8 Things You May Not Know About Your Skin

Our skin reflects our overall health and while eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and drinking plenty of water are the best things for your skin there is still a lot we don’t know about our body’s largest organ! Here are eight things you might know about your skin:

Is twenty the new forty?

You might think you’re still too young for a skincare regime focused on pre-rejuvenation but did you know that a 20-year-old loses collagen at the same rate as a 40-year-old? Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It is in our muscles, bones, blood vessels, digestive system, tendons, and skin. You can think of it as the glue that holds your body together. As we age, our body produces less and less collagen. Hence, the wrinkles, sagging skin, and joint pain. But it isn’t just age that slows our collagen production. Things like eating an excessive amount of sugar, smoking, and long-term sun exposure also deplete our collagen. Replenishing your collagen levels through your diet and skincare routine firms your skin, increase smoothness, and help your skin cells keep renewing and repairing normally.

Did You Know Your Face is Shrinking?

Literally. As we age, we lose bone mass all over our bodies which includes our faces. Medical studies show that your face really does shrink as you age and is yet another cause of sagging skin and wrinkles. But before you start panicking, you can support your facial structure by taking calcium supplements.

What’s the Number #1 Cause of Acne?

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Are you ever surprised by how much residue comes off of your makeup brushes when you finally get around to washing them? Well, your hands are a lot dirtier and on average they touch your face between 2000 to 3000 times a day. Bacteria is the number one culprit behind skin breakouts and, despite popular belief, most of the germs that reach your face are not air-borne. Numerous studies have proven that your cellphone contains more bacteria than a toilet seat. After one week, pillowcases and sheets contain between three million and five million germs per square inch. All of that inevitably gets transferred onto our faces. So before you wash your face, make sure you wash your hands and regularly swap out your pillowcases!

Are You Opening Your Pores before Washing Your Face?

Because you should be. Closed pores are great for guarding against bacteria throughout the day but they don’t do much for absorbing your skincare products. If you really want to reap the benefits of your beloved serums or moisturizer then you need to open your pores. It doesn’t take very long either — all you have to do is soak a washcloth or hand towel with warm water and rest it on your face for a couple of minutes. You can also use the hot steam from your shower or bath!

Old Wives Tale or Tried-and-True Remedy?

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Believe it or not, your kitchen is the holy grail of natural skincare. From Greek yogurt and oatmeal to olive oil and the infamous cucumber slices, there are a plethora of products at your fingertips. You might think these are old wives tales but putting cucumbers on your eyes is medically proven to work. Don’t believe us? Look up the ingredients in your favourite eye products. There’s a good chance it contains extracts that are chemically related to cucumbers.

Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Moisturizer?

The answer is no! You might actually be under-moisturizing so go ahead and slather on some more. For optimal results, apply your lotion while your skin is still damp to lock in even more hydration. Oh, and remember to drink plenty of water! Hydrating from the inside out is the first step to maintaining healthy, radiant skin.

Are Vitamins Part of Your Skin Routine?

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Because they are one of the most important parts. Like we said earlier, your skin reflects your body’s overall wellbeing but so does your hair and nails. If your skin is starting to look dull or your hair hasn’t been growing or your nails are thinning and breaking off, you might be lacking vitamins. Investing in high-quality vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3 oils will not only nourish your skin but the rest of your body will thank you too! Click here for a quick guide to skincare vitamins and what they actually do for you.

When Was Your Last Face Massage?

Massages are beneficial for more than just relieving tension or soothing a sore back. After all, your face has muscles too! It’s time to start paying attention to them. A facial massage helps stimulate cells in your skin which releases collagen and restores elasticity. That means more hydration and defined bone structure, but that’s not all. The Löschn Method guides away excess fluid, boosts your body’s natural lymphatic drainage, relieves jaw tension and headaches, and reduces scar tissue and acne. Visit your Löschn therapist at Löschn Facial Bar in Calgary to learn more.

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Daryn Tessier