As time passes and we hear more and more success stories from our clients, we here at LUMI become yet more convinced that the most wonderful results can be achieved by those who commit to using only LUMI products in their skincare routines. We have dubbed this modus operandi ‘The LUMI Method’!
Category: SKIN HEALTH
ATOPIC DERMATITIS IN CHILDREN
Helen Hirv is one of the founders of Estonia’s premier natural cosmetics brand, LUMI. Helen came to skincare after her child was struggling with atopic dermatitis.
What to look for in skincare?
Helen: “Always keep in mind the principle of less is more. The product must be pure in its composition, and usually just one product is enough – either a bath oil or a base cream. The worst irritants and allergens are fragrances and preservatives. I have never washed a small baby with a body wash or liquid soap – most of these products only serve to dry the skin out and destroy the child’s skin’s protective layer. The moisturising oil or base cream must be properly absorbed into the skin – do not rush to clothe your child after application.
“In the case of milder eczema, moisturising with vegetable oils is often enough – there is no need for more complex formulations. It is important to monitor your child and assess how severe the eczema is. There is a big difference in the types of intervention necessary for skin that is simply rough or is fully inflamed, for example. From my experiences with my own two children, slight roughness or redness of the skin can often be effectively treated with basic skincare. However, as with any condition, dermatitis treatment requires us to consider and address the needs of the whole body, not just an affected area.”
Is Skincare Alone Enough?
“Skincare is an important part of treating dermatitis, but is essentially only dealing with the consequences of the condition. It’s vital to find out the circumstances that trigger dermatitis symptoms. In general, in summer, dermatitis is mostly alleviated or disappears entirely, thanks to sun and seawater. The disease can be much more active in spring, autumn and winter – particularly around Christmas time, where bad weather combines with children eating lots of sweets and high-sugar fruits, etc.”
“In the case of caring for my own children, I try to ensure that all products used at home – from cleaning products to body washes – must also be pure compositions that are as free of additives as possible. I use as few as possible, and don’t have shelves of products each only catering to very specific niches. For example, I use soda a lot – a very basic yet useful cleaner. We also eat home-grown or organic food as much as possible, and try to avoid store-bought fruit. Additionally, we supplement all of this by taking vitamin D and probiotics, as the gut microbiome affects the entire body’s health.”
“I strongly recommend consuming Omega fatty acids – hemp oil is taken daily in our family. I often see people afraid to give vegetable oils to their kids, as if it is something dangerous, yet never question the medicines they regularly use with them. My children have been consuming hemp oil since they were babies, because I know just how beneficial it can be – helping with digestion, skin conditions, child development, and much more.”
What else should I keep in mind?
“Continual monitoring of your child is key – keeping a diary can be extremely helpful, as atopic dermatitis is a very individualised disease. Avoid external irritants as best you can, and avoid food additives and processed foods. Sometimes, it’s possible that small children are not actually reacting to additives, but are simply adapting to new types of food. For example, some babies cannot eat carrots without skin irritation until at least a year old.”
“Focus on your child, not how others are doing. Be alert to their wants, needs and reactions. If some things are not working, do not push your child’s body to accept them, but rather give it time. If a child’s skin is itchy, don’t scratch it; instead, pat it or gently massage vegetable oil into the affected area – it will have a much less damaging effect on the skin.”
Probiotics and hemp oil:
“Number one in my dermatitis skincare kit. Both are supported by a wealth of research. It has been shown that the microbiome of allergy sufferers is significantly less diverse than non-sufferers, and since modern humans have already lost a significant amount of their bacterial diversity compared to our ancestors, probiotics can be beneficial for everyone. There is nothing to lose, whilst results can often be astonishingly effective – especially for babies born via caesarean section.”
“Hemp oil provides us with Omega-3, which approximately 85% of people are lacking, and supports many bodily functions. Why cannabis? Because hemp has the perfect ratio of omega acids for humans, and also contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is great for fighting skin problems.”
