly rare in comparison to PLE. 

Some sun allergies can be caused by chemical compounds (photosensitisers) that cause otherwise healthy skin to react to UV radiation. 

These photosensitisers may be ingested medicines, including several classes of antibiotics, antihistamines, and NSAIDs, topical treatments like retinoids and AHAs, or some kind of topical irritant that has found its way onto skin accidentally. Lemon juice is a famously harsh photosensitiser, causing skin to come out in angry blisters upon UV exposure. That’s sure to leave a sour taste, so be careful!

LUMI – Here to Help Soothe Your Sun Allergies!

If you’re suffering with a sun allergy, the thought of a sun-filled summer might fill you with dread. But there’s no need to worry! We’ve got you covered with some top tips and some brilliantly innovative LUMI skin solutions that will have your skin back to feeling its best in no time.

They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s certainly true for sun allergies. 

Whilst it is impossible to avoid the sun altogether, those with sun allergies may find that keeping out of sunlight during peak UV strength hours (usually between 11am and 3pm) can reduce the onset of skin rashes significantly. Covering more skin or using stronger SPF cream during these hours may save you a lot of bother down the line!

Sunbrero Aloe Serum with Plant Stem Cells and Melatonin

We recommend complementing your SPF cream with our Sunbrero Aloe Serum. As PLE has been shown to affect and be affected by the skin microbiome, reacting to imbalances in the microbiota on the skin’s surface, it’s a good idea to try and keep your microbiome as healthy and balanced as possible, both before and after sun exposure.

Sunbrero has two cutting-edge plant stem cell actives that are specifically designed to help the microbiome deal with UV exposure. The first, Photobiome™, stimulates the skin microbiota’s own photo-defence systems, drastically increasing the amount of microbes that survive sun exposure.

Photobiome™ cannot protect all microbes, however, and it’s still possible for your microbiome to become imbalanced after sun exposure – or already be experiencing dysbiosis! That’s why we’ve also added another plant stem cell active to Sunbrero that is specifically designed to rebalance the skin microbiome.

Using skin bacteria’s own chemical communication channels, this state-of-the-art active ingredient biohacks the microbiome, encouraging desirable bacteria to multiply, and minimising the spread of pathogen-associated bacteria. We may be biased, but we think it’s some of the smartest skincare you’ll find anywhere!

Spoilt in Spain presents a richly hydrating aloe gel designed to deeply moisturize and naturally enhance your tan. Enriched with tanning intensifiers and infused with the prebiotic Photobiome™ from plant stem cells, it actively boosts your skin’s microbiota’s photoprotection systems while acting as a potent antioxidant.

It’s versatile too! You can use it daily as a moisturizer or mix it into your SPF cream for added benefits. After sun exposure, it becomes even more essential. Applying it post-sun helps your skin’s microbiota recover faster and replenishes lost oils, leaving your skin feeling rejuvenated and hydrated.

Improving the Skin’s Condition

Of course, even with the best protection, you may still suffer from sun allergy-related rashes. Most cases of PLE will resolve on their own, though you may wish to seek medical treatment if symptoms refuse to clear. Your doctor may prescribe you strong antihistamines or steroid creams.

For mild cases of PLE that will eventually resolve on their own, treatment should focus on soothing skin and improving its general condition. 

LUMI’s Lullaby Rescue Balm has been specially designed to nurture skin and assist repair and renewal. It’s packed full of zinc, which is lauded for its ability to soothe skin complaints, speed up recovery, and protect skin from external stressors, including UV radiation and pathogens. Lullaby has everything you need to soothe skin and leave those dry, itchy skin plaques behind!

The pictures show Mirjam’s skin which is affected by sun allergy. To alleviate the symptoms, she used the Lullaby+Sunbrero combo 2x a day. The picture on the right shows the results after 5 days of continuous use!

A trusty moisturiser is vital as skin begins returning to normal. The hypoallergenic, prebiotic-infused Bio-Klinik Moisture-Lock Body Cream is specially designed to provide gentle nourishment and protection to skin without aggravating the skin’s surface. This award-winning moisturiser is suitable for skin suffering from a host of complaints, including PLE, and caters to the rebalancing and protection of the microbiome as well as skin.

So, if you have sun allergies, there’s no need to suffer this summer! Remember to stay protected, use common sense, and treat your skin with the kindness it deserves. With a little help from us here at LUMI, you’ll be back to feeling that summertime satisfaction in no time at all!


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Controlling Psoriasis: How LUMI Can Help You Fight One of The World’s Most Common Autoimmune Diseases!

Psoriasis is one of the world’s most common skin complaints, affecting an estimated 125 million people across the globe. It can be painful, unsightly, and lead to unwelcome complications. Yet, because we often think of it as only a ‘minor’ complaint or ultimately harmless, most people do nothing to fix the situation.

Here at LUMI, we want to change that! Psoriasis symptoms respond well to effective treatment, and healing your skin could be easier than you think. By using the right products and improving the overall condition of skin, the pain and discomfort of psoriasis can disappear!

So, today, let’s explore together the ins and outs of psoriasis, including how best to treat it, and look at some of the fantastic solutions the brilliant boffins at LUMI labs have created especially for the purpose!

What is Psoriasis? A Brief Explainer

You’ve probably heard of psoriasis before, and most people reading this will have seen its symptoms, either on themselves or a loved one. But fewer people may actually know what psoriasis actually is and how it comes about.

Psoriasis can present in a few different ways, but most commonly, it is characterised by ‘plaques’ on the skin covered in silvery scales. Affected skin is often red and angry, painful to the touch, itchy, and easily irritated. Psoriasis predominantly affects the skin, where it can affect only a small area or large swathes of the body, but can also affect the joints and eyes. It is a chronic disease that is prone to periods of flaring up.

Psoriasis is largely thought to be an autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity occurs when our immune systems mistake healthy cells within the human body for threats and try to protect us accordingly. The immune response often consists of inflammation, a process that’s designed to protect cells in the short term from environmental threats, but can be damaging over longer periods.

We still don’t fully understand why some people get psoriasis and others don’t. Currently, most skin scientists believe that it’s a combination of genetics and environmental factors. It’s also been shown that those suffering with psoriasis are also more likely to have other autoimmune conditions, including some forms of arthritis. 

Never Fear, LUMI’s Here!

