Dairy Could Be Sabotaging Your Skin

In our last post, we talked about some foods you may have eliminated from your diet that your skin really needs. Now we want to talk about one food group that could be the cause of your acne, inflammation, and other skin problems.

Most of us enjoy dairy in one form or another- milk in our cereal, a cheese snack before dinner, a scoop of ice cream on a summer outing. However, if your skin is struggling no matter what products you invest in, you should consider ditching the dairy.

Dairy is not inherently bad, but dairy cows naturally have hormones like progesterone and insulin growth factor. They are then given hormones so that they continuously lactate and produce milk, which then results in increased hormone levels in the dairy products they produce. These hormones hide in our fancy cheese plates and glasses of milk, and make their way into your body. Your skin reacts to these hormones with breakouts, inflammation, and increased signs of aging.

If you think dairy is affecting the state of your skin, try removing dairy from your diet for 12 full weeks. If you see your skin improve in this time period, we’ve found a culprit! From that point, consider making changes that make sense for your lifestyle. Switch to a non-dairy milk like soy or almond, limit cheese intake, save ice cream only for special treats. At the very least, buy organic dairy products wherever possible to limit the amount of hormones and antibiotics you ingest.

Dairy products tend to be delicious, and cutting them out forever seems like a huge task! Your goals should be to cut out all of the dairy products you can. If that doesn’t make sense for your lifestyle because you need milk in your morning coffee, or you don’t function well without buttered toast, experiment with alternatives like vegan butter or almond milk. Finally, if you can’t find a successful substitute, buy organic and limit your dairy to a small amount. Gorgeous, glowing skin feels better than any specialty goat cheese ever could.

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The Nutrient Your Skin is Probably Missing

We have spent so much time purging our diets of “bad” food that we may actually be depriving our body of the nutrients it needs to flourish. There are certainly foods that have no benefit, like sugary drinks or donuts, or deep-fried Twinkies. However, one food group that we have unfairly banished from our lives is fat. Fat has certainly earned its bad reputation as the artery-clogging, heart stopping food group that it is, but we should step back and examine which types of fat are actually at fault.

Fat, in moderation and from healthy sources, can actually be the secret to maintaining a healthy glow. So what are the right sources? Fish, avocado, olive oil, nuts, and plant-based sources are great places to find the right kind of fat. These contain high concentrations of essential fatty acids that you’ve probably heard of- omega-3 and omega-6. You can also take daily supplements if you are unable to intake enough of these fats though your diet.

Of course, fats like butter, fried foods, chicken skin, etc. are not in this category. They are bad for your skin and your overall health, and should be consumed sparingly if at all. Even good fats should be consumed in moderation— they are still calorie-dense and should make up about 35% of your diet, or slightly less.

When your diet lacks these fats, your skin becomes dry, dull, and can exhibit other unhealthy appearances. You may also notice dull, brittle hair and fingernails that break easily. There are tons of health benefits to be derived from omega fatty acids, beyond improving your appearance. They help your brain, your eyes, your joints, your immune system, and so much more. How can you add these healthy fats to your diet? Snack on almonds, top off your sandwich with avocado, cook with coconut oil, munch on walnuts and brazil nuts, scoop chia seeds into your morning yogurt, or nibble on sunflower seeds. There are so many delicious ways to up your healthy fat intake!

The good news is that you should go eat a salmon and avocado roll, or get the avocado toast at brunch with a drizzle of olive oil. All of these recommended foods are delicious and easy to eat, and now we know that they are also healthy and will make your skin glow!

Winter Skin

Dropping temperatures, whipping winds and cranked-up heaters can lead to dry, dull, irritated or cracking skin. We all know the struggles or keeping skin moisturized but not oily, and fearing those thick moisturizers because we can feel them clogging our pores even as they soothe our skin.

While a richer moisturizer might work great for you, there are other ways we can lock in moisture without risking clogged pores and breakouts. If you do choose to switch up your moisturizer in winter months, be sure to talk to your esthetician so they can help you choose the right one for your skin type!

