5 Most Damaging Things You Need To Stop Doing To Your Skin

(If you want your skin to balance and glow.)
 

1.   Cleansing your face with detergent.

Look at your cleanser. It should be made with saponified oils or just oils.

If you see Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or any ingredient that sounds similar to that, then you are using a synthetic grease stripping detergent on your face, which is far too harsh for your delicate facial skin and causes your skin to become unbalanced.

In fact, often times what happens when people use a detergent-based cleanser (which is almost every cleanser on the market), the detergent removes everything from your skin, your good oils your skin produces to protect itself from the environment.

So for a little while in the morning after cleansing your face, your skin will feel tight and even "squeeky" clean but at great cost to its overall health.

Then by about 3 PM, your skin will start to over-produce oil to compensate for the damage done by the synthetic cleanser, and typically become oily by the end of the day. Unless of course your skin is not predisposed to making lots of oil in which case your skin will become dry. Different skin types have various and undesirable defensive reactions to different varieties of synthetic cleansers.

So if you're using a synthetic cleanser on your face know its possible (and very easy) to balance your oily or combination skin, but you have to change the cleanser you use. For some people it happens right away and for others it happens over the course of a couple months. Stop washing your face with detergent for balanced, healthy skin.

  2. Treating your face with alcohol.

Alcohol is used as a preservative, an ingredient in fragrance, and as an astringent in many toners, cleansers, acne serums, masks, and moisturizers. If you’re using commercial skincare products there’s a good chance you’re exposing it to quite a bit of alcohol. That’s a problem for your skin because alcohol can be extremely irritating and it dries out the skin causing long-term damage. And like using a synthetic cleanser, exposing your face to alcohol prompts your skin to protect itself which continues the cycle of imbalanced skin (described above).

Let’s pause for a moment and talk about “irritating ingredients”. Essentially skin toxins, like alcohol, irritate your skin and force it into a defensive mode to protect itself. An obvious issue is your skin will not be as effective in its natural self-healing of blemishes, or maintaining a healthy glowing radiance if it's continuously forced to protect itself from damage caused by alcohols and other synthetic toxins.

Eliminating irritating ingredients can be one of the best things you do for the radiance and overall beauty of your skin.

Try taking a break from all the products that include ingredients that end it either “-ol” or “-al” because the label may not say alcohol directly. Stop irritating your skin with alcohol and watch your skin heal itself.

3. Moisturizing with Mineral Oil and Glycerin

We put these two ingredients in the same category because they are both used to moisturize the skin but neither nourish the skin, and similar to alcohol, can prohibit the skin from healing itself. And really when skin heals it looks gorgeous.

Mineral Oil one of the most common ingredients in commercial skincare products. It's the white bread of skincare if you will, offers no nutritional value to your skin but holds space for other more sexy ingredients. Companies use it to "replenish dry skin" but the irony is that it is derived from petroleum and actually damages the outer layer of the epidermis causing the skin NOT to retain water. It's the industry standard.

And it gets even crazier if you consider that skin perceives Mineral Oil as harmful and as such will not allow it to penetrate, presenting a greasy oil slick on your skins surface. One of the functions of added alcohols in many skincare products is to cut the greasy feeling of the excess Mineral Oil that your skin will not allow to penetrate. A viscous cycle.


Glycerin is used by "natural" skincare companies that want a cheap base to add herbal extract into. While conventional folklore maintains that glycerin is a natural humectant and brings water into the skin the fact is glycerin attracts and hordes water into itself, robbing your skin of its natural moisture. So this sticky awful gooey substance attracts dust and dirt, which clog your pores and it dries out your skin.  

You might be wondering, if I don’t use Sodium Laurel Cleansers, Mineral Oil, Alcohols or Glycerin , what’s left? Well you would be better off just putting Grape Seed Oil directly on your skin to moisturize and cleanse. Yes the right oils are are wonderful cleansers and they leave your skin a lot nicer than a lot of what you can pull off the store shelves.

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4.   Abrasive Exfoliating

Oh wow do folks love to exfoliate. It’s not bad if done gently, in fact it can stimulate collagen production and if not overdone can make your skin glow-y and gorgeous. But if you are rubbing the skin cells until they fall off (with a scrub) or using an acid to exfoliate then your skin is going to sense that it’s being attacked and try to protect itself. This can lead into a couple of different behaviors- all unfavorable. For example, harsh exfoliation can cause your skin to overproduce skin cells, thicken and require more exfoliation. The more one exfoliates the more one needs to exfoliate. Think of gardeners’ hands, or mechanics’ hands, anyone who works with their hands will be callused and hard. This is a perfect example of the skin protecting itself. Now your facial skin won’t callus from exfoliation, but it will react. it might become increasingly thin and hypersensitive. It might form those little white bumps that are so difficult to treat. Your skin may become overly oily and develop more frequent breakouts. It might give you an oily T-Zone adn leave the rest of your face dry. It all depends on on your genes, but make no mistake, if you treat your skin harshly it will react and almost always in an undesirable way. (Like when you cleanse it with a detergent but more exaggerated because these exfoliates tend to be more aggressive.)

So if you want to exfoliate, use a gentle exfoliant that doesn’t scratch or peel your skin. We like using papaya enzymes to gently breaks down dead surface cells and make them easier to remove when you cleanse. If you have thin, oily, or thick skin and you want your skin to balance and look supple, stop using harsh exfoliants.

 

5.     Phenoxyethanol. No thanks.

Now that there is more awareness about the toxicity of parabens many naturally-inclined cosmetic companies are switching to Phenoxyethanol to keep their products from going bad. Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that irritates the heck out of your skin and damages your body to the extent that several years ago the FDA released a press release that stated:

"Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications. It also can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea."

So there’s that.

Phenoxyethanol is essentially a combination of Benzene and Eythlene Oxide, separately both are known carcinogens not to mention major skin irritants. In combination just as bad. If you put Phenoxyethanol directly onto your skin, it will burn you. Typically it is used in delusions at about .5% which is not only enough to precipitate a defensive response from your skin it is enough to get it permenantly banned from the European Union as a serious toxin. And like the other synthetic and toxic ingredients we've discussed, Phenoxyethnol will commonly preciptate a undesirable skin reaction. And if your skin happens to be sensitive you could find yourself with a mild to moderate break out in hives or acne. It really depends on the toxic load in your body along with your genetic disposition.

As a rule of thumb listen to your skin, if it stings or hurts that's your skin telling you not to do that. If you read something on a label that you don't understand or recognize, look it up and always look for the down side of ingredients. Even if an ingredient has many things that make it wonderful, it only takes one to mess up your skin or disrupt your internal systems.

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