There’s no need to fear psoriasis, though, despite its prevalence and chronic nature. Treatment of symptoms is generally very effective and focuses on improving the condition of skin, which is something recommended by skin experts for everyone. By doing right by your skin, you won’t just be keeping psoriasis at bay, but nourishing skin and making it even healthier than it was before!

Whilst scientists have struggled to understand exactly how psoriasis occurs in the first place, there is thankfully much more of a consensus on how to treat it. As psoriasis does not have a cure, treatment revolves around minimising its symptoms.

Treatment for psoriasis is all about topical care. Whilst severe cases may need steroid creams and other medical therapies, mild-to-moderate psoriasis symptoms can usually be handled by improving the condition of skin through emollients, which moisturise and soothe skin, and keratolytics, which remove unwanted build-up of skin, hair, and other detritus from the skin’s surface.

There’s no better place to start when it comes to LUMI products than our brilliant Bio-Klinik series! 

Estonia’s first hypoallergenic and prebiotic skincare line, Bio-Klinik has been specifically designed to work with any skin, no matter the type, condition, or level of sensitivity. Bio-Klinik Moisture-Lock Body Cream strengthens and protects skin, nourishing its surface and improving its condition immediately. Included keratolytics such as natural lactic acid and citric acid also help minimise psoriasis plaques.

If psoriasis is present on the scalp, the Bio-Klinik Moisture-lock Toner is an excellent choice. This tonic not only delivers the calming and moisturizing benefits indicated by its name but also boasts a rich blend of minerals and prebiotics. These elements work together to alleviate itching and dryness while fortifying the skin, enhancing its resilience and health.

But it doesn’t stop there! Whilst Bio-Klinik provides the perfect foundation to any psoriasis treatment, we’ve also developed some more specialised products for those looking to add specifics to their psoriasis skincare routine.

The Smooth Estonian AHA-BHA Anti-Cellulite Gel isn’t just the best-named product at LUMI, it’s also fantastically effective! The headline alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids (AHA & BHA) are a potent source of those all-important keratolytic compounds. Not only do these acids make for a highly effective anti-cellulite treatment, but they also work similar miracles on psoriasis plaques, too!

If skin is in a very poor condition and water-based products sting, try our soothing and effective CBD+ Repair Salve. The oil-based salve uses cannabinoids and other clever natural compounds to repair and protect skin, with no pain! 

And for an extra boost, why not try our LUMITEEK Restore! Vitamin B3 (Niacin) Supplements, giving your body the vital resources it needs to keep you healthy and minimise the production of keratin-based psoriasis plaques? You’ll have this unwelcome ailment under control in no time!

So, there you have it. Psoriasis, though sometimes considered a minor condition, can have a sizeable impact on our happiness and health. But with the right help from LUMI, you can have your skin back to its healthy, radiant best in no time. You won’t regret taking back control of your skin!

Ready to give your skin the helping hand it needs to keep psoriasis at bay? Click on any of the links above to see a product in more detail, or check out our entire range of psoriasis solutions right here! After something else? Take a peek at our entire range of science-led, all-natural skincare solutions. Your skin will thank you!


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The Skin-Brain Axis: Exploring Psychodermatology and Neurocosmetics with LUMI!

Have you ever considered that our skin is the main meeting point between the outside world and our inner selves? That our brains and our skin are connected in a multitude of ways, and through these connections, each can bring about incredible change in the other? Welcome to the world of psychodermatology!

Psychodermatology is one of the hottest topics to have come out of skin science in recent years, and the skincare world is alive with discussion on this new frontier of health. It’s a truly fascinating subject, and one that affects all of us every single day, whether we fully understand what it is or not!

“But how can that be?” We hear you ask! Well, whilst psychodermatology might be a relatively new field of study, the connections and consequences that it seeks to understand have been present for as long as there have been humans. 

Did you know, for example, that an estimated 30-60% of dermatologic conditions have a psychiatric component to them? And what are goosebumps when you’re scared, or blushing cheeks at the sight of a crush, if not an obvious connection between your thoughts and your skin?

Interested in learning more? Then read on, as we delve into the world of psychodermatology – what it is, why it’s important, and how neurocosmetics, a branch of skincare that embraces psychodermatology to its fullest, can help make our skin and our minds that much healthier!

And what’s more, we’ll even take a look at how LUMI are utilising neurocosmetics – including a sneak peek of a very special future project of ours. Let’s get started! 

What is Psychodermatology?

Broadly speaking, psychodermatology is the study of the connection between our skin and our brains. You might also hear this connection described as the ‘Skin-Brain Axis’. Psychodermatology looks at the interaction between dermatology and psychiatry, and tries to understand the two-way relationship that exists between skin conditions and mental health conditions.

The skin and brain are connected in multiple different ways. The skin relays messages to the brain, concerning temperature, touch, and pain, to name but a few, and the brain can send messages back, ordering the skin to behave in certain ways. 

This is why, as we mentioned in our intro, emotions felt by the brain may also manifest in the skin – goosebumps when we feel scared, blushing (caused by vasodilation) when we’re embarrassed, or sweating when we feel nervous.

When the skin or the brain are unwell or put under stress, because of the skin-brain axis, it is common for the other organ (and often more besides!) to be affected as well. If something affects both the brain and the skin through their connection, it’s often referred to as a psychodermatologic disorder.

What might a psychodermatologic disorder look like? Well, naturally, these issues can take many forms. Those predominantly based in the brain might be conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and many others besides. These conditions, alongside other impacts, put the body under psychological stress.

Psychological stress can have a profound and lasting impact on the skin. By increasing the amount of cortisol, neuropeptides, and oxidation occurring in our bodies, stress can impact skin barrier function, regeneration, inflammation levels, oxidative damage, and also lead to increased pain and sensitivity.

As we mentioned, though, this skin-brain connection is a two-way street. Whilst the brain and its concerns can influence the skin’s functioning, the reverse is also true. Dermatological conditions such as acne, seborrheic dermatitis, and eczema can affect our mood and sense of self-worth, potentially leading to heightened anxiety, depression, or fear of socialising and being outside.

This interconnectedness between skin and brain, with concerns in one area affecting the other and vice versa, can lead to the formation of a vicious cycle, where a feedback loop is created: your skin is in poor condition, which affects your brain negatively, which in turn makes your skin worse, which makes your mood worse, etc.! As you can imagine, and may have even experienced yourself, this can make for an incredibly tough time that is difficult to resolve.

Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom. Just as the skin-brain axis allows for negative feedback loops to emerge, it also allows the opportunity for positive cycles of change. Imagine, if you will, skincare products that can not only improve the condition of your skin, but also have a sizeable positive impact on your psychological health, too. Well, there’s no need to imagine, because they already exist, and they’re called neurocosmetics!

The New World of Neurocosmetics

Neurocosmetics, put simply, are skincare products that use the skin-brain axis to positively effect our minds as well as our skin. 

By utilising nerve endings, Merkel cells (upper layers of skin that recognise touch and temperature), and the central nervous system, these compounds can elicit changes far away from where they’re applied. It’s a truly cutting-edge area of skincare science, and we can guarantee that you’ll hear a lot more about them in the second half of this decade!

Neurocosmetics can be designed to help improve our overall mood through sensory stimuli, or to address specific issues. By targeting nerve clusters, compounds can mimic sensations such as hot, cold, tingling, or pressure, and can use these pseudo-sensations to bring the mind to a happier, more soothed state. It has been shown in a recent study that even something as subtle as a change in product texture can have a recordable impact on human emotions.

Many neurocosmetics are used to treat the signs of aging. Wrinkles are in part caused by excessive stress on the facial muscles caused by neurotransmitters that tell the muscles to contract. By blocking the amount of these transmitters that reach our skin cells, neurocosmetics can relax muscles and soften the appearance of wrinkles.

Similar neurocosmetics have also been developed to make hypersensitive skin less reactive to environmental irritation, and to soothe and reduce inflammation, all by limiting the amount of information passed through and from the brain. These compounds are already showing the incredible promise of neurocosmetics, and they’re sure to be an increasingly vital element of the skincare industry as time goes on!

LUMI Leads the Way with Neurocosmetics!

As LUMI fans already know, we have a passion for capturing the latest achievements in skin science and are always at the forefront of innovation, often steps ahead of trends! Whether it’s using plant stem cells that positively affect the microbiota or algae-based silicon dioxide that captures rather than emits carbon during production – we are dedicated to sourcing research-based and organic skincare ingredients.

It’s no surprise that we were early adopters of neurocosmetics and plan to continue integrating these powerful new discoveries into our products!

LUMI introduced neurocosmetics back in 2016 with our SUPERBLOOM Vitamin C Night Serum. This formulation includes an organic microalgae blend that inhibits two major neurotransmitters, reducing the signs of premature aging and giving the skin a rejuvenated appearance. With consistent use, you might notice waking up each morning with healthier, more radiantly youthful skin!

Our ICONIC Overnight Peptide Treatment contains compounds derived from fermentation processes that regulate the neurotransmitters reaching the skin cells, helping to relax facial tension, mimic muscles, and the appearance of wrinkles. The night cream allows the skin to relax and initiate powerful recovery processes.

The TUNDRA Pimple Stopper, containing CBD and CBG, reduces stress on the skin like tightness, dryness, redness, uneven texture, and is suitable for anyone experiencing acne or occasional stress-related skin reactions.

MEN Honey I’m Home Balm not only soothes skin stress reactions with its name but also with its calming and redness-reducing ingredients, including LUMI favorites CBD and CBG, creating an immediate comfort on the skin that helps forget any irritated skin.

So, what does the future hold for LUMI and neurocosmetics? Definitely a lot! While we can’t reveal all our exciting plans right now, we can confidentially say that we plan to use plant stem cell technology even more! This is well reflected by Sunbrero, which quickly became a favorite for stress relief!!

Ready to embrace the power of neurocosmetics to give your skin-brain axis a boost? Click on the links above to be whisked away straight to the product you had your eye on. Or fancy picking up another of our all-natural, science-backed skincare solutions? Check out our entire product range right here!


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Cleansing, Not Scouring – The Importance of Gentle Face Cleansers!

You might think, dear reader, that skin cleansing is rather straightforward. No matter how you do it, or when, or what with, the results are pretty similar, right? No! This common assumption couldn’t be further from the truth, we’re afraid, and it could be causing your skin to needlessly suffer.

But fear not, as help is at hand! We here at LUMI love to steep ourselves in the science of skincare, and have been busy at work combing the latest research into how best to cleanse skin without damaging it or its microbiome in the process.

So, without further ado, let’s explore everything you could want to know about skin cleansing, and find out how you can keep your skin happy and healthy!

Leave the Foam Alone – The Uncomfortable Truth of Synthetic Surfactants

There are a lot of cleansing products on the market today. You need only walk through the cosmetics aisle of your nearest supermarket to find dozens of different cleansers, all with varying ingredients and compositions. 

You might be forgiven for thinking that this means the stuff inside a cleansing product doesn’t really matter too much, and that there are only minor differences between the various options.

This is really not the case in practice, however. It’s important to stress that the type of cleansing product you use on your skin really matters. If you leave this article with only one fact in your mind, let it be that one! 

Cleansing products work by using surfactants (surface active agents). Surfactants are compounds that reduce the surface tension of liquids and help remove unwanted debris from the surface of the skin.

So far so good, but surfactants are not all created equal. Synthetic surfactants, such as those found in the cleansers of most big-name skincare brands, can be harsh on skin, stripping away natural oils on the skin’s surface and damaging the skin’s protective barrier.

And that’s not all. Thanks to their toxicity and slow biodegradability, synthetic surfactants can have a detrimental impact on the environment, as well as the health of your skin. The skin’s microbiome can be severely affected by synthetic surfactants, leading to dysbiosis, a state where our essential microflora are imbalanced or depleted.

Sodium lauryl ether sulfate, also written on labels as sodium laurel sulfate or SLES, is an extremely common synthetic surfactant, found in lots of cleansers, shampoos, and shower gels. It’s lauded for its cheapness to produce, ability to bind to dirt, and for how much foam it produces (which users often falsely equate with effectiveness). 

But there is plenty of evidence to suggest that SLES is bad news for both our skin and the environment. Studies have found that SLES reduces cell viability of skin, commonly causes irritation including redness and itching, and can also be toxic for aquatic life if the compound reaches marine environments before properly degrading.

After all that, it might surprise you to find out that SLES is supposedly an improvement on its parent chemical, sodium lauryl sulfate (SFS), which can still be found in many products today. SFS is notorious for its ability to cause irritation to skin and its toxic effects on aquatic life.

