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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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  8. Ritter, C. G., Fiss, D. V., Borges da Costa, J. A., de Carvalho, R. R., Bauermann, G., & Cestari, T. F. (2013). Extra-facial melasma: clinical, histopathological, and immunohistochemical case-control study. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV, 27(9), 1088–1094. 
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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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  3. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2023). The Nutrition Source – Selenium. 
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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!

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Happy Baby, Happy Parents: How LUMI Can Help Alleviate Common Skin Issues in Babies

Baby skin can be a unique challenge for a parent. Not only can little ones suffer more from skin diseases than older children or adults, but they can’t communicate with us or help themselves, either. What’s more, as a new parent, you’ve already got your plate full with hectic days and sleepless nights. It’s a stressful situation!

There’s no need to fear, however, because help is at hand! LUMI are here with a brilliant cast of skincare solutions for even the most sensitive skin that are sure to leave mum and baby smiling once more.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common infant skin conditions, and how LUMI can help keep those anguished cries and new parent fears at bay!

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema and is characterised by dry, painful rashes anywhere on the body that can itch and become sore, as well as making skin more vulnerable to infection. The majority of atopic dermatitis sufferers first begin showing signs of the disease before they are six months old. It is thought that atopic dermatitis is likely an autoimmune condition with no cure, though symptoms do improve for some children as they get older. 

As there is no cure for atopic dermatitis, treating its symptoms and reducing discomfort is of paramount importance. Moisturising affected skin daily is vital for maintaining and strengthening your baby’s skin, which will reduce their irritation and chance of infection. 

LUMI’s Bio-Klinik series is Estonia’s first prebiotic and hypoallergenic skincare product line. Our Bio-Klinik Body Cream is specially formulated to be used by all ages and on even the most sensitive of skin – perfect for keeping your little one moisturised and protected, no matter what ails them.

Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is an ultimately harmless but quite unsightly condition that causes greasy, crusty patches to appear on a baby’s head (and occasionally other areas). You may be tempted to pick these scales, but doing so may harm your little one and can lead to infection.

Instead, try using a small amount of LUMI’s La-Laa Baby Oil on the affected area. Massage the oil gently into the scalp to help loosen and remove the flakes; you may want to use a very soft brush to assist. La-Laa’s organic composition is food-safe quality and packed with antioxidants and vitamins to give little ones extra protection. Be sure to rinse all oil off afterwards, as leaving any on the scalp may lead to a recurrence of the issue. 

Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is an extremely common condition characterised by inflamed or irritated patches of skin on your baby’s bottom, inner thighs, or genitals. This can be caused by prolonged contact with wet diapers or by chafing at the point where the diaper meets your little one’s skin.

If you notice a diaper rash on your baby, you should try to check and change their diaper more frequently, and ensure that diapers and clothing are not fitted too tightly. To reduce the immediate symptoms of diaper rash, try using a cream or ointment such as LUMI’s Lullaby Rescue Balm – the zinc contained within is a tried-and-tested solution that reduces and prevents irritation.

Newborn Skin Peeling

Whilst not necessarily a skin disease, new parents may notice their child’s skin peeling immediately after birth. Skin peeling can last for a couple of weeks and is more common for babies born after their due date. 

The condition will usually resolve itself without any intervention from parents or other caregivers, but you may want to apply a moisturiser suitable for babies’ skin – such as LUMI’s Bio-Klinik Body Cream – to maintain the strength and protection of your little one’s skin barrier.

Get Set with LUMI!

Hopefully this brief dive into common baby skin issues has helped allay some first-time parent fears, and equipped with you the knowledge you need to deal with things like a pro. If you’re looking to pick up some of the LUMI solutions mentioned here for yourself or a new mum you’d like to spoil, look no further than our brilliant combo sets! 

Our LUMI Don’t Worry, Baby set makes for the perfect gift for an expecting mum. The set contains our fragrance-free, award-winning La-Laa Baby Oil, the versatile and multifunctional Lullaby Rescue Balm with non-nano zinc, and our latest offering, Baby On The Way multi-nutrient supplements, full of essential vitamins to help mum and baby get off to the perfect start!

Need an even more luxurious option? Try our Queen Mom set, containing everything from Don’t Worry, Baby, as well as our fantastic Bedroom Bliss Intimate Oil with CBD, sure to help new parents get their groove back in the bedroom!

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Breaking Point: The Impact of Stress on Skin, and How LUMI and PĒLL Can Help!

The modern world is a stressful place. The news can be overwhelming, and the frenetic pace of living in an era of endless connectivity can take its toll on us, both mentally and physically. We can sometimes even contribute to our own stress by not giving the body what it needs.

