Don’t hate. Exfoliate!

 

 

 

 

 

Last post, we talked about setting skincare goals for 2018. Since New Year’s Day, I’ve selected yet another skincare habit to take up moving forward! Exfoliating the body TWICE a week. Yes, twice. After reading up on all the benefits, I started to realize that using body scrubs/salts shouldn’t solely be used as a “relaxing, every once in a while to treat to oneself” thing.

As we all know, the main benefit of exfoliating is to remove dead skin and leave your shower feeling silky-smooth. For my bacne and I (the acne on my back) this is especially important because it jumpstarts the process of drawing out congestion. Congestion, otherwise known as blackheads/whiteheads, is caused by the buildup of dead skin cells. Yuck!

SO – twice a week it is. And ONLY twice a week! Remember, the goal is to unclog your pores from excess oil. Exfoliating too often can strip away your natural oils, leaving an imbalance in your pH levels.

On top of these benefits – did you know that regularly exfoliating can benefit the rest of your skincare routine? During the winter, my legs get so dry they look like baby alligators! (I know, disturbing analogy) Applying lotion after baths and showers helps, but really the trick to lotion reaching the deeper layers of your skin is by removing the dead cells on the top layer. SO – start providing the depths of your skin with the best nourishment and stop wasting product!

BENEFITS OF EXFOLIATING THE BODY:

  • Reduces the chance of breakouts
  • Allows your lotion to seep into deeper layers of the skin
  • Assists in a smoother/cleaner shave
  • Can help to prevent ingrown hairs

SOME OF MY FAVORITES:

Trader Joes – Body Scrub Trio

https://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/1467

LUSH – Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

https://www.lushusa.com/face/cleansers/ocean-salt/00232.html

Dermalogica – Gentle Cream Exfoliant

http://www.dermalogica.com/exfoliants/exfoliants,default,sc.html

OR – LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN:

Crafting Body Scrub

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The Ultra-VIOLENT Truth Behind UVA/UVB Rays

 

Roses are red

Your skin will be too.

If you don’t apply sunscreen

All the day through!

 

Who is ready for SPRING BREAK? Shoot, I guess it’s only February…but it’ll be here before we know it! If you’re as excited as I am – you’ve probably started picking out outfits, buying new swim suits, and creating a list of all the items you want to take along on your trip. Well, here is a friendly reminder to purchase and pack PLENTY of sunscreen. No matter your shape, size or color – everyone should be wearing and reapplying sunscreen.

Last vacation, I noticed folks applying sunscreen upon arrival to the beach. What’s wrong with this picture? They should of applied it at least 30 minutes ago! YES. This IS and has been a Golden Rule for decades now! To be effective, product needs time to soak into your skin. Even then…how safe are you?

The Basics

As we all know there are only two types of light. Unfortunately, both are harmful. But what exactly is the difference between UVA and UVB rays is regards to sun exposure?

The light from UVB rays cause that oh-so painful sunburn when its energy damages the top/protective layer of skin. YES, it actually kills the top layer of skin cells. As the cells die, the layers peel off and result in that tender, red, peeling skin. Congratulations. Depending on how close you live to the equator, what season it is, and the time of day will vary on when your skin is at risk of UVB light. SO, for example, if you’re planning on being outside from 12:00 to 2:00PM in July – take caution, use sunscreen, seek shade, be pale.

More great news: UVA rays could be even more responsible for signs of aging, sunburns, and cancer. We experience them everyday, all year round! (Unless you live in Alaska, in which you experience months of solid moonlight) UVA rays are thought to reach the deeper layers of our skin, as opposed to UVB. If you can see the rays, they can see you. Consider this while you’re sitting next to your window or stuck in your car because traffic.

The Science

According to an article written on Scientific America, “The energy from ultraviolet radiation can damage molecules in the skin, most importantly DNA. One consequence of this is the synthesis of different proteins and enzymes. The effects of these proteins, notably prostaglandins and cytokines, lead to dilation of the cutaneous blood vessels and recruitment of inflammatory cells. This, in turn, produces a sun burn’s characteristic redness, swelling and pain. Once the signal of excessive radiation exposure is initiated, it generally takes four to six hours for these proteins to generate. Sunburn symptoms thus don’t appear until well after exposure. (DNA damage can also result in the destruction of the involved skin cell. This is one of the reasons why skin peels after a bad sunburn.)“

YIKES! Looking back, did I really have THAT much fun laying out in the sweltering sun all Summer long?

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Cannabis. The KALE of Skin Care!

 

That’s right! You read correctly. 2018 is not only the Year of the Dog, but also the year we start seeing more products produced with cannabis. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise…considering all the “natural and organic” cleaning products, shampoo, and food we’re seeing on the shelves these days. So, why not skincare?

Take a look at the products you use on a daily basis. What are they made of? How do the ingredients serve you? (NOTE: If what you’re using works perfectly and you’re happy with your skin – that’s great!) If you’re not happy with your complexion, maybe that’s because it’s lacking the ingredients it needs to be healthy and shine! For example, when someone is dehydrated they may suffer from thirst, fatigue, headaches, etc. because they need water! The body literally sends out an SOS – telling you what it needs to function properly. SO, your skin may not be cooperating because your products are not supplying it with the proper tools. With this being said, know that CBD oils are high in vitamins A, C and E, as well as high in the omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. All of which our skin likes and needs to maintain a healthy, glowing appearance.

Now, if you grew up watching President Nixon declare the “War on Drugs”, I can understand you may still have a stigma against marijuana, hemp, and cannabis use. Although, he turned out to be a criminal himself (but that’s a convo for a different blog). These oils will not get you high or lead you through the “gateway” to the Kingdom of Drugs. They are non-psychoactive and 100% legal.  

THE FACTS

According to Medical Marijuana Inc., “Cannabidiol (CBD hemp oil) is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp, unlike medical marijuana products, which are usually made from plants with high concentrations of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Because hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, these hemp oil products are non-psychoactive. Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of over 85 cannabinoids presently identified in the cannabis plant and is the second most abundant cannabinoid in marijuana after THC. In hemp, however, THC is only present in trace amounts, while CBD dominates the plant’s makeup.”

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