A study found that after using SFS, lower amounts of bacteria associated with skin protection and repair were present on participants’ skin, whilst levels of pathogen-associated bacteria were elevated. 

It’s not just SFS and SLES that cause issues, though. Another common synthetic surfactant that is supposed to be ‘kinder’ than SFS, called sodium lauryl sarcosinate, has been shown to reduce the amount of beneficial microbiota present on skin and reduce the skin’s protective barrier function. 

All in all, we think synthetic surfactants are simply too much trouble, both for humans and the environment. That’s why we’re so keen on natural alternatives! 

LUMI Cleansing Milks – Brilliantly Effective Whilst Gentle on Skin!

Okay, so synthetic surfactants are out. But what can you use in their place? Fortunately, there are plenty of organic alternatives to choose from! 

Natural cleansers can perform the exact same function as synthetic surfactant-based washes, removing dirt, dead skin, and other detritus, whilst being much kinder to your skin and its microbiome in the process. Research shows that products with lots of chemicals and complex compositions are in general no better at cleansing the skin than those with natural, simple compositions.

At LUMI, we place a lot of importance in both cleansing skin and always being gentle enough to leave the skin barrier healthy, happy, and intact. Our team of skincare specialists have developed two brilliant cleansing milks, each designed to fit perfectly into your routine, depending on your individual needs.

Our classic Moisturising Cleansing Milk effectively cleanses the skin’s surface without upsetting the balance of your microbiome or damaging the skin’s protective barrier. And thanks to its 100% organic composition, you can be assured that your cleanser will be just as gentle on the environment as it is on your skin.

The Tundra AHA-BHA Cleansing Milk offers the same thorough-yet-gentle cleansing and fully natural composition, whilst also including AHA-BHA acids that gently exfoliate the skin and prevents clogged pores. This cleansing milk helps keep acne at bay and is perfect for anyone seeking to enrich their skincare routine with those all-important keratolytics! 

Whilst not a cleansing milk, we’d also like to shout out our brilliant Babyface makeup remover. BABYFACE is specially formulated to be an effective cleanser for the whole face that doesn’t irritate the skin or your eyes, an all-too-common complaint with artificial makeup removers. As if that wasn’t enough, BABYFACE also nourishes your skin and its microbiome, too. We couldn’t live without it!

No matter the specifics of your skin or what you want from a cleansing product, LUMI have you covered – all without using those dreaded synthetic surfactants that are such bad news for both us and the environment!

Some Extra Tips for Great Skin Cleansing – Direct From Our LUMI Skincare Experts

1. Don’t double cleanse It can be really tempting to overdo it when it comes to skincare products. If one dollop of something is good, then two must be even better, right? Unfortunately not. 

 This logic should never be used for cleansing! Products are formulated to be used exactly as their label suggests, and a second cleanse isn’t likely to make you cleaner, but instead degrade your skin and the helpful bacteria on its surface.

 2. Cleanse once a day – Most people know by now that washing your hair too often can strip it of its natural oils and cause more issues than it alleviates. A similar principle should be taken with your skin! 

Whilst cleansing is an essential part of any skincare routine, over-cleaning the skin will only serve to strip away essential oils from its surface, potentially leading to an overproduction of sebum and a host of other issues.

We recommend cleansing the skin once a day as part of your nighttime routine. There is little need to clean the skin after sleeping, and your skin will thank you for not overdoing it with the scrubbing!

 3. Use your fingers – You may have heard ‘tips’ suggesting that you use pads, cloths, or brushes whilst washing to better cleanse your skin. Some companies even sell electronic brushes that sand down your skin as if it were a piece of furniture!

Avoid all of these options, which range from pointless to downright detrimental. Your fingers are the perfect tool for washing your face, and as a bonus, they’re also completely free!

 4. Lukewarm water and nothing else – Do you often find that your skin is bright red after cleansing? Then you might be using water that’s too hot for your skin. Fight the temptation to scald your skin, and instead gently remove cleansing milk using lukewarm water. It’s just as effective, and a lot kinder to your skin!

On the topic of water, we recommend that you stick to simple H2O. There is really no need to use products such as micellar water to rinse off a cleanser, and it could potentially cause irritation and other issues. Your skin is built for water – stick to it!


Ready to ditch the synthetic surfactants and start giving your skin the kindness it craves? Click on either of the products mentioned above to be whisked away to our wonderful webstore. Looking for something else? Check out our entire range of science-backed, all-natural skincare solutions right here!



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How Menopause Affects the Skin – And How LUMI Can Help!

Menopause is something that half of the entire world will experience at some point in their lives. It’s very likely that every person reading this article knows someone who is going through menopause right now, in fact! The changes caused by menopause can often be dramatic, and can affect bodily functions as varied as our sleep, our hearts, our weight, our bladder, and our mental health.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise then that the menopause also affects the skin. Oftentimes, the effects of the menopause on skin are rolled into those of aging, with ‘anti-aging’ products touted as cures for everything. As anyone who has relied solely on these products already knows – this could not be further from the truth!

The reality is that menopause is a unique time for your body, with its own specific challenges to overcome, and problems that need to be addressed. It can be tough! But don’t fear, dear reader, for help is at hand. LUMI are here to assist, with a swathe of totally organic, science-backed solutions for any skin problem you may have. 

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some common menopause-related skin issues, as well as some fresh and fantastic LUMI products that will have your skin back to its best in no time!

Reduced Collagen and Elastin

One of the starkest changes you may notice during menopause is a decline in collagen and elastin within the skin. Women’s skin loses roughly 30% of collagen during the first five years of menopause, and a further 2% each year for the next two decades. This is because of a reduction in the amount of oestrogen present in the body.

The result of this collagen and elastin scarcity is that skin will begin to sag, losing its shape and firmness. Pores become larger, and wrinkles and facial lines that may have only appeared whilst making certain expressions might now be permanent features of the face. Skin barrier strength and wound healing properties of skin are also reduced, making you more physically vulnerable.

To remedy this situation, it’s important to assist skin in its production of collagen and elastin. Adding peptides to the skin, such as those found in our ICONIC Overnight Peptide Treatment, stimulates collagen production. Similarly, bakuchiol, found in several of our products, has been shown to have a retinol-like effect on skin, increasing collagen and elastin production. We recommend trying our ICONIC Well-Aging Treatment especially!


