4 Tips to Avoid Acne March 1st, 2018

Woman with AcneMost of us have experienced acne at some point in our lives, some worse than others. When puberty hits, acne can be a serious problem for some people. Eventually many grow out of it, but for some it is a life-long battle.

Regardless, it is important to know why some of us are so susceptible to getting zits and how to successfully eliminate them. Below are 4 tips, precautions if you will, on how to protect your skin against getting acne.

Keep Your Hands off of Your Face

Touching your face is possibly the worst thing you can do before, during, and after an acne breakout. The obvious problem is the bacteria your hand holds-no matter how clean you think your hand is. A pimple is an infection, so when you constantly touch those infections, they become infected further from the bacteria on your fingers.

Also, touching your face causes inflammation and will increase oil production. This makes it easier for acne to occur, and harder for the pimple to heal itself. Lastly, if you do get acne, do not pop the pimples. This will cause scarring and could damage the skin if forced.

Clean Workout Equipment!

Whether it be traditional weight lifting, yoga, or pilates, the cleanliness of your equipment is crucial. Dirty gear such as mats, machines, and sweaty clothes can cause breakouts and other infections to occur.

When sweat rubs against your skin, it causes what is referred to as frictional acne. So if you’re reusing equipment, or planning on using gear that isn’t yours, it would be in the best interest of your skin to clean them off before using.

Ease Up On Your Cellphone

Cellphones collect and carry an enormous amount of bacteria throughout the day. Acne can be caused by the amount of bacteria from your ears alone! Add in all of the other things that come in contact with your phone such as your pocket, hands, and tables, and your “clean” cellphone can turn quite ugly.

The big areas where your phone can cause a breakout are your cheeks and chin. A simple tip to avoid these unnecessary pimples is using a few clorox wipes to clean the earpiece and screen. Also, try not to rub your phone on your face so hard as that will cause oil to produce, and pores to clog.

A Quick Rinse Before Sleep

The time when you sleep is a critical time for your skin to repair itself. However, if your face is still covered with makeup, or hasn’t been washed thoroughly, your skin will suffer great consequences.

Before bedtime, be sure to wash your entire face with hot water, then, splash cold water on your skin to close your pores. The catch is, do not dry your face by rubbing your towel on your skin. Instead, pat down your face softly, so that your face will be hydrated throughout the night, and any bacteria on the towel will not be pushed into your pores.

 

What is an Antioxidant? March 1st, 2018

Beautiful smiling woman and fresh fruitsWhat are Free Radicals?

Antioxidants are the only defense you have against free radical damage. What are free radicals? A free radical is a molecule in your body which is missing one electron. In an attempt to regain that lost electron, the molecule steals electrons from other molecules, which causes a ton of problems. These free radicals are so highly reactive and unstable, that they cause immense damage to the cells they come in contact with. Sometimes the damage is so severe, that it can even harm your DNA!

You may be asking yourself: what does this have to do with skincare? Well, everything! The harm caused from free radicals doesn’t just affect you on the inside, it affects your skin as well. If your skin has been in particularly bad shape lately, or you’re noticing wrinkles have been forming easier, you may be exposing yourself to too many free radicals. If that is the case, you should examine your surroundings to determine the sources of the radicals.

Smoking, UV ray exposure, and poor diet are very common free radical producers. As you age, and the ability to produce collagen decreases, free radicals penetrate much further, causing much more damage. They will also speed the decline of collagen in the body, allowing wrinkles, dark-spots, and sagging skin to form much quicker.

Antioxidants & Anti-Aging

Luckily for us, there is a way to prevent free radicals from causing damage in the body. Antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, Omega-3, and many others have proven to minimize free radical damage by donating a spare electron of theirs to end the harmful electron-seeking chain reaction. Taken orally or absorbed topically, antioxidants are the answer to becoming healthier overall, both inside and out.

With your body becoming healthier, your skin will reflect the newfound protection. In the anti-aging skincare world, antioxidants are no secret. The positive benefits antioxidants produce for the skin have been utilized for generations, however they are now harvested synthetically as well as naturally and are incorporated in many skincare & supplement products.

Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford is a particularly popular anti-aging product series that features over 6 products which contain an incredible amount of antioxidants. Vitamin E and hyaluronic acid appear in a few of the products, as well as a range of hydrating & firming agents. At an affordable price, Meaningful Beauty certainly packs a punch against those dreadful free radicals!

Water Benefits March 1st, 2018

Our brain is 90% water, our blood is 83% water, and our muscles consist of 75% water….I think this provides sufficient evidence that water is an important part of our being.

Most people know that water is vital, but what is relatively overlooked is how beneficial water can be for our everyday living, especially if you are concerned about fitness, diet, skincare, haircare and numerous other facets of health. This article will provide an explanation of some major water benefits that can be produced for you if drank consistently on a daily basis.

