Living Green & Clean

With the so many commercial products claiming to care for your skin, there is need take charge of your beauty and use only what is safe for your wellbeing. Considering the array of chemical-laden skincare lotions, creams, serums and other formulations packed in eye-enticing tubes and containers in market today, shifting to organic skin care is worth the effort. Your skin appearance is determined by a number of factors from the kind of lifestyle you live, diet to what you apply on your skin. Adopting a green and clean lifestyle that observes these practices will help you achieve and maintain a healthy skin.

Increase on organic foods

Eating a balanced nutrition composed of organic foods contributes to a healthy skin. Organic foods have essential phytochemicals intact which is the opposite of processed foods. The heat and preservatives used to prolong the shelf life of processed foods may destroy their nutrient balance. Your body needs food nutrients in their natural state to boost your immune system and fight free radicals that cause unhealthy skin.

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Exercise

Exercising regularly helps relieve stress and keeps your skin vibrant. Stress is a contributing factor to unhealthy skin. Exercising keeps blood and nutrients flowing to muscle tissues beneath the skin and therefore makes the skin appear healthy. Exercise is a natural way of cleansing the skin from the inside because when blood is kept in good circulation, it carries with it cellular toxins out of your system.

Mild clean

Washing your skin is essential to remove dirt, sweat, odors, infections and residue from beauty products. Excessive washing or using harsh soaps in cleaning is however not advisable as it rips your skin its natural oils. Bathing with mild soaps protects your skin against irritation. After bathing, it would be advisable to use natural bath oils to keep your skin healthy. Sources of pure natural oils include chamomile, lavender, jasmine, sandalwood and rose among others. These oils have therapeutic benefits which include relieving stress, soothing sore muscles, treating insomnia and curing irritated skin. You only need to sprinkle a few drops of any of these oils or a mixture in your warm water before settling in. Note that sprinkling the oils in very hot water evaporates them alongside their essential benefits. Ensure that your bath water is not so hot before dipping in for a good soak or else you will destroy your skin’s natural oils.

Stay safe in the sun

The sun’s ultraviolet rays are a great enemy to healthy skin. Avoid the sun when it’s in its peak especially between 10.00 am and 4.00pm. If you have to go out in the sun, wear sunscreen!!! Natural skin care products laced with sun protection are also helpful. Wearing skin-covering clothes, sunglasses and a hat can protect your delicate facial skin from the harmful sun rays.

Sleep enough

Inadequate sleep increases production of cortisol, a harmful stress hormone. Cortisol causes inflammation in the body. Signs of inadequate sleep will eventually show up on your skin. This may present itself in the form of dull skin or old appearing skin. You will probably have dark under-eye circles if you are not sleeping enough. Sleeping enough helps the skin to repair and generate new cells for a youthful appearance.

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4 things you need to know about organic skin care

Treating your skin to the ideal natural or organic skin care is one of the healthiest choices you can make to maintain a youthful appearance. You are most probably aware that not all the ingredients included in most products out there are good for your skin type. In fact more than a 1000 of the ingredients commonly used in skincare products are not good for anyone’s skin. Despite the fact that most of those ingredients have been banned in the EU, they may still have the FDA approval. That makes it absolutely important to know how your skin care routine can be made truly organic or natural. Your efforts here should therefore go beyond choosing a skincare product.

Skin type

Your skin type is the first most important thing you should know in order to come up with a skincare regimen that can work for you. If your skin type is normal (commonly known as a combination or combo), you will need to use a product that has dual functions. For the cleanser, a mild glycolic acid or a gentle wash without soap is recommended to avoid removing most of the skin oils but still ensure dead skin cells and dirt are removed. Keeping the pores clear is an important goal if you have an oily skin. Just don’t over-dry it to avoid triggering more greasiness, but make sure to use a moisturizer. Washing twice a day (in the morning and at night) using a deep cleaning cleanser with power brush is recommended. A mature or dry skin type will need more moisturizing to compensate for inadequate oil. For an extremely dry skin, splashing the face with water in the morning is good enough. Cleansing should be done only once at night using a creamy formula and a wet washcloth for gentle exfoliation.