Skin Sensitivity and Newfound Allergies

The drop in oestrogen caused by menopause can in turn affect many properties of the skin, including its thickness and amount of sensitivity. It is common for those going through perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause to notice that skin is thinner and more sensitive than it once was.

In addition, because your hormone levels and immune system are linked, the sudden loss of estrogen that occurs during menopause can often bring with it newfound allergies to things you previously tolerated well. 

LUMI’s Bio-Klinik Series is Estonia’s first totally organic hypoallergenic skincare range. Each product has been specially designed to be used on any and all skin, no matter how sensitive, so they are the perfect fit for menopausal bodies going through a lot of change!

Melasma (Hyperpigmentation)

A combination of changing hormone levels and UV exposure can lead to hyperpigmentation of the face, hands, neck, and chest. This is sometimes called facial and extra-facial melasma. The condition is more likely to affect those with darker natural skin, and whilst benign, can affect our confidence and happiness with our appearance.

Interestingly, it is not thought that menopause itself causes the onset of melasma, but rather that one of the hormones used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT), progesterone, is the primary reason for its appearance. For similar reasons, melasma can also affect pregnant women and women using some oral contraceptives.

LUMI have plenty of solutions to help you tackle hyperpigmentation. For topical use, we recommend one of our LUMI all-stars, the award-winning NAKED Hyaluronic Acid Multiserum. The multiserum’s unique composition helps with aforementioned melasma, as well as menopausal acne, rosacea, and much more. 

For extra help, the LUMITEEK Restore! Vitamin B3 (Niacin) food supplement tablets are the perfect source of a vital nutrient for your body that not only helps with hyperpigmentation, but also supports skin elasticity, reduces redness and blemishes, and has anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects! 

Sweating, Dry Skin, and Itching

Menopause can cause your body to sweat much more profusely than usual. This is not just contained to the infamous ‘hot flashes’, either – studies have shown that women sweat more frequently and more intensely in general during menopause. Skin can also become very dry during the menopause. These two factors can both lead to prolonged periods of itchy skin that can make you feel very uncomfortable.

The solution to itchy skin will depend based on the root cause, but it’s always a great idea to cleanse skin effectively and moisturise skin thoroughly afterward. For cleansing, LUMI boasts an array of effective cleansing milks, including the fantastic Moisturising Cleansing Milk, which does a brilliant job of removing dirt, sweat, and other buildup from skin without being harsh enough to degrade skin cells and damage the skin’s microbiome.

For moisturising, we recommend our Bio-Klinik Restorative Moisturiser, a powerful cream that manages to be hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin, whilst still boasting a wealth of moisturising, anti-aging, and microbiome-restoring properties. It’s perfect for menopausal skin that may be feeling more sensitive than usual!

Menopausal Acne

Menopausal acne is surprisingly common amongst women going through menopause and can cause unwelcome discomfort at a point where life is already challenging! Much like with teenage acne, the main cause of menopausal acne is rapidly changing hormones and the imbalances that occur as a consequence. 

Our international award-winning LUMI Tundra range has been specially formulated for acne-prone skin. The three-part Tundra skincare routine bundle contains everything you might need to banish menopausal acne – an effective but gentle cleansing milk and moisturiser both containing AHA-BHA acids, and a yarrow facial mist with salicylic acid. It’s the perfect combination! 

Ready to help your skin stay at its most healthy and radiant throughout menopause and beyond? You can find our entire range of all-natural, award-winning skincare solutions right here!

Want to have a chat with one of our LUMI experts and figure out a skincare regime that’s tailormade for your skin? Contact us here – we love nothing more than helping people love their skin again!



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Keratosis Pilaris – How LUMI Can Help Relieve ‘Chicken Skin’

The name keratosis pilaris might sound unfamiliar to you, but the likelihood is that you know someone with the condition or even have it yourself! It’s one of the most common skin conditions in the world, affecting roughly 40% of adults, and goes by many different names, including follicular keratosis and ‘chicken skin’.

Whilst keratosis pilaris is an ultimately benign disease, its symptoms can cause distress, affecting our body image and making us less confident as a result. Frequently, people choose to ignore these symptoms, despite treatment being surprisingly simple and involving skincare solutions that will protect and rejuvenate skin more generally, too.

Today, we explore exactly what keratosis pilaris is, how this condition comes about, and how you can effectively beat its symptoms with LUMI. Let’s take a look!   

What Actually Is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris is thought to be a genetic condition, and usually causes skin to feel rough, dry, and bumpy – as if you were suffering from permanent goosebumps! The condition generally first appears during childhood, and is even more common in children than adults, affecting somewhere between 50-70% of teenagers.

Most commonly found on the upper arms, thighs, and buttocks, keratosis pilaris occurs when excess keratin (a protein that helps form hair, nails, and skin) builds up in your hair follicles. For some people, it can even be found on the face and eyebrows, and is often accompanied by skin redness.

Several variants of keratosis pilaris exist, each with accompanying symptoms, including rubra (red, inflamed, grain-like bumps), alba (dry and rough with no redness), and atrophicans (indents or depressions in the skin’s surface). 

Though the variants may look quite different, treatment-at-home guidelines remain largely the same. The condition may become worse during summer or winter for various reasons, including skin drying out more or clothes rubbing on affected areas.

It’s also associated with a number of other skin diseases such as atopic eczema and ichthyosis vulgaris (a condition that causes dry and scaly skin), as well as several diseases throughout the body that all involve an overproduction of keratin. 

Fighting Back Against ‘Chicken Skin’ with LUMI!

If you suffer from keratosis pilaris, then we have good news – the condition’s symptoms are very treatable and respond well to some simple skincare approaches. Whilst the condition is not currently curable, managing its symptoms can greatly reduce discomfort and have you feeling your best again!

Fundamentally, keratosis pilaris treatment revolves around improving the condition of the skin – through moisturising, exfoliating, and the use of keratolytics which break down the excess keratin buildup on the surface of the skin.

Any LUMI moisturiser will work wonders in bringing hydration back to your skin, but in this case, we particularly recommend our Bio-Klinik Moisture Lock Body Cream. The Bio-Klinik series is Estonia’s first prebiotic, hypoallergenic skincare range, and was designed from the ground up to be suitable for any skin, no matter, the age, sensitivity, or condition.

