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14 Ways to Help Keep Skin Healthy

If you read this blog with any regularity, you may see a pattern starting to appear. I firmly believe our gut health is directly related to how we look.

What we eat and what we put on our skin shows in the texture, tone and health of our skin.

But there are other things that have nothing to do with food or skincare that can have a impact on your skin.

1. When drying skin always pat dry, never stroke. Stroking skin dry can remove sebum (healthy oils) and cause drying, if you have acne, it can spread bacteria.

2. Sleep on a satin pillowcase. Cotton is drying to the skin and can cause “sleep creases”, those creases on your face when you wake up and take forever to go away.

3. Sweat!! When you work up a sweat at the gym, and your face is red, that’s your blood bringing nutrients to your skin, we want this to help heal and rejuvenate skin.

4. Never use hot water on skin. Always wash and shower in cool to warm water, hot water is drying.

5. Sleep is the time the body regenerates, this includes your skin.

6. Keep makeup brushes clean, washing at least once a week if you wear makeup every day. This keeps bacteria at bay. This goes for makeup sponges as well.

7. Makeup doesn’t last forever. Cosmetic companies aren’t required by law to put expiration dates on products and using expired products can lead to acne and dermatitis and other skin health issues. These guidelines aren’t set in stone, but they’re a reasonable place to start:

a. Liquid and cream makeup – about 6 months

b. Powder makeup – 24 months

c. Mascara and liquid eyeliner – 3 months

d. Pencil liners for eyes and lips – 24 months

e. Lipstick and lip gloss – 18 months

f. Sunscreen – 6 months

g. Nail polish – 12 months

8. Change and wash pillowcases regularly. Being outside during the day, our hair picks up dirt and toxins that transfers to our pillowcase when we sleep and, in turn, transfers to our face. Not changing your pillowcase regularly can lead to acne and dermatitis.

9. Always pay attention to dates on skincare and sunscreen and discard products by their end date.

10. Wash hair regularly and keep off face. If your hair is constantly on your face, oils can transfer leading to acne and dermatitis.

11. Don’t use straws. Sucking on a straw can lead to lines around the lips. So, forget the straw, your lips and the environment will thank you.

12. Use a humidifier in the winter, dry air removes moisture from skin.

13. Always remove makeup before bed. This gives skin the chance to breath, heal and regenerate.

14. Never use soap, the pH is way too high. This can lead to permanent damage of the skins barrier function.

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