“For cleaning my house, I only use soda, citric acid and vinegar, and try to avoid taking home anything with excess additives. I do my laundry with an eco-friendly liquid detergent and I always research ingredients before buying products; I use liquid products with simple compositions that are as natural as possible, and always fragrance-free. I do not use powders of any kind, and won’t go near questionable preservatives (such as anything containing methylisothiazolinone). Sometimes you’ll find such products labelled eco-friendly, so it pays to be attentive to ingredients labels. Fragranced products can be recognised by parfum/fragrance on the bottle, or words such as linalool, limonene, etc. This is also how I can tell if skincare products are fragranced. Added chemicals and synthetic fragrances are often the root cause of allergic reactions. Finding the reason for your flare-up is imperative to properly solving the issue.”
Find the reason:
“When you are aware of food allergies or intolerances, allergies to household chemicals, etc., your chances of controlling the problem are much greater. In milder cases, a good cream can relieve atopic dermatitis symptoms, but it is still important to identify the root cause of the issue. Visiting a doctor is always a good idea, but you can also do a lot yourself through observation, experimenting, and using a food diary. Try to think when the problem started – perhaps after introducing new foods, medicines or vaccinations, beginning nursery or school, etc. Something new in the child’s life may have caused this overreaction of their immune system.”
“Stress can be a big factor in atopic dermatitis manifesting, and stressors on the body can be wide-ranging. According to research, about 30% of skin diseases have a psychological component to them; after all, the skin is an emotional organ, too.”
“Try to provide organic foods for children, and avoid additives (e-numbers), sugar, wheat, and dairy products. The composition of food should be simple and nutritious (things like ready-made meals often are not). Ensure your child’s diet contains plenty of prebiotics or food for the good bacteria in the gut (e.g. green vegetables). We put a special emphasis on garden vegetables and fruit – local berries, for example, are full of essential nutrients.
“Of course, reactions to vegetables and other healthy foods are also possible – there will always be certain people who cannot eat certain things. Food is such a broad topic that it is impossible to do it justice in so few words, but avoiding processed foods that promote inflammation is always going to be of benefit.”
“I have come across cases where a parent has observed and tried many things, but ultimately the root of the problem often comes down to wheat or milk. For example, after eating a pancake, the child’s face may have been very red for several days. It can be difficult to spot signs right away, but you will become better the more you try. If there are several irritants at work the situation can become more complicated, as eliminating one may not cause a visible improvement if other substances are still causing symptoms.”
“Processed foods are generally unsuitable for a healthy lifestyle because they contain lots of additives, have been sitting for a long time losing nutrients, and myriad other reasons. Oriental teachings recommend eating stewed food. Particularly in winter, try to favour warm stewed meals over raw food, so as not to add moisture to the intestines or reduce their temperature. A particularly effective body restorer is a mild homemade bone broth (this can also be great for adults, as it restores the collagen reserves responsible for skin elasticity).
“We often hear it said that because an allergy test has come back clean, someone must be fine to eat absolutely everything. However, in reality, a food intolerance test can give completely different results. You may still find that if you adjust a child’s diet properly, positive results will follow. The diet must be strictly adhered to when it comes to potential intolerances, though. It is not enough to not drink milk at home or only at nursery, etc. Additionally, it is important to monitor whether there are other health concerns that may factor into the issue – diarrhoea or constipation, abdominal pain, long or intense periods of illness.”
“Zinc helps greatly as a dietary supplement, as it supports the immune system and cleanses the body. In the case of breastfed babies, it’s usually enough for the mother to take high-quality zinc on her own. Since it is increasingly difficult to get the requisite levels of minerals and vitamins from food these days, babies can also struggle to inherit enough of these substances from their mothers. Children may also benefit from supplemental digestive enzymes.”
“It is advised to choose eco-cotton if possible, as well as eco or additive-free nappies. Silk and wool (or blends including them) are also fine, though wool may not be suitable for everyone.”
Bath and pool
“These would be minimum recommendations, with the pool being a ‘no’ in any case. Applying cream is not a solution for repeated irritation. I washed my children just with clean water until quite late on – babies do not need liquid soaps or similar under any circumstances. Both adults and children can use hemp oil and Epsom salt in bath water, for example. With shower products (and the same with creams), make sure you use clean, pure products – petroleum products, preservatives, fragrances and strong surfactants destroy the skin’s microflora, rather than supporting it. As a result, the skin’s protective barrier becomes weaker. The sun and sea water are great saviours – even one day at the beach can be transformative. In winter, when the weather is at its harshest, a sunny beach holiday will only do you good.”