For exfoliation, look no further than our brilliant Smooth Estonian AHA-BHA Anti-Cellulite Gel. As the name implies, this gel uses AHA and BHA acids to gently exfoliate skin, whilst also strengthening tissues and adding bounce back to skin by stimulating collagen production. Skin is left feeling gloriously smooth and plump! The included lactic and salicylic acid are also keratolytics that break down keratin.

The Nudist Hyaluronic Acid Body Serum is an incredibly versatile option that does it all! It’s a multifunctional moisturiser with hyaluronic acid and prebiotics, hydrating your skin and reducing wrinkles, whilst also strengthening skin and nurturing the microbiome. The citric acid also found within the serum is a potent keratolytic agent – what more could you want?

For skin needing a bit of extra TLC, we recommend our Professional 15% AHA Peel Exfoliator; a professional-grade exfoliating treatment to be used weekly. The peel’s acid-based exfoliation activates collagen, elastin, and ceramide production, making skin feel firmer, healthier, and more youthful. The included natural acids also work as keratolytics.

A weekly peel combined with daily use of Smooth Estonian or Nudist is a potent one-two punch for keratosis pilaris symptoms!


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LUMI in the Streets, LUMI in the Sheets – Re-ignite Your Spark This Valentines with CBD!

Do you feel like heating things up in the bedroom this Valentine’s Day and beyond? Then look no further than LUMI! We’ve searched high and low to create two fabulous sensual enhancers that are sure to fire things up this February 14th.

Unlocking the power of your endocannabinoid system, these potent CBD-infused bedroom essentials will have you and your partner brimming with the energy and sensuality of that very first night spent together!

And because they’re from LUMI, you know that they’re all-natural and backed by the latest scientific research – as always! What more could you ask for? So, come with us, dear reader, and you’ll soon see those sparks of passion flying once more…

CBD & Sex: The Science Behind A Match Made in Heaven

For quite some time, research has indicated that the topical application of products containing cannabidiol (CBD) is linked to enhanced sexual satisfaction.

This revelation may not be surprising to those who are already acquainted with CBD, one of the predominant cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Known for its calming and relaxing properties, CBD, when applied to intimate areas, helps to ease tissue tension, generates a sensation of warmth, and creates a subtle buzz. This effect promotes increased blood flow in the tissues, leading to natural lubrication and heightened sensitivity.

The intimate area is rich in endocannabinoid receptors. Our body naturally synthesizes anandamide, a neurotransmitter often referred to as the “well-being” hormone or even the “orgasm hormone,” due to its association with orgasm and oxytocin, the hormone commonly known as the “love hormone.” Anandamide binds to the same endocannabinoid receptors that full-spectrum CBD from hemp leaves attaches to, making CBD a natural counterpart to anandamide.

This connection allows CBD to enhance sexual experiences significantly.

Unlock Your Most Sensual Self with LUMI!

So, now you know the science behind it all, it’s high time we showed you what we’ve been working on in LUMI towers!

Let’s start things off with our Natural High Orgasm Drops with CBD. These concentrated drops of joy will relax the body, quicken blood flow in all the right places, and will help anandamide – that all important ‘bliss hormone’ from earlier – really get going throughout the body.

Just apply a few drops to intimate areas fifteen minutes beforehand, then lay back and relax! Take this time to set the mood, engage in a little back-and-forth fun (we recommend giving one another a sensual full-body massage), and excitedly await the night of passion that is sure to unfold!

When you’re ready to get hot and heavy, grab the Bedroom Bliss Intimate Oil with CBD (if you haven’t already cracked it open for massaging). This entirely natural oil has all the goodness of the orgasm drops, but is formulated to be perfect for adding lubrication wherever its needed, as well as heightening your body’s states of relaxation and arousal.

You’ll need to warm up the intimate oil with your hands first, as the unrefined organic coconut oil base only liquifies at 24 degrees and above. Once it’s suitably smooth, give the bottle a hearty shake, and let the good times roll!

Apply liberally, and without neglecting the most sensitive areas. You’ll thank us later!

What’s that? You don’t want to choose between our two wonderfully sensual bedroom essentials? We hear you! That’s why we’ve created the extra-special Bedroom Essentials bundle, bringing you both orgasm drops and intimate oil, with a cheeky little discount thrown in there for good measure. You can’t say we don’t treat you!

Ready to supercharge your amorous adventures this Valentine’s Day? Click the links above to be taken straight to our online store! Or do you fancy treating yourself to a special something that’s just for you? Take a look at our entire range of totally organic, science-backed skincare solutions right here.

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Seek, Sense, Savor – Your Guide To Navigating the World of Perfumes

Choosing a new perfume? Here are a few simple rules we always follow!

Open Minds Venture Further

It’s true that sometimes we know exactly what we want in life. More often, however, we simply think we do. Perfume is an adventure into sense, and you’ll travel a lot further if you keep your mind open. Try something you’ve never considered before. If a perfume has a specific ingredient you don’t typically enjoy, try it anyway. Live a little! The more you experiment with scent, the more likely you are to unearth a hidden gem.

Patience Really is a Virtue

Each perfume is a unique beast with its own method of taming. Multiple factors contribute to the way scent opens up on your skin – your hormones, humidity, and even the time of year can all alter a fragrance as it mixes with your body’s natural smell. If you don’t enjoy the way a perfume smells right now, don’t throw it away just yet; try applying it in a different season, or simply give it some time. We don’t wear the same clothes all year round, even if we love them, and sometimes neglected pieces become wardrobe staples years later. The same can happen with perfume!

There’s No Shame in a One Night Stand

Sales consultants, for obvious reasons, will tell you to act on any positive impulse you have. “If you like it, get it!”, they cry, trying to convince you of a purchase before the rational part of your brain has a chance to kick into gear. Run away from these kinds of people and never visit them again. 

You are allowed, and should be encouraged, to take all the time you need to become accustomed to a scent. Try it on your skin, walk around, have a coffee – let it breathe. You may even want to sleep with a scent, giving it a full night’s rest before coming back the next day. Never judge too quickly – truly great scents develop and open up over time. As a minimum, give any scent 15-20 minutes to see how things open up.

Start Small

“I’m saving money by buying a larger bottle. It’s more economical!” – a classic white lie that we have all told ourselves at some point. Perfume – whilst beautiful and to be cherished and adored as a form of art – is not a necessity. There is no prescribed amount of scent that one needs in their life, and thus, buying more of it than originally intended is not an economic win, no matter how good the deal may seem.