If all that wasn’t enough, there are also things we may not immediately identify as ‘stressors’, but that exert the same kind of pressure on our bodies – factors such as pollution and even UV exposure. It can be tough out there!

Our skin is unfortunately not immune to the effects of all these stressors. If anything, it can display the impact of stress more quickly and severely than the rest of our bodies. That’s why it’s vital that we give our skin the helping hand it needs to prevent and recover from stress damage.

But how, you ask? Well, with LUMI and PĒLL, of course!

Today, we’re going to explore how different stressors affect your skin, and how a combination of all-natural skincare and potent phytocannabinoids from your two favourite Estonian innovators can help your skin fight back and feel great.

Let’s jump in!

You Do It To Yourself – Internal Stressors

When most of us think of stress, our minds will jump to mental or emotional pressure. Factors such as anxiety, prolonged low mood, or external triggers such as work or family commitments can all put our mind and body under a significant load of stress.

Our bodies can deal with mild amounts of stress over short periods, but prolonged periods of stress have been shown to contribute to and sometimes trigger skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis and acne, as well as speeding up the skin aging process.

This happens because stress triggers a ‘fight or flight’ response in our cells through cortisol production that leads to delayed wound healing (causing skin to regenerate imperfectly), reduced collagen production (vital for skin structure and elasticity) and oxidative stress.

It’s not just mental or emotional pressure that can force our skin into this fight or flight response, though! Putting our bodies through physical hardship, or depriving it of its needs, can also contribute greatly to premature aging. Factors such as extreme temperatures, lack of sleep, malnutrition, and infection can all take their toll on our skin on a cellular level, affecting the body in the same way as any other stressor.

Looking after your skin means looking after your whole body and its needs – it’s always a holistic endeavour!

You vs. The Universe – Environmental Stressors

As we mentioned earlier, stressors are not limited to merely internal factors. There are a host of environmental stressors that can impact your skin, whether by hastening the aging process or contributing to skin diseases. These environmental stressors can be far reaching. Tobacco smoke, radiation, pollution, and even some cosmetic products can all affect skin cells, triggering responses similar to that of internal stressors.

UV radiation contributes perhaps the largest, and certainly most consistent, stress upon our skin. Whilst many people think that the sun only causes damage if allowed to burn skin, the science is clear – photoaging (UV-caused skin aging) is a process that occurs whenever we are in direct sunlight. Photoaging is caused by UVA and UVB rays acting as stressors to skin cells and DNA, and can be responsible for wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and skin thickening (sometimes giving skin an almost leathery texture).

Repairing the Skin Damage Caused by Stress

Don’t worry! There’s no need to stress about stressors (if you’ll pardon the pun) because help is at hand. The most important, and perhaps most obvious, piece of advice we can give is to try and reduce the amount of stressors in your life, whether they be mental, physiological, or environmental. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a well-known cliché for a reason!

Of course, it’s not always that simple. Sometimes, we simply cannot avoid stress and the impact it has on our skin. That’s where LUMI and PĒLL come in. Two of Estonia’s most innovative all-natural brands, the pair bring a wealth of skincare and cannabinoid solutions to help your body weather the storm of adult life.

LUMI have over a decade’s experience in mending and protecting skin from stressors both inside and out. Their creams are packed with ingredients such as fermented oat extract to restore and strengthen the skin barrier, whilst natural antioxidants from red algae and blackcurrant extract eliminate pesky free radicals, reducing oxidative stress.

Another favourite is bakuchiol (a plant-derived ingredient that has the efficacy of retinoids without much of their painful drawbacks), which has been shown to be clinically effective in rejuvenating skin by increasing collagen production. A breakdown of existing collagen and restriction of collagen production are common effects of photoaging. To round things off, included prebiotics and probiotics in many products help foster a healthy skin microbiome – vital in maintaining skin’s protective function and proper wound healing capabilities.

Cannabinoids represent an exciting new possibility when it comes to protecting and mending skin, and PĒLL are right at the forefront of things. There is an ever-growing body of research that suggests that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) – an internal network of signallers, signals, and receptors in the human body – plays a pivotal role in keeping our bodies healthy, including our skin.

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to be effective in bringing skin back towards homeostasis (optimal biological functioning) via the ECS in cases of skin disease such as acne and dermatitis, as well as restoring the skin barrier and helping with pigmentation issues.

Similar results have also been found for cannabigerol (CBG), another prevalent cannabinoid. In addition to helping reduce skin aging and repair the skin’s protective barrier, both CBD and CBG are also effective methods of managing stress and anxiety, helping to reduce the amount of stressors that reach your skin in the first place!

