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How your Daily Skin Care Habits May Cause Acne

Most people suffer from acne at some point in their lives.  Many remedies claim to fix dry skin or oily skin in a matter of a few simple steps.  What causes oily skin or dry skin may depend on your individual body chemistry and environment, but your skin may benefit from changing a few simple portions of your routine.  When it comes to skin, ignore the fads and consider how these skin are habits may be causing your acne.

 

 

Not Hydrating Enough

Hydration plays a major part in the health of your skin.  Without enough water, your skin will become dry, flaky, and create signs of wrinkles.  No matter whether your skin is extremely dry or excessively oily, hydration is crucial to more than just hydrating skin.  Drinking water increases circulation, which brings fresh nutrients to the skin’s cells faster.  Water also flushes out toxins and waste products that could be making your skin appear dull, tired, and aged.  The next time you find yourself needing to quench your thirst, go for a drink of water instead of soda, juice, or an athletic beverage. All of these drink options contain a high amount of processed sugars that will actually harm your skin. As opposed to water, processed sugar provides a feast for bacteria, which therefore causes acne. Drink more water to keep your skin youthful.

 

Not Retaining Hydration

For many, drinking water is not enough.  For example, if you have naturally low blood pressure, you will have to make an extra effort to retain the water to help your skin function.  Retain hydration in your skin by applying a hydration cream every morning and night.  Generally, you will choose between an oil-based or water-based cream based on your skin type.  Many skin types are more compatible with oil-free moisturizers, as the oil does not clog their pores and cause more irritation.  However, some old-school methods swear by classic natural oils.  Your grandmother, for instance, may have used fats like Crisco for years, as well as butter, coconut oil, or olive oil, just to name a few.

 

Scrubbing Face with Harsh Exfoliates

There is much debate as to whether exfoliates help or harm skin.  While dermatologists may not all agree on a final conclusion, it is likely that some people may benefit from some sort of exfoliate treatment.  Therefore, the answer is: it depends.

Regardless of skin type, it is probably best to steer clear of harsh, gritty exfoliates that can tear up your skin and cause irritation. This means that body scrubs are out of the question, at least when it comes to facial skin. Oily skin may best be suited for chemical masks or cleansers that clear skin with only a gentle application and wash. For a natural remedy, some people hold fast to an old favorite—baking soda.  Baking soda is versatile because you can adjust the dosage depending on the severity of your skin problem. For oily skin around the T-zone, use less water in order to intensify the baking soda’s effect, while dryer areas like cheeks can be more watered-down to protect skin.

 

 

Using Too Many Face Masks

The DIY face mask trend has quickly spread to become a household staple. The idea behind the DIY mask is that skin responds better to natural organic chemicals and compounds. Ingredients like yogurt, avocado, tomato, olive oil, lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, bananas, vinegar, and more.  While many of these masks can bring positive benefits to the skin, it is always important to test a small area first before covering the face. This will let you know whether you have an allergy to certain foods on the skin as well as to see if you have a strong inflammatory reaction.  Some masks, such as those that use cinnamon, can burn the skin and should be used sparingly.

 

Not Getting Enough Sleep

Beauty sleep is real. Sleep is incredibly important to maintain the physical health and strength of your body. While you are asleep, your skin produces more collagen, which is a compound that prevents wrinkles and sagging. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can decrease blood circulation, which is what makes skin appear dull and tired.

Better skin starts at home. A simple change in your routine can work wonders on your skin.  If your skin problems persist and you do not see any change, consult a dermatologist to find what solution works best for you.

 

Do you have any habit that may cause acne?

 

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Product Review: 3D Crest Glamorous Whitestrips

I have been using the 3D Crest Glamorous Whitestrips for over 2 weeks now, and I can see a clear difference in the colour of my teeth. I have previously mentioned how I would love to have my teeth whitened again. I had a teeth whitening procedure done a few years ago, and it completely changed my smile for the better. So I was thinking of having a top-up procedure done, but not had the opportunity to do that, so I was very happy to have the opportunity to try out the 3D Crest Glamorous Whitestrips.

