“Good Feels Good.” Uh, yes?!
Those 3 words, the tagline of Starbuck’s new summer campaign, have leased space in my head for longer than I want to admit.
Feeling “good” is so important, right? For me, feeling good about my skin was the impetus to feeling really, really good about so many other things in life. For years I struggled with horrible acne, dryness, premature aging and a myriad of other skin conditions. You can learn more about my skin care journey here.
Despite doing all the “right things” my skin still suffered from intermittent breakouts and irritation. A few small adjustments to my daily life have kept my skin consistently happy and healthy. Here are 4 sneaky things that caused my skin to prematurely age and breakout and could be doing the same to you.
1. Those Sheets!
I love sleep like I love my parents. A lot. So, you can imagine that I was shocked to learn that my bed sheets, especially pillow cases, could be causing my skin to breakout and flare up with dryness and irritation on my cheeks.
For all the belly sleepers, here’s how your pillowcase could wreaking havoc on your skin.
Conventional laundry detergent is made with harsh (and often toxic) chemicals and fragrance. Those chemicals that work wonders to clean our clothes can cause redness, irritation, dryness (hello, premature aging) and even breakouts.That doesn't look or feel good.
What else is secretly hiding in your pillowcase? Dirt, oil and hair care products. If you have acne-prone skin, change your pillowcase at least twice weekly. Marinating your face while you sleep in a week’s worth of hair care products, dirt and grease that has built up on your hair is a surefire way to breakout.
A simple switch to a “greener,” cleaner laundry detergent and changing your pillowcase twice weekly will help keep your skin looking healthy and complement, not compromise, your current skin care routine.
2. Pick Your Poison
Many people are surprised to find out that, as owner of an all-natural skin care company, Orenda Skin Care, I do have an affinity for some “normal” personal care products that do contain some “toxic” ingredients.
Like with anything good in life, you gotta be selective. My skin has been consistently happier and healthier since I’ve avoiding these ingredients:
- Mineral Oil
Most conventional skin care products contain cheap, chemical ingredients that can be harmful to our health, environment even cause breakouts, dryness and irritation. These things can cause your skin to prematurely age and breakout.
If you aren’t mostly using all natural skin care products then try to be selective on which traditional products you use. Pick your poison wisely.
3. Don’t Be Handsy.
Want to see a karate-like reflex? Try to touch my face.
My mindless face-touching was incessant as my acne. I would then over treat my angry acne with a bunch of toxic skin care products that dried out my skin and caused me to look 10 years older than I was.
If you want to stop the cycle of breakouts and over treating, then start by stopping the face touching. Here’s why:
Those hands of yours pick up bacteria from every surface you touch from your car keys to your keyboard to your cell phone to elevator buttons to menus and salt n’ pepper shakers at a restaurant. All that lovely bacteria from everyone else’s grimy hands floods your face once you start touching it.
Hands off, and you'll see less breakouts. I promise.
4. Get that Flow Back
Stress interrupts the flow of energy within our bodies. When that flow is disrupted our bodies speak to us. Stress wreaks havoc on our skin, so reducing stressors in healthy ways should be a part of everyone’s skin care routine.
Here are my go-to ways to reduce stress and get back into flow:
- Get Outside: Whether I run, walk or just sit in silence getting out of my head and into nature always feels good.
- Escape the Noise: Escaping the noise of my stress or my environment with a quick meditation or prayer always makes me feel better.
- Intermittent Fasting: In short, my body (and skin) respond better to less food. Odd, since eating (overeating!) used to be a source of comfort and respite during tough times.
Our skin will manifest whatever is taking place on the inside. Exercise. Retreat. Fast. Do whatever feels good to get back in the flow. Your mind, body, spirit and skin will thank you for it.
Good Feels Good
At the end of the day, we all want to feel good. Feeling good about our skin is achievable for everyone with the right products and a few lifestyle adjustments.
Sharing is caring. I want to hear from you. What “sneaky” things have caused you to breakout or prematurely age? And, what are your go-to remedies?
Until next time.