When the skin is exposed to the sun, it activates its self-defence mechanism to avoid sunburn. The melanocytic cells produce the skin pigment melanin to create a protective barrier. Unfortunately in some cases the melanin is not always distributed evenly throughout the skin and some darker spots can appear.

To prevent sun hyperpigmentation we have to understand how the skin functions work and to provide the skin with the ideal plant nutrients and treatments.

 

Biological Antiaging Sun Protection – PART 3

This is the third article of our content series about Biological Antiaging Sun Protection.

1. How to prevent sun hyperpigmentation
2. Skin hardening sun (keratinisation)
3. Skin pigmentation sun and cell regeneration
4. Hyperpigmentation sun exposure and cell memory
5. Treatment to avoid dark spots from the sun
     5.1. Sun pigmentation treatment for lighter skin types
     5.2. Sun pigmentation treatment for darker skin types

 

Skin hardening sun (keratinisation)

UV radiation also triggers an increase in keratin production, which leads to skin hardening due to sun exposure. This action is also one of the reasons why dark spots form on the skin.

To avoid this kind of hyperpigmentation, we have to make sure to counteract the excessive keratinisation from sun exposure.

 

Skin pigmentation sun and cell regeneration

To prevent excessive or uneven skin pigmentation from the sun, we have to increase the cellular renovation of the skin.

It is very important that this skin renovation is very gentle and respects the skin’s natural cycles.

Acid or laser treatments may be effective momentarily, but they are a severe aggression for the skin. They literally burn the skin and make it more sensitive, leading to irritated and inflamed skin.

 

Hyperpigmentation sun exposure and cell memory

hyperpigmentation sun exposure

The skin has a cell memory and remembers every aggression and damage.

These memorised experiences return later on like a boomerang. Therefore many people suffer from hyperpigmentation after sun exposure, even if they constantly protect their skin with high SPF sunscreen.

 

Treatment to avoid dark spots from the sun

The ideal skin renovation is to gently renew the skin during the months of increased sun exposure.

Alternating the gentle exfoliation with True Revelation and the masque Instant Liberation we can limit the excessive buildup of keratin in the skin.

As a result this treatment avoids dark spots from the sun and keeps the skin soft and supple. The natural, non-sensitising retinol of True Revelation also improves the optimal functioning of the melanocytic cells favouring the even pigmentation of the skin.

Sun pigmentation treatment

 

Sun pigmentation treatment for lighter skin types

Twice a week (e.g. Monday and Wednesday) apply a thin layer of the masque Instant Liberation before you go to sleep.
Twice a week in the evening (e.g. Thursday and Saturday) apply the exfoliation and retinol treatment True Revelation.

 

Sun pigmentation treatment for darker skin types with a tendency to dark spots

Three times a week (e.g. Monday, Wednesday, Friday) apply a thin layer of the masque Instant Liberation before you go to sleep.
Three times a week in the evening (e.g. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) apply the exfoliation and retinol treatment True Revelation.

Following these treatment steps you can assure the ideal skin renovation during the summer months and help your skin to prevent sun hyperpigmentation.

 

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In spring the days start to get longer and less cloudy, which exposes us to more ultraviolet radiation. Our body is designed to adapt to the environment as long as we respect a few fundamental facts. Skin preparation for the sun includes progressive exposure, cellular renewal and the ideal skin nutrition.

Drastic changes such as going from no sun exposure to multiple hours of sun radiation are extremely bad for the skin and can result in sunburn and excessive melanin production.

Knowing how to prepare your skin for the sun helps to prevent premature aging, we need to expose the skin gradually to the sun enabling it to increase its self-defence.

 

Biological Antiaging Sun Protection – PART 1

This is the first article of our content series about Biological Antiaging Sun Protection.

