What Causes Sensitive Skin
Skin Care / August 27, 2015

There are many possible reasons why people suffer from sensitive skin. Some causes can be avoided, and others will have to be adapted to. Psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and rosacea are more likely to occur if there is a family history of these conditions. Hormonal imbalances may also lead to sensitive skin.  We often see changes in skin conditions during pregnancy, menopause and when our bodies are mentally or physically stressed out. Our skin also reacts to the weather.  An abundance of dry, hot air indoors or out can cause oil glands to overreact, and humid conditions can make moisture retention difficult. What we put on our skin has a lot to do with its condition.  Body washes, creams, and cosmetics all contain ingredients that can either improve skin or make matters worse.  Artificial colors, fragrances, and chemicals should be avoided in skincare as well as in household cleaners and detergents. Diet also plays a role in the health of our skin.  Lack of essential nutrients, vitamins, and hydration will dry out the skin and increase sensitivity. Managing Sensitive Skin Managing sensitive skin requires some extra care and attention.  Starting with a balanced diet, healthy oils, vegetables, nutrients, and vitamins will…

How to Optimize Sun Protection Through Seasonal Eating
Skin Care / August 24, 2015

How to Optimize Sun Protection Through Seasonal Eating As summer approaches, I’ll be focusing my diet on helping my body cope with this season’s biggest environmental challenge: sun exposure. Ultraviolet radiation causes free radical damage, a series of cellular changes associated with premature aging and serious diseases, including cancer. By eating foods that are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, we can help prevent these damaging changes from occurring. While this dietary strategy isn’t meant to replace external sun protection like hats and a natural mineral sun block, it should be added to your summertime health practices to ensure a complete approach to sun safety.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Protect Your Skin this May
Skin Care / August 21, 2015

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to brush up on your skin cancer prevention methods just before summer. While sun protection should be something we practice all year long, we like to get a refresher every once in a while. Since we’ll be spending more time in the sun over the next several months, now is a great time to prepare. The Skin Cancer Foundation has a full list of ways that you can keep your skin protected but we’ re looking at the top three most important things to keep in mind when enjoying the spring and summer sun.