Both CBD and CBG oils are available from PĒLL, in a variety of strengths to suit your individual needs. The most brilliant aspect of PĒLL’s oils is that, because of their food grade quality and high efficacy, they can be consumed internally or applied externally on skin. Try mixing a few drops of PĒLL oil into your LUMI creams to complement your cannabinoid regime and watch how quickly great results follow!

The First Steps to Better Skin

Ready to start fighting back against stress? Help your body de-stress and rejuvenate your skin with the power combo of LUMI and PĒLL. We recommend the 40 & ICONIC Set, which is packed full of natural ingredients to help you restore your skin barrier, produce more collagen, and protect your body from free radicals.

For PĒLL oils, we recommend applying a few drops of medium strength 30% full-spectrum CBD extract under the tongue each day (proper dosage may vary from person-to-person), as well as mixing some more of the oil into your LUMI skin products.

Cast off the shackles of stress, and embrace a happier, healthier you with LUMI and PĒLL!


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The Microbiome – Your Skin’s Greatest Ally!

Here at LUMI, we can’t go five minutes without mentioning the skin’s microbiome. We might talk about it more than any other topic, in fact! The reason we’re so obsessed is simple – maintaining a healthy microbiome is the single best thing you can do for your skin. But what is the skin microbiome, we hear you ask, and why is it so important? Well, let’s find out by diving into all things microbiological!

What Is The Skin Microbiome?

Our skin is home to millions of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and even viruses. We call this tiny but important community of life the microbiome of the skin. These microscopic lifeforms work with the human body and are integral to maintaining healthy skin.

The microbiome is our first line of defence against pathogens and other threats that might endanger our skin or the rest of our body. The layer of microbiota on the skin’s surface forms a physical barrier that prevents unwelcome microbes and substances from reaching the skin itself. When this barrier is broken or is not at its full protective capacity (because our microbiome is out-of-shape), we are more vulnerable to infection and skin degradation from environmental pollutants.

The benefits of the microbiome do not stop there, though! The microbiota on the surface of human skin helps retain moisture, minimise oxidative damage, and help to protect skin from UV radiation. Our immune systems actually communicate with bacteria on our skin’s surface and are used by the body to modulate a range of responses. The microbiome is even involved in repairing damaged skin and healing wounds!

It was discovered at the turn of the 21st century that some bacteria present within the human skin microbiome produce collagen-like proteins that help with skin maintenance. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is vital for skin structure, elasticity, and signaling. Studies have shown that when the skin microbiome is damaged or in a state of serious imbalance (known as dysbiosis), levels of collagen production decrease, which can lead to premature aging and other skin health issues.

The impact of skin dysbiosis is not limited just to collagen production. A damaged or unbalanced microbiome has been shown to affect long-term skin health, as well as increasing the prevalence of diseases such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne. Research also suggests that the process of skin aging is in part associated with changes in the skin microbiome. Clearly, considering the intertwined nature of microbiome health and diversity with our own wellbeing, the skin’s microbiota cannot be ignored!

Photo: Caroline Sada

How Can I Help My Skin’s Microbiome?

With the microbiome being so essential to skin health, we all face an essential question – how can I maintain a happy, healthy, and diverse microbiome?

The first step, as with everything related to health, is to ensure your diet is varied and nutritious. By eating well, you give your body the resources it needs to properly control itself and make the surface of your skin the perfect environment for a thriving microbiome. Vegetables in particular are vital for skin health, whilst fermented foods such as kefir and sauerkraut help promote the health of microbiota both in the gut and on the surface of the skin.

For more targeted microbiome assistance, consider introducing probiotics and prebiotics to your skin. Probiotics are live microorganisms that are introduced to a microbiome to help repopulate or rebalance the microbial community. Prebiotics are selectively fermented ingredients designed to provide nutrition to and promote the growth of desirable microorganisms. Probiotics and prebiotics taken orally can improve the health of the gut microbiome (and through it, the rest of the body), whilst topically applied prebiotics and probiotics can greatly aid the skin’s microbiome.

All of LUMI’s products are designed with maintaining a healthy skin microbiome in mind. Our three guiding principles are embracing natural ingredients, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, balance. Never is this more important than when considering the needs of the billions of microbiota that call our bodies home.

You can see the results of this thinking in the decisions we make during production. Our cleansers never contain any surfactants or foaming agents, as these have been shown to disrupt the skin barrier and microbiome. In a similar vein, none of our products will ever contain added fragrances or preservatives – both can disrupt your microbiome and create, rather than solve, skin problems. We make liberal use of the polysaccharide hyaluronic acid in lots of LUMI products, which has been shown by several research studies to be the optimal prebiotic for restoring microbiome balance.

