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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 20

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 20

Day 20 – Wired and Tired  Yesterday we challenged you to concentrate on getting better sleep to help build healthy skin. What’s the last thing you do before shutting your eyes to go to sleep? For many of us it involves our cell phones. During the past 10 years or so a whole new category of sleep disorders have been created due to cell phone and computer use, particularly before bedtime. The light and EMF from our electronic devices is affecting our brains and hormone regulation in a very negative way. When you use your computer or cell phone, your brain...

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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 19

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 19

Day 19 – They call it beauty rest for a reason, the role of sleep in skin health We’ve all heard the expression “beauty sleep”, but is there anything behind this expression? Does getting adequate rest really help us look better? The answer is yes, and it goes beyond more than just the obvious dark circles that show up under our eyes when we don’t get enough sleep. Cell turnover and regeneration occur during our sleep. This includes all cells, so the cells that support our skin renew too. So when we skimp on sleep we do not allow for our...

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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 18

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 18

Day 18 – Detoxifying Fiber Toxins are everywhere and although there is much we can do to reduce our toxic exposures we can’t avoid all harmful chemicals.  There are some simple dietary changes we can make to help excrete harmful substances, primarily eating plenty of fiber in our diets.  Dietary fiber keeps food and waste moving through our system quickly. It also feeds those healthy bacteria we focused on earlier in the challenge. Eating fiber rich foods helps the body to eliminate on a regular basis, taking the bad stuff out with the waste.  Fiber comes in two main categories; soluble...

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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 17

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 17

Day 17 – Toxins, toxins everywhere… achieving healthy skin in a toxic environment Did you know that your skin is a super absorber? As we discussed earlier, your skin is a major component of your immune system and acts as your first line of defense against environmental toxins. Medicines and vitamins can be applied to the skin and absorbed very effectively. Unfortunately, your skin can also absorb harmful, toxic chemicals as well. Harmful toxins can be taken into the body both through the foods we eat, which can be contaminated with pesticides, and also through the things we apply to our skin....

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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 16

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 16

Day 16 – Breathing away your worries  Who takes the time to think about breathing? Typically, I don’t unless I’m in yoga class and am reminded to stop and pay attention to my breath.  The instructor asks us where our breath is coming from and challenges us to breathe more deeply into our bellies. We also alternate holding our nostrils to regulate breath. These simple techniques call attention to our breathing and help us to breath in a more productive and calming manner. The study of breath has lead to some pretty incredible and effective techniques for managing stress. The American...

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