This month, a fascinating and entertaining celebration takes place across much of the Western world – the rollicking, eccentric festivities and oddball traditions of St. Patrick’s Day.
Now, we’ve all heard about the ‘luck of the Irish’, and although it’s generally used as a good-humoured cliché, perhaps there’s something to it after all. Whether you’re superstitious or not, events seem to bear out the observation that people who believe they’re lucky, often tend to have experiences that support their belief.
Of course, luck is a very subjective thing, but we seem to readily recognize it when it happens – and the natural human reaction to good fortune is to immediately wonder how to make it happen again!
Well, there is one guaranteed way to ensure that happens, and it’s as simple as making your own luck by doing things that lead to good outcomes. Gary Player, the celebrated golfer, was once asked about the incredible number of ‘lucky’ shots he played, and he famously replied: “I’ve noticed that the more I practice, the luckier I get!”.
And therein lies a deep truth. Think of the times you’ve perhaps looked at someone who has a flawless complexion, or who just seems to effortlessly defy the ageing process – and wondered just how lucky someone has to be to win the genetic lottery like that. Yes, sometimes superior genes can carry the day, but very often, those very people put in the extra effort, and practice self-care a little more diligently than average, to look the way they do.
‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE SMART
In the Southern Hemisphere, Autumn is fast approaching – and with it, the characteristic African season of cooler, drier air that seems to suck the moisture out of plants and humans alike. We start noticing flushed cheeks, dry or irritated skin, and chapped lips. Add to that the harsh effects of exposure to the unrelenting South African sun, and it quickly becomes obvious that – to borrow yet another old saying – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
So, back to that genetic lottery. Would you like some winning numbers?
First, let’s quickly take a moment to talk about skin protection. Not only is your skin the largest organ in your body, it’s also your first and most important barrier against toxins and pathogens. And when your skin’s health is compromised, so is yours.
It makes sense, then, to protect your skin and to minimize damage caused by your environment and lifestyle – and, of course, the multitude of hidden chemicals and artificial additives that seem to be so prevalent in everything from food to cosmetics. Natural is the very best way to go, in case you were in any doubt about it.
At Down To Earth, we formulate our skincare range using natural plant-based ingredients – so our products are vegan, cruelty-free, and made without any artificial perfumes, for a start. They’re ideal for all skin types and can be comfortably used on sensitive skin. Sustainability is the goal, not just for the sake of the environment, but to ensure that your skin is nourished and protected on a long-term basis without suffering the invisible damage that often occurs from prolonged exposure to chemical irritants.
STACK THE ODDS IN YOUR FAVOUR
One of the very best things you can do for your skin is to use our Down To Earth moisturising range on a daily basis. The Refresh Moisturiser is designed to regulate and protect oily or acne-prone skin, while the Revive Moisturiser is perfect for drier skin, or skin that may be a little more mature.
By using key ingredients taken directly from nature, like African Potato, Moringa, Lavender, Coconut, Shea, and Tea Tree oil – among many others – we ensure that your skin gets access to rich, unadulterated nutrients and powerful antioxidants that are typically not found in many other commercial cosmetics and creams. Why is that important? Simply because when it comes to external skin care, it’s the equivalent of eating healthy, nutritious foods versus eating plastic.
There’s also the cumulative factor: over the course of months and years, repeated application of healthy, natural ingredients staves off many of the supposedly inevitable consequences of ageing. Character lines, by the way, are beautiful – and even more so if the skin is consistently protected against carcinogens, UV damage, and nutrient deficits.
And, of course, no discussion about healthy skin and ‘lucky genetics’ would be complete if we didn’t mention the importance of good eating habits. (Remember, ‘good’ doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’, either!)
A recent 30-year study conducted by researchers at Harvard concludes that the single healthiest practice for longevity and disease prevention is incredibly simple: eat 2 portions of fruit per day, and 3 portions of vegetables (preferably leafy vegetables). So, regardless of whatever else you may enjoy, it seems our parents were right, after all: natural, plant-based, and unrefined, is the key to radiant health and longevity.
That longevity extends to your skin, too, and using natural, organic skincare products is one of the greatest gifts you could give yourself – and definitely something that will have you looking (and feeling) like one of the lucky few in the years to come.
Here’s wishing you a great upcoming St Patrick’s Day, and whether you’re off kissing the Blarney Stone, or just contemplating it all with mild amusement, may you have the best of luck in everything you do!