“Finally – if the microbiome is strong, the mind is calm, and the body can handle allergens on its own. The key word is B A L A N C E.”
Skincare recommendations for a child with atopic dermatitis:
- Instead of a bath, try a quick and lukewarm shower. Avoid foaming soaps. If you wish, add LUMI La-Laa Caressing Baby Oil whilst bathing or apply afterward onto damp skin. The oil has a certified organic formula that makes babies’ skin silky soft. It is also suitable for removing baby dandruff or softening crusty areas of skin.
- In the case of atopic dermatitis, it is important to remember that if skin is very red or broken, any water-based product can sting the child and make skin redder. In such cases, we recommend applying anhydrous products, such as LUMI CBD+ healing salve, for the first few days. If redness recedes, you may switch to a LUMI Bio-Klinik cream. Read more about our treatment combo for children’s atopic dermatitis here.
- When cold weather arrives, you may notice irritation on your children’s hands or a harsh dryness. Children often do not dry their hands properly after washing them, which can cause their skin to become fragile and not function properly. LUMI Arctic Hand Cream creates a protective layer over the skin that will help remedy and prevent such situations.
- We recommended giving your child 2 tablespoons of mild hemp seed oil daily. Our favourite is PĒLL mild hemp seed oil. You may be surprised at the gentle taste and how happy your children are to take it!
ZINC – YOUR SKIN’S 24-HOUR REPAIR TECHNICIAN
Our bodies are constantly sending us signals. You might ignore these warnings, passing them off as your own individual quirks. But if you start to research these symptoms, which by themselves seem so disparate, you may find that all signs lead to a deficiency in one specific substance – zinc!
If you have noticed tiny white spots on your nails, excessive hair loss, constant diarrhoea, wounds that heal slowly, eyes that do not adapt to darkness, and skin constantly irritated by reddened patches of dermatitis or acne, then your body may be signalling to you that you have a zinc deficiency.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 30% of the world’s population is zinc deficient.
The most common cause of zinc deficiency is chemical farming, which depletes the natural zinc content of crops, and subsequently the food we eat. Zinc deficiencies can also be caused by the use of certain medications, malabsorption (a digestive disorder that prevents the absorption of nutrients), and an imbalanced diet. Since excess zinc is not stored in our body, it is important to regularly consume foods that are high in zinc or take zinc supplements.
Our greatest physiological need for zinc occurs as we go through puberty, coinciding with a period of rapid bone growth. Newborn infants, children, pregnant and lactating women, and the elderly also need more zinc. Regular alcohol drinkers, vegans, and those suffering from leaky gut syndrome all have a heightened risk of having a zinc deficiency.
Symptoms of a zinc deficiency may include:
- Loss of appetite
- General hair loss
- Rough and dry skin
- Slow wound healing
- Poor sense of taste and smell
- Diarrhoea and nausea
Zinc rich foods include:
- Red meat and poultry.
- Beans, nuts, and whole grains.
- Dairy products such as yoghurt, milk and cheese.
- Seafood such as crab, lobster and oysters – in fact, oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food!
Zinc absorption occurs in the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine, connected to the stomach). Citric acid increases zinc absorption, whilst iron, fibre and phytic acid have the opposite effect.
Zinc and skin
The skin is our largest organ and has a huge physiological need for nutrients. Our bodies constantly repair and renew skin, and it is vital to understand the importance of nutrition when it comes to overall skin health. If you want healthy skin, you must nourish and protect it – from outside and in!
Zinc is an important trace element that is necessary for skin to function normally. It is vital for cell renewal, collagen formation, and wound and tissue repair. Zinc is also an important antioxidant.
Zinc is necessary for the formation of keratin and the skin’s structural protein, collagen. Collagen in the skin is produced by zinc-dependent enzymes. Zinc is not only vital for enzymes producing skin collagen types 1 and 3, but also for collagen cross-linking, which gives the protein strength and stability.
Studies have shown that a decrease in zinc leads directly to a decrease in our bodies’ total collagen levels. Our skin contains a high content of zinc – almost 5% – which is mainly located in the epidermis. Because of this, even a slight zinc deficiency can quickly manifest itself with noticeable symptoms such as skin roughness and slow wound healing. Zinc is our skin’s 24-hour repair technician.
