Are You Irritating Your Skin?

We all want to have beautiful skin but we are also often our skin’s worst enemy. We don’t get enough hydration through water or moisturizers, we smoke, we stay out in the sun, stay indoors with forced-air heat, and wear irritating fragrances and preparations that cause damage to our skin. A great example of the last thing on that list is using preparations that cause damage to our skin. There are more than you would think. Did you realize anti-bacterial soaps can lower our immune system? It has been proven to be true. Parabens, the source of a lot of controversy, have actually been shown to advance aging in the skin and yet they are used as preservatives in many anti-wrinkle preparations.

So what can you do to make sure that you keep your skin wrinkle-free, smooth and silky? First, the obvious, stop smoking and avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Smoking is bad for you on so many levels and it is very hard on your skin. It literally starves the skin of blood supply and hydration which is why smokers have more than twice as many wrinkles around their mouths as women who did not smoke. Next, wear a hat, slather on sunscreen, stay inside. Whatever it takes to get out of the sun, for your skin’s sake do it!

The next ones are easy:

  • focus on good nutrition with plenty of fruits and vitamins
  • drink plenty of liquids especially water
  • get plenty of sleep and try to avoid stress wherever possible

Finally, watch your personal care products from soaps to makeup to face creams and make sure there are no parabens listed on the label. If you see parabens, purchase a different brand. Parabens have been linked with possible breast cancer and are known hormone disruptors. That’s bad enough but they have also been shown to promote aging. There is no need to put anything on your skin that promotes aging. Aging happens anyway, so let’s avoid it! Ready to buy paraben-free skin care? Here’s your link to the best you can get!