We offer a range of products crafted especially to restore and maintain your skin microbiome. There are far too many to list here, but a few highlights that we think you’ll love are the Atopic Smoothie Set, the NAKED Hyaluronic Acid Multiserum, and the 40 & ICONIC Set, all of which contain prebiotics and other helpful ingredients that are perfect for getting your microbiome back to its best!

Ready to take the first steps towards a happier, healthier microbiome? Talk to one of our LUMI skin experts today and find the products most suited to your individual needs – your skin will thank you!


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Adapt your skincare routine to your monthly cycle!

The menstrual cycle has a significant influence on women, impacting various aspects of our lives, from our appetites and moods to even changes in our facial skin.

Synchronizing your skincare routine with your monthly cycle provides an opportunity to prevent many skin problems, especially hormonal acne.

We are all unique and experience the changes that come with the cycle differently. Understanding what happens to our bodies and skin during this provides us with the opportunity to address various issues at the right time.

How to build a skincare routine that fulfills the needs of your skin throughout the cycle?

The good news is that you don’t have to rush out to buy new products immediately. Thanks to the versatility of LUMI products, they can be mixed together or blended into “smoothies.” This allows you to adjust your current facial care routine to cater to your skin’s requirements during each stage of the cycle.

Another reason to love LUMI smoothies and get the most out of them! 🤍

The recipe for adjusting smoothies is easy: simply mix LUMI tonics and serums into your favorite cream to make them either thinner or thicker as needed. This process guarantees that your skincare product maintains the desired texture throughout the whole cycle.

👉🏻In this blog post, we will discuss how you might feel during different phases of your cycle and how your skin may appear during these phases. We’ll share ideas on which products you could choose for your smoothies, allowing you to create a skincare routine that suits your preferences while considering the unique aspects of your cycle. Additionally, we’ll help you discover the ideal time to schedule a visit to an esthetician!

You can improve your skin care routine by aligning it with your monthly cycle, making it easier to address your skin concerns.

Your monthly cycle is mainly influenced by three sex hormones:

  • estrogen,
  • progesterone,
  • testosterone.

These hormones fluctuate throughout your cycle, leading to changes in both your well-being and your skin.

👉🏻To better understand your current cycle phase, you can use smartphone apps or a smartwatch, keep a closer look on your calendar and pay closer attention to how you’re feeling.

Menstruation (days 1-6).

Well-being: Your energy levels are low, and you might be experiencing tiredness. You may find yourself preferring solitude to socializing. Take a moment to tune into your body. Allow yourself time to rest and try to remember that it’s not laziness – be kind to yourself.

Skin: It may be more sensitive than usual, so it’s advisable to avoid any painful procedures, such as mechanical cleaning (which might prove challenging for the esthetician to work on), intense peeling, eyebrow plucking, or waxing. Your skin might also feel drier and more irritated, in which case, it will benefit from extra hydration provided by a richer cream or an oil-based serum. When it comes to cleansing, opt for gentle products. Cleanse your skin once a day in the evening.

The main keywords for skincare are moisturizing and nourishing.

TIP: Enhance your routine with LUMI’s oil serums. Choose the one that suits your skin type, and either mix it into your favorite LUMI cream or apply it directly onto your skin.

  1. If you have red or acne-prone skin, the ideal choice is Pimple Stopper. For sensitive skin, it’s better to opt for CBD+ Extra Strong Repair Salve.
  2. If you’re looking to tighten or even out your skin tone, go for the Superbloom Vitamin C Night Serum.
  3. Sunberry’s golden tone and protective formula are the ideal choice for all skin types and conditions.
  4. Because of its rich composition and soothing ingredients, ICONIC overnight peptide treatment is the perfect choice for alleviating dry, irritated, and tense skin during your menstrual week.

Follicular phase (days 6-12).

Well-being: You are filled with increased energy and motivation. Your optimism, communication skills, and cognitive abilities are at their highest. This is also your skin’s golden week as you feel beautiful and radiate in a unique way.

Skin: This is the ideal moment to rejuvenate, regenerate, and pamper your skin. New skin cells are actively developing, making it the perfect opportunity to enhance the skin’s renewal process. Additionally, your pain sensitivity is lower during this period, making it the perfect time to schedule a visit to an esthetician or experiment with new skincare products. Revel in the radiant glow of your skin at its peak!

Enjoy your skins glow!

The main keywords for skincare are stimulating the renewal processes

TIP: Don’t hold back on the usage of skincare products and provide your skin with an extensive pampering session.