Zinc deficiency and skin problems
Zinc is recommended as a dietary supplement for acne, rosacea and dermatitis. This is because it reduces keratinocyte activity and our inflammatory response to bacteria, as well as strengthening immunity.
Given that the overuse of antibiotics is considered by many to be a global health emergency, the role zinc can play in addressing skincare problems should not be ignored. Studies on the combined use of zinc and vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) to treat inflammatory skin problems such as acne are particularly promising. The treatment has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and a bacteriostatic effect against propionibacterium acnes, as well as reducing excessive sebum secretion.
Zinc and hormones
Zinc plays an important role in the endocrine system, supporting thyroid hormones and helping the body cope better with reactions to stress. Zinc regulates menstrual cycles in women, promotes ovulation, and can reduce premenstrual discomfort. It can also help to balance the production of sex hormones, including testosterone and prolactin. Women with polycystic ovaries (and associated hair loss), acne, or hirsutism are frequently found to be zinc deficient and can benefit from zinc supplementation.
Zinc and the human papillomavirus (HPV)
Given zinc’s abilities to facilitate immune system, tissue and wound healing, the potential effects of zinc on post-papillomavirus healing have also been studied. In April 2022, an article published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention detailed a recent study where 80 women with a positive HPV PAP test and abnormal changes in cervix cells (ASCUS or LISL) were given zinc supplements for 3 months. The results of the study showed that oral zinc consumption accelerates the disappearance of the HPV virus and the healing of existing cervical lesions.
Zinc and children
A zinc deficiency can occur even in an adult with a varied diet, so it should come as no surprise to learn that children, particularly those with selective eating habits, can be susceptible to zinc deficiencies. Zinc helps children’s immune system better cope with frequent viral diseases, supports age-appropriate growth, and helps with cognitive development. Zinc can also help in combating common childhood skin problems.
The most common signs of zinc deficiency in children are:
- Low-functioning immune system and frequent upper respiratory tract infections
- Slow growth rate
- Slow cognitive development
- Poor appetite
- Difficulty concentrating or being easily distracted
- Skin issues and slow wound healing
An individual’s daily requirement of zinc will depend on their age and body condition. It is recommended to consult your family doctor before administering food supplements to children. LUMITEEK offers zinc in the form of zinc diglycinate, which has been shown to have excellent absorption capacity. The daily dose contains 25mg of zinc. Take 1 capsule a day after a meal, as a course of 3-6 months (as needed).
Photos: Vlad Matsnev
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How to cleanse your face
Let’s face it: people have made many mistakes when using cosmetic products in recent decades. As a result, they have damaged their skin instead of supporting it.
Cleaning your face plays an essential role in skincare routine. Let’s take a look at the ingredients we should avoid and point out the most effective and safe methods to clean our skin.
5 tips for healthier skincare
We all wish for healthy, vibrant skin. When looking at ingredients, however, it can feel as if you need a degree in biochemistry to make sense of it all. What do you need, and what can be left on the shelf? We bring you five tips to help you make better skincare decisions.
1. Ceramides and useful fatty acids
Ceramides are like cement that holds together the body’s protective wall of skin cells. They are essential in maintaining your skin’s protective qualities and keeping moisture inside the body. Unfortunately, the amount of ceramides in our skin decreases with age. The amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids that give elasticity and mobility to ceramides also decreases. They are replaced by saturated fatty acids, causing stiffness of the skin.
How to get more high-quality ceramides with the help of skincare products? Ceramides are lipids (fats) and can be added to products in synthetic form, as plant extracts, or using high-ceramide vegetable oils. Here at LUMI, we prefer the latter method. Hemp oil contains several ceramides, omega-3, and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids that the human body cannot produce. We avoid excess energy consumption and over-processing raw materials while ensuring our products are efficient. Ceramides are great for addressing extremely sensitive, extremely dry, or atopic skin.
Most LUMI products have hemp oil in them.
- 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 the millions of bacteria living on the surface of the skin play a vital role in skin health. The collection of microorganisms is the first line of defence against environmental damage to the skin. The balance of this ecosystem, involving active cooperation between our immune system and beneficial bacteria, is crucial for maintaining healthy and youthful skin. Numerous studies have found a direct link between an imbalanced bacterial ecosystem and skin issues.
