The 7-Point Checklist for National Healthy Skin Month
The eyes are the window to one's soul, but here in Cottonique, we view the skin as a window into a person's general well-being.
As the largest organ in our body, the skin presents itself in many ways to reveal signs of distress. When we have trouble with our health, the skin shows discomfort through breakouts, dry skin, redness, oily skin, or flaky patches.
In celebration of the National Healthy Skin Month this November, Cottonique listed down a 7-point checklist to help you nurture and improve the health and appearance of your skin naturally. After all, preventing skin problems and allergies from happening is better than trying to fix them in the future.
□ MANAGE YOUR STRESS
From acne breakouts to skin conditions, stress is the most sneaky factor when it comes to triggering wide-ranging skin issues. While it is impossible to avoid stress with our lifestyle nowadays, there are a lot of ways to shift yourself into a healthier pattern and reduce stress.
Meditate, exercise and schedule a yoga routine at home, and take a time off are some of the great ways to chill out and decrease stress. Remember, a healthy mind is the key to healthy skin.
□ EXAMINE YOUR SKIN REGULARLY
You can’t possibly be caring for your skin without paying attention to them regularly. Check yourself carefully for unusual spots, red patches, itching, or rashes. More often than not, the odd appearance of your skin indicates skin conditions, so make it a habit to examine them.
□ AVOID PRODUCTS WITH HARSH CHEMICALS
Beauty products can make you look great and bring the best out of your skin, but can you truly trust them if they contain harmful ingredients?
When looking for beauty products, always check the label to avoid using items with chemicals that can irritate your skin, cause rashes, or trigger allergies. These harmful chemicals in various skincare and cosmetic products include, but not limited to, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, fragrance, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol, etc.
□ MOISTURIZE AND USE SUNSCREEN
If you are prone to eczema flare-ups and other skin sensitivities, it is probably a good idea to use moisturizer. Dry skin can cause a lot of problems, including oiliness, cracking, peeling, and early aging, so every time you wash your face, apply moisturizer to prevent those from happening.
Meanwhile, even on cloudy days, up to 80% of harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin. The sun's ability to harm the skin isn't seasonal either, so don't let the cold temperatures tell you to put the sunscreen away.
□ DRINK YOUR WATER
Aside from using moisturizers, drinking eight glasses of water daily is also the best way to naturally moisturize your skin. Drinking adequate water, sometimes complemented with lemon slices, not only helps the body to be hydrated but also helps prevent the skin from turning dry and flaky.
□ STOP SMOKING
Excessive cigarette smoking has its tell-tale signs shown in the skin. According to WebMD, smoking chronically deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients. The Dermatology Center of Acadiana also explained that smoking constricts blood flow to the skin, which interferes with the skin’s ability to heal, and is a contributing factor to wrinkles.
The side effects of too much smoking include pale appearance, uneven and poor skin tone, sagging skin and breast, and lines around the lips, among others.
□ WEAR 100% ORGANIC COTTON CLOTHES
When choosing clothes to be comfortable, cotton feels best worn next to the skin. As a natural product, wearing cotton clothes has its advantages for they control moisture, insulate well, provide comfort, durable, weatherproof, and totally hypoallergenic.
If you have skin allergies, chemical sensitivity, or even if you don't, wearing 100% organic cotton would surely give a memorable experience. Visit our website to find our Nothing-But-Cotton collection, which showcases the right garments perfect for loving your skin.
Although the ones we listed above are only simple tips, there are still a lot of ways available to nurture and bring your skin to a new level of health and beauty, such as going to a spa or having your skin regularly checked by a dermatologist.
But for us, in Cottonique, we believe that the simplest actions, in the most natural way, give the greatest benefits. Take good care of your skin, so it can help take care of you.
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Thus, readers are encouraged to verify any information obtained from this website with other accurate references and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with their physician. As Cottonique strives to help those with allergies live with better days, the hypoallergenic apparel brand encourages everyone to always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
- Nathan Mariano