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Cleansing Your Face

Let’s face it: people have made many skincare mistakes using cosmetic products past decades. As a result, instead of trying to do good for their skin, they have harmed it.

Let’s go over the first and most important step of skin care – cleansing it. Let’s look at the ingredients we should get rid of and the methods to clean your skin safely and effectively.

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5 tips for a healthy skincare routine

We all wish for healthy glowing skin full of life. Checking the ingredients of skincare products makes people often feel like they need special education in biochemistry to make sense of it all. What to take and what to leave? We bring you the five most important tips about ingredients and packaging.

1. Ceramides and useful fatty acids

Ceramides are like cement that hold together the protective wall of skin cells. It ensures that the skin’s protective barrier is long-lasting and keeps the moisture inside. Unfortunately for us, the amount of ceramides in the skin decreases with age. Also, the quantity of polyunsaturated fatty acids that give ceramides elasticity and mobility decreases, they are replaced by saturated fatty acids that create more stiffness.
How to get more high-quality ceramides? Ceramides in beauty products are lipids (fats). They can be either synthetically made, extracted from plants, or in the form of ceramide-rich vegetable oil. LUMI prefers ceramide-rich vegetable oil. Hemp oil has several ceramides and omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (the body cannot produce them). We avoid extra processing of raw materials and energy overuse. Still, the benefits are clear. Ceramides are great for addressing extremely sensitive, extremely dry, or atopic skin.

Most LUMI products have hemp oil in them.

Try: SENSES firming and toning body lotion moisturises and slightly smoothes / Nourishing body oil provides hydration, especially after a shower or a bath.

2. Microbiota of balanced skin

Recent studies have shown that millions of bacteria living on the skin`s surface play a huge role in skin health. Microbiota is a common factor. It is the first line of defense against environmental damage. The balance of this ecosystem, which involves active cooperation between our immune system and beneficial bacteria, is crucial for maintaining the health and youth of the skin. Numerous studies have found a direct link between an imbalanced bacterial ecosystem and problematic skin.

How to keep the skin`s microbiota healthy and vital? Firstly, less is more! Maintain an optimal skincare regimen and avoid extremes, too many different products, toxic ingredients, and harsh treatments. For example, do not mechanically exfoliate your skin! Secondly, use hermetically sealed cosmetics in pump bottles – they do not need strong preservatives. Thirdly, avoid products that have fragrances and alcohol in them.

Try a skin structure repairing face cream and balances the microbiota.

3. AHA-BHA acids, especially lactic acid

Lactic acid helps to maintain hyaluronic acid levels and stimulate collagen and elastin, making the skin more viable and tighter. Lactic acid gently exfoliates the aged skin on the surface layer and rejuvenates the skin giving it an even complexion. Lactic acid helps to maintain the correct, slightly acidic pH level, which is necessary for a balanced skin ecosystem.
It’s important to avoid using AHA-BHA acids excessively! Excessive AHA-BHA exfoliation damages the skin barrier and harms it instead of rebalancing. AHA-BHA must be applied to the skin simultaneously with lipids. That is why we have a mild AHA-BHA content and beneficial omegas in our products.

Try moisturising facial cleansing milk for very mild exfoliation daily, and AHA-BHA cleansing milk for acne-prone skin.

4. Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid binds water molecules – hydrates the skin, and gives elasticity. Mixing hyaluronic acid with water in a laboratory produces a gel-like and very springy consistency. The skin of a child is equally flexible and elastic. Unfortunately, as people get older, their skin loses hyaluronic acid, dries out, and develops wrinkles. Fortunately, it is possible to add more hyaluronic acid with skincare, if the molecules used are of the correct size.
We use hyaluronic acid molecules of various sizes in LUMI products to ensure that hydration is distributed evenly to all layers of the skin. The hyaluronic acid that we add to the product is post-biotic, which means that it is a result of bacterial life activity. We add this absolutely necessary ingredient in products for the hands, body, and face.

Try: HALO prebiotic moisturising mask restores moisture balance in the skin as a week-long course / Superbloom rejuvenating skin toning gel toner acts as a moisturising toner.

