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How to deal when your skin is freaking out

We've all been through it - the thrill of consistent healthy looking skin to the surprise of some unwanted imperfections. Our immediate instinct is to freak out and try anything possible to get our glowing skin back ASAP. The Google searches begin:

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Although all of our skin is different, we have one thing in common and that is the goal of healthy, hydrated and nourished skin. The quick remedies of toothpaste on a zit or coconut oil on dry skin may only lead to more damage or other issues we never had to begin with.

In order to combat the tantrums our skin throws at us, we must first understand the root of the problem. One major sign that your skin is a little "off" is when your regular skincare routine is no longer doing the job you want it to do. In other words, you're no longer seeing improvements.

Your skin works hard to regenerate, but it can also be very delicate. There are several potential offenders to the regular balance of your skin. Understanding where the issue stems from can help you identify the best ways to take care of it. Here are some of the top causes:

Diet

What's done in the dark will always come to light. In other words, whatever we consume will always show through our skin. A healthy diet supports healthy skin. Refined grains, sugars and dairy have been linked to acne. Fast food can also contribute to oily skin, acne and blemishes. Instead, try to consume things like omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, green tea, and lots of vitamins - including zinc. These each play a part in either reducing inflammation, preventing acne, and promoting a healthy gut.

Hormones

Your hormones dictate a ton of bodily functions and your skin is no exception. Things like your menstrual cycle, menopause, pregnancy and other underlying health conditions can take a toll on your skin. The androgen both males and females produce during puberty can also cause oily skin, leading to breakouts.

Lack of sleep

I was today years old when I found out "beauty sleep" wasn't just a facetious expression! Sleep deprivation can actually affect wound healing, skin hydration, collagen growth and skin texture. It can also cause those common problems that snitch on us when we haven't had our full 8 hours - pale skin, more wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes and even more swollen eyes.

Pollution

Rush hour isn't the only inconvenience of living in the city - the toxic pollution is right up there with it. Nanoparticles from things like carbon monoxide, car emissions and other general pollutants can accumulate on your skin. When this happens, toxins begin to block your pores and reduce oxygenation. What happens when living organisms lose oxygen? They begin to suffocate. Yes, even your skin. This can lead to things like inflammation, accelerated aging, and the wearing down of your skin's protective barrier. Once that gets to a vulnerable state, you may see an increase in dilated pores, dull complexion, and hyperpigmentation.

Excessive exfoliation

The immediate, short-term results of exfoliation can lead us to believe that it scrubs away our imperfections and makes our skin super smooth. FALSE! Over-exfoliating is extremely damaging and can cause redness, peeling, flaking and inflammation.

Figuring out the root cause of your skin's tantrums can be so overwhelming - especially knowing there are so many potential culprits. Always speak to your dermatologist to try and narrow down what the issue could be.

As for healthy, simple lifestyle habits, an easy place to start is by making sure you get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every night. This will give your skin enough time to regenerate during the time it works hardest. Drinking plenty of water will also help flush out toxins, allowing your skin to glow.

When it comes to your skincare, less is more. Always be gentle and mindful of your skin. Use mild products to double cleanse and ensure you've cleaned all pollutants. We recommend pairing our Gentle Cleansing Oil with your favorite gentle cleanser. Our cleansing oil will also remove makeup without tugging at the skin. This will avoid stripping natural oils from your skin and causing dryness and irritation. Not tugging at the skin will also avoid fine lines and wrinkles.

Combat redness and irritation with our Purifying Toner or Refreshing Facial Mist. Each has wonderful soothing ingredients like cucumber extract, rose water and aloe vera. Use these after exfoliating to reduce potential irritation. You can also use these mornings and evenings in your daily routine.

Regardless of your skin type, you should always lock in moisture. Try one of our serums, each targeted to a different skin type. Our Balancing Serum will balance your skin's oil production while reducing redness and inflammation. Our Rejuvenating Serum is for all skin types and will leave your skin smooth with a natural glow from within. Finally, our Hydrating Serum will reduce dryness and lock in moisture.

Ultimately, always wear SPF! This will protect your skin from damage and discomfort.