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Skin tips from a professional

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 I am so passionate about skincare. There is so much misinformation out there. Because of all the misinformation that I have seen out there, I would like to let you in on some skincare tips from a skincare professional. 


Here they are:

1. Don't always trust labels. 

I had a client tell me that they use Johnson's and Johnson's because their parents did and, therefore they should. I highly disagree with this for many reasons but the main reason is that skincare is a science and research evolves so that we can understand skincare better. Another reason is that as years progress, big companies often change recipes of their products; however, they don't have to report the changes in their products- only in The US. Use products that suit your skin, not because you were grandfathered into them. 


2. If your make-up is giving you a rash, discontinue using it

I have overheard a lot of women say that they are so used to having rashes from their skincare. With the development of make-up, there is no need to use foundation that is not suited for your skin. Rashes are a sign that your skin is irritated, listen to it. Speak to a make-up professional to find the right foundation for you. 


3. Ease up on the exfoliation. 

Some of you may have heard me say this but I am adamant about it. Our skin has a natural rejuvenation process that occurs over 28 days, so there is no need to exfoliate more than once every two weeks. When you do exfoliate more than this, you are irritating the second layer of skin that is revealed during the exfoliation process. As a result, breakouts and rashes can occur because the second layer of skin has not had time to be ready for exposure. Give your second layer of skin time to adapt to its surroundings. 

3 reasons why you need to choose organic.

As most of you may know, I am a certified health coach. The health-coach training that I went through was very informative and rigorous. 

However, a lot of what we learnt was depressing. What we learnt about what the commercial agriculture industry is doing was so upsetting that I would prefer not to share it with you.

What I would like to share with you, however, are reasons why you should eat organic. Organic means that the product has come into contact with little-to-no hazardous chemicals interaction. I highly recommend eating organic fruits and vegetables. And, this is why: 


1. Pesticides have been linked to diseases like cancer. 


In 2015, CNN reported that there were links between pesticides and cancer, particularly in children. Over the past thirty years, several studies have shown that there could be a link between the two. Pesticides contaminate soil and therefore, it is necessary to eat all organic fruits and vegetables. Although the FDA released a list in 2012 of a few foods to eat that are organic, I am here to tell you otherwise. Pesticide contamination affects the soil and therefore can contaminate all fruits and vegetables grown in the same soil. 


2. Pesticides can cause allergies.


Pesticides are a chemical and some chemicals can have negative health affects. In the early 1990s, there were a few studies that revealed some food allergies- particularly to berries. Healthy Homes Collaborative found that there was a link between children with asthma and the use of pesticides in fruit. Other sources say that pesticides found in fruit can lower the immune system and  make people susceptible to diseases that they wouldn't normally have- particularly respiratory diseases. 


3. Pesticides ruin the environment. 


The effects of pesticides on soil are very damaging as these chemicals can strip the soil of its nutrients. Soil takes approximately 7 years to replenish its nutrient value. That's why farmers who have decided to move towards organic from farms that previously were not end up having to wait a few years to start to farm again. The Sustainable table reported almost 80% of farms use pesticides. Imagine the damage on the environment? We can change this by putting our money where our conscious is and buying organic.

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