1. How to prepare your skin for the sun
2. Train your skin to tan safely
3. Five essential tips to prepare your skin for tanning
     3.1. Prepare your melanocytic cells
     3.2. Progressive sun exposure
     3.3. Photoprotective plant nutrients
             3.3.1. Plant ingredients that boost sun protection
             3.3.2. Beta-carotenes and Vitamin A (natural retinol)
             3.3.3. Vitamin E, polyphenols and micronutrients
4. Cellular regeneration and sun exposure
     4.1. Sun preparation treatment
5. Foods that boost sun protection

 

Train your skin to tan safely

 

train your skin to tan

A sunscreen with a high SPF may seem a shortcut to allow for prolonged sun exposure right after the winter months. Yet, the reality is that such products may be able to prevent sunburn, but they cannot prevent the damage from UVA rays, if the skin is unprepared and undernourished.

Therefore it is essential to train your skin to tan safely with specific nutrients, progressive sun exposure and skincare routines.

 

5 essential tips to prepare your skin for tanning

The ideal steps to prepare your skin for tanning include nourishing it from the inside as well as the outside as well as following progressive sun exposure and the ideal skincare routine.

 

Prepare your melanocytic cells

skin pigment melanin

Melanocytes are skin cells that produce the skin pigment melanin. Their tentacles make them look like octopuses.

Progressive sun exposure and providing the skin with concentrated plant nutrients support the optimal functioning of the melanocytic cells.

The ideal balance of these cells is key to prevent the overproduction of melanin and to avoid pigment concentration in the skin (hyperpigmentation). 

 

Progressive sun exposure

gradual sun exposure

The different seasons of the year naturally provide us with gradual sun exposure, but our change to an indoor lifestyle makes progressive sunbathing more difficult.

Often a vitamin D deficiency makes our body even hungrier for prolonged hours in the sun.

The strength of the sun is measured by the UV index, which depends on the ozone layer, latitude, season of the year, altitude, clouds and the hour of the day. Also, the surrounding environment matters, as water, sand and snow reflect the UV rays, which can increase the amount of overall sun radiation.

The importance is to start slow and expose your skin to short periods of radiation. A few minutes per day depending on your skin type and the UV radiation. These small amounts of radiation allow the skin to build up its self-defense and to avoid an overstimulation of the melanocytic cells.

For healthy, antiaging sun protection from the outside, we need to combine physical sun protection minerals, photoprotective plant nutrients and protective clothing.

There is no universal recommendation here as to how many minutes you can spend in the sun due to the many factors involved. It is essential to develop your own, personalised sun protection strategy.

 

Photoprotective plant nutrients

sun flower antioxidants

Providing the skin with the highest quality of organic plant nutrients enables it to defend itself better against outside aggressions. Providing specific nutrients boosts the skin’s metabolism, skin regeneration and the optimal functioning of its melanocytic cells.

PLANT INGREDIENTS THAT BOOST SUN PROTECTION

Plants naturally develop compounds that protect them from UV radiation. By creating crude whole plant extracts we can provide the skin with these photoprotective properties.

Using the totality of the plant’s nutrients we manage to preserve the positive interactions between the hundreds of individual components of the plant.

Most skincare products however use isolated constituents (vitamin C, retinol, hyaluronic acid, etc.). These isolated ingredientes however do not contain the complete nutrient profile of the plant, and are therefore less effective than crude whole plant extracts. They are also more likely to cause allergic reactions or photosensitivity.

BETA-CAROTENES, VITAMIN A AND BIORETINOL

Beta-carotene is also called a provitamin A, because your body can convert it into vitamin A or retinol. In the right dose beta-carotene is an ideal, natural, non-sensitising alternative to synthetic retinol, while also improving the optimal functioning of the melanocytic cells. These melanin producing cells are responsible for the pigmentation of our skin and the right balance is key to assure an even pigment distribution and to avoid dark spots.

 

betacarotenes

VITAMIN E, POLYPHENOLS AND MICRONUTRIENTS

Plant extracts that provide the skin with vitamin E, vitamin A, polyphenols and micronutrients exercise repairing and regulating functions within the skin, which are essential to counteract skin aging. They also provide a certain amount of sun protection.

 

Cellular regeneration and sun exposure

Cellular regeneration is key during the month of sun exposure as the skin works harder and the UV radiation leads to an increased keratinisation of the skin. The skin regenerates itself every 21-28 days and these cycles get longer as we age. Gentle exfoliation can speed up the regeneration cycle by removing dead skin cells and augmenting blood circulation.

