Your skin’s health starts with you and ends with you. You are the alpha & omega of your skin, get it? So when your skin ends up dull and not so attractive, you must be doing something wrong. To make sure your skin looks effortless beautiful and always looking its best, here are some things that you are doing wrong and how to right all of it.

The wrong : Over exfoliating
It is a common misconception that if you have oily skin, you need to exfoliate daily. Over-exfoliation strips the skin of good oils and weakens the protective epidermal layer known as the Barrier Function. Skin cells regenerate slowly, so by over exfoliating you are actually weakening the Barrier Function and repeated action causes the skin to be more prone to infections. As a result, your skin produces more oil, causing blemishes.

The right : It is recommended that you exfoliate a maximum of 1-2 times a week.

The wrong : Going to bed at night without removing your makeup
You might tell me, “I woke up like this!” Girl, no. No one wakes up with perfectly groomed and darkened brows and flawless skin and crimson red lips. Falling asleep with makeup on prevents your skin from carrying out microcirculation, the process that helps to revive skin during sleep. As a result, your pores become clogged and bacteria clings to them, which leads to acne outbreaks and / or dry skin.

The right : As we discussed in our last blog entry, Lazy Girls Skincare Tips, no matter how lazy you are after a loooong day, please just make an effort to wipe off your makeup and make sure your skin is free from gunk before snoozing off.

The wrong : Self proclaimed Dr Pimple Popper!
Sorry self-proclaimed Derma Doc, your pimples are off limits. Get your fingers away from your pimples. Popping a pimple spreads the bacterial fluid that the infected pore contained, resulting in additional irritation. It also allows further germs and bacteria to enter the infected pore, which will aggravate the pimple even further. If the fluid gets into other pores, this can lead to further breakouts. Constant popping and picking drives the infection deeper and can damage the skin’s protective epidermal layer, causing permanent scarring.

The right : Avoid touching, picking or popping the pimple. However, if you elect to pop it, ensure you wash your face and hands first. Or visit a Dermatologist that provides facial treatments for acne and pimples.

The wrong : Not spending enough time in Beddy-Bye-Land
Lack of sleep does more than give you panda eyes, it also affects your skin, deeply. Your skin functions in harmony with your circadian rhythm – your body’s sleep cycle. A good night’s rest helps to renew skin by a process called microcirculation. While you sleep your body increases blood circulation and oxygen flow to the skin. During this phase, your skin receives internal attention, rebuilding skin cells and collagen. So, without enough sleep, your skin loses its healthy glow and becomes susceptible to damage.

The right: An average adult needs at least 6-8 hours for all bodily function to perform better and healthier.

The wrong : Not staying hydrated.
As discussed in our previous blog entry, H2O aka Water, water is a vital resource for your body and skin. Like most cells, skin cells are made up of water. If your body does not take in enough water, these cells and fibres in your skin suffer and cannot function properly. As a result, your skin will appear tight, dry and flaky. And if your skin is dry, it lacks elasticity, making it more prone to wrinkles.

The right: It is highly recommended to be drinking 8 – 12 glasses per day, depending on your lifestyle and bodily needs.

The wrong : You are not eating right
It may be hard to eat a healthy and balanced diet, but it is important. A balanced diet keeps your skin looking healthy. By eating badly, it is likely that you’re passing over foods with vital vitamins and minerals. For instance, fats are used to help form a protective layer on your skin that prevents skin from drying out. Another key part of eating well is vitamin A, which helps to protect skin against ageing and free radicals. Plus, Vitamin C helps to build collagen and protect against skin damage. Ultimately, poor diet causes your skin to dry out more regularly and age more rapidly.

The right: Ensure every meal is well-balanced and nutritional. Top dieticians suggest you have at least three types of vegetables of a different colour per meal.

Or, you could incorporate Vivix into your daily routine. Vivix is rich in antioxidants, which can prevent or even repair cell damage. Developed after years of research by Shaklee Corporation, only Vivix contains both resveratrol and a proprietary phytonutrient blend that harnesses the powerful antioxidant properties of rare muscadine grapes.

Interested? Sure thing loves! Contact Mommy J for a free consultation and best price on Shaklee and Youth products! Ciao bella.

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