  1. Enhance the skin renewal process with a 15-20 minute procedure using a 15% AHA Acid Peel.
  2. Afterward, pamper your skin with Prebiotic HALO Moisturizing Mask.
  3. During this week, consider incorporating Pimple Stopper and Superbloom Vitamin C Night Serum into your skincare routine for their skin cell renewal benefits.

Ovulation (days 13-16).

Well-being: You are energetic and active, yet also sensitive and impulsive. Your libido is higher than usual. Some women may experience mild lower abdominal discomfort during this phase and become more moody.

Skin: Skin becomes oilier as sebum secretion increases, raising the risk of pimples and pustules. This is the time when you can take steps to prevent pimples from appearing before your menstrual cycle begins.

The main keywords for skincare are prevention and cleansing.

TIP:It’s the ideal time to use lightweight makeup and creams! When preparing smoothies, reduce the amount of oil serums and opt for water-based products. Consider adding a tonic to your cream as well. (Superbloom toning mist, Bio-klinik moisture lock toner) or a water based serum like Nudist or Naked hyaluronic acid multiserum.

  1. Opt for products that regulate sebum secretion and have a lightweight consistency. These include the Tundra AHA-BHA Moisturizing Cream, Iconic Well-Aging Treatment, Naked Hyaluronic Acid Multiserum, and Superbloom toning mist.
  2. It’s a good time to either use a 15% AHA acid peel or leave the Tundra or Moisturizing Cleansing Milk on for a longer duration, up to 5 minutes.
  3. When wanting to achieve a tan and glowy look, opt for the No Make-Up Day kit, featuring the clay-based Senses that absorbs excess oil and keeps your skin clean.

Luteal phase (days 17-28).

Well-being: A time when you might begin to experience a decrease in your energy levels, become moodier, and become less inclined to socialize. You may also start craving sweeter and fattier foods. During this phase, your body requires an adequate amount of sleep and time for recovery.

Skin: Just as you become more sensitive and irritable, your skin follows suit. It tends to get oilier and is prone to clogging. You might notice an increase in black and whiteheads. Additionally, during this period, your body can produce more melanin, making freckles and pigment spots more likely to appear than usual. Sensitivity and inflammation are also more prevalent during this time.

The main keywords for skincare are keeping inflammation and sebum secretion under control.

TIP: Take extra care of your skin while being in the sun. Try to avoid skin irritation.

  1. During this week your best friend is the Naked hyaluronic acid multiserum. It helps prevent premenstrual acne, reduces sebum production, has anti-inflammatory properties, prevents the formation of new pigment spots, and diminishes the darkness of existing pigment spots.
  2. When making smoothies, opt for toners and water-based serums. It’s a good time to focus more on cleansing.
  3. Soothe your skin by using the HALO moisture mask.

Irregular menstrual cycle

A 2023 study revealed that an irregular menstrual cycle can harm both the skin’s physiological properties and its microbiota.

Women with irregular menstrual cycles may want to consider paying more attention to moisturizing, protecting, and soothing their skin.

TIP: The Bio-Klinik restorative moisturizer offers essential hydration, balance, protection, and soothing for the skin. Whether you’re dealing with eczema or hormonal acne, Bio-Klinik serves as an excellent solution for both concerns. When combined with Naked hyaluronic acid multiserum, the cream’s anti-inflammatory and moisturizing effects are amplified. Additionally, the probiotics in the cream aid in restoring changes in the skin’s microbiome.

Recipe for smoothies

The main components of a smoothie should be:

  1. a water-based product (tonic, hydrosol, hyaluronic acid serum)
  2. a cream suitable for the skin’s condition.
  3. an oil serum

To create your own unique smoothie recipe, don’t hesitate to reach out to our consultant! You can discover our favorite smoothie recipes in the LUMI sets category.

Many smartphone apps, such as the Flo app, can assist you in tracking your menstrual cycle.

Give it a try and elevate your skincare routine to a more feminine and personalized level!

Used literature:
1. Laiji, M., Jiang, H., Han, T. jt (2023) The menstrual cycle regularity and skin: irregular menstrual cycle affects skin physiological properties and skin bacterial microbiome in urban Chinese women. BMC Womens Health. BMC Womens Health. 23(1):292.


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Mirjam’s Skin Story

“I have always had dry and sensitive skin, along with pigmentation spots and milia. Being nearly 40 years old means that wrinkles, fine lines, and skin flaccidity are more prominent. In other words, I have high expectations for skincare products.

For several years, I used a relatively expensive and highly praised brand’s products. While it did improve my skin issues, they never completely disappeared. Moreover, I had to visit the beautician frequently to prevent my skin from breaking out, roughly every 2-3 months, which became quite costly.

