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Why the Weather is Giving You Bad Hair Days

Ever wonder why your hair seems to be gorgeous one day and a complete wreck the next? Or why your hair is fine when the weather is a gorgeous 70 degrees with a humidity level of perfect, but every other day of the year it’s too frizzy, too flat, to dry, too poofy, too shrinkage-prone, or just plain lifeless?

 

Well, the good news is you’re not alone. Of course the grass always seems greener, but the truth is each of us has our very own hair struggles that we face everyday. Perhaps if we better understand why our reacts the way it does in certain weather conditions, we can take steps to ensure our hair is healthy, happy, and balanced everyday. Read on to learn why the weather is giving you bad hair days and what can be done.

Sun & Humidity

During the summer months, not only can the suns UV rays lighten hair, but the extra moisture in the air (aka humidity) loosens bonds created when you style your hair, allowing the hair to return back to its normal state. If you have curly hair and straighten it or loosen your curls (without the use of chemicals) your natural curl pattern will gradually return to its normal curl pattern when exposed to the humidity. The same goes for straight hair. If you curled your naturally straight hair, the curl will gradually fall and your hair will straighten out. This also applies on rainy days (I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share of rainy day hair drama).

There are anti-humectant hair products that exist which can help create a barrier that will temporarily protect hair from the humidity, keeping your style intact for longer. It is important to only use these products only when there is really high humidity. Anti-humectants can be very drying and can end up doing more harm that good.The other solution is to just rock your tresses in their natural state and love the hair you’re born with! (Thats my mini lecture for the day.)

Cold & Dry

In the winter, cold and very dry air raises the hairs’ cuticle. When you then move indoors to a heated environment, the dry air inside sucks the moisture out of your hair. What you’re left with is dry, lifeless, unmanageable hair. Not to mention, the lack of moisture outside isn’t helping matters either. Combat this by wearing your hair in protective styles and shielding it from the cold. Also, condition your hair often, deep condition once per week and use styling products with moisturizing properties.

What are your weather related hair concerns? Share them below!

7 Surprising Ways to Use Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is just one of those ingredients that should be a staple your home. There are so many incredible uses for it! From body aches to foot infections, epsom salt treats a variety of ailments. In fact, there are a few ways to use epsom salt you may not have heard of! Ready to be surprised?

 

Acne Mask

It’s no secret that we are addicted to face masks; epsom salt is no exception. A simple mask made of epsom salt and honey soothes irritated skin while reducing inflammation and acne. To make this gentle mask, combine equal parts honey with equal parts epsom salt. Gently apply this mixture to clean, dry skin, before washing off after 30 or so minutes.

Foot Soak

Epsom foot baths are the perfect way to begin any pedicure. Soaking your feet in a warm foot bath soothes sore feet while relieving odor. Not to mention it draws out infections of the foot. Start by filling a good size basin with warm water (just enough to immerse your feet). Add 1/2 cup of epsom salt and soak away!

Exfoliate

One of the best ways to remove dead skin cells is exfoliation. Using epsom salt to exfoliate your skin removes dead, dry skin cells, while supplying your body with nutrients. Could this get any better? Mix a 1-2 tablespoons of epsom salt with 1/2 cup of coconut oil or olive oil. While in the shower, gently rub the mixture around your skin before rinsing clean. The oil leaves your skin moisturized and radiant.

Dish Cleaner

Removing buildup from pots and pans only takes a few minutes when using epsom salt. The rough grains help to remove stuck on food or oil without using harsh chemicals. Add a tablespoon or two to your pots or pans and gently scrub in a circular motion.

Remove Black Heads

A simple mix of water and epsom salt works wonders in removing black heads from your skin. Simply apply the mixture with a cotton ball to a clean dry face and allow to sit for a few minutes before rinsing clean.

Fertilize Plants

Plants not doing so hot? Epsom salt might be the solution. The magnesium is used by plants to produce chlorophyll, while sulfur aids in plant growth. In fact, plants that have been fed epsom salt produce larger flowers! Simply mix a few tablespoons of epsom salt with 2 gallons of water. Use the mixture to feed plants with low soil magnesium levels a few times a month.

Constipation Relief

Epsom salt is a super effective way to relieve constipation. The salt increases the amount of water in the intestines, softening stools for easy passing. The epsom salt may also detoxify the colon. Dissolve 1 tsp of epsom salt in 4 ounces of water and consume. A bowel movement should occur between 30 minutes to 6 hours*.

How do you use epsom salt?

Comment below!

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

-Zeena

*This does not replace the advice of your doctor. Please consult your physician before beginning any regimen.