 

 

 
Diet

If you are concerned about your weight, drinking cold water each morning will speed up your metabolism. When your metabolism is fast, you are able to break up food quicker. Calories are burned easier so, in effect you are able to shed pounds faster.

Your body has trouble distinguishing hunger from thirst, so a useful tip is if you feel hungry, drink two glasses of water and wait about 20-30 minutes and see if you are still hungry. You may find that the water fills you up just as the food would. This will keep you from eating unnecessary calories, and will cleanse the colon for easier digestion.

Skin & Haircare

Drinking extra water each day will help eliminate toxins from your body. These toxins are what disrupt the natural growth and reparation of your skin and hair.

Drinking water will keep your skin and hair hydrated and smooth. For skin, water will raise elasticity and increase blood flow through the capillaries in the skin. For hair, water is the ultimate moisturizer and will promote hair growth.

Energy

It is proven that if a person gets just 1% dehydrated, they will suffer from fatigue and weakness. When you lack water, organs such as your heart have to work extra to pump out oxygenated blood to all cells. This will tire your other vital organs as well, making you more exhausted.

Additionally, your brain requires water to stay energized, so if you aren’t drinking enough water, your attention span is lower and you forget things easily. Water provides higher creativity and thought clarity throughout the day.

Recommended Amount

It is recommended to drink 90 ounces of water per day, if you weigh 180 lbs. This sounds like a lot of water, and will take some getting used to, but the rewards are well worth it.

Drinking water will improve every function in your body. Taking your water intake seriously is something that will benefit you in every way possible. Remember, we are made of 70% water, and it is precisely water which keeps us healthy mentally and physically.

Vegetable Oils Uncovered March 1st, 2018


Some people (even professionals) suggest common cooking oils are harmless to the skin and healthy for the body…but the truth about the effects these oils produce may be a bit startling.

Well, first let’s clarify which oils to look out for and why.

Corn, soybean, canola, and various other types of “vegetable oils” are proven to not only be unhealthy for you, but they actually accelerate aging as well. The reason these oils are harmful is due to the extensive refining process they go through during creation.

Chemical solvents such as hexane are used during the long heating phases. This results in more free radicals to be produced, possible cell membrane damage, internal inflammation, and many other potential health problems.

So why do we still use them?

Unfortunately, the “bad” oils are the most affordable. The best thing you can do is check the nutrition label for the oils listed above, and try to cut down on consuming them, or replace them with healthier substitutes.

Oils such as extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, or virgin coconut oil are phenomenal replacements for those unhealthy “vegetable oils”. The reason these oils are so much safer to consume are the minimal amount of polysaturated fats they contain. Instead, these precious oils contain mostly natural saturated fats which are the least reactive to heat, therefore they won’t cause inflammation.

Reducing the amount of polysaturated fats you consume will result in healthier skin, and lower your chances of heart disease and other health problems. All it takes is a bit of knowledge, and discipline to shift your habits and renew your skin.

The Sun And Wrinkles. March 1st, 2018

Many people ask us about the relationship between sun exposure and wrinkles, so here is some of the science.

It is a fact that exposure to ultraviolet light, whether UVA or UVB, that is derived from sunlight, accounts for 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging.

Since most of the photo-aging effects occur by the age of 20, the amount of damage to the skin caused by the sun is determined by the total lifetime amount of radiation exposure and the pigment protection.

The sun effects the epidermal layer of the skin by thinning the epidermis and causing the growth of skin lesions, such as those known scientifically as actinic keratoses, squamous cell carcinomas, and basal cell carcinomas.

On the dermal layer of the skin, prolonged exposure to the sun causes collagen to break down at a higher rate than with normal chronological aging.

The collagen fibers that get damaged also cause the accumulation of abnormal elastin. This sun-induced elastin accumulates, and causes enzymes called metalloproteinases to be produced in large quantities.

Under normal conditions, metalloproteinases are responsible for fixing sun-injured skin by manufacturing and reforming collagen.

However, this process does not always work well and some of the metalloproteinases actually break down collagen, resulting to the formation of disorganized collagen fibers known as solar scars.

And when the skin repeats this flawed rebuilding process, wrinkles develop.

Because of the suns ability to cause wrinkles and other skin issues, it is vital to use a good sunscreen, to use it regularly when in the sun, and to us it correctly.

We recommend a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or higher. UVA-protecting ingredients like titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and avobenzone are good. And it should protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

As the age old saying still holds true, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

Note: Many moisturizers and wrinkle creams contain SPF. However, there is research showing it may actually NOT be good for a wrinkle cream to contain SPF inside, because ingredients like SPF and certain anti-oxidants can cancel each other out by being in the same cream together. Some companies are now getting on the bandwagon and responding to this research by not including SPF in wrinkle creams.

So, you may be much better off getting a separate SPF, a product that is completely designed and targeted for the sole purpose of protecting you from the sun.