Skincare Routine; hidden bacteria and dirt

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Let’s take a look at your skincare routine and all the hidden enemies that can keep your skin from looking its best. I’m talking about dirt, debris, bacteria, and toxins.

Change your sheets often

We’ll start with your pillowcase.  Think about it; you spend 6-10 hours a day with this material pressed against your skin.  Because of this, your pillowcase ends up with a buildup of dirt, oil, sweat, dead skin. Not to mention the usual dust mites.  All these bacteria and allergens can wreak havoc on your skin. Did you know that dust mites can also contribute to skin conditions like eczema, and dermatitis? *A mite has no stomach just a chambered gut that produces powerful digestive enzymes designed to break down the wide range of food that the mite eats. Both leftover hard-to-digest food, and the powerful enzymes can be found in mite droppings. One of these enzymes is a major cause of allergy because it can melt the glue that binds delicate cells together, killing the cells and creating a breach in the cell defenses. The delicate cells at risk include those in the nose, lungs, or on vulnerable skin prone to eczema. (*http://housedustmite.com/eczema-and-the-house-dust-mite) To make sure you get the most out of your nightly skincare regimen, I recommend changing your pillowcase every 2 to 3 days.

Always wash your face before bed

By the end of the day, your face has secreted oils and collected bacteria and environmental toxins. Following a skincare routine and washing before bed is especially important if you wear makeup and sunscreen. With all that extra yuck on your face, your skin will be more likely to develop acne and clogged pores. Giving your face a good cleanse before bed will wash away any dirt, oil, and bacteria.  In addition to washing away the daily yuck, your moisturizers and serums are more effective on clean skin. Nighttime is the perfect time to add facial treatments to your routine. So once you have a clean face, add treatments, usually ,serums, that will target your significant concerns such as acne, wrinkles, or dark spots.

Flush out the inner toxins.

Don’t forget to drink enough water throughout the day. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water every day to help your body flush out toxins. Many people report it improved skin when they increase their water intake. You’ll also notice your skin is fuller and more plumped when your body is nice and hydrated. Keeping hydrated will help improve the elasticity of your skin. Better elasticity can help postpone premature aging, sagging skin, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.