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Gut Health and Skincare

Now let's start talking about the gut microbiome and how it is linked to the skin. It's a fascinating subject with new studies coming out all the time. The fabulous news is, that, if you have skin issues, there is a lot you can change by simply tweaking your diet and using scent-free and water-free products... and possibly even showering less. In future posts, I will elucidate on the use of pre and probiotics and how stimulating the growth of gut bacteria DIRECTLY affects the recovery from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. We have both a gut and a skin microbiome that consist of billions of microbes, all living on or in our bodies. When they are...

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Natural Remedies for Dry Skin

If you suffer from eczema or psoriasis and you’re under doctor’s supervision, or if you simply have very dry skin, there are many natural methods that can ease the discomfort and reduce itchiness. Say No to Hot Showers As much as hot showers are pleasant for us, our skin doesn't like them nearly as much. Hot water removes the protective oily layer from our skin and dries it out. Try to reduce the water temperature to room temperature or, even further, to lukewarm. It's really great for your circulation if you actually finish on cold. Make your showers short and avoid taking them too often. Pat Your Skin Dry After the shower or bath don't rub your skin with a towel, pat it...

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Stretch Marks – Can Anything Really Be Done About Them?

Most of us have stretch marks – some hidden, some visible, some big, some small, some obvious, some not so obvious. They can be souvenirs from pregnancy, puberty and rapid weight gain or loss. What are they and what causes them? Stretch marks are a form of scarring that occurs in parts of our body where the skin has been exposed to excessive stretching. Areas most often affected are abdomen, breasts, underarm area, thighs, hips and buttocks. All those areas change dramatically during pregnancy and puberty. When a pregnant woman’s skin isn’t able to stretch quickly enough to catch up with the growing baby, abdominal stretch marks are likely to occur. As the breasts enlarge during pregnancy, and especially during...

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Adult Acne - What Causes It And How To Deal With It

Acne is something that we usually associate with teenagers. We also tend to think that it’s something that will pass with time. But as the pace of life is growing this is changing. For many people, teenage acne never goes away and, for some, it comes back like a horrific memory from high school. Whether we like it or not, adult acne is a growing problem and it can affect both people who suffered from acne as teenagers and people who never had that problem. Causes Hormones – problems with the hormonal system don’t end with puberty. For women changes linked to the menstrual cycle can play a huge role in periodic breakouts. For both men and women testosterone can...

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How To Take Care Of Your Skin After Summer

Summer is slowly coming to an end. For many of us, it was a time for creating new memories and of relaxation. But not necessarily for our skin. The memories that our skin has after sharing the vacation with us are mainly dehydration, discolorations, deepened wrinkles and, if we’re lucky, some freckles. What can we do then to help our skin come back to balance and face the challenges of office life? Exfoliating Sun, wind and water exposure can result in lots of dead skin cells gathered on the surface of our skin. Exfoliating is the easiest way to remove them. Depending on your skin type you can choose between mechanical and enzymatic exfoliators. Both are easy to make at...

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