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Everyday habits that harm our SKIN

Skin be gentle

You may think you’re scrubbing away dirt when you wash with a loofah, but you could actually be harming the delicate balance of good bacteria on your skin. We now understand that to maintain skin health, we must protect our skin’s healthy rain forest of powerful bugs that comprise the skin’s microbiome. Research has shown that our good bugs can prevent infection, control inflammation, aid in wound healing, and keep skin looking younger. Now isn’t that what we all want.

Maybe you think you need hot water to kill germs, or maybe you just like how the warmth relaxes your muscles, but those hot showers are no friend to your skin. Hot showers strip your skin of its natural oils, drying it out, while also potentially causing a breeding ground for unfriendly skin bugs to proliferate.  You should only take warm showers to preserve your skin’s moisture barrier and overall health.

On the other hand, you don’t want to avoid washing your face altogether. This will lead to a buildup of dirt and old skin cells, especially if you use heavy makeup. You should be washing your face twice a day and especially after a workout. Be sure to wash with a good Skin Care regimen that is gentle and right for your specific skin type.

Fat-free products, which you might think may help you lose weight, can actually harm your skin. Milk proteins, whey and casein, can impact insulin levels and unleash major systemic inflammation. The whey and casein are often added in even greater quantities to skim milk in order to help thicken these fat-free kinds of milk. So you might want to try some unsweetened non-dairy milk like almond, hemp, flax, or coconut instead.

Recent studies have also shown that artificial sweeteners are linked to acne, diabetes, and rosacea. It is believed that the sweeteners may affect insulin levels, increase inflammation, and change the composition of good bacteria in your gut, and all this can show up on your face. High insulin levels are a primary cause of hormonal imbalances and skin disorders, especially acne. Since artificial sweeteners throw your blood sugar balance off, they too are capable of triggering skin issues.

One habit that actually might be good for you is your daily cup of java. Along with other health benefits, in moderate amounts, certain properties in coffee may help keep your skin healthy. Although we typically think about antioxidants in terms of colourful fruits and veggies, surprisingly, coffee’s flavonoids pack a powerful punch of antioxidants as well. These antioxidants fight premature ageing arising from damaging free radicals, light, and pollution. Try sticking to one or two cups a day, and then switching to green tea or matcha for more antioxidant power.

We all know that popping pimples is particularly bad for your skin because you are pushing inflammatory cells deeper inter the dermis, which in turn increases your risk for dark spots and scars. Prevention is key to having healthy looking skin and using a retinol all over your face is a great way to prevent pimples. Use a skin care regimen like UNBLEMISH for acne that helps manage acne and leaves you with simply beautiful looking skin.

Remember that your face is your most important real estate, so invest in it for LIFE.

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