Natural Remedies For Damaged Skin

Natural Remedies For Damaged Skin

There are countless options when it comes to tools for cleaning the body- washcloths, sponges, electronic face brushes, etc. This could leave you confused about what to use on your body and face. 

Let's talk sponges

Many people love sponges for their skin routines because they are versatile in their uses and forms. We hope our detailed review will help you make an informed decision on what sponge to choose.

The traditional loofah

WHAT IS IT?

The loofah (luffa) is a tropical vine plant in the gourd family. Did you know that the part used as a sponge is a large elongated fruit that is edible?

When the loofah matures and dries, farmers peel off the outer skin and extract the dried fibrous interior (sponge). 

PROS AND CONS

Due to their construction, loofahs promote the growth of bacteria. Replace your sponge every three to six weeks to avoid infections. Also, be careful when using loofahs to exfoliate. They can cause skin inflammation and irritation if you use them too frequently.

On the positive side, loofahs are affordable. You can readily purchase them in shops or grow them at home if you have a garden.

These sponges are environmentally friendly- you can turn them into compost once you finish using them.

HOW TO USE

Before using a loofah, dip it in water to soften it. Bear in mind that the temperature and amount of water can affect the loofah's scrubbing ability. Warmer water makes the loofah softer, but if you want it coarse, gradually add cold water.

Apply your soap and scrub in circular motions. Be gentle on the delicate parts of your body, like the underarms, face, and feminine areas. 

HOW TO MAINTAIN AND STORE

When you're done showering, rinse the sponge thoroughly. Make sure no soap remains in the loofah. Store it in a place that allows it to dry completely.

Loofahs can withstand washing in hot water when you do your laundry. You can also boil them for up to 5 minutes. 

The natural sea sponge

WHAT IS IT?

Sea sponges are living ocean organisms. Some of the common types include the honeycomb sponge, silk sponge, and wool sponge.

PROS AND CONS

Each sponge species offers a different exfoliating experience. These sponges need intense cleaning to avoid clogging your pores with the old skin cells remaining on the sponge. If you have sensitive skin, this sponge might be too abrasive for you.

Sea sponges are a natural, renewable resource that decreases waste. They don't contain any harmful chemicals, are easy to clean, and last for many years if you take good care of them.

HOW TO USE IT

These sponges are usually hard when new. Saturate the sponge with water and soap. Squeeze the soap into the sponge several times, then rinse until the water turns clear. Then add soap to the sponge and gently rub your face in a circular motion.

HOW TO MAINTAIN AND STORE

After using, rinse your sponge thoroughly with warm water until the water runs clear. Squeeze out the excess water and place it somewhere it will dry naturally.

To clean this sponge, soak it in a mixture of 1 cup of warm water and 1 ½ tablespoons of baking soda (for small sponges). Use a larger ratio for large sponges.

Also, you can soak it in a mixture of 1 cup of water and ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide. We recommend that you clean it every two weeks.

The natural cellulose sponge

WHAT IS IT?

Vegetable pulp and natural fibers like cotton are used to create cellulose sponges. 

PROS AND CONS

These sponges are a bit harder to clean than other types, as they tend to retain residue. They also deteriorate rapidly if too much bacteria remains in the sponge. If you have trouble cleaning it, we recommend you throw it away to avoid infections. The good thing is, these sponges are biodegradable. 

Cellulose sponges are soft, elastic, and smooth when wet. 

HOW TO USE IT

Soak your sponge with water until it expands to its full size. Add your cleanser then apply it to your face in gentle circular motions.

HOW TO CLEAN, MAINTAIN AND STORE

Thoroughly rinse your sponge until the water runs clear. Store in a dry place.

Once a week, sterilize the sponge by submerging in boiling water for 3 – 5 minutes. Allow it to cool then squeeze out the excess water.

The konjac sponge

WHAT IS IT?

The Konjac is a Japanese sponge made from vegetable fibers from the konjac (elephant yam) plant. It is 100% natural and extremely gentle on the face, making it perfect for sensitive skin. It contains various vitamins and minerals that nourish the skin.

PROS AND CONS

Even though this sponge can last up to 3 months, it's recommended that you replace it every 4-6 weeks. Its gentle nature makes it unsuitable for exfoliating. 

There are diverse types of these sponges, and each color signifies a different infusion of an active ingredient. For instance, a green sponge has green tea. 

HOW TO USE IT

Soak the sponge for 5 to 10 minutes until it softens and expands. Soak it for twenty minutes if it is new.

Squeeze out the excess water, add your favorite facial cleanser and gently cleanse your face using circular motions.

HOW TO CLEAN, STORE AND MAINTAIN

Rinse your sponge in warm, running water. Press the sponge gently between your palms to remove excess water. Avoid squeezing or twisting the sponge, as it can be easily damaged.

