Healthy Skin Care

by kim

We all know the importance of being careful about what we put in our bodies; but, we need to be equally aware of what we are putting on our bodies. The fact is: your body absorbs whatever you put on your skin. And, unfortunately, many beauty and skin care products – from lotions to nail polish, shampoo, and makeup – contain toxic chemicals that can disrupt hormones, interfere with adrenal and thyroid function, and increase the likelihood of developing diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer's.

There are several companies that have committed to using healthy, non-toxic ingredients in their skin care products and make-up, so be diligent about researching the various brands to find one that you feel good about using. You will likely pay a little more, but it is definitely worth it!

As demand (and awareness) increases, paraben and sulphite free products are becoming more common, but there are also other dangerous chemicals to watch for. Read the ingredient list carefully, and beware of anything that contains:

parabens (ethyl,methyl, butyl, propyl)
polyethylene glycol
Cocamidopropyl betain
butylene glycol or butylene acetate
coal tar

You may also want to go through your cupboards and check out the products that you are currently using. If you have been battling some health issues, the problem may be connected to what you are absorbing through your skin.

Get More Sleep. We all need sleep – 7-9 hours a night, in fact. However, recent surveys have found that the average person gets less than 6 hours a night. And, to make matters even worse, many people also report that they have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep at least a few times each week. But, the implications go far beyond simply feeling a little sluggish or tired.

When it comes to your overall health, several studies are proving that sleep is more important than diet and exercise – together! While you sleep, your body takes the time to recover, repair, regenerate, and reset itself. If this doesn't happen, it slowly begins to break down and you will start to notice the effects in your everyday life. Lack of sleep can cause:

a decline in memory
decreased immunity
poor focus and concentration
lowered performance
inability to deal with stress
weight gain
high blood pressure
increase likelihood of depression
lower or sluggish metabolism
unhealthy skin

Of course, improving the quantity and quality of sleep will swing the pendulum the other way and actually result in improved memory, immunity, focus, performance, blood pressure, and skin.

It can help you manage stress more effectively, and some fitness experts believe that it is the single most important factor when it comes to weight loss. So, rather than feeling guilty about hitting the snooze button a few extra times, just tell yourself that you are doing what is best for your health!

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