Its the time of year that I struggle to keep my lips smooth – dry lips are a mainstay and I find myself depositing lip balms (all Hurraw! at the moment) in various pockets and bags to make sure I always have one on hand. The fact I ride my bike most places doesn’t help as the wind really dries lips out.
So why do our lips become dry and get chapped? Unlike most of the skin our face (around the eyes are the other exception) our lips don’t produce sebum and therefore don’t have the same level of protection from the elements. In addition they don’t contain the same level of melanin (skin pigment) as the rest of our skin so they tend to burn instead of tan when exposed to the sun. Here is where lip balm comes in. It is important however, to read the ingredients on your lip balm as many contain ingredients that you just don’t want to be eating.
The ingredients you do want in your lip balm are these:
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics competition came down to just a few votes, but the Kiss Lead Goodbye! contest winner is Iona Pelovska from Toronto! Iona’s video got her message across loud and clear and went beyond demanding that L’Oreal get the lead out of lipstick; it called out the entire broken cosmetics regulation system.
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I came across this excellent pictorial from Inspired Souls on Facebook. Research informs us that the average woman applies over 515 chemicals to her body each day and we are seeing more and more evidence that at least some of these are not just toxic but cancer causing. Apart from reducing cancer potential, avoiding toxic chemicals in skin care and thereby reducing overall toxic load just makes good sense.
I think the visual brings home the the idea of just how many toxic chemicals we may be applying each day. View the most worrying chemicals used everyday below:
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During this cooler, drier winter weather it can be a battle to maintain skin moisture, particularly if hot showers are a daily event. If you suffer from Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis or Keratosis Pilaris (bumps that commonly occur on the back of arms) you will most likely find that your skin worsens and creams don’t hold moisture as effectively.
One way to overcome this is to use a richer cream in winter than you do for the rest of the year, one that contains Shea or Coconut butter as a base. While oils are great they don’t have the same moisture holding capacity as butters or waxes. So find a cream that contains both waxes or butters and oils and this should go some way to support the skin’s moisture holding capacity. My recommendations for richer skin creams include:
Dry Body Brushing will also significantly help improve skin health whether or not you have a pre-existing skin condition. Personally I have found my skin smoother and more hydrated than ever before due to regular skin brushing (3 times a week minimum) this dry season.
Jodie from Bodecare tells us below how dry brushing improves skin:
The skin is one of the major organs of the body, responsible for ridding the toxins from our system on a daily basis, working alongside the bowel, kidneys and lungs. If any of these elimination systems are not working properly, they will put an extra burden on the other organs. Dry Body Brushing assists the skin with it’s many functions like:
Key things to remember if you do suffer from a dry skin condition:
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Good digestive health is essential for good skin. The role of the digestive system is to provide us with nutrition from food and to clear waste products from this process. If the digestive system is overworked or underactive, waste products have to be eliminated via another bodily system. The skin is one of our backup waste elimination systems and if the digestive system is not working well enough, our skin can suffer. The connection between a healthy gut and healthy skin is evident in one particular clinical trial in which 50% of patients with severe acne had increased blood levels of toxins that had not been eliminated but rather reabsorbed from the intestines. This highlights the role of poor digestive function as a potential underlying cause of acne.
To really get to the underlying cause of your acne, we need to establish whether your digestive system is operating well or not. The digestive system quite complex and incorporates a number of different organs all of which can be performing sub-optimally (this doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with the organ itself, just that it may not be functioning as well as it could). It is therefore important to evaluate the whole digestive system, not just assume your acne is due to low hydrochloric acid levels or poor detoxification, which are commonly cited causes.
This is where the final stage of digestion occurs. Waste products from the food we eat is collected and processed into faeces (waste). The large intestine also helps to maintain the body’s fluid balance, absorbs vitamins such as B12 and processes undigested fibre.
Issues such as the slow transit time of waste materials can cause toxins and hormones that the body is trying to eliminate to be re-absorbed into the blood stream. A balance of healthy bacteria in the large intestine is also essential. Imbalance in healthy to unhealthy bacteria can lead to issues such as Candida, yeast infections and microbial overgrowth.
To evaluate your digestive health answer the following questions. Based on your answers, you can rate the health of your large intestine and get an indication of your digestive health.
There are many ways you can support good elimination:
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