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October 2014

1 Key Reason to Listen to Your Body’s Symptoms

Recently I noticed my nails were breaking…A LOT…and I tend to have very strong nails that grow fairly quickly. So, you can imagine my surprise and frustration when my nails were peeling out of control and I had no idea what was causing my symptoms. Now before you get grossed out, when I say “peeling” I just mean any extra length that extended beyond the finger would just become brittle and peel, then break off. Annoying.

So, what did I do?……I IMMEDIATELY CALLED 9-1-1!

…Just kidding, I didn’t do that…I wouldn’t recommend it either. I should also mention that I did NOT run to the drugstore to buy Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength Nail Top Coat.

Is it just me, or does Sally Hansen have like 30 different (but secretly the same) diamond top coats?

So, here’s what I DID do…

Listen to Your Body’s Symptoms

 

After having a mini melt-down staring at my mangled nails, I thought to myself, what is my body trying to tell me?  I then examined my lifestyle and asked, what changed?

  • Stress
  • Sleep
  • Diet
  • Hydration
  • Supplements
  • Products

I thought about my diet over the last few weeks and noticed I was eating a TON of fruit. I had been extremely busy for months on end and was on autopilot with my food consumption, eating a lot of fruit, some vegetables, and really nothing else. While it’s good that I was eating fruits and vegetables, I was missing out on one important macronutrient that is essential to nail health.

Cue the Jeopardy music….“What is Protein, Alex?”

Ding Ding!

Protein. My nails were falling apart because my diet was lacking protein.

The Meaning Behind Your Body’s Symptoms

All too often, we seek temporary solutions where we can simply throw a bandaid over a problem rather than get to the root of the issue and seek a solution. Long term protein deficiency, for example can do quite a bit of damage to your body. Figuring out my deficiency now, BEFORE any irreversible consequences occurred saved me a lot of future health issues, wouldn’t you agree?

If more people took this approach when dealing with their health and bodies, a lot of chronic conditions could be avoided. By not waiting until something small manifests itself into a much larger, harder to fix problem, we are saving ourselves time, money, unnecessary distress, and bodily harm.

The next time you have a headache, rather than just pop a few painkillers to mask the problem, ask yourself why you have a headache. The more knowledge you have with regard to your body and lifestyle, the smarter you’ll be when it comes to making the best choices for yourself.

If a child is crying, the mother doesn’t just tell the baby to be quiet and go about her day, she tries to figure out why, is the baby hungry, tired, need to be changed?.

Think about your body as if it were a child who can’t talk and next time your body is crying, ask it why, then give it what it needs.

~ Letisha

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How to Wash Your Face: 5 Tips For Healthy Skin

how to wash your face

When it comes to taking care of our skin, our face washing technique is not always the first thing to come to mind. If you’re suffering from a breakout or irritation, you’re probably considering swapping out your toner or moisturizer for something a bit more effective. Well, not so fast. More often than not, how you wash your face can be doing just as much damage as the very products you put on your skin. By avoiding these mistakes you can protect your precious skin from further damage:

 

How to Wash Your Face

Skip the Wash Cloth: Unless your scrubbing off years of built-up dirt, then the daily wash cloth routine probably isn’t necesary. These tiny cloths seem friendly enough, but with enough force they can actually tear at our skin causing irritation and potentially even more breakouts. Instead, try using just your clean hands and face wash to get a good cleansing’. If you simply desire more exfoliation, I’d recommend investing in a Clarisonic or an exfoliating facial scrub. If you simply can’t live without your wash cloth, be sure you swap it out for a fresh one every day to avoid the build up of bacteria. This bacteria will only lead to more breakouts.

Tone Down the Cleanser: It makes perfect sense that we think our skin needs an extreme cleansing agent to get the dirty job done. I mean, look at what we use to clean our clothes, dishes, and even cars? The idea that we need chemical-ridden cleansers in order to have “clean skin” has become ingrained into our minds. However, a simple chemical-free cleanser works wonders. It removes the bacteria, oil, and makeup while allowing your skin to hold on to it’s natural oils. There is no need to tear your skin down with harsh cleansers, only to build it back up again with even harsher toners and moisturizers. Remember: Less is more.

Cool your Jets: Using scalding hot water to cleanse your face does nothing for the health of your skin. In fact, hot water can actually dry out your precious skin by stripping it of its natural oils. Try using cool or warm water to get the job done.

It’s all About the Technique: Whether you’re using your hands or Clairisonic, start the process by adding a few drops of your cleanser to your cleansing mechanism. Begin by moving your hands around your face in small circular motions, making sure to cover all areas. As someone who experiences breakouts, I’ve learned to pay special attention to the area around my hairline and temples which can harbor left over hair product. Be sure to avoid using your nails during the cleansing process which can tear at your skin. After cleansing, rinse your skin with cool or warm water until the soapy residue is gone. Gently pat dry your skin with a clean towel. Avoid rubbing your skin vigorously as you dry. This will only irritate your skin.

Take a Break: Our skin only needs to be cleansed once or twice a day. More than that can cause irritiation, dryness, and potentially increased breakouts. Unless your experiencing excessive sweating throughout the day, try limiting your cleansing sessions to 2x per day.

How do you wash your face?

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

~Zeena

Skincare Guide