5. Antioxidants

These compounds neutralize free radicals in our tissues. Free radicals are derived from normal body processes, and some perform vital signaling functions. However, environmental factors may intensify the production of radicals: for example, solar radiation, pollution, stress, etc.

Free radicals are like solitary particles that circulate through tissues and seek bonds. It is harmful if they create a bond with vital molecules, such as DNA or collagen (which gives elasticity to the skin) making them break down. Fortunately, our bodies have a pretty effective system that uses antioxidants to control the entire process.

If you want to be sure you have enough antioxidants, it is wise to get them through food and skincare. Vitamins A, C, and E are all effective antioxidants; none is favored over the others. Mixing them works best in skincare.

Try Superbloom vitamin C night serum full of vitamins, or a protective cream that activates collagen production and skin renewal, designed to protect mature skin from free radical damage.

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Body and hands

The season of dry and fragile skin is here – indoor air is dry and outdoor conditions are harsh. Moisturisers protect the skin from environmental factors by strengthening the skin barrier. Your body and hands need creams and treatments according to your skin type, just as your face does. Unfortunately, choosing the right cream can be challenging – there are numerous lotions and creams available today, and some of them have ingredients that are difficult to understand.

LUMI moisturisers have been developed in cooperation with Tallinn University of Technology and the University of Tartu.

Our moisturisers are based on Estonian 100% organic hemp seed oil and they do not contain synthetic fragrances, silicone oils, petroleum products, or preservatives. Hemp oil can moisturise perfectly, and so can LUMI creams!

We will help you learn about the differences between LUMI creams, lotions, and oils. Choose your favourite body moisturiser for the season according to your skin type – it is easy!

For the body

BIO-KLINIK soothing and moisturising body cream

BIO-KLINIK moisture-lock body cream will hydrate your body for up to 48 hours. The cream calms your skin, helps to regenerate tissues, and protects against irritations. The cream is suitable for atopic, dry, itchy, scaly, reddish, and extremely sensitive skin. Problematic skin with dermatitis and other skin issues will love this cream as well.

Nourishing body oil

Our best-selling and award-winning LUMI nourishing body oil was one of our very first products. It includes hemp seed oil and urea, which helps the oil to absorb. Essential oils activate lymphatic circulation and are excellent for tightening facial skin. Use the oil after a shower or mix a few pumps of it into your bath water and enjoy the softness of your healthy skin.

Revitalising body lotion

LUMI revitalising body lotion targets skin issues systemically, entering different layers of the skin. Camellia oil and hyaluronic acid can penetrate deep – they add elasticity to the skin and keep it hydrated with the help of Peucedanum Ostruthium and lactic acid. Hemp seed oil improves the skin’s natural protective barrier and prevents dehydration. Shea butter creates a protective layer on the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis.

The lotion is suitable for sensitive skin. Absorbs fast, hydrates for a very long period, and makes the skin silky. This body lotion is perfect for dry and very sensitive skin.

Trimming and toning body moisturiser SENSES

Are you searching for a firming, smoothing, and moisturising body lotion? Here it is! SENSES body lotion is inspired by scientific research. The moisturiser will tone, trim, and hydrate your skin while essential oil aromatherapy drives your senses wild! Bioactive ingredients improve the orange peel texture of the skin, and clay evens your skin tone. Suitable for all skin types. Do not use this lotion if you are pregnant or breastfeeding – in this case, choose LUMI products that do not contain essential oils.

 

Hand creams

Pay attention to skincare, especially in harsh weather conditions. High-quality creams will keep your hands soft and healthy. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and other skin-repairing agents.

Arctic hand cream

The fragrance-free Arctic hand cream protects extremely dry, reddened, damaged, and scaly skin from harsh weather conditions. Beeswax prevents moisture loss by creating a water-repellent protective layer. Vegetable oils and plant extracts deeply hydrate and nourish the skin, the hyaluronic acid moisturises and gives elasticity.

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THE ABC`S OF AGEING. FROM GENETICS TO CREAM SELECTIONS

How to slow down ageing with lifestyle choices and bioactive elements? Let’s take a look at the skin’s ageing processes.