How to keep the skin`s microbiota healthy and vital?
- Keep in mind, less is more! Maintain an optimal skincare regimen and avoid extremes. Avoid using too many different products, toxic ingredients, and extreme treatments like mechanical exfoliation. For example, do not mechanically exfoliate your skin!
- Use hermetically sealed cosmetics in pump bottles – they do not need strong preservatives.
- Avoid products that have fragrances and alcohol in them.
- BIO-KLINIK restorative moisturiser re-balances skin`s microbiota.
3. AHA-BHA acids and lactic acid
Lactic acid helps maintain hyaluronic acid levels in the body. It stimulates collagen and elastin, making skin more viable and firm. By gently exfoliating the aged surface layer of our skin, lactic acid promotes skin renewal and a more even skin tone. Lactic acid helps to maintain the correct, slightly acidic pH level, which is necessary for a balanced skin ecosystem.
Be careful with AHA-BHA acids! Excessive AHA-BHA exfoliation can damage the skin barrier rather than balancing your skin. It is also vital that AHA-BHA acids are applied to the skin alongside lipids. All LUMI products are formulated with mild amounts of AHA-BHA and include beneficial omega fatty acids.
- Moisturising cleansing milk for gentle daily exfoliation.
- AHA-BHA cleansing milk for acne-prone skin.
4. Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid binds water to the skin, providing moisture and elasticity. When hyaluronic acid is mixed with water in a laboratory, the resulting substance has a gel-like, springy consistency. Children’s skin is also flexible and elastic. Unfortunately, as people get older, hyaluronic acid levels decrease, skin dries out, and forms wrinkles. Thankfully, it’s possible to increase levels of hyaluronic acid in the body through skin care, provided the molecules used are of the correct size.
At LUMI, we use various sizes of hyaluronic acid molecules to ensure deep and extensive hydration of the skin’s different layers. We use post-biotic hyaluronic acid produced as a result of bacterial life activity. This vital ingredient is included in all our products for hands, body and face.
- HALO moisturising mask restores moisture balance in the skin as a week-long course.
- SUPERBLOOM toning mist acts as a moisturising toner.
Antioxidants neutralise free radicals in the body’s tissues. Normal body processes produce free radicals, and some perform vital signalling functions. However, environmental factors such as solar radiation, pollution and stress can intensify the production of free radicals.
Free radicals are like solitary particles that circulate through tissues and seek bonds. These particles can bond with vital molecules, such as DNA or collagen (which gives elasticity to the skin), causing them to break down. Fortunately, our bodies have a pretty effective system that uses antioxidants to control the entire process.
It is recommended to get additional antioxidants through food and skincare. Vitamins A, C, and E are all effective antioxidants; none is favoured over the others. A combination of these works best in skincare.
- SUPERBLOOM vitamin C night serum full of vitamins.
- Anti-wrinkle face cream, activates collagen production and skin renewal, designed to protect mature skin from free radical damage.
Photographer: Caroline Sada
Body and hands
The season of dry and fragile skin is here – indoor air is dry and outdoor conditions are harsh. Moisturizers 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 moisturizers have been developed in cooperation with Tallinn University of Technology and the University of Tartu.
Our moisturizers 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 moisturize perfectly, and so can LUMI creams!
We will help you learn about the differences between LUMI creams, lotions, and oils. Choose your favourite body moisturizer for the season according to your skin type – it is easy!
For the body
BIO-KLINIK soothing and moisturizing 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 revitalizing 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.
Revitalizing body lotion
LUMI deeply moisturizing body treatment 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 moisturizer SENSES
Are you searching for a firming, smoothing, and moisturizing body lotion? Here it is! SENSES remodelling body moisturizer is inspired by scientific research. The lotion 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.
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 moisturizes and gives elasticity.
Photo: Caroline Sada
THE ABC`S OF AGEING SKIN. 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.
Can we slow our skin’s ageing process?
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?
We shouldn’t fear or be ashamed of getting older. 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. Whatever your age, true beauty is your warm and caring character that lights up the world like a lighthouse.
For your youthful and charming inner beauty to shine through your skin, you should know how to live a life that slows ageing. We’ve made a list of all the questions about ageing that our customers and friends have asked us. We hope you find it helpful!
