Actual skincare products stand secondary when it comes to your skin and can only amplify a good diet and healthy lifestyle. If you struggle with skin issues, not only should you look at the products you are using, but most importantly your lifestyle as a whole. What can you do to make things better? Anything in excess is probably not a good thing.

Here are some but not all, common enemies of the skin.

The Sun

Seeing that it is now summer I am going to start off with the sun. Neither friend or foe.

Too much sun can be a bad thing but not enough sun can be a bad thing too. Let me elaborate a little more on this.

The most natural way to get vitamin D is by exposing your bare skin to the sun’s ultraviolet B rays. Particularly in summer (as we are now in full summer mode here in Canada). Why is vitamin D important? The most vital reasons are for regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous (needed for healthy bones and teeth), and facilitating normal immune system function.

Your body is designed to get vitamin D and produces it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight. This doesn’t mean that you have to let your skin burn or tan. In fact, you shouldn’t let this happen. Exposing your bare skin for too long can cause damage to the basal cells causing wrinkles, sagging and unhealthy skin, not to mention skin cancer.

I’ll be honest, I might be the opposite of most of you, I tend to be overly cautious when it comes to being in the sun and probably don’t get enough of vitamin D. I am going to make a conscience effort on this.

Makeup

An all-time favorite of most females out there. Did you know that many skin issues can be linked to over-use of makeup? Clogged pores can lead to spots, rashes and pimples. Look for makeup that has the most natural/organic ingredients possible. Don’t forget to let that skin be free of makeup once and a while. I always do! And if you do wear it make sure that you remove it before going to bed. The best way to remove makeup is with a natural bi-phase cleanser (available soon from OrgAngie) as the combination of oil and water is an excellent solution for removing makeup as makeup and facial grime is both water based and oil based. Here’s a great article by The Express Tribune and from Health Ambition where it talks about the harmful effects of makeup and your skin.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/787023/the-cost-of-beauty-the-harmful-effects-of-makeup-on-your-skin/https://www.healthambition.com/5-common-makeup-items-poisoning-your-body/

Diet

Well, we all struggle with this. As of lately I myself know that I haven’t been eating enough vegetables. It’s apparent in my skin. Lacking of nutrients for your skin and eating a lot of refined sugars, refined carbohydrates, artificial anything can lead to acne, sagging skin, wrinkling, poor skin tone, unbalanced complexion to name a few among other skin disorders.

Smoking

Smoking is such a terrible habit to have. But did you know that not only that it comes with a myriad health issues to your internal organs it also has an effect on the biggest organ of all: your skin! Smoking actually breaks down collagen. Collagen is naturally produced by the body that gives strength and structure to the skin as well as it plays a role in replacing dead skin cells. It’s fair to say that smoking leads to sagging skin and wrinkles a lot quicker than someone who doesn’t. Web MD has a great picture slideshow with some info on the surprising ways smoking affects your looks and life: http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/ss/slideshow-ways-smoking-affects-looks

Dehydration

Last but not least. I’ve said this before; water is essential for your skin! Water should be consumed and not applied to your skin. Our skin is waterproof and doesn’t absorb water by external application. If it did we’d all be “The Walking Bloated”. Being mostly made up of water it is important to keep our cells healthy with a proper dose of water every day through consumption. I for one notice when I haven’t consumed enough water as my skin is a lot drier, tight and uncomfortable. Quality of water is important too. Have you ever thought of where the water from your tap is coming from and what the city adds to it? If I don’t filter the water from my tap before I drink it, it not only has a terrible taste but it also gives me an upset stomach. I can only imagine what is in my local municipal water supply or where it came from.

While these aren’t the only enemies of the skin it is important to remember that skincare products can only do so much and that it is up to you in making healthy lifestyle choices.

Look for new and upcoming products and redesigns. We are especially excited about a new face skincare regime of products!

 

Naturally yours,

Angie

References

Vitamin D council. “How do I get the vitamin D my body needs?” https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/ (retrieved June 13,2016)

Masud, Marvi. “The Cost of Beauty – The Harmful Effects of Makeup on Your Skin”   http://tribune.com.pk/story/787023/the-cost-of-beauty-the-harmful-effects-of-makeup-on-your-skin/ (retrieved June 13,2016)

NHS Choices. “What does vitamin D do?” http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/what-does-vitamin-d-do.aspx

Dallmeier, Lorraine. Herb & Hedgerow. Formula Botanica course notes “Holistic Care of the Skin”

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