By Sian Sutherland, Mio Skincare
You work out at least three times a week. Your goal is to have a fit body, fit muscles, you may even be working on having a fit mind (ohmmmmm), but do you ever think about the fitness of your skin?
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It is responsible for over 30% of your whole detoxification process; eliminating up to 2 lbs of waste acids every single day via this extraordinary permeable membrane that quite literally holds everything in and hopefully, holds everything up.
Think about that: 22 square feet of your own living breathing organ – and actually all we ever really consider is the top 10 layers of dead skin. This is why at Mio Skincare we are so obsessed with skin fitness. The good news is that using the right kind of clean skincare from top to toe, exfoliating regularly, dry skin brushing, exercising, fresh air, and eating well – holistic living, in fact — will make a huge visible difference to the strength, the tone, the elasticity, the health and energy, and the bounce of your skin.
Let me ask you something, people. What is it with the invisible line women think exists on their necks — high performance, super-clean, and safe skincare for your face, and any old moisturizer packed with nasty ingredients — parabens, sulphates, PEGs, and glycols — for the rest of your body. Probably something you’ve had since last Christmas languishing in the bathroom cabinet, that smells of coconut. You have no idea what’s in it, but it does a temporary job of moisturizing your dry arms and legs. WHOA! Transdermal penetration is proven. That’s a whole lot of skin to be covering with something that is not actually doing your skin any good. So why don’t we treat our skin as one entity? You don’t drink green juice for your face, and then diet cola for the rest of your body, do you? If you care about what you put IN your whole body, time to start caring about what you put ON it too.
In just one generation we have more than tripled the amount of products we use every day to keep us clean with happy skin. So 50 years ago, there may have been sodium laureth sulphate and parabens in your shampoo and skincare; but you only used a few products. So the 1% of each ‘nasty ingredient’ only added up to about 5% or 6% in total for your skin to cope with. Now we are using an average of 29 different products daily – so those 1 percents are adding up to closer to 30%. That’s the key reason why you need to be more aware of what is actually in each formula.
Ingredients you want:
Natural oils and butters – especially those that are rich in Omegas, incredible for moisturizing and fortifying
Vitamins – skin clarifiers and healers
Antioxidants – free radical-fighters
Peptides – science based, but great for protecting the vital collagen scaffolding in your skin
Algae and marine derivatives – powerful detoxers and circulation boosters
Epsom salts – remineralizers and detoxers
Fruit Acids – amazing clarifiers and natural exfoliants
Ingredients you don’t want:
Polyethylene Glycol (PEGs)
Artificial colorants and fragrances
Parabens /Xenoestrogens / Phthalates
Sodium Laureth or Lauryl Sulphates
Skin brushing – what’s it all about?
Your lymphatic system is incredible. It is responsible for over a third of your body’s toxin eliminations. But unlike your blood circulation that has your heart pushing blood around your body, your lymphatic system does not have a pump. It relies on movement to move the lymph fluid around. So the fact that you are a fitness fan is a great start, and to supercharge your skin’s efficacy at working with your lymph system, start dry body brushing 3 times a week. Start at the soles of your feet, brush upwards towards your heart always. It is so invigorating, helps with cellulite and stubborn fat deposits, and dramatically improves circulation and skin regeneration. Also a fab hangover cure!
So, in summary, don’t treat your body as a second-class citizen to your face. Think of your skin as one amazing organ and treat it with love. Remember the 1% rule and keep your skincare, body care, and hair care as clean as possible.
Sian Sutherland is Chief Founder of Mio Skincare and Mama Mio Skincare, created in London and made in New York. The Mio goal is to give women fit skin for life - strong, firm, toned skin that glows with health and energy; skin that can cope with all the challenges of life. Sian, 53, lives in London with her husband Christian and their 6’5” sons, Tom and Charlie (her proudest achievements). She is a keen basketball player with her team, The Badabings; is never afraid of neon or sparkle; and has a growing collection of high-tops. Her vices are chili margaritas and regular minibreaks to the Greek Islands.