When we are doing a reset or simply striving for something new; be kind and patient with yourself.
There are a lot of obstacles to trip you up, but don't worry, we've go our back. In an effort to help you stay balanced in the new year, we have a couple of scientifically proven tips to help keep your resolutions on track:
Our bodies are just one big Goldilocks zone. In order to live our wonderful machine is required to make thousands of calibrations each day to keep us alive and thriving. Even our skin has a daily fight of keeping us from being too far on either the acidic side or the alkaline side. This is known as the pH balance. In chemistry, pH is a scale used to specify the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution. Since our skin is made up of at least 60% water, this qualifies as an aqueous solution. Our bodies and skin are super sensitive to pH levels and have quite complex mechanisms in place to maintain an acidic pH for the skin while keeping an alkaline pH for the body.
This balance is part of what is called homeostasis. Your body naturally makes this happen as long as there are no underlying conditions stopping it and you provide it with all of the tools it requires to get the job done. Our very survival depends on proper maintenance of homeostasis so it just makes a lot of sense to ensure that your body has all of the resources it needs to do its job properly. If you fail to do this consistently enough you begin to seriously impair organ systems, enzyme activity, kidney function, digestion, hormonal balance, immune system function, and skin barrier and hydration.
Creating Good pH Balance
So just to be clear, water naturally has a pH of 7.0. If we find water with a pH of 5.5 we would call this acidic water. If we found it with pH of 8.5 we would say this has alkalinity.
Everyone knows that we should eat more vegetables. I'm sure you can hear your mom’s voice in your head right now saying “eat your broccoli!” or “No dessert until those veggies are gone!”. Mom and Dad were right about ingesting more veggies and you are probably guilty of using those same Mom-isms on your kids. But we’re here at Oasis Skin Care Clinic to remind you that you can “Wear Your Veggies” on your skin too! Ask us if this natural treatment can complement your current home skin-care routine.
We’ve all seen those TV shows and photos of some wealthy woman wearing cucumbers on her eyes, usually accompanied by a mask of light-green Noxema relaxing in a posh spa.
You might not believe it but the lowly cucumber is a pretty powerful skin friend. People have found that cucumber extract has high levels of antioxidants, is good for acne, strengthens the skin barrier, and all-in-all promotes significantly healthier skin. Who’d a thunk it? Those rich folks were on to something! You could start with cucumber water and use it for eye or face compresses. Here’s how it could be done:
Be sure to make this fresh daily. Don’t re-use it. If you run the above ingredients through a juicer, you could add it to other face treatments such as dry exfoliating or clay-based treatments. (Be sure to make fresh batches when needed!)
Summer is in full force. Here are some tips to help beat the heat and stay on track with your health.
1. Workout in the morning. A morning workout routine will ramp your body full of endorphins to help jump-start the day. Avoid exercising outside from the hours of 10 am to 2 pm when the sun is directly overhead. Mid-day heat can kill your energy levels and can increase the risk of heat stroke or dehydration.
2. Stay hydrated. The importance of drinking water should be a regular part of your day, but it is especially important during the summer months. (See our delicious hydration recipe above). Extreme temperatures cause our bodies to lose water faster. We should drink water even if we don't feel thirsty in the summer to prevent the risk of dehydration
3. Wear sunscreen, even if you're only outside for a short time. Aging skin is an accumulation of years of sun damage. Your skin is at risk even when you're walking from your car to work. Wear at least a 30 SPF on exposed skin. If you're working or playing outside make sure to reapply every four hours.
4. Shop at the farmer's market. Clean eating is so easy when you have access to local produce and summer is a great time of year to find an abundance of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Plus you'll be supporting the community and avoiding most of the pesticides and chemicals used in grocery store produce.
5. Take advantage of the grill. Grill any of your fruits and veggies for a delicious way to increase your antioxidants while avoiding those unhealthy compounds. If you go for meat, cut down on your grill time by using skewers. You can have a complete meal on one stick.
Peptides are amino acid groups that are held together by nitrogen and carbon bonds. Science calls these the building blocks of life and has proven that peptides occur naturally in the skin to help keep it firm. How do peptides make your skin look younger? Easy, by priming or encouraging stimulation of a natural process involving collagen. Your skin’s main building block is a protein called collagen. To make it, amino acid segments come together to produce the structure of collagen, which then creates the structure we call skin.