March 30, 2021 5 min read
Glowing skin begins within, but our day-to-day skincare, from makeup routines to workout regimens, can enhance a beautiful countenance -- or undermine it.
Clean Up Your Medicine Cabinet.
Just as we look to stock our refrigerators with nutrient-rich sustenance and avoid pesticide-doused, GMO-ridden foods, we should match these efforts on our beauty shelves.
Whereas the FDA and EPA monitor the food industry for safety and transparency, cosmetics regulation remains practically nonexistent. We are living in the Wild Wild West of beauty. Here’s a startling statistics: the European Union hasbanned 1,000+ ingredients from use in cosmetic products, while the FDA has ixnayed fewer than 50, begging the question of how many dangerous chemicals are permeating our personal care staples.
As such, we need to pioneer our own beauty path, navigating away from products littered with hazardous chemicals (many of which disrupt hormone function and canaffect fertility) and carcinogens (as the substances that can precede many cancers, these need no introduction).
Luckily, many wellness advocates have begun to chart this cosmetics frontier. The EWG is one of the best leading the charge,mapping a guide of key ingredients to avoid, and creating a“Skin Deep” database for product screening and discovery of clean beauty swaps for go-to products that do not make the non-toxic cut (because no one expects you to live without the perfect nude pink lipstick).
On that note, all this education is accompanied by a proliferation of non-toxic beauty brands that infuse products with organic, natural ingredients that nourish your skin with the nutrients it most desires. Purveyors likeCredo andFollain are nothing short of clean-beauty playgrounds, offering countless options for each step in your skincare routine, from cleansing and exfoliating to moisturizing, to perfecting your no-makeup makeup look. In turn, we’re confident that you’ll find a swap to “clean” beauty positively painless. With so many nutritive products at your fingertips, here are a few must-haves to incorporate into your skincare routine.
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Let’s Get Physical
Your face has more than 40 muscles operating behind the scenes, the “fitness” of which impact the overall look of your complexion! Stimulating these muscles with regular facial massage can increase blood flow (boosting collagen production and improving skin elasticity), encourage lymphatic drainage (reducing puffiness), and even relieve tension (our skin is no place for stored stress!).
While there are varying methods, from face yoga to pressure-points techniques (there are evenboutique studios dedicated to facial workouts), you can take massage matters into your own hands with these simple techniques, modifying them to your needs and preferences:
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