Hi Everybody,

Hope you are enjoying these summer days as much as I am. To be honest, I am enjoying them just how I want to; inside with my computer and Air Conditioning! My son has been away the past few nights and so with an abundance of free time, I am able to sit and do what I love and that is to write! It is almost as enjoyable as what my ultimate perfect day is, and that is to be curled up on the beach reading a book, but anyway, I digress.

I wanted to write about something that is relative to my business, but also informative. Before I became an Arbonne Consultant, I thought myself skilled in Makeup and Skincare, but it is a whole other ballgame when you are re-educated and it is actually coming from a place of genuine concern for the safety of the things you are putting on your skin and not just companies telling you what you want to hear, so that you will buy their products. Not only that, but some people are just not educated enough on the habits that could be making their skin age faster.

 What you don’t know CAN harm you. Due to an overwhelming amount of information and products out there, most consumers don’t actually know if their products are safe and if they are right for their skin type.  Additionally, people are not taking advantage of the adage “You are what you eat.” Nutrition is an integral part of having healthy skin, and if you want to look young you need to start from within!

I wanted to tell  my readers what I think are some of the most important things you can do today, to improve your skin health. So without further adieu, Here are:

5 Things You might be doing that are sabotaging your skin and the Arbonne products that can help!

#1 Not Washing Your Face at night

During the day, natural oils and sweat accumulate on the skin. Regardless of whether you wear makeup or not, think about all the things your skin is exposed to throughout the day; pollution, dirt and bacteria from your hands, cooking grease, etc. All this build up can cause breakouts, allergies, irritations, etc.  Washing your face at night opens your pores, allows your skin to breathe and makes your skin care products more effective. The skin repairs itself at night and using anti-aging creams, serums, and gels after washing your face will enhance their penetration and efficiency. 

Make the Switch: RE9 Advanced Smoothing Facial Cleanser

# 2 Using exfoliating scrubs too much

Exfoliation is the  process of breaking down the proteins that hold dead skin cells together. It is important to turnover these dead skin cells and slough them off, but not at the cost of collagen, As we age, the collagen production in our skin slows down. Constant scrubbing motion when using rough exfoliating cleansers makes the collagen webbing in your skin weaker. Especially if you are over the age of 35 years old, you should not use scrubs at all because sadly, our cells are turning over slower than our younger peers. The best way to turn over dead skin cells is to use a chemical exfoliant that contains Alpha Beta Hydroxy Acids. Stop scrubbing!

Make the Switch: RE9 Advanced Intensive Renewal Serum

#3 Using Waterproof Mascara

Waterproof Mascara often has toxic chemicals that can lead to dry eye disease. If you’re using them because your eyes water a lot, you should see your doctor to figure out the cause. Commercial mascara brands often contain ingredients that are cheap to obtain and are harm for your health. The hazardous toxins can get into your skin and lead to a variety of health problems one of which is blindness! Waterproof mascara can also be hard to remove and often has people pulling and tugging at the eye area which over time causes wrinkles.

Make the Switch: Speak Volumes Mascara

#4 Not taking Probiotics

All you have to do is google gut health and practically any symptom or disease and you can find a link. There has been a lot of buzz around the ‘microbiome’ lately and I am so thankful that people are coming more and more educated on just how important the bacteria in your body really is. To put it simply, your microbiome is a group of living organisms that line your skin, gut, and mucous membranes. While we say the word “gut” loosely, (such a gross word, too)  it is actually referring to a portion of your large intestine, not your stomach, as I originally assumed! These microorganisms or microbes play a huge role in how we break down food and our since our immune system is largely controlled by the digestive system, they can play an equally important role in fighting inflammation, and preventing disease,  IF we have a healthy balance of good bacteria. An imbalance of unhealthy and healthy microbes in the intestines may contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and so much more. Now I know you’re thinking ‘I thought this was about skincare not my overall health, but the skin and your microbiome are very intertwined. Studies have shown that an increase in the inflammation related to your gut makes your body release toxins into your bloodstream which then show up as inflammation (think redness) or a break-out on your skin. 

Make the Switch: Arbonne Essentials Digestion Plus

 #5 Not Wearing Sunscreen 

My simple philosophy on skincare is protect during the day and prevent and repair at night. So if you don’t do any of the things on this list, I strongly urge you to please at least wear an SPF during the day. Do not skip it!! Not only is there the risk of skin cancer, but you are seriously damaging your skin. In fact, most signs of aging like dark spots and loss of elasticity is from the sun and its harmful rays. Protecting yourself now will prevent looking well over your age in the future! Most of the damage we see in adulthood is actually from time spent in the sun when we were younger (baby oil anyone?) So this is also something to be aware of if you have children. Now is the time to start protecting your children against skin damage from sun overexposure, when your child is developing sun exposure habits and when they have many more years of potential sun exposure ahead of them.

Make the Switch: 

Adults: Arbonne Prepwork Soft Focus Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Kids:  ABC Sunscreen

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more information on these products message me, click the links above, or head over to my website: www.heathermcpeak.arbonne.com



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