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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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Why Choose Natural Skin Care?

Let’s begin with the most obvious. Our skin is the largest organ of the body. Its job is to protect us from environmental impact and to do so effectively it needs to be well-nourished and flexible. What goes onto our skin also goes into our bodies (By the same token: what goes into our bodies affects our skin) Skin is porous and absorbs substances we apply to it. These may enter our bloodstream, and affect the entire body. Natural ingredients have a long history of efficacy, and are, on the whole, safer than many of the synthetic ingredients used in numerous conventional cosmetics. Efficacy Since many natural ingredients have been used for thousands of years, we may assume their efficacy...

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Vitamin D – What You Should Know About the 'Sun Vitamin'

You’ve probably heard about vitamin D and how important it is for our health. But do you know where you can find it and what the risks of vitamin D deficiency are? Read our guide to learn all about it. Functions of Vitamin D This vitamin is essential in regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in our bodies. In effect, it has a great influence on the health of our bones, teeth, and muscles. Vitamin D Deficiency Deficiency of this vitamin can lead to rickets in children and osteomalacia (also known as “soft bones”) in adults. Both conditions can lead to permanent bone deformation. It can also increase bone fragility. Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency Limited exposure to sunlight...

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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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