Why does our skin age, and how to slow it down?

How does Jennifer Lopez look so youthful at 52? Why is the skin of your older schoolmate smooth and free of wrinkles, while your forehead has deep lines already? What exactly do they know that you don’t? What is their secret to staying young? Is it an anti-ageing cream, collagen, vitamin C, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, cosmetic injections, a specific diet, or even magic?

The fact of the matter is that ageing is a natural part of life – often men and women are much happier with themselves after 40, much more than they were at the age of 20. We shouldn’t fear or be ashamed of getting older. Whatever your age, true beauty is your warm and caring character that lights up the world like a lighthouse.

For your inner beauty to have a charming and youthful outer shell for as long as possible, you need to know how to live your life to slow down ageing. We’ve made a list of all the questions about ageing that our customers and friends have asked us. We hope you like it!

Why does our skin age?

Internal and external factors both influence skin ageing. Internal causes are like a ticking clock in each of us. The speed of the ticking is in our DNA. Genes are one of the reasons why some people still look amazing as they get older. The good news is that you can control the external factors that affect up to 40% of your ageing processes! By knowing the factors that accelerate ageing, you can make smart choices and enjoy looking youthful for longer.

Does tanning cause wrinkles?

If you enjoy frying in the sun for a chocolate tan, you should know that sunbathing has negative side effects: premature wrinkles, sagging skin on your face, skin formations, and pigment spots. A dark complexion indicates skin damage and is often mistaken for beauty.

Daily cream with a sun protection factor is not required in Estonia unless you plan long tanning sessions. By the way, many LUMI creams have light natural sun protection, which is sufficient.

Many forget that squinting in bright sun can cause deep grooves around the eyes. The eyelids are vulnerable because they have the thinnest and most delicate skin. It would be wise to equip yourself with proper sunglasses to prevent wrinkles.

Does computer screen time cause wrinkles?

Indeed, crow`s feet, or wrinkles around the eyes, form and deepen by squinting in front of the computer screen for a long time. The blue light radiated from the phone or computer screen is stressful to the body in the evenings, and constant stress activates premature ageing. Blue light also harms your eyesight.

Wear blue light glasses and take breaks if you use a computer for a long time. Look at different objects near and far, make eye circles, and look up, down, left, and right during breaks. It is also helpful to close your eyes to take a break.

Does sleep deprivation cause wrinkles?

Chronic insomnia has been linked to several health issues, including obesity, diabetes, cancer, and immune system disorders. But also, a clinical study in the United States has shown that insomnia causes the skin to age faster.

When it comes to beauty sleep, Hollywood celebs aren’t joking. At the very least, you should give yourself at least 7 hours of good-quality sleep. Sleep also reduces nervousness and mental stress, which in turn has a good effect on physical health.

Try sleeping on your back – this will save your face and décolleté from rubbing up against the pillow and wrinkling. However, if you tend to sleep on your side, do yourself a favor and choose pillowcases made of natural silk. They spare the skin, reduce the effect of the morning pillow face, and keep the hair from breaking and tangling.

Does stress cause wrinkles?

Constant stress makes the body produce stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, which as a chain reaction leads to premature ageing, osteoporosis, and loosening of facial skin. Be sure to find the right outlets for stress relief. Exercise is one of the most effective ways. Physical activity rejuvenates the body and mind.

Does smoking cause wrinkles?

If you smoke a pack of cigarettes every day for 25 years, you will have up to 5 times more wrinkles than a non-smoker. The smoker’s skin becomes dull, loose, and wrinkled much faster because less blood flows to the capillaries and the crucial compounds do not reach the skin. Smoking leads to a shortage of vitamin C and breaks down collagen and elastin, which are directly responsible for wrinkle-free skin. Your skin will recover to some extent if you stop smoking. The sooner you quit, the better your skin will recover!

Does food and drink impact how your skin ages?

