Skin Care Awareness Month – Mission 4: Take a Holistic Approach

BY Dermstore Editors · September 18, 2015

We’re on to the fourth and final mission of our Skin Care Awareness Month skin-health challenge. We’ve gone back to the basics, kept our skin hydrated, taken our regimens to the next level, and now it’s time to take the final holistic approach.

Last week we gave 5 lucky winners the Elevated Regimen prize package, and we’re doing the same again this week for 5 more winners. Simply follow our daily steps and share your feedback and progress with us online, and you’ll have a chance at winning more than $177 worth of products. Sign up now for your chance to win, and be sure to scroll below to follow your weekly mission.

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Now that you’ve signed up for a chance to win a prize package full of products to help you take a holistic approach, we’ll guide you through the 5 steps you’ll need to work through this mission.

Step 1: Maintain a well-balanced diet. Now this is more than just counting calories and going low-sugar. According to JJ Virgin, celebrity nutrition and fitness expert, there are as many as 7 different—and simple—diet strategies that we can implement that will help us achieve a healthy, glowing complexion. Added bonus? They’re all-natural, so see which tweaks you can start with today.

Step 2: Ensure you get your “beauty sleep.” While it’s important to sleep enough, it’s also vital to sleep well. “The skin enters into repair mode during the third and fourth stages of your sleep cycle, commonly referred to as ‘deep sleep,’” says Dr. Glenn Yarbrough, a Scottsdale-based dermatologist and member of the American Academy of Dermatologists. Dr. Yarbrough goes on to say, “During these stages, ‘beauty sleep’ occurs as certain body tissues begin to repair and the body’s hydration rebalances. Light sleep or sleep that is interrupted won’t have the same benefits as deep, continuous slumber.”

Step 3: Know your clear-skin saboteurs. You use an oil-free moisturizer and avoid fried food and sugar in the name of clear skin—and that helps. But it turns out that there are quite a few other things contributing to clogged pores and those occasional breakouts that you might be ignoring. We’ve identified 10 things that could be aggravating your delicate skin, and we’re sharing them with you here.

Step 4: Stress and your skin: Know the connection. Psychological stress and skin have a complex relationship, says Dr. Rebecca Kleinerman of Schweiger Dermatology Group. “Both the nervous system and the skin are derived from the same embryonic tissue, the ectoderm. Touch elicits neurohormonal chemicals that can affect well-being and the psyche”, Dr. Kleinerman explained. “Conversely, psychological stress can be detrimental to inflammatory skin disease (e.g., making psoriasis or eczema worse), inducing hives. Inflammation, in turn, can contribute to skin aging.” Dr. Kleinerman also noted that the link between these two entities is only being studied now in early form.

Step 5: Try a glowing-skin smoothie. When it comes to skin health, the food we eat can be more important than the creams we rub on our faces. Not only is food literally the fuel that allows our bodies to perform, it’s also the building blocks that help regenerate our skin, nails, hair and every cell in our bodies. Clinical nutritionist, personal trainer and self-defense expert Jennifer Cassetta, has created a delicious, glowing-skin smoothie recipe for us that’s an absolute must try!


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