Instead, get a smaller size, or use that same amount of money you may have spent on 100ml of one perfume to pick up a discovery set, allowing you to try so much more of what the world of fragrances has to offer. This will help you build your perfume wardrobe and, ultimately, get more from your money.

Trust Yourself

Just as with anything in life, know that your preference is ultimately the most important factor to consider. You are the one wearing the scent; not your friends who think it’s the bomb, not the sales assistant with commission numbers in their eyes, or even your significant other. Scent is fundamentally for you and you alone, and you won’t find a perfect match if you’re worrying about what others think. 

Perfume can be many things – a warm blanket, a time machine, or even a set of shining armour for us. It can be a roaring crescendo, or that lingering last touch. An invisible signature, your love letter to today, or an everlasting memory of the good times. Perfume is whatever you make of it, so go ahead and make it the most beautiful, striking, and wearable art you’ve ever possessed. 

But above all, make it yours.

Love is in the AER

To assist you, we’ve created an insightful guide to AER Perfumes‘ delightful scents, offering you a virtual glimpse of their essence before making your purchase.

AER Perfumes offers a range of scents, each unique and carefully crafted to deliver a memorable fragrance experience. From the deep, woody notes to the light, floral undertones, there’s a scent for every preference and occasion. Our guide provides a brief description of each perfume, helping you imagine their aroma and feel, even before the first spritz. Whether you’re drawn to the fresh, invigorating scents of summer mornings or the rich, complex aromas of a forest at dusk, our guide aims to help you navigate through our collection.

Dive into the world of AER Perfumes and find your next signature scent, a scent that not just complements your style but also embarks you on a sensory journey like no other.

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Why are AHA acids beneficial for the skin?

The primary effect of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) lies in their keratolytic capability, which weakens the bonds holding dead skin cells together. As these bonds loosen, dead cells shed from the skin’s surface, revealing fresher, smoother, and more youthful-looking skin. This results in a light sensation and gives the impression that the skin is “breathing.”

Acid peeling stimulates the production of collagen, elastin, and ceramides in the skin. These components are essential for maintaining plump, healthy, and youthful-looking skin.

Regular acid peeling aids in cleansing the pores, leading to a noticeable reduction in inflammations and pimples over time. It also accelerates the fading of post-inflammatory signs, such as redness and pigmentation, on the skin. Additionally, acid peeling is effective for dry skin as it helps remove the dry layer on the skin’s surface, enhancing the absorption of serums and creams

Start your LUMI 15% AHA PLANT PEEL treatment now!

This approach allows the skin to recover before the intense spring sunshine while simultaneously preventing the exacerbation of common springtime skin issues, such as increased sebum secretion, surface dryness, or a worsening of inflammatory processes. It is recommended to use the acid peel once a week for a duration of six weeks.

LUMI 15% AHA PLANT PEEL offers maximum results with minimum irritation.

The AHA exfoliating offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Deep cleansing and tightening of pores;
  • Reduction in sebum secretion;
  • Relief from inflammation and acne;
  • Smoothing of wrinkles and scars;
  • Rejuvenation of the skin;
  • Relief from dryness;
  • Evening out of the skin tone;
  • Enhanced absorption of skincare products;
  • Improved skin texture, resulting in more even makeup application.

For optimal results, it’s recommended to undergo an acid peel once a week for a duration of six weeks, as part of a course. If needed, the course can be completed in a shorter period, but it’s important not to exceed a frequency of once per week. The product is potent, and the skin requires time to recover. With each passing week, you’ll notice the acid peeling becoming increasingly effective.

Apply a thin, even layer of the acid peeler to clean, damp skin using gentle massaging motions with a soft brush, and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Avoid the eye area. For sensitive, thin, or couperose skin, reduce the application time to between 5 and 10 minutes, adjusting as necessary. The scrub can also be used on the décolleté, shoulders, and back to address issues like blockages, inflamed pimples, or roughness.

A week before and after using the exfoliator it’s advisable to avoid sun tanning, using products containing vitamin A (including retinol), and any other activities that might irritate the skin.

After exfoliating, rejuvenate your skin with LUMI moisturising serum, cream, or mask. It’s crucial to hydrate and nourish the newly exposed fresh skin cells, as they will absorb these nutrients more effectively after the acid peel.

TIP! To prevent ingrown hairs on the legs or bikini area, use the LUMI 15% AHA plant peel. This effective solution makes strawberry skin a thing of the past! Apply it 1-2 times a week, and follow up with the Nudist+Bio-Klinik smoothie for daily hydration. This routine not only prevents ingrown hairs but also helps heal inflammations caused by existing ones. Your legs will be perfectly prepared for the first time you wear skirts this season! Remember, apply Nudist immediately after waxing or shaving to soothe the skin.

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Beauty is Anything But Skin Deep – How Vitamins and Minerals are Vital for Keeping Skin Healthy!

Keep your skin at its radiant best with our LUMITEEK series of vital nutritional supplements!

Gym-goers know well the phrase ‘you cannot out-train a poor diet’, and much is the same for skin health. Your skin, like the rest of your body, is a reflection of the nutrients you make available to it. If your skin is lacking the vital building blocks it needs to repair itself and function properly, then issues are bound to follow!

We can infuse the skin directly with most resources through creams, serums, and balms, but this will always be an uphill battle if the body is not properly nourished. 

If we want to avoid preventable skin diseases and keep our skin at its healthy and radiant best, then we need to provide it with all the vitamins it so readily craves. With busy lifestyles and modern food’s lack of nutrients, however, that can be a daunting task.

That’s where LUMI comes in! Our LUMITEEK range of dietary supplements has been specially formed to address common deficiencies that may be preventing your skin from returning to its natural healthy radiance. With a holistic approach that treats skin issues from the inside as well as out, your chances of success are that much higher!

Let’s explore some of our most popular supplements, looking at why they’re important for our bodies and why our clients love them so much!

LUMITEEK No. 1 – Zinc

We’ve written at length before about the benefits of zinc and the symptoms of zinc deficiency. It’s one of our favourite topics, in fact, because zinc plays such an important role in the health of skin and our entire bodies. The mineral contributes towards cell renewal, collagen production, and wound repair, as well as being an important antioxidant.