With cautiousness and some reservations, I decided to give the LUMI brand a try. Could all these promises actually be true?! Now, after having used LUMI products for over 2 months, I can confidently say that I will continue using them because my skin has never been in such great condition! And I’m not exaggerating! No more pimples, no milia, and my pigmentation spots have significantly lightened. After washing my face, my skin feels soft and no longer tight like before. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is no longer greasy, and here’s the best part – I have stopped using foundation altogether because I no longer need it. My skin tone is even, and my skin looks healthy.

Don’t panic if you initially face some challenges or notice a temporary decline in your skin’s condition. The ultimate results will be worth it, 100%!”.

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Eva-Maria’s Skin Journey

“For almost 21 years of my life, I struggled with dry, broken, and painful skin. Thanks to LUMI, my life has changed forever.

I have a medical condition that makes my skin dry, swollen, and itchy due to allergies to dyes and histamine. To alleviate the symptoms, I have tried various creams from different brands – both over-the-counter and high-end ones. Despite that, I did not opt to use a prescribed hormone cream and instead relied on allergy pills and mositurizers. 

My journey with LUMI began when I started a new job and met Helen, the founder of LUMI. During our first meeting, Helen noticed my skin condition and decided to do some research on my background. Based on that, she recommended creams that suited my skin. It was a humorous but unforgettable start, and little did I know that it would have a significant impact on my life.

From there on I started using the LUMI CBD+ ointment and BIO-KLINIK body cream. Like any other person who has struggled with their skin for years, I started my journey with some doubts. But all of that was for nothing as just a few days later I noticed that the condition of my skin has improved drastically! Already by the end of the week, the minor ulcers and the rash had completely disappeared. At first, I used the combo of creams three/four times a day, but from there on only twice a day. On top of all that, I was also able to stop taking the allergy pills.

By the middle of the second week, I saw something I hadn’t seen in a very long time. My legs and arms were cured – they were healthy and moisturized, without any bumps or sores. Also, I no longer had the itchiness that previously disturbed my sleep and aggravated my skin condition furthermore. To this day my skin is healthy, glowing, and moisturized.

LUMI changed my life, especially my confidence. The summer of 2023 was the first one I could face without feeling embarrassed and insecure – I felt like a big part of my femininity had been restored. I can wear dresses, short-sleeved tops, and skirts without feeling self-conscious about my skin. Finally, I feel good in my own skin!

There are not enough words to show my appreciation, thank you LUMI!”.

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Afterglow – Exploring Our Bittersweet Relationship with the Sun

“O, Sunshine! The most precious gold to be found on earth.” 

– Roman Payne

The long-awaited return of sunshine and warm weather is here, filling us all with new energy, ideas, and a sense of spontaneity. Who doesn’t love being bathed in those golden rays, and the luscious tan that surely follows?

Of course, it will be news to no one that those benefits come with considerable risk. UV radiation from the sun can cause a host of issues, ranging from sunburn to premature aging, and even some forms of cancer. The topic is often publicly discussed, but usually from a rather one-sided position, where the dangers of sun exposure are espoused at length and other health and environmental concerns are shunned to the side. Little time is given to exploring the dangers of insufficient exposure to the sun, or the potential damage to our bodies and the planet that sunscreen can cause.

Here at LUMI, we think that’s a problem. As we pride ourselves on our curiosity, we’re keen to find out what’s going on for ourselves and gain a more balanced view of such a multi-layered discussion. So, we decided it’s high time that we delved into the science for ourselves, to find out whether we humans really need to spend all our summertime hidden in the shade and wrapped up from head to toe! Join us as we explore humanity’s bittersweet relationship with the sun.

The dangers of a lack of sunlight

Insufficient exposure to sunlight has become a major public health issue. Research suggests that insufficient sun exposure may be responsible for a startling 340,000 deaths in the United States and 480,000 deaths in Europe per year, leading to increased incidence of a wide range of medical conditions, including several types of cancer, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even autism.

Vitamin D has long been posited as the major factor behind the benefits of sun exposure, but studies attempting to replicate sun exposure via oral Vitamin D supplements do not show similar preventative effects. These findings suggest that there are innate physiological benefits to humans from sun exposure that cannot be easily gained from other sources.

One such benefit is hypothesized to be UVA radiation increasing the release of nitric oxide from the skin, thereby lowering blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease complications. Even moderate amounts of sun are associated with a reduction in stress, increased mental capacity, and an improved general sense of well-being, as well as aiding in alleviating various skin issues, such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.