Fragrances

Although fragrances are meant to protect scent formulas for different companies, it is always a great idea to avoid them altogether. This is because many companies have found loopholes here that allow them to include ingredients that they would prefer not to list. Most fragrances include toxic substances known to cause cancer, dermatitis, respiratory and reproductive related issues. Phthalate is particularly linked to certain birth defects and feminization of boy babies. Choose an organic product that is fragrance-free or one that is even specifically labeled “phthalate-free”. However, some essential oil-based moisturizers are safe if you would like a sweet smell or perfume.

Parabens and other ingredients to avoid

Synthetic preservatives like parabens are contained in most of the skincare products available in the market today. That includes many products labeled as “organic” or “natural”. Parabens are dangerous ingredients that can cause cancer and also disrupt hormones. Polyethylene glycol or PEGs are other bad ingredients to avoid as they are also known to cause cancer, and can interfere with the natural skin moisture to make you look older.

Exercise and proper nutrition

An organic skin care routine cannot be complete without regular exercises that will make your skin sweat and free it from toxins that clog its pores. Exercise and diet regimens usually go hand in hand. Proteins must be included to repair your skin while vitamins have anti-aging properties that include fighting free radicals. Always drink 6 to 8 glasses of water everyday to keep your skin moist and help flush out toxins.

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How to get the best of your derma roller

Derma rolling is arguably the most revolutionary therapy for skin renewal. The fine needles on a derma roller break the skin with high precision, causing trauma and inflammation at a micro-level. That naturally triggers the body to increase the production of collagen and elastin, the two important proteins responsible for skin rejuvenation. Proper use of a derma roller has therefore been scientifically proven to an effective Scar Reduction Therapy (SRT) or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). That said, it is also important to note that micro-needling treatment is a process that has its own rules. The way you use your derma roller determines whether you achieve the desired results or not.

Using a derma roller is however not a difficult thing at all as long as you know what you are doing and have realistic expectations. Some of the considerations you should make for a great derma rolling experience and life changing results are discussed below.

Understanding your aesthetic goals

Don’t go for a derma roller micro-needling therapy if you are not sure of the aesthetic enhancements you would like to achieve. This type of therapy is meant for people in need of smoothing away scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles. So if you have acne scars or any skin aging signs, using a derma roller is likely to be beneficial to you.

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Have realistic expectations

A dermaroller is definitely a great investment if you are looking for a natural solution to address any undesirable scars or wrinkles. Even though it has been scientifically proven to work by stimulating the growth of collagen and elastin needed for skin repair, you should never expect that to happen overnight. Some people get results much faster than others because many factors come into play in determining how soon results can be achieved. If the damage on your skin is extensive or you are 50 and above, you might require more sessions spread over a period of six months or more. Younger people seeking to reduce scars or address mild skin wrinkles on the other hand might achieve great results with only a few derma rolling sessions. These therapies basically improve your body’s skin renewal cycles that are also dependent on other factors.

How often to use your derma roller

Two factors must be considered to determine how often a derma roller should be used in order to optimize the expected results:

  • size of the needles
  • skin sensitivity

The tiny needles on the cylindrical drums of derma rollers vary in size. The most common sizes include 0.2mm, 0.25mm, 0.5mm, 0.75mm, 1.0mm and 1.5mm. The smaller the size of these needles, the higher the frequency of using the derma roller tends to be. Devices with 0.2mm or 0.25mm sizes can be used on a daily basis. If they are not used that often, it would be difficult to achieve any noticeable results. A device with 1.5mm needles can be used once in every 3 or 4 weeks, while the one with 0.75 should be used once in every 4 weeks. Derma rollers with needle sizes above 1.0mm can only be used once in every 2 or more months or as advised by their manufactures. If your skin is more sensitive, you might need to take longer before repeat sessions or use the smaller needle size-range devices.

Use of natural anti-ageing skincare

You can still gain significantly from needling even without use of any skin care products. However, penetration of ingredients contained in natural anti-ageing skincare products can increase by about 90% immediately after derma rolling. You can take advantage of this improvement in penetration of ingredients, but you may want to avoid products with vitamin A because too much penetration of it can be toxic. It’s important to know which skincare products you can use or should avoid immediately after derma rolling.

Hygienic considerations

If you have any active acne condition, you should avoid using your dermaroller because if you do it might easily spread the condition and make it worse. You should always properly clean your device, sterilize and never share it with anyone.

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