So you wash your face on the regular and apply your skincare routine more diligently than a doctor prepping for surgery, but you're still having skin issues? It could be that one (or more) of these five sneaky offenders are the root of the problem. Read on to see what could secretly be standing between you and your best skin ever.
The Problem: Tap Water // The Solution: Invest in a Filter
We all know that hydration is key to healthy skin, but today we're finding that there are plenty of things in our tap water that can wreak havoc on the dermis. Both chlorine and fluoride, found in most U.S. tap water, can be irritating to skin and disrupt your collagen production (aka your body's natural face lift), which can have aging effects. Invest in a water filter for drinking and consider doing the same for your shower head.
The Problem: Free Radicals // The Solution: Eat Your Antioxidants
Antioxidants are the closest thing we have to the Fountain of Youth. They do everything from calming skin inflammation and redness to neutralizing the wrinkle-causing free radicals we're bombarded with all day. Shoot for getting a daily dose of foods rich in antioxidants, like acai berries, matcha, coffee (yay!), strawberries & blueberries.
The Problem: Cleansing with Your Hands // The Solution: Clarisonic System
If you're one of those people who religiously cleanses your face both morning and evening, great job! But guess what? If you're just washing and rinsing with your hands, you're probably leaving trace makeup and dirt residue that clogs pores, causing them to appear larger. We're firm believers in the power of the Clarisonic Cleansing System. Its oscillating sonic frequency has been shown to be six times better at removal of makeup, dirt and oil in comparison to cleansing with your hands.
The Problem: Cortisol // The Solution: Get Your 8 Hours
There's no way around this one—you've gotta get a full night's sleep if you want your skin to have that glowing radiance. Not only does your body repair your skin while you're getting shut-eye, it can actually do the opposite if you're sleep deprived. When you're exhausted, your body produces cortisol, which is one of the biggest culprits of adult acne and premature aging.
Read More: A Definitive Guide to Getting Better Sleep
The Problem: Coarse Natural Exfoliators // The Solution: A Gentle Scrub
St. Ives Apricot Scrub may be a top seller, but it's not doing your skin any favors, nor is any natural exfoliator with rough edges. Things like crushed seeds and shells actually cause micro tears all over the skin, which opens up the possibility of bacteria entering the deeper layers of skin. It also inflames pores, causing them to clog more easily. If you fell victim to these scrubs in the past because you loved the way they made your skin feel, stop feeling guilty, and simply switch to a gentle scrub with a smooth, round exfoliator.
The Problem: Unhealthy Gut // The Solution: Probiotics
When the gut is overpopulated with bad bacteria, it causes chronic inflammation, which is a major cause of acne and other skin issues. Luckily, there's a way to keep those bacteria in check. In addition to cutting back on sugar, taking a daily probiotic, a naturally occurring “good” bacteria that resides in your gut, will limit the growth of those bad bacteria. You can find probiotics in foods like kimchee and yogurt, but there are also beverages enhanced with them, like our Probiotic Cold Brew.
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