 

 

I must confess, I was a bit sceptical at first. I have used so many dental products with promises of a whiter smile only for them to perform way below expectation. In most cases, I noticed no difference at all, so I although I was happy to try out these whitening strips, I did have my hopes up.

The 3D Crest Glamorous Whitestrips formally known as Crest Advanced Vivid, is designed to whiten natural teeth 25X better than a leading teeth whitening toothpaste.

 

 

The pack also included a pack of Oral B Glide 3D White Whitening + Scope Flavour Floss.

 

 

Here are my thoughts –

 

PROS

  1. I love the compact packaging. It is so easy to pop the Whitestrips satchets and Floss pack in a bag.
  2. The Whitestrips are very easy to use. My pack came with 28 strips for 14 treatments(1 upper and 1 lower). I use the strips once a day for 30 minutes. They are easy to put on and take off.
  3. The Whitestrips work. I started to notice a difference after 4 treatments, and my teeth is now a lot whiter since I completed the 14 treatment.
  4. The Whitestrips have an advanced seal technology that provides a strong firm grip.
  5. The Whitestrips are very comfortable. I can go about my day as normal when I have them on. I can talk and even drink water with them on.
  6. The Oral B Glide 3D White Whitening + Scope Flavour Floss performs amazingly well. It gets rid of any food stuck in between the teeth and it leaves a fresh breath.

 

 

CONS

  1. I experienced a bit of teeth sensitivity while using the strips, which is perfectly normal when using a teeth whitening product. It disappeared after a few days.

 

 

I would recommend the 3D Crest Glamorous Whitestrips to anyone in need of a brighter smile. It is a very effective and convenient way of whitening your teeth. A trial will convince you!

 

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4 top tips to keep a great complexion as you approach 30

Although ageing slows down the collagen production that keeps our skin looking healthy and young, there are a few ways that you can help to slow this natural process down. Here are 4 top tips that will make sure your complexion stays fresh as you begin to approach the big 3 0.

 

 

  1. Moisturise twice a day

The older we are, the harder it is for our skin to retain mositure. This is why it’s vital to moisturise your skin in the morning and at night. For your morning routine, use an SPF moisturiser under your primer before you apply your makeup. This will lock in moisture throughout the day. At night, it’s best to use a thicker cream as it is during this time that your skin repairs itself. As you are moisturising, ensure you massage your face as this will boost the production of collagen, which will make the skin look plumper and stimulate the lymph glands that help you achieve clearer skin.

 

  1. Be friends with SPF

You would have probably heard how important it is to keep your skin protected from the sun. Sun damage is the single biggest factor in premature ageing and leaving your skin unprotected can lead to problems such as hyperpigmentation, wrinkling, sagging and poor skin tone. There are a lot of foundations and moisturisers on the market that contain an element of SPF which means that you don’t have to apply a thick layer of sunscreen to your face every day.

 

  1. Eat the right foods

It’s certainly true that your diet directly affects the health of your skin. Eat foods that are rich in nutrients and amino acids and, if you haven’t already, introduce fibrous produce such as kale, sprouts and apples into your diet. Reduce your alcohol intake and cut back on the amount of sugar you consume as this can cause premature ageing through a process known as glycation. During glycation, excess sugar in the blood attaches itself to lipids, nucleic acids and proteins which advance the ageing process and lead to wrinkly skin. You can also pick up these nutrients through certain skincare products. Vegan skincare products in particular often include many natural ingredients such as chlorophyll, kale and maca root extracts that deliver essential vitamins to your skin.

 

  1. Take care of your eyes

The skin around our eyes is the thinnest and delicate on our face, and it is often the area that shows ageing the most. Keeping that part of the skin hydrated is important and can be done by using a serum or eye cream before bed. As you sleep, the formula sinks into the skin and decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, a good quality eye cream can protect the area from further damage, especially if it includes natural ingredients such as cucumber, arnica and ginseng, that can instantly hydrate and reduce puffiness.

 

How have you cared for your skin today? Please share in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.

 

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