Thursday January 19, 2017

4 ways to clear your skin

Beauty

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A couple of years ago my skin went through a terrible phase.  My face was filled with pimples and acne and time seemed to have slowed down during those two years.  I started doing these 4 things that are listed below and I saw a major improvement in my skin!  Whenever my skin isn’t looking as clear and healthy I know I am not doing these 4 steps regularly.  Commit to adding these 4 steps as part of your routine for at least two weeks and you will definitely see a difference!

DRINK WARM WATER WITH LEMON/LIME IN THE MORNING:

My mom gave me this advice many years ago but I didn’t take it seriously until I had adult acne (so sad!).  Do you know that inflammation is the main cause of acne? The inflammation causes our skin cells to become clogged.  Lemon is packed with vitamin C which is an important nutrient that protects our skin cells from clogging.  Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory.  So drinking warm lemon water heals acne and also control acne plus you may notice a big difference in your acne scars too. This is a must in my routine in order to control acne.  If you have any issues with blackheads and minor skin infections this “magic” water can help with that too.

Warm lime water on an empty stomach early in the morning helps stimulate the gastrointestinal tract. Digestion improves, heartburn is reduced and it helps in the process of elimination.  Healthy gut = clear skin.

CHANGE YOUR PILLOW CASE TWICE OR THREE TIMES A WEEK:

Acne mechanica is any type of acne that is the result of material or objects touching your face. When your pillowcase isn’t laundered or changed regularly, a build-up of dirt and oil from the environment as well as your skin and hair touching the pillow is transferred back to your skin. This can clog pores and cause blemishes.  You should change them out frequently to minimize the potential for dirt and product buildup.

CONSUME LESS GLUTEN AND DAIRY:

Gluten sensitivity can trigger inflammation. If you’re sensitive (not the same as celiac disease or an allergy), the gluten in your food can irritate the inside and outside of the digestive tract, but it doesn’t actually destroy the intestinal wall the way Celiac disease does. The body thinks the gluten is an intruder (which, in reality it is), so it initiates an immune system response: inflammation. Inflammation doesn’t stay localized and only cause digestive discomfort. Instead, it spreads. And because there’s a link between gut health and your skin, acne appears.
Those with celiac or pronounced gluten sensitivity will see the most improvement.  Brain fog, bloating, and headaches should go away immediately. Many people feel remarkably better. Some look better, too, since gluten sensitivity can trigger an inflammatory response that leads to acne, rosacea, or eczema, according to Fredric Brandt, a cosmetic dermatologist in Miami and New York City. But if you don’t have true gluten sensitivity, you’re not likely to notice any changes to your mood, skin, or gut.
Hormones in milk increase the level of androgens in your body, and that triggers the production of oils that clog pores.  The sugar in dairy products causes the body to release insulin-like growth factor, which triggers inflammation and breaks down collagen and elastin. So ditching dairy may help stall the signs of aging for a while longer.
I’m not saying to stop consuming gluten and dairy all together.  I don’t, even though I am sensitive to both ( I discovered after eating less of these two things to see if it would clear my acne).  But eat a little less of it and see if you see a difference in a couple of weeks.

FACE STEAM:

One of the best ways to cleanse your facial pores is by giving them a steam bath. Steaming your skin is like taking a bath that cleans from the inside out. Warm steam cleanses your pores by causing you to sweat, which opens the pores and helps push any dirt and debris out. Giving yourself a steam facial at home is simple and requires no specialized equipment. Regular facials with steam are wonderful skin care treatments that promote deep cleansing of pores. And increasing circulation to the face while giving that overall glowing complexion.

I do this at least once a week.  First I cleanse, then exfoliate, then come the face steam, next I put a face mask on and the last step is to moisturize.  I love giving myself a “facial” at home on Sundays!

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XOXO,
JESS
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