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The skin barrier is the outermost part of the skin, and is composed of lipids (oils) and cells. This layer is permeable and regulates which organism and substances can enter and/or leave your skin. It acts as both an antimicrobial system but also as a water regulating barrier. Simply put the skin barrier is important because it keeps water in and bad microbes out. So how does it do it?
Did you know that there is a relationship between your skin’s overall health and the state of of its microbiome (aka flora)? Similar to how our gut flora aids in our digestion and affects our overall health, our skin’s microbiome has a significant effect on our skin’s health, including the prevalence (or absence) of acne.
Spring time is usually a relief for many, with longer days, warmth, and flowers finally blooming! But for others, it can be a time of skin woes like clogged pores, break outs, and inflamed skin that looks red and dull. If that sound sounds like you, read on!
In part 1 of this acne series, we explored what we understand about acne, what could be causing it, and gave easy tips on what you can do today to begin your journey to clear skin. In Part 2, we will be further exploring hormones and how they affect our skin, as well as what you can do today to help prevent break outs caused by hormones.
If you have struggled with acne, you understand the frustration of thinking "I have finally found the solution", only to realize after a few weeks that this was not the miracle your were hoping for. The truth is that acne is not fully understood, but there is research out there that gives us a glimpse into what is causing those pesky pimples and pustules. In part 1 of this series on acne, we will explore what we do know about the causes acne and give a simple overview of steps you can take today to start addressing your break outs!
In part two of our series on dry skin, I discussed how inviting oils into your routine can help create topical balance and alleviate dryness. In part three I want to introduce the best way to fully incorporate oil into your routine as a moisturizer on a daily basis.
It's that time of year again when the sun sets early, the air feels cold, and you eat too many sweets (at least I do!). It's such a festive and cozy time of year, but it can take a toll on our skin. Winter means less moisture in the air, a tendency to eat too much of the bad stuff and to not drink enough water. Skin tends to get dry and irritated, but it doesn't have to be that way!
With winter upon us, it is time to start thinking about changing up our skincare ritual to help our skin stay healthy, hydrated, and glowing. Winter can be really rough on the skin for a few reasons but it all boils down to this: your skin's ability to retain water. And in the winter, everything stacks up against it. Here are 5 tips on how to take care of skin in winter naturally!
I’m a huge fan of face balms. When it comes to combatting dry skin, they are hands down the best face moisturizer to choose. Facials oil, lotions and creams can all do well to protect the skin and restore elasticity, but balms are especially useful when you are combatting stubborn dry skin or need to protect your skin from the elements.
I often ask my clients to take a moment and connect with their inner knowing before grabbing a product meant to "fix" something. In that moment of connection, ask yourself, "Am I choosing this product out of fear or out of love?". In my book, love is always the answer that best serves our needs and can transform our lives.
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