Hang the sponge to dry in an area with limited moisture. You can also store it in a sealed container in the fridge between uses. 

Sterilize the sponge often to minimize bacteria buildup. Soak it in extremely hot (but not boiling) water for five minutes. Allow it to cool before removing the excess water. Allow it to air dry. 

Age spots, uneven pigmentation, redness, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, sagging- these are signs of damaged skin. As we grow older, our skin wears out from exposure to the sun and environmental elements, and internal body change.

But don't despair; with the right ingredients and care, we can repair this damage?

What causes damaged skin?

When we're young, our skin can heal itself quickly. As we get older, our skin takes longer to repair itself. This means that damage can remain visible for months.

The skin is still exposed to damaging elements even as it tries to heal, so the damage seems never to go away.

FACTORS THAT CAUSE DAMAGE

• Harsh weather elements (wind, rain, cold, heat)

• Environmental pollution

• Dehydration

• Cigarette smoke

• Sun exposure

• Harsh and drying chemicals in personal care products

• Poor diet

• Bacteria, infections and medical trauma

• Lack of exercise

• Excessive use of alcohol and drugs

• Stress

• Chlorine in swimming pools

 

These conditions break down the protective outer layer (epidermis). Our skin becomes even more vulnerable to the effects of bacterial attacks, UV rays, pollution, and more. It also becomes less efficient at retaining moisture and nutrients.

SIGNS OF DAMAGED SKIN

Some of the indicators include:

• Redness, swelling, and inflammation

• Dryness, flakiness, dullness

• Fine lines and wrinkles

• Visible blood vessels

• Hyperpigmentation, acne scars, sun spots

• Moles and freckles

• Sagging, loss of elasticity and firmness

• Rashes and allergic reactions

Encouraging skin repair internally

The bulk of skincare is what we do to the body internally. Here are some tips to help you along.

VITAMIN-C-RICH FOODS

Vitamin C is necessary for the production of collagen, which strengthens the skin structure and increases its firmness. Some sources of this vitamin include citrus fruits, mustard greens, spinach, and peppers. 

EAT MORE PROTEIN

Protein is vital for rebuilding cells. You can increase your protein intake by eating eggs, fish, lean meats, tofu, beans, and nuts.

ZINC

Zinc supports the immune system, aids in producing protein, and helps generate collagen for skin-tissue repair. Sources of zinc include whole-grain pasta, fish, soybeans, mushrooms, and egg yolk.

AVOID JUNK FOOD

Junk food contains excess sugar, salt, and trans fats, which contribute to dryness and damage of cells. The result? Premature aging and skin damage. 

DRINK WATER

You've heard this so many times, and it's true. Your skin needs sufficient water to stay hydrated and maintain firmness.

EXERCISE 

Working out boosts blood flow, which in turn improves the transport of nutrients for skin restoration. It also gives you a healthy natural glow.

CALM DOWN

Stress isn't good for your skin and overall health. Make time to do something relaxing every day- yoga, meditation, talking to a friend, journaling, tai chi, art therapy, etc. 

Encouraging skin repair externally

In addition to taking care of yourself internally, using topical solutions to help reduce skin damage will pump up your skin's health.

Here are some natural ingredients you can try:

PLANT STEM CELLS

According to scientific research, some plant stem cells can help in stimulating the reproduction of human stem cells. When applied to human skin, these plant stem cells help to boost new cell growth. The new cells repair and restore damaged tissues, thus creating a smoother, softer, younger-looking appearance.

VITAMIN C

This vitamin is a potent anti-aging agent. Its antioxidant property protects your skin from damage. Also, it is crucial in the formation of collagen, which firms the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

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LAVENDER

Lavender encourages healthy skin and is effective against certain skin-irritating bacterias. It also inhibits the type of free radicals that cause damage from UVA/UVB radiation.

SANDALWOOD

Sandalwood oil supports skin rejuvenation. It also helps fade age spots and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

AMLA BERRY

This fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, which protects and renews the skin. Amla berries also calm irritated skin, shrink the appearance of pores, and stimulate collagen production, which boosts the skin's firmness.

LICORICE ROOT

This herb provides natural lightening, thus reducing the appearance of age spots.

SEA BUCKTHORN BERRY OIL

This oil is soothing and moisturizing to dry skin, contains fatty acids that restore plumpness and smoothness, and promotes rejuvenation of skin cells.

How can you get all these benefits?

If you're not a fan of DIY, the idea of mixing these ingredients into a refreshing masque might not excite you. We have an easier way. Our all-natural products contain some of the ingredients mentioned above, so you can enjoy healthier skin fuss-free.

With love,

​The Sole Toscana Beauty Team