True Revelation was formulated to provide the skin with the ideal skin regenerating properties and nutrients. It is a potent, multifunctional emulsion that gently exfoliates the skin with particles of the coconut shell.

The crude, whole plant extract of the Calendula flower contains high amounts of beta-carotenes, which improve the optimal functioning of the melanocytic cells. These skin nutrients are especially important before and during the first days and weeks of sun exposure. Correctly functioning melanocytic cells are responsible for even skin tone without darker spots. 

SUN PREPARATION TREATMENT

natural retinol treatment

After cleansing your skin, apply 2-3 x per week in the evening as an intensive treatment starting in spring. It is preferable to use a small quantity with a short extremely gentle exfoliation massage during each application. Avoid harsh rubbing and prolonged exfoliation.

We recommend a more frequent gentle exfoliation as opposed to a large quantity and prolonged massage once in a while. Be extremely gentle, because repeated strong rubbing of the skin during cleansing or exfoliation can cause or aggravate hyperpigmentation.

The gentle exfoliation should be continued during the months of sun exposure, because the sun radiation produces more keratin which hardens the skin and can cause dark spots.

Therefore in the summer months, we need to stimulate the skin’s cellular rejuvenation to avoid hyperpigmentation.

If you are already suffering from hyperpigmentation and melasma, you need to be patient. It takes years until the skin produces dark spots and therefore they don’t disappear in a few weeks. Adequately nourishing and protecting the skin, as well as addressing internal causes, brings us the best long term results. 

Also, remember that repeated strong rubbing of the skin during cleansing or exfoliation can cause or aggravate hyperpigmentation. Follow the Antiaging Face Cleansing Ritual to avoid skin irritation and damage.

 

Foods that boost sun protection

sun protection foods for the skin

Foods with photoprotective nutrients support the body’s self defence abilities thanks to its therapeutic actions on the cellular level. A diet rich in antioxidants creates a protective base that acts continuously in our body.

Certain foods increase the activities of the melanocytes. Green and orange plants are especially rich in beta-carotenes. Carrots are the first vegetable that come to mind, but also watercress, pumpkins, winter squash, sweet potatoes, yams, apricots, papayas, mangos and berries are excellent sources. 

Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, mangold and broccoli also contain many beta-carotenes, as do green tea and mint. Make sure to buy high-quality, organic foods, because the beta-carotene content within fresh vegetables can vary greatly and depends on soil composition, time of year, ripeness and exposure to light and oxygen.

You should start eating this beta-carotene rich diet a few weeks before your first sun exposure and continue all summer long.

All of the above steps help to prepare your skin for the sun in a natural way. As with nutrition, the key to long term success is a series of daily habits and high quality nutrients, which strengthen your body and your organs. When it comes to our skin and the sun, there is no quick fix. Our skin needs the right amount of daily sun exposure and high quality nutrients to protect itself from skin damage and hyperpigmentation. A high SPF cream contains mostly water and chemically modified fats, which don’t provide your skin with the most beneficial antiaging sun protection.

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Pablo Iglesias and Mariló Osuna are the professional makeup artists of the latest Pedro Almodóvar movie Parallel Mothers. Their objective was to create a natural yet glowing look for the cast of the movie: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Rossy de Palma and Israel Elejalde.

They used a variety of LE PURE skincare products on set to prepare the skin before applying foundation. 

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“The organic plant nutrients regenerate and
completely transform the skin.”

Pablo Iglesias – Makeup and Hair Artist

 

PABLO’S FAVOURITES:

LE PURE Products

“The textures and scents of the oils were truly surprising. Applying them
on the skin is a real pleasure for all senses.

The best skin preparation routine is to apply Way To Radiance on the face for a profound nourishing and firming action. On the eyes and lips, I apply a drop of Eye Euphoria with a gentle massage, followed by a drop of Silk Resurrection to nourish and protect the skin before applying the foundation.

I add a drop of the Midnight Rejuvenation oil the Perfecting Illumination makeup cream, which creates the most natural makeup look for the camera. It’s the perfect extra glow makeup.”

Pablo Iglesias – Makeup and Hair Artist

 

MARILÓ’S FAVOURITES:

LE PURE Madres Paralelas Movie Products

“Instant beauty and purity. The skin gets the most
natural look in front of the camera.”