Food for your body is like fuel for your car. You won’t get very far if you refuel a diesel car with gasoline. Everyone knows the best refueling options for humans. Foods with a high glycemic index (like white flour pastries) cause inflammation in the body. Inflammation is linked to ageing. Fructose in agave syrup (considered healthy) breaks down collagen and does it faster than sugar. But collagen keeps our skin wrinkle-free. So if you want to look youthful and healthy for longer, avoid the following villains:

  • white sugar
  • fructose
  • white flour products
  • deep-fried foods
  • processed foods
  • sausages and other processed meat products
  • artificial additives and preservatives
  • margarine
  • milk products
  • sweet soft drinks
  • coffee
  • alcohol
  • narcotics

Does the skin age faster when you live in an urban area?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. According to research, air pollution from heavy traffic speeds up the development of ageing symptoms. Your facial skin can have up to 20% more pigment spots than people who live in an environment with cleaner air. If relocating is not an option, you can protect your skin with a special cream with DNA protection. Find more information below.

Does a face massage make you look younger?

Yes, homemade face massage works, it makes wonders and costs nothing! When we train our bodies, we forget that the face has muscles too. We can achieve amazing results with regular exercise. Loose facial skin, bags under the eyes, wrinkles, and a double chin – facial exercises bring results. Face massage is a rising trend right now and you can do it yourself at home.

How to choose an anti-wrinkle cream?

Each person is unique, choose a cream according to your skin type. There is no facial skin standard for 25- and 50-year-olds, so there can’t be age-specific creams. Every person is amazingly one-of-a-kind and has unique skin.

LUMI’s anti-wrinkle creams meet the needs of every skin type. Just read the description of the product and find what your skin needs. We also offer a personalized consultation through our Facebook page if you have difficulties deciding.

When to start using an anti-wrinkle cream?

The ageing of the skin begins when your childish soft face transforms into a more mature and well-shaped teenage face with clearer outlines. How you take care of your skin before the age of 20 has a significant role in the condition of your facial skin when you get older.

Jennifer Lopez started moisturising her facial skin with her mother’s creams as a schoolgirl. Moisturising cream with bioactive substances that support skin`s elasticity is an anti-wrinkle cream. 

According to dermatologists, it is recommended to start using an anti-wrinkle cream at an average age of 25. Especially in harsh cool climates, where cold winds and drying central heating can be extremely damageing to your skin.

What is LUMI’s secret weapon against ageing and wrinkles?

Plantains! Do you remember your childhood, the modest-looking herb you held on your scraped knee? Plantain activates the synthesis of collagen molecules in the body and speeds up the wound healing process, it is scientifically proven. Plantain extract is a valuable bioactive collagen-creating compound in an anti-wrinkle cream. LUMI uses plantain anti-wrinkle creams.

How to choose the best anti-wrinkle cream for your skin?

The best anti-wrinkle cream has bioactive substances that stimulate the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid molecules in your skin. Low levels of these cause wrinkles and sagging skin.

Many substances stimulate the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin, but the best anti-wrinkle cream will contain something from the following list:

  • vitamin C
  • vitamin E
  • plantain
  • antioxidants
  • hemp oil
  • CBD
  • hyaluronic acid
  • lactic acid
  • amino acids

NB! An important nuance that many are unaware of is that anti-wrinkle creams that contain collagen directly, unfortunately, do not work. Collagen molecules are too large to pass through the skin, and they don`t absorb.

Retinol is another common ingredient in anti-wrinkle creams. LUMI uses vitamin C ester instead of retinol, which is just as effective as retinol but is also suitable for sensitive skin.

What kind of anti-ageing products LUMI offers?

LUMI’s natural anti-ageing products have been developed in collaboration with nature and researchers from the University of Tartu to meet the needs of all skin types of the Nordic climate. You can safely use LUMI’s natural cosmetics from Estonia for allergic and sensitive skin.

Collagen-stimulating protective cream for ageing skin

LUMI anti-wrinkle cream is one of the bestsellers. The amazing natural moisturising cream contains a high concentration of anti-ageing ingredients and is ideal if you have already noticed symptoms of ageing on your face and your skin needs serious help. The natural anti-wrinkle cream activates collagen production, smooths out wrinkles, and makes ageing skin radiant. Like all other LUMI face creams, it’s ideal for use as an eye cream.