A 2014 Swedish study found that completely avoiding sunlight exposure significantly increased mortality risk in adults, with a risk factor similar to that of being a regular smoker. Surprisingly, particularly considering prevailing media narratives, the study found no evidence of increased skin cancer risk in those who intentionally tanned compared to those who did not.

Add all of this evidence together and it becomes clear that human bodies, thanks to millions of years of evolutionary processes, need sunlight to optimally function.

The often-ignored drawbacks of sunscreen

The global sunscreen market was estimated to be worth around $8.5 billion in 2019. Every day, tens of millions of people use creams, sprays, and lotions containing UV filters – specific chemicals added to these products to absorb or block radiation from the sun.

Unfortunately, UV filters are not biodegradable, and many sewage treatment plants are ill-equipped to deal with them properly. As a result, UV filters reach natural environments in ever-increasing numbers. Up to 14,000 tons of SPF cream ends up in our oceans every year and is deposited in a variety of aquatic environments, including coral reefs. 

Because UV filters are not biodegradable, the compounds eventually end up inside the bodies of living organisms; originally in microscopic organisms, before moving up through the food chain into every animal and plant in the environment. This can cause a host of problems for animals, including humans, and can be catastrophic for marine life in particular. 

For example, exposure to oxybenzone – a common sunscreen ingredient – is extremely detrimental and potentially fatal to coral reefs, which are home to more than a quarter of worldwide fish species. The destruction of marine environments can have a massive impact on the entire planet – 50-80% of the world’s oxygen is produced by ocean algae.

Substances originating in sunscreen have been detected in human brains, breast milk, and the placenta, proving that they can pass through organic barriers and be absorbed by the body. These substances can remain within our bodies for weeks after sunscreen use and can have substantial detrimental effects, such as disrupting the normal functioning of the endocrine system.

There has been considerable recent controversy about the use of nanotechnology in sunscreen products, particularly those containing titanium oxide. The advantage of nanotechnological sun cream is that it prevents the appearance of a visually unpleasant white layer over the surface of the skin. Unfortunately, the smaller the molecule size of a substance, the greater the risk of it penetrating the body. Several studies have warned of nanoscopic titanium particles’ ability to breach human skin and enter the bloodstream, where they may be activated by UVA radiation and induce DNA mutations that can develop into cancer.

Perhaps surprisingly, after the widespread introduction of sunscreen creams, incident rates of skin cancer actually rose. This has been attributed to sunscreen users relying too much on the protective effect of creams and thereby inadvertently exposing themselves to more UV radiation than previously, as well as sunburn-inhibiting effects of creams stopping skin from reddening, which gives sunscreen users an inaccurate idea of how much sun exposure they have actually had.

It is imperative to be extremely careful when using sunscreen on small children. For babies under six months, it is recommended to instead use hats, protective clothing, and shade from the intense sun rather than using creams of any kind. For children between six months and six years, it is recommended that sunscreen is used sparingly and only on areas that cannot be covered with clothes. It is a common misperception that SPF cream alone is enough to protect children’s skin from sunlight, whilst in reality, other forms of skin care are just as necessary for skin to properly cope with sun exposure and other environmental pollutants.

How does our skin try to protect itself from sun damage?

Over millions of years, human skin has evolved in daily exposure to sunlight, and by doing so, has naturally developed a number of different defense mechanisms to fight the mutagenic effects of solar radiation.

As regular LUMI customers and readers will know, we are in constant awe of the natural marvel that is our skin microbiome. As with so many other dangers we might face, the skin microbiome is our first line of defense against UV radiation. Microorganisms on the surface of the skin react to UV radiation and begin to produce substances and pigments that are protective and beneficial, including melanin, which assists our own internal melanocyte production of the same compounds, meaning they are less overworked, resulting in a reduction in pigmentation spots and a more even, radiant complexion.

As well as the microbiome, our skin has other defense mechanisms to protect against UV radiation. These include the ability to thicken the top layer of skin, the ability to repair DNA, apoptosis (a process of cell death that allows the body to control the total number of cells present), the production of antioxidant enzymes, and skin pigmentation (darkening of the skin).

Our skin’s natural protection against UV radiation is usually sufficient, provided the skin is in good health and is exposed to the sun in moderation. Long-term or excessive exposure to UV radiation can cause the deterioration of skin structure and function – a form of premature skin aging known as photoaging.

Photoaged skin is characterized by fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, hyperkeratosis (increased outer skin layer thickness), pigmentation spots, loose skin from the weakening of connective tissue, and in some cases, precancerous and cancerous lesions. Changes in the skin’s microcirculation (blood flow) can cause permanent dilation of blood vessels, which manifests itself in the form of telangiectasias (dilated intradermal veins) and general skin redness. Photoaging is caused by both UVA and UVB rays.