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Cleanse Your Body: Detox Water

Let’s be honest: it’s not easy consuming our required daily intake of water. It requires some serious concerted effort. With our busy schedules the notion can simply slip our mind. Next thing you know it’s 7 o’ clock at night and you’re hastily gulping down glass #2 during commercial breaks. (We’ve all been there).

 

The solution is simple: detox water. This simple technique creates a deliciously refreshing treat that will have you chugging water all day long.

A few benefits, you ask?:

  • Flush toxins
  • Aid in digestion
  • Boost energy
  • Assist in weight loss
  • Promote healthy skin/hair
  • Decrease bloating
  • Curb appetite

When your body is firing off that desperate call for H2O, don’t reach for soda or coffee. Opt for detox water filled with slices of your favorite fruits and vegetables:

Lemon/Lime + Oranges

These citrus gods do the body good. The high levels of Vitamin C  in lemon & lime improve the immune system and reduce the duration of the common cold. These sour treats also improve bad breath while detoxing the body. Besides being a delicious breakfast treat, oranges contain a wonderful amount of flavonoids, which block carcinogenic agents.

Pineapple + Cucumbers

These green slices are not just for your eyes. Adding cucumber slices to your water is a great way to improve your complexion while potentially lowering blood pressure. Let’s not forget to mention that pineapple is a great way to boost your metabolism.

Strawberries + Mint Leaves

Adding a few sprigs of mint to your chilled water is a great way to settle your stomach and improve your breath. The wonderful antioxidants in strawberries work wonders reducing inflammation throughout the body while the necessary fiber can reduce constipation.

Apple + Beet

Apples slices in your H2O aids in weight loss and may improve your heart health. An added bonus? The antioxidant quercetin in apples may improve your physical endurance. Throw in a few slices of beets for added detox and anti-inflammation benefits.

 

What fruits and vegetables do you add to your detox water? Comment below!

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

7 Ways to Battle Chapped Lips

With the Winter comes beautiful snow, hot chocolate, fuzzy socks and…chapped lips. Despite how much you moisturize on a daily basis, it seems like dry, flaky lips are inevitable. Our precious lips are made up of very thin layers that do not have the same amount of protection as the rest of our body. Makes sense, right?

 

1. Layer it on: It may seem like a no-brainer but this tip can be an easy one to forget, especially if your lips don’t “feel” dry. A few hours before you leave the house, be sure to pack on your SPF chapstick. This will give your lips time to soak up the moisture before heading straight into the elements. Reapply during the day and just before your head hits the pillow to keep your lips protected all day long.

2. Avoid the Salt and Citrus: Ever notice how dry your lips feel after eating salty popcorn? The salt absorbs the moisture on our lips leaving our smackers feeling dull, chapped and dehydrated. The acid in citrus fruits may burn your lips, leading to chapped skin. Limit your consumption of acidic or salty foods during the cooler months.

3. Exfoliate Often: It’s no secret that dry lips feel like they need constant exfoliation. Instead of biting your lips all day long, try exfoliating the thin skin with a simple mixture. The combination of honey and sugar helps to loosen dry, flaky skin within minutes. Gently apply the mixture in a circular motion for 10-15 seconds before rinsing clean. Be sure to apply your lip balm after!

4. Cover your Face: Before stepping into the frigid temps, cover the lower half of your face with a scarf. This handy trick will prevent the cold air from drying out your pre-treated lips (see #1). The moisture from your hot breath (very classy) will keep your lips and nose moisturized during your cold commute.

5. Breathe Through Your Nose: Taking breaths through your nose rather than your mouth will prevent the constant flow of air from drying out your lips.

5. Hydrate : Staying moisturized from the inside out is our motto. Keeping your body hydrated with at least 1-2L of water a day is an awesome way to prevent your lips from chapping.

7. Quit Licking: As tempting as this form of instant moisture is, it doesn’t do any good. The digestive enzymes in saliva can wear down your lips, leaving them feeling drier than before. Crazy, huh?

So, how do you keep your smacker-roos moist in the winter? We’d love to hear your tips!

 

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

-Zeena

Why You Should Be Exfoliating Right Now

Ah, exfoliation. The best part of any skin care regimen. A proper exfoliation can leave your skin feeling refreshed and glowing in a matter of minutes. After a long day there is nothing my skin craves more than my Clairisonic. Exfoliation (done right) whisks away dead, dry skin revealing the gorgeous glowing skin underneath. But before we get into all of that goodness, let’s get back to basics. Ready?