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 pace of it 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?
Suppose you enjoy frying in the sun for a chocolate tan. You should know sunbathing has negative side effects: premature wrinkles, sagging skin, skin formations, and pigment spots. A dark complexion indicates skin damage and is often mistaken for beauty. Unless you plan long tanning sessions, daily cream with a sun protection factor is optional in Estonia. Many LUMI creams have light natural sun protection, which is sufficient.
Many forget that squinting in bright sun can cause wrinkles around the eyes. The eyelids are vulnerable because they have the thinnest and most delicate skin. Equip yourself with proper sunglasses to prevent those wrinkles.
Does computer screen time cause wrinkles?
The blue light emitted from the phone or computer screen can be stressful to the body in the evenings, and constant stress activates premature ageing. Blue light also harms your eyesight. Indeed, crow`s feet, or wrinkles around the eyes, form and deepen by squinting in front of the computer screen for a long time.
Wear blue light glasses and take breaks when using a computer. 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. 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. If you tend to sleep on your side, do yourself a favour 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 leads to premature ageing, osteoporosis, and the loosening of facial skin. 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. Smoking also 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 is to your body like fuel to a car. You won’t get very far if you refuel a diesel car with gasoline. Everyone knows the best refuelling options for the human body. 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
- white flour products
- deep-fried foods
- processed foods
- sausages and other processed meat products
- artificial additives and preservatives
- milk products
- sweet soft drinks
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?
Face massage is a rising trend, and it works! You can do it yourself at home. It does wonders and costs nothing! When we train our bodies, we forget that the face has muscles too. We can achieve excellent results with regular exercise. Loose facial skin, bags under the eyes, wrinkles, and a double chin – facial exercises bring results.
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. This is why age-specific creams do not exist. Every person is amazingly one-of-a-kind and unique.
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 anti-wrinkle creams?
The ageing of the skin begins when your childish soft face transforms into a more mature and well-shaped teenage face with more apparent outlines. How you take care of your skin before age 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 a good 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 damaging to the skin.
What is LUMI’s secret weapon against ageing and wrinkles?
Plantains! Do you remember your childhood, the modest-looking herb you put on your scraped knee? Plantain activates the synthesis of collagen molecules and speeds up the wound healing process, it is scientifically proven. We use this valuable bioactive collagen-creating plantain extract in our 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. The best anti-wrinkle cream should contain something from the following list:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Hemp oil
- Hyaluronic acid
- Lactic acid
- Amino acids
Many are unaware that anti-wrinkle creams that contain collagen directly do not perform as they should. Collagen molecules are too large to pass through the skin and 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 does LUMI offer?
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 in 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
This anti-wrinkle cream is one of the bestsellers. The amazing natural moisturising cream contains a high concentration of anti-ageing ingredients. It 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 to use as an eye cream.
Regenerating night cream
This anti-wrinkle cream is rich, nourishing, deeply hydrating, regenerative, and mildly exfoliating. 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 made for you. Deeply moisturising, anti-ageing, skin rejuvenating, and wrinkle smoothing serum is Estonia’s first prebiotic hyaluronic acid serum! Made for you to be naturally beautiful.
SOS energizer – moisturising mask with hyaluronic acid
Saggy face, dryness, deep wrinkles, and 50 shades of grey instead of a clear complexion? 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 thought 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 you choose the suitable cream based on our long experience!
We hope you found some new useful information in this post.
Photo: Caroline Sada
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 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.
Photographer: Caroline Sada
Mixing a skincare smoothie
We all know what a smoothie is. But what is a skincare smoothie? Why would anyone need one? There is a 99% chance that you need one! We will explain everything with a quick lesson on skin anatomy.
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 positively affects the body’s resilience, and synthesis of vitamin D. Sunlight also boosts our mood by raising endorphin levels. Pay attention to how much you spend in the sun and protect yourself. Three types of UV radiation are classified according to their wavelength: UVA, UVB, and UVC. The ozone layer protects us from UVC radiation. Medium-wavelength UVB is filtered by the atmosphere – 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; UVA can penetrate windows. 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.
Smoothie magic – perfect mix for your skin
None of us expects skincare to become a time-consuming research project with specialized products and routines. We are happy to recommend a simple solution we have used for years.