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This Spring Improve Your Skin While Helping The Environment!

At some point, everyone has experienced some sort of impact on their skin from the elements or weather, from dry and scaly to spotted and blotchy. It’s always a struggle to find the right balance of exfoliation and moisturizer to either prevent negative effects or repair skin damage that has already been done, all the while, trying to protect yourself from the sun. It’s not only important to educate yourself on skin care and products which are healthy for your skin, but also promote environmental health Examine and identify your skin type so you’ll know how to care for it best, and always use sunscreen with a SPF (sun protection factor) which is a relative measure of how long a sunscreen will protect you from ultraviolet (UV) B rays. A 15 or higher is a good start!

Here’s something everyone should know about micobeads. Once you hear what microbeads can do to our environment you’ll never use them again. Here’s a fun fact; On December 28th, 2015 President Obama signed into law the “Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015”. Microbeads are tiny plastic beads added to cleansing products to assist is the exfoliation process, however they are very harmful. Microbeads transport phenanthrene, a byproduct of fossil fuel burning that’s a dangerous ocean pollutant. It reaches the ocean because it cannot properly be removed from water. Eventually, they make their way to the ocean and once they enter the ocean they are easily mistaken for fish eggs and eaten by other sea animals. By default, if you eat seafood you may ingest these beads yourself. Not to mention these beads are too harsh for facial tissues anyway. A safe and healthy solution is to use do-it-yourself exfoliation products. These can be found on the internet, you can choose the right one for yourself, and you’ll know exactly what natural products it contains since you’ll be making it.

Dry skin is very common, especially during the winter season. If you notice your skin has some sort of reaction to most skin care products you have sensitive skin.  Sensitive skin is the acute version of dry skin and needs the most care.  First, you’ll want to use mild cleansers and should be able to cleanse once a day, recommended in the evening.  Next, before you moisturize, use a product which contains hyaluronic acid.  This is a great way to moisturize as it pulls in moisture and is very hydroscopic. Last, repair your outer layer of skin with a moisturizer. It is recommended to use moisturizers which contain phospholipids, cholesterol and essential fatty acids. Remember to pay close attention to your skin if you use a product new to your skin.

Oily skin is another tricky type to care for. People with oily skin often have acne and should cleanse twice a day, recommended once in the morning and once at night. Be sure to take your time when you’re applying cleanser. An excellent product to apply after cleansing is an alcohol-free salicylic solution which is often found in soaked pad form for easy application. The pad is not necessary twice or day, or even once, but maybe two or times per week. Retinol is a pre-moisturizer that is not so much recommended for dry skin, however much safer for oily skin. Retinol is also a great anti-aging product! Of course, you’ll need to use an oil-free moisturizer.

If your skin shows inconsistent sign and is sometimes dry and sometimes oily, you’ll want to stick with gentle cleansers and spot-treat with other products. Remember to always moisturize with a product containing a SPF! SUMMER IS COMING BE PREPARED!

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