“The quality and the aspect of the skin improve when I apply Perfecting Illumination.

Although its consistency is very light, it still provides a perfect and long lasting coverage. The skin has a perfect natural finish in front of the camera.”

Mariló Osuna, Makeup Designer

The skin of the lips is very thin as it has only three to five cellular layers, as compared to the typical facial skin that can have up to 16 layers. The lips do not contain sweat glands and therefore lack the protective layer of sweat and skin oils that maintain the skin smooth, regulate the temperature and inhibit pathogens. Due to these reasons, lips are more prone to dry out and become chapped.

On the other hand the skin of the lips renews four times faster than the rest of the skin. Therefore, if we apply the correct product, we can repair the lips very rapidly. Lips have a tendency to decrease in size over time (up to 1 mm every 5 years). Consequently it is crucial to take care of the lips to stop this aging process and to preserve the dimensions of the lips.  

We recommend applying only bioavailable ingredients on the lips (ingredients that the human body recognises and you could actually eat). It is important to avoid the application of synthetic fats, petroleum derivatives, hydrogenated fats and waxes (beeswax, lanolin, etc.). These  substances create a layer on top of the lips that creates the sensation of nutrition, but does not nourish the delicate lip skin. A vicious cycle starts by applying this artificial layer to the constantly dry lips.

The ideal products to nourish and protect the lips are the Smooth Addiction balm and the Eye Euphoria oil. Depending on the climate and other factors we recommend the daily application of one of these products and in some cases multiple applications throughout the day will be beneficial. Due to the fast renovation of the skin of the lips, we do not recommend to use peelings on these sensitive areas. If you wear lipstick, we recommend applying previously Smooth Addiction to nourish and protect the lips.

There are many other factors, external and internal, that influence the health of our lips:

EXTERNAL FACTORS

Environmental influences such as extreme temperatures (cold as well as heat) and also abrupt temperature changes as we are experiencing when we change from one season to the next.

Excessive sun exposure, strong wind and high humidity can also negatively affect the skin of the lips and cause dryness and chapped lips.

INTERNAL FACTORS

Fever, infections, allergies, bad digestion, tobacco and alcohol consumption, teeth and gum problems can contribute or cause dry and chapped lips.

Illnesses such as cold, catarrh and the flu can also have a negative impact on our lips. This also applies to certain medications. A lack of good sleep and anxiety (biting the skin of the lips) can lead to dry and chapped lips. An unbalanced hormonal system and problems with the liver are also aggravating factors in case of lip problems.

NUTRITION

A deficiency of certain vitamins such as vitamin D, the A vitamins and the group B vitamins (especially riboflavin) can have a negative effect on the ideal hydration of our skin and our lips.

The balance of the essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 is also extremely important for the skin and the lips. A balanced amount of essential fatty acids helps children, adolescents and adults to prevent these deficiencies, along with the risk of chronic illness and dermatological problems, which can become visible on the skin and lips.

VITAMIN D

Vitamin D deficiency is very common in today’s world. People hardly expose themselves to the sun, as they spend most of their time indoors. When going outdoors an increasing number of people apply sunscreen that blocks the synthesis of vitamin D.

During the pandemic the sun exposure has been even less than usual and as a result there is a higher incidence of dermatological problems related to this vitamin D deficiency. 

PREGNANCY

For pregnant or breastfeeding women it is essential to observe the balance of their intake of essential fatty acids. In case of a deficiency this would affect the skin, the lips and also their state of mind. Various studies prove that the foetus can accumulate up to 65 milligrams of Omega 3 per day during the last pregnancy trimester and during the breastfeeding period.

It all starts with self-love.

Only if you love yourself you can truly love others. Small acts and rituals of self-care deepen the connection with yourself and keep your self-love strong and alive.

We have created a short tension relief ritual for you. Sit back, relax and enjoy this self-loving ritual.

 

THE RITUAL

Apply VELVET HYDRATION to relieve facial tension and calm the skin.

Apply a few drops of MIDNIGHT REJUVENATION.

Breathe slowly to enter in a state of relaxation.

Apply gentle pressure and repeat each movement three times.