The first rule of winter skincare is to use a light hand when applying products that may irritate your skin, like acne spot treatments. These work well because they dry out blemishes, but can also dry out your skin. The same goes for vigorous exfoliation treatments that you use regularly. Switch out the head on your cleansing brush to a gentle one and swap your heavy exfoliating scrub for a milder one. Also, avoid using traditional soaps, as these strip the skin of necessary oils, leading to increased moisture loss and dryness. Instead, use pH-balanced, gentle cleansers. You might want to switch to a cream-based cleanser if you are in a particularly cold climate.

Next, make sure that your moisturizer contains two important things: humectant ingredients to draw moisture into your skin, and occlusive ingredients that trap that moisture. Look for topical products that contain urea and glycerin, as these are the two ingredients, in addition to water, that are shown to hydrate cells internally. A Hydrating Hylauronic Serum contains these, as well as other humectant and occlusive ingredients, and is a great addition to any regimen.

In addition, avoid those scalding hot showers. That hot water might feel perfect when you’re shivering from the cold, but the heat will further strip your skin of moisture and leave you feeling dry and itchy. Wash your face in lukewarm water and apply moisturizer while it’s still a little damp to help lock in that moisture.

Another great tip is to use a cool mist humidifier indoors. This will keep your home climate at a more optimal level for your skin and reduce the drying effects of artificial heat and cold winter winds.

Wax Me Boutique can help you winterize your skincare regimen. Make an appointment today for a Holiday Facial Special! This facial is the perfect holiday treatment to promote deep hydration, revive winter weathered skin and brighten the skin. Enjoy the warming and brightening effects of pomegranate enzyme that brightens the skin with a combination of different acids. This facial packs a punch! Receive a complementary product sample bag when you book this facial! (while supplies last) You can also book The Ultimate Red Carpet Facial to get you ready for all those holiday parties, and receive a FREE full size Le Mieux Serum of your choice!

While you’re at Wax Me Boutique, purchase a PCA skin moisturizer and receive a FREE 10ml hydrating toner. And if you are still looking for the perfect gift, give the gift of beautiful skin! Buy a $100 GIFT CARD and receive a FREE holiday gift bag!

Join Wax Me Boutique in celebrating the holidays with our great, limited-time deals. Make an appointment today or come by to stock up on moisture-rich products that will keep you glowing all winter!

Peel a little, glow a lot!

Chemical peels sound intimidating, but they don’t have to be! We’ve all seen a chemical peel exaggerated in the media to make the recipient appear like an inflamed, peeling mess who must hide their face for days, Not the case! Peels that require downtime are outdated and unnecessary.  New approaches focus on regular peels that yield results over time, not one aggressive treatment that leaves you unable to face the world.

So, what are some other misconceptions about peels?

Well, you will not necessarily see peeling and flaking after a peel. If your skin is healthy, you may not peel at all, while unhealthy skin may require a few procedures before it visibly exfoliates.

You might hesitate to undergo a peel because your skin is sensitive or dry. You’ll be happy to hear that there are peels formulated especially for sensitive skin! You can get all the great benefits of a peel without worrying about irritating your skin.

You should not expect to see the same results every time you receive a peel. Your skin condition, environmental changes like humidity and temperature, and previous peels will affect the amount of visible exfoliating you see.

Regular chemical peels are the key to getting that jealousy-inducing glow that makes you wonder – does that person do yoga and drink green juice all day? They help your skin regenerate and turn over dead skin cells that are dulling your complexion. They are also great for reducing acne, acne scars, aging, dark spots, and other skin woes!

Still hesitant? We don’t want you to miss out on the clear, bright complexion you can get from a great series of peels. For the month of October, buy a 3 peel or treatment package for $285 ($95 each) and enjoy a complimentary Neck & Décoletté Treatment. Contact Wax Me Boutique to talk to one of our professionals about your specific skin concerns and how different peels would impact you.