Regenerating night cream

LUMI anti-wrinkle cream is rich, nourishing, deeply hydrating, regenerative, and mildly exfoliating. Also helpful to those who are annoyed by acne and pimples. A unique natural anti-wrinkle cream with royal jelly for those who want silky, beautiful, and pleased skin. Like all of LUMI`s amazing face creams, it is also an eye cream.

NAKED hyaluronic acid multi serum

Dry skin, wrinkles, acne scars, pigment spots, rosacea, pimples, acne, inflamed and reddened skin – LUMI hyaluronic acid serum is just for you. Deeply moisturising, anti-ageing, skin rejuvenating, and wrinkle smoothing serum is the first prebiotic hyaluronic acid serum in Estonia! Made for you to be naturally beautiful.

SOS energizer regenerating face mask with hyaluronic acid

Saggy face, dryness, deep wrinkles, and 50 shades of gray instead of a clear complexion? This LUMI anti-wrinkle rejuvenating mask is for you! Dry and ageing skin dreams of this face mask to keep up with your pace of life. Add energy to your skin with LUMI anti-wrinkle face mask. You will get soft, tight skin and a happily radiant complexion.
If you’re having difficulties deciding on a cream, pay attention to your first opinion, because that’s when your smart intuitive inner voice speaks up. Later, critical and misleading thoughts interfere. You are always welcome to our Facebook page if your intuition has decided to have a siesta – we will help to make a good choice for you on the spot, based on our long experience!

We hope you discovered some new useful information.

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ACNE MYTHS

MYTH: Skin with acne and pimples does not need moisturising. Vegetable oils cause comedones

REALITY: Increased sebum production is a prerequisite for acne. Keeping your skin moisturised is very important because dry skin produces more sebum. According to scientific studies, dry skin is more sensitive to allergens, and lack of hydration can cause different skin problems. We use cold-pressed hemp oil in our products – it is an excellent moisturiser for problematic skin and does not clog pores. Studies show that linoleic acid in hemp oil has a role in addressing the causes of acne.

TIP! Apply AHA-BHA moisturising cream after using Yarrow mist with salicylic acid. If your skin feels “heavy” after using the product, try applying less next time. Or let it absorb for a few minutes before using Yarrow mist again.

MYTH: Dirty skin causes acne

REALITY: Research shows that acne is not caused by unclean skin. The process of developing symptoms is much more complicated and it is necessary to use gentle cleansers twice a day to prevent acne. Use mildly exfoliating and anti-inflammatory products that decrease sebum production and have have a slightly acidic pH (not more than 5.5). Forget grainy face scrubs and excessive washing – these can cause skin barrier disorders and dehydration.

TIP! Clean your skin with Tundra AHA-BHA cleansing milk and finish with Yarrow mist with salicylic acid. Use them twice a day. Do not forget facial water – it removes impurities and maintains pH balance. Tundra AHA-BHA cleansing milk can be used as a facial mask for a few minutes. Don’t be alarmed – mild and short-term redness is a normal reaction. Listen to your skin – you can reduce the duration, frequency, and amount of the product if you are worried about redness. 

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7 Important Things to Know about Sunbathing and Sun Protection

We all know tanning can cause skin ageing and skin cancer. Although it is important to avoid excessive UV radiation, sunlight also has a positive effect on the body’s resilience, and synthesis of vitamin D. Sunlight boosts our mood by raising endorphin levels. Balance your time in the sun and use protection.UV radiation from the Sun is classified into three primary types: UVA, UVB, and UVC, based on their wavelengths. The ozone layer protects us from almost all of the UVC radiation. UVB is mostly absorbed by the ozone layer – although a small percentage does reach the Earth’s surface. Long-wave UVA radiation is not absorbed by the ozone layer. UVA radiation intensity does not depend on the season or time of day. It also is not blocked by window glass. UVB rays are most intense at midday and closer to the equator where the path through the ozone layer is the shortest. That is why maintaining the ozone layer is so important.