As a LUMI fan, you can breathe easily, and safely in the knowledge that our products keep the skin’s microbiome in optimal condition. LUMI products are #microbiota respectful, meaning they support and nourish the microorganisms of the skin, which play such an important role in maintaining, supporting, and supplementing your largest organ.

Antioxidants – a therapeutic approach to preventing inflammatory skin damage!

When our skin’s own defense systems are depleted, premature aging of the skin often quickly follows. To fight oxidative damage and protect the skin, LUMI has developed a variety of incredibly effective all-natural antioxidant serums and creams.

Natural antioxidants such as vitamins C and E play a key role in caring for the skin. When these vitamins are mixed together, their beneficial properties are enhanced. In addition to a host of other benefits, the combination of vitamins C and E provide photoprotection, increases collagen synthesis, accelerates the skin’s renewal process, and increases the skin’s resistance to oxidative stress. You can find this powerful pairing in LUMI’s Superbloom Vitamin C Night Serum – by using it before and during the onset of seasonal sun, you’re doing your skin a big favor and providing some of the essential compounds it needs to keep you healthy.

NAKED Hyaluronic Acid Serum is another summer superfood for the skin! In addition to its deep moisturizing effect (dehydrated skin is much more susceptible to burning), the serum contains prebiotics that repopulates the skin microbiome, vitamin B3 to protect skin cells, and algae extract, which redistributes pigmentation in existing hyperpigmentation spots and prevents the formation of new spots. The serum’s fireweed hydrosol also helps increase the skin’s own defenses.

Although UV radiation is the most prominent and aggressive environmental factor to consider when stepping outside, air pollution can also cause significant damage to the skin. Research has shown that urban pollution and UV radiation can have harmful interactions on the surface of the skin. For example, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (found in cigarette smoke) can be activated by UV radiation, causing oxidative stress and damaging both skin cell structure and DNA.

An SPF product alone does not protect against environmental pollution! But never fear, because LUMI has the solution – Sunberry Day Serum, which provides additional natural protection for your skin against solar radiation, blue light, and urban pollution. Milk thistle oil found in the serum protects skin from oxidative stress caused by external environmental factors (including UV radiation), as well as slows down aging and glycation processes at the cellular level. The raspberry seed oil found in Sunberry Day Serum (as well as our La-Laa Baby Oil) offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays at comparable levels to titanium dioxide. Whilst these products cannot protect you from extended bouts of extreme sunlight, e.g. those who are committed to ‘frying in the sun’, these products can give you the opportunity when exposed to moderate sunlight to avoid synthetic sunscreens, including those with carcinogenic ingredients.

The Nudist Hyaluronic Acid Serum, with its pleasant summertime scent, deeply moisturizes skin and offers additional protection against UV radiation thanks to the inclusion of fireweed hydrosol. The lemon balm and mint water used in the product also have a wonderful soothing effect on the skin!

A healthy diet that includes a variety of vitamins and micronutrients helps to restore and maintain your gut microbiome, which in turn helps maintain healthy skin and provide your body additional protection. LUMITEEK nutritional supplements can help support a healthy diet and ensure your body is getting exactly what it needs.

LUMITEEK Cellular Health Selenium is another research-backed option for protecting your skin from UV damage. Studies suggest that orally administered doses of the antioxidant can potentially act as an adjuvant for sunscreen products, increasing their efficacy and protecting the skin from short and long-term UV-induced oxidative damage.

No matter whether the sun is out, probiotics are always a great choice for supporting your body and microbiome. A diverse gut microbiome provides the basis for a diverse skin microbiome, which in turn helps strengthen skin and bolsters its ability to protect against UV radiation.

High SPF creams are NOT the only solution!

Here at LUMI, we believe that the most essential sun-care step is always keeping your skin healthy! By looking after your skin all year round, supporting its microbiome, and keeping it topped up with antioxidants, you’re ensuring that your skin is in the best possible shape to defend itself come the sunny season. When the sun shines, don’t panic – embrace the warmer weather and let sensible decision-making guide your course of action.

LUMI is built on three principles – natural ingredients, top science, and balance in all things. A balanced, moderate amount of sun is good for your body and mind. If you have delicate skin or have to deal with intense sun exposure, we recommend combining antioxidants, maximal hydration, and a natural SPF cream with a moderate amount of non-nano zinc oxide (please choose coral-safe products!). By doing so, you can keep yourself safe, enjoy the most of the warmer months, and do your best for your skin and the planet.



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Photographer: Caroline Sada