It’s so important to our skin, in fact, that a zinc deficiency can lead to a range of skin diseases, including rosacea, eczematous dermatitis, acne, and psoriasis, with symptoms improving once zinc was administered. Zinc supplements are also often given to those suffering from infectious and inflammatory diseases, but it’s always a good idea to keep your body topped up no matter how you’re feeling. Your skin will thank you!

Our LUMITEEK Essential! Bioactive Zinc capsules contain easily absorbable zinc diglycinate, perfect for keeping your skin healthy, powerful, and radiant. For ultimate protection, try combining zinc with skin superstar niacinamide – grab both at once with our brilliant LUMITEEK Skinguard! B3 Vitamin + Bioactive Zinc bundle!

LUMITEEK No. 2 – Niacin (Vitamin B3)

Niacin, or Vitamin B3, is a hot topic in the skincare world (see our blog all about it right here!). A darling of the industry, niacin is one of the few wonder ingredients that really does live up to the hype! It’s found naturally in lots of foods and is vital for the functioning of the body as a whole, including energy conversion, healthy cholesterol and fat synthesis, DNA creation and repair, and antioxidation.

With regards to skin, the vitamin has been shown to improve skin barrier function, reduce pore size and the production of sebum, increase collagen levels, reduce redness, and minimise hyperpigmentation and sallowness. Niacin binds with compounds in the body to create NAD+, a coenzyme that has been shown to be vital for keeping skin youthful by preserving its ability to replicate and function properly.

Niacin really is a skin superstar!

Here at LUMI, we only use the niacinamide form of niacin in our products, including our LUMITEEK Restore! Vitamin B3 (Niacin) supplements. This derivative of niacin is well tolerated by the body and does not cause skin flushing, unlike niacin in the form of nicotinic acid. It’s always worth checking the labels of products containing niacin to see what’s really inside!

LUMITEEK No. 3 – Selenium

Selenium is an often overlooked but essential trace element that has an important function in the body. Primarily an antioxidant, selenium plays a vital role in eliminating free radicals – these wayward particles speed up aging by damaging healthy cells. Selenium has also been shown to play a role in minimising some cancers and boosting immunity, whilst oxidative stress (something antioxidants reduce) has been linked to a host of skin and wider body issues.

There is a clear link between selenium levels and the prevalence of some skin diseases. Studies have found that high selenium levels tended to be a protective factor with regards to the prevalence of psoriasis, acne, and atopic dermatitis. The benefits of antioxidants for skin are well-documented, reducing inflammation and helping your body properly repair itself.

Humans are incapable of synthesising selenium themselves, so must rely on external sources to acquire this vital ingredient for proper bodily functioning. Our LUMITEEK Cellular Health! Selenium supplements contain a bioactive, highly absorbable form of selenium that provide your body with the perfect daily amount needed to keep you at your best and keep those pesky free radicals at bay!

LUMITEEK No. 4 – Beauty & Brains! Bioactive B-Complex

What could be better for you than a single vitamin boost? Why, a whole host of vitamins, of course! B vitamins are completely essential to our bodies, performing an incredibly wide and varied set of functions within us. From heart function to cell division, and from immunity support to amino acid synthesis, B vitamins are integral to every single cell in our body.

That includes the largest organ of all – the skin! Our LUMITEEK Beauty & Brains! Bioactive B-Complex supplements contain a wide range of vitamins B1 through to B9, providing your body with key nutrients that keep the body functioning smoothly and keep skin looking healthy and radiant.

B vitamins’ role in skin health has been well documented. We’ve already talked at length of the benefits of Niacin (B3), but other B vitamins have an important role, too. For example, biotin (B7) deficiency is associated with alopecia and the appearance of scaly dermatitis on areas of skin, whilst riboflavin (B2) has antioxidant properties. 

Every vitamin included in the supplement brings its own benefits to the table, and is research-proven to be vital for the proper functioning of your body, inside and out!

Ready to give your skin the nutritional boost it’s been craving? Find our entire range of LUMITEEK supplements right here. Looking for something else? You can view every one of our science-led, totally organic skincare solutions here!


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It’s Official – LUMI Has Europe’s BEST Natural Night Cream!

Science and nature combine forces in our award-winning ICONIC Overnight Peptide Treatment!

Natural skincare has changed. Whereas twenty years ago, the scope of organic skin treatment may have been limited to essential oils and simple herbal remedies, nowadays we see complex natural solutions that rival the efficacy of factory-produced industrial products – and often surpass them!

It’s safe to say that we are currently witnessing something of a revolution in skincare, lead by biotechnology advances and millions of people realising that what you do not include in your products is just as important as what goes in them. With every scientific breakthrough, we see the skincare landscape move away from harsh chemicals and isolated solutions, towards a more holistic approach to treatment that is kinder and more nourishing to skin.

As ever, LUMI leads this charge towards better skin health! Whether through our use of algae-based silica that is kinder to the planet and brings more benefits to our skin, or our adoption of the fantastic plant-based retinol alternative Bakuchiol, you will always find us at the cutting edge of natural science.

This science-first approach to organic skincare has never been more apparent than in our ICONIC Overnight Peptide Treatment. A gold medal winner in 2023’s European Natural Beauty Awards, this night cream represents the perfect combination of science and nature!

ICONIC Overnight Peptide Treatment is designed to prevent premature skin aging and lighten pigmentation spots without harming the skin’s microbiome – a concern that many artificial skincare products ignore, despite its vital importance to skin health.

Fermentation-derived peptides and other compounds help stimulate collagen production in the body, as well as the skin’s metabolism and regenerative capacity. By doing so, ICONIC Overnight Peptide Treatment causes cells to temporarily ‘lose memory’, relaxing and smoothing out wrinkles caused by tension and aging. The treatment’s organic cream base also helps to bring moisture to the skin – a vital component in any treatment!

Included cannabinoids help to repopulate and correct the body’s endocannabinoid system, a potent and oft-overlooked system of transmitters and receptors within the body that help us achieve homeostasis (the body’s natural balance). Combine the overnight peptide treatment with our ICONIC day cream for a 24-hour protective combination that’s sure to revitalise, repair, and reinforce your facial skin!

Ready to give your facial skin the ICONIC boost it’s been craving? Check out our award-winning night cream and other ICONIC products here. Want to see our full range of technology-driven, organic skincare solutions? Look right here!