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Break The Habits

A new month, a new beginning to remind yourself, your skin needs protecting, so here are some tips to refresh your mind with as you step into the new Spring Season and how breaking your habits can make all the difference.

 

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Washing too much

If your skin is dry skin, try and lather up less often, since doing so strips away natural oils. A creamy or oil-based cleanser at night (they’re gentler on dry skin) is best to use and be sure to rinse with just water when you wake up. (This way, you’ll retain more of your own moisturizing oils). Side note: removing make up will always be key in keeping your skin in the best condition.

Turn the TV off

Bright screens have the power to suppress melatonin, a hormone that makes us sleepy and regulates our circadian rhythms. When melatonin levels decrease, your circadian rhythm gets thrown off which make your skin cells work inefficiently, causing more wrinkles and dullness over time. And because sleep is also important when it comes to keeping your skin healthy, try and wind down by reading a book or meditating.

Tell us about your pillow

Speaking of sleep, what kind of pillow do you sleep on? Believe it or not, but our pillows collect oil, dead skin cells, bacteria, and excess night creams so as we toss and turn, all of that is deposited right into our pores. Tip: change your pillowcases at least once a week and also be sure to swap out the regular cotton version for something smoother, like satin, silk, or Egyptian cotton. Rough pillowcases can actually cause wrinkles.

 In moderation, your favorite things: alcohol and sugar

Unfortunately, consuming too much sugar, salt, caffeine, and alcohol will show on your face.  Take alcohol, a huge dehydrator and inflamer for your skin. This will consequently make your skin dull and blotchy. In addition, try and avoid sugary foods since they break down collagen and elastin in the skin which can and will produce wrinkles.

Last but not least…

This is often overlooked, but be sure to get your moles check each year. If you’re forgetful, schedule it near events you’ll remember, like your anniversary or birthday. No matter how thorough you may be when examining your own skin, mole checks are nonnegotiable. A little effort for a lot of cause.

 

 

Photo for Elle Sweden, by Andreas Ohlund

Why Workout?

As the New Year is upon us, working out may be on the forefront on most of our minds so we are here to help and make sure you’re working towards your goal with the most efficiency and effectiveness. The trick? Work out in the morning. Here are a few quick facts that may help you skip the snooze.

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  • Easily, the rush of endorphins you feel after a great workout boosts your mood and energy. This will start your day off the right way in both your interactions with friends, co-workers, etc. AND you’ll be less likely to snack on junk food in this healthy state of mind.
  • After long hard day at work, it’s nice to get your exercise done since a glass of wine might seem more appealing than a long, hard run. Plus, when you exercise, your body uses glucose that’s stored in your liver for fuel. The problem with alcohol is that when you drink, the alcohol also gets metabolized in your liver (the same one!), which means that alcohol inhibits your ability to use your glucose stores effectively. The result, you’re not going to get the energy you need, and you simply won’t be as good.
  • Simply put, gyms are usually a bit less crowded super early in the morning. Avoid the mayhem if you can.
  • Because when you start your physical routine early, your metabolism is revved up which means you’re going to burn through the food you eat during the day, rather than when you’re sleeping
  • Lastly, this minimizes the excuses and tasks that will be at hand that will likely distract you from ever getting your push-ups and mile run in! Start your day earlier and feel the value from a full day of productivity.

 

Photo cred: NYtimes