 

Benefits of exfoliation

  • Removes dead skin from surface of the skin
  • Brightens complexion
  • Reveals brighter, healthier skin
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves skin discoloration and texture
  • Speeds up skin renewal process
  • Prevents breakouts

 

There are 2 types of exfoliation: mechanical and chemical

Mechanical

Mechanical exfoliation is probably the one you’re most used to. This type of exfoliation requires the use of a tool, such as Clarisonic or grain (i.e., sugar, oats, salt). When doing a mechanical exfoliation, it’s best when the “abrasive” is as gentle as possible. For example, an exfoliant containing small round beads and an exfoliant containing apricot shells might seem like they are doing the same thing. After all, it’s all mechanical exfoliation, right? Wrong. Well, in a sense. Both types do employ the use of mechanical exfoliation, but only one can result in micro-tears in your precious skin. Rough exfoliants like apricot shells and salt aren’t the best solution for exfoliating your skin, especially if your face is uber sensitive.

Chemical

Chemical exfoliation employs the use of chemicals for exfoliation. Pretty simple, huh?  There are quite a few types of chemical exfoliation, including alphahydroxy acid (AHA) and betahydroxy acid (BHA). These chemical exfoliants loosen the dead skin cells, allowing them to loosen and fall off. Other chemical exfoliants employ the use of fruit enzymes, which can be milder than the AHAs and BHAs. Fortunately, there are different levels of chemical exfoliation to suite the needs of your skin.

 

What You’ll Need

Now that you know a little about exfoliation, it’s time to get prepped. Start by choosing your poison. I prefer mechanical exfoliations since I find it the easiest to manage. Take a look at your problem areas and notice any areas that you want to avoid, as well. I try to spend the least amount of time and pressure on my cheeks since that is the most sensitive area of my face. The same may apply for your nose, chin or forehead.

When it comes to exfoliation, my Clairionic is always my favorite tool. It runs for 60 seconds, just the right amount of time for a complete facial exfoliation.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Mechanical exfoliant (sugar scrub, Clairsonic, ground oatmeal, joboba beads)
  • Chemical exfoliant (glycolic acid, lactic acid)
  • Water
  • Cleanser

Before you begin, start with clean skin. When using my Clairisonic, I can cleanse and exfoliate at the same time. If using a chemical exfoliant, follow the directions the product provides.

 

What to remember

  • If it doesn’t feel good, then stop! Chances are you’re damaging skin more than you are helping it. Exfoliation is not meant to be the best feeling in the world, but by no means should it be causing you extreme discomfort.
  • Stay away from harsh exfoliants. Salt scrubs and apricot exfoliants may work lovely on your body, but the same can’t always be said for your face. These rough exfoliants can cause micro-tears in your gentle skin causing more damage than good.
  • Only exfoliate a few times per week. By no means does this have to become a daily activity. If you notice your skin is looking dull and flaky, try exfoliating 1 or 2 times per week. If you can handle more, try 3 times per week. Everyone’s skin is different so it’s important to know what your limits are.
  • Utilizing an awesome moisturizer and cleanser in conjunction with an exfoliant is the best way to maintain gorgeous skin. By focusing on all three, you can ensure that you are pampering your skin in the best ways possible.
  • If you have acneic or damaged skin, try to be gentle. Disrupting the acne or damaged skin will only hurt your skin. Wait for your acne to heal before beginning a more intense exfoliation regimen. In the mean time, stick to gentle exfoliants like ground oatmeal.
  • If you notice any irritation from exfoliation, take a break and allow your skin to rest.

So, what are you waiting for?? You should be exfoliating right now!

Peace, Love & Coconuts

-Zeena

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10 Creative Ways to Use Pumpkin This Fall

 

Halloween may be over but the cherished “pumpkin season” has yet to come to an end. Reusing your pumpkin saves you money and creates a colorful menu for weeks to come! Before you toss your jack-o-lantern into the nearest receptacle try out  a few of these fun and clever ways of reusing this halloween staple:

 

10 Creative Ways to Use Pumpkin:

1. Soothing Mask

As lovers of all things masks, you know we couldn’t pass up on this opportunity! Pumpkin masks are full of essential vitamins, like Vitamin A, C & E, as well as antioxidants and fatty acids. These incredible ingredients soften the skin, improve cell turnover, and brighten your complexion. Let’s not forget to mention that the zinc in pumpkin does wonders for treating acneic skin. Mix a 1/4 cup of pumpkin that has been pureed with a spoonful of honey. Apply the mask and allow to sit for 15-30 minutes. Rinse, pat dry and moisturize!

2. Fall-Inspired Smoothie

The amazing nutrients in pumpkin work wonders inside your body, too! Chop your fresh pumpkin into chunks and boil until tender, about 25 minutes. Allow to cool and remove any skin. In a blender combine the fresh pumpkin with a frozen banana, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, maca powder and coconut milk. This delicious smoothie is full of vital nutrients and tastes like Fall in a glass! To save you time, freeze any unused, boiled pumpkin for future smoothies!

