5 Skincare Tips You May Not Have Heard Before

With all of the skin and beauty tips floating around, you may feel like you've heard them all. However, here are 5 tips, you may not have heard before, or may have overlooked in your own skincare journey: 

1.   . Never Use Pressure while exfoliating

This is a common mistake most folks make when using a scrub, brush, or loofah. Whatever product you are exfoliating with is made with particles specifically to catch dead skin cells, lift them up, and remove them from being attached to your new living cells underneath. That being said, your product does not need your help in doing this, besides to guide it gently along your skin. You should NEVER press down on the skin or put any pressure on your skin while exfoliating. It can cause pore tearing, ripping, and other damage to your skin. Be gentle, and if need be, exfoliate longer, not harder!

2.    Don’t Ignore Your Décolletage

Did you know that when you go to get a professional facial in the spa, your esthetician won’t just be treating your face? She’ll be paying special attention, and showing a lot of love to both your neck and the upper region of your chest and shoulder area. That’s right, this lower neck/chest region is called the décolletage, and it is a part of your facial care. Why? Well, as the name may entail, the décolletage is made up of the same delicate skin cells that your face is made up of. It’s supposed to be treated like the sensitive skin it is, and pampered along with your face. Do yourself a favor and make sure you show it some love too, daily!

3.    Cleansers that bubble can throw off skin’s pH

A quick throwback to chemistry class: pH is a scale that measures acidity and alkalinity. Zero is the most acidic and 14 is the most alkaline, while 7 (which is where water falls) is neutral. Skin's natural pH hovers around 4.5- 5, which is slightly acidic. This acidic environment supports the growth of the skin's natural bacteria and fungus, which is necessary for proper skin health. Harsh soaps tend to be alkaline, and it's not as though you can scrub it away allowing your skin snap back to its original pH.

Now that we’re done with the science lesson, a cleanser that’s too alkaline can cause the skin to be thrown off its natural balance, triggering acne, dry skin, oily skin, or other issues as your poor skin tries to make it back to a safe place in “acidity city”. Most of the harshest cleanser are those that contain sulfates (and sulfates we know are used to make fun but very unnecessary bubbles in our soaps and cleanser). Stick with a gentle cleanser, or even better, a cleanser made to match skin’s natural pH (try our Flawless Facial Black Honey Wash)

4.    Pomegranate helps protect skin from UV Rays

Taking a (100%) pomegranate-extract supplement (up to 60 mg; at most health-food stores) can enhance skin's sun-protective properties by 25 percent. Rich in antioxidants that neutralize free radicals, pomegranates have been part of a healing tradition that dates back to ancient Egypt. Also, any fruit that is high in vitamin C (pretty much any citrus fruit) will help boost UVB reaction, especially if paired with vitamin E!

5.    Licking Your Lips make them even drier!

You probably remember your momma yelling at you to “Lick your lips!” while rushing to church or the doctor’s office. The shame of having dry, white (ashy) lips was quickly fixed by a simple lick...or so you thought! The truth is, saliva has very little moisturizing properties. And although is feels wet and hydrating to lips at first Saliva contains digestive enzymes -- including amylase and maltase -- that wear the lips, leaving an even dryer look to them. Take the time to treat dry lips with a balm that will seal in hydration (try our Shea Butter Lip Balm (Various Flavors)) and allow you to keep your tongue in your mouth! 

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