At Belle Bar, we’re all about wellness and taking care of ourselves as naturally as possible. Hair care is what we do and what we’re passionate about, but we’re also big on skin care. Taking care of body, mind and soul is what we love! So for us, sharing our knowledge on skin care and how Ayurveda and natural ingredients can play a part in that is second nature! Over the next few months, we’ll be talking about hair care – of course – but also about skin care and many other aspects of wellness! You want to be aboard for this one. Now, let’s jump right into the one step your skin care routine might have been missing!
The secret’s out. The trick to glowing, healthy skin is hydration, according to some of the best aestheticians like LA Beautiologist. Although there’s a long-standing debate on what makes great skin, and everyone has an opinion – is it exfoliation? cleansing? Moisturising? Or just good genes? Even though everyone has an opinion, hydration is a key step because it works to better all skin types – dry, oily and combination. Many of us might be missing out on this important step in our regimen and it’s time to change that!
What you put into your body is just as important as what you put on it. So yes, drinking water and eating as clean as possible is an important part of your skin being it’s best, but so are the products you use, and your overall skincare regimen. And here is why your skin – no matter what type it is – needs hydration.
Oily skin is caused when sebaceous glands in the skin make too much sebum. Sebum is the natural oil on our skin. Although sebum production is important for health skin, too much of it can lead to clogged pores, acne and more. Often, oily skin can be caused by a lack of hydration – this is because your sebaceous glands can go into emergency mode, and they end up producing more oil than is needed.
As for dry skin, it is directly caused by a lack of hydration in the skin – this can be caused by a number of things, such as genes, or stripping the skin too much. Dry skin can become flaky, itchy and taught, and can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Effectively hydrating your skin can work to counterbalance both skin types – ensuring healthy, glowing skin is your mood operandi.
Glad you asked! First things first, the key steps to every skincare regimen are:
Now, let’s talk about toning – the key step to adding hydration to your skin. Hydration is all about infusing your skin with a water-like substance and it can work wonders for making your skin look plump, supple and glowing. Here are a few natural ingredients that are great for hydration.
Rose water is made by steeping rose petals in water. This way, all the properties and nutrients from the roses infuse with the water to give us the magical product we love today. Rosewater is rich in antioxidants that protect our skin cells against damage. It contains vitamin A, B, C, and E – all essential for healthy skin. Vitamin E is dubbed as the ‘beauty vitamin’ because it’s an antioxidant which means that it can prevent and slow down damage to skin caused by free radicals.
Rosewater is also extremely soothing. Have you spritzed rose water on your face and felt relaxed and revived? Yep, it has that effect! This is because of its anti-inflammatory properties, meaning that it can help to reduce and soothe irritated skin that suffers from conditions like eczema. It’s also been reported to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Any skin type can benefit from rosewater, however it works wonders for dry skin.
To make your own rose water:
Making your own rosewater toner is easy, and it ensures that your rose water is as free of chemicals as possible.
Be sure to store it in the fridge to keep it fresh – that way it can last up to 3 months. Plus the sensation of cool rosewater on your skin is everything!
We love aloe vera here at Belle Bar! It’s in many of our products such as our Rice Water Health & Strength Hair Mask, Hibiscus & Black Soap Moisturizing Hair Cleanser, Onion & Garlic Thickening Ayurvedic Herb Hair Oil and Intense Fenugreek Regeneration Hair Mask. Dubbed the “plant of immortality” by ancient Egyptians, aloe vera has been used medicinally for centuries. It’s packed with vitamins A, C, E, and B12 – all key vitamins for healthy, supple skin. Because it contains antioxidants, it can repair sun damage, and also slow down the process of ageing skin. It contains 98% water, making it deeply moisturizing and hydrating to the skin. It increases the skin’s overall elasticity and production of collagen, the most plentiful protein in the body that’s essential for supple skin. Is there anything aloe can’t do?!
Because of its antibacterial and antiviral properties, it’s also an amazing acne treatment and can be used to treat conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Aloe vera is best for oily skin types – this is because it absorbs into the skin quickly, leaving it smooth and almost creating a mattifying effect.
Aloe juice as a toner:
You can use organic 100% Aloe juice as a natural hydrating toner.
Apply on a cotton pad and dab gently on your face, or pour it into a spray bottle and spritz away. Let it dry and sink into the skin before you apply your moisturizer.
Top tip we’ll leave you with?
Use a toner after cleansing before your morning and nighttime routine!