3. Exfoliation:

If you want to smell like a delicious Autumn treat, look no further than that lovely pumpkin. Pumpkin is full of alpha hydroxy acids, which helps with cell turnover and exfoliation. Talk about glowing skin, huh? Scoop out the insides of fresh pumpkin and place into a blender (set aside any seeds). Add in honey and cinnamon and puree until smooth. In a small bowl combine the pumpkin mixture with a few spoonfuls of sugar. Use this mixture to gently exfoliate your skin (avoid sensitive areas like your face).

4. Pumpkin Bread:

This delicious snack is the perfect treat for the holiday season. Baking with a fresh pumpkin is a wonderful way to preserve that fresh flavor while still packing your baked goodies chalk full of powerful nutrients. To create your own pumpkin puree for your bread, start by washing and halving your pumpkin (cut away the stem and pulp). Bake the halves face down covered in foil for about 1 1/2 hours at 375 degrees until tender. After cooling, cut away the skin and scoop out the insides and mash it until a puree forms. Use this puree in place of the store bought puree in your bread recipe.

5. Roasted Seeds:

It’s no secret that pumpkin seeds are just delicious. They are easy to make and are the perfect late night snack. Start by rinsing the seeds under cool water, then spread the seeds onto a baking sheet. Roast the plain seeds for 30 minutes. After roasting, season the seeds with your favorite spices and roast for another 20 or so minutes.

6. Mashed Pumpkin:

A side of mashed pumpkin is the perfect addition to any fall dish. Soften the pumpkin by cutting it into chunks and boiling them for about 25 minutes. Remove the skin and mash the chunks into a desired consistency. Add a few shakes of sea salt and pepper and voilà!

7. Pumpkin Soup:

The perfect treat for any brisk Autumn day. This delicious squash soup recipe is the perfect way to use any left over pumpkin. Simply subtitute the squash for your fresh pumpkin!

8.Compost:

If you just can’t stand to eat anything pumpkin, just toss it right into your composter! Be sure to cut it into smaller chunks so it decomposes faster.

9.Pumpkin Pie:

This Thanksgiving essential is the perfect way to get rid of your pumpkin. Boil chunks of the pumpkin for about 25 minutes. Once cool, cut off the skin and blend until a puree forms. Use this puree in place of the canned pumpkin you  typically use. This preservative free puree can be frozen and used for holiday treats all season long!

10. Waffles:

This breakfast favorite is going to taste all the better when made with fresh pumpkin puree. This delicious pumpkin waffle recipe is perfect for any fall morning. Just swap out the canned pumpkin for your homemade puree (as seen in #4). Did we mention this yummy recipe has 5g of protein per serving?!

 

What are your favorite ways to reuse your Halloween pumpkins?

 

Peace, Love & Coconuts!
-Zeena

How to Wash Your Face: 5 Tips For Healthy Skin

how to wash your face

When it comes to skin care, 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. Believe it or not, how you wash your face can have just as great of an impact on your skin as the very products you use on it. 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 necessary. 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 that can 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 aggressive chemical-ridden cleansers in order to have “clean skin” has become ingrained into our minds. However, a gentle cleanser works wonders. It removes bacteria, oil, and makeup while allowing your skin to hold on to its natural oils. There is no need to put your skin through the ringer with harsh cleansers, 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 cause irritation.

Take a Break: Our skin only needs to be cleansed once or twice a day. More than that can cause irritation, 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?

~Zeena

 

Banish Ingrown Hairs for Good

Ingrown hair is not as inevitable as one would think.

Yet some of us have just grown to expect it: “Just shaved? Be on the look out for those pesky ingrown hairs!” (Has no one ever been told that?…Okay, me neither!)

When they do show up, you are probably inclined to feel super irritated (physically and emotionally). However, with a few preventative measures, you can keep your skin ‘ingrown hair’ free!

 

1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate: Exfoliating is not only good for revealing radiant, glowing skin but also for preventing those annoying ingrown hairs from showing up! By removing the layer of dead skin through exfoliation, it will be harder for the new growth to become trapped underneath the skin. Exfolating your skin before hand also raises the hair up, making it easier to remove. If you are going to shave, make sure you exfoliate your body before hand. You will prevent ingrown hair AND your skin will be incredibly smooth afterward! Win-win!

2. Lather Up: Shaving your precious skin with no protective barrier is never a good idea. Shaving cream, lotion, or gel lubricate the skin so the razor can easily slide across and remove the hair. Lather your skin with a good lubricant after allowing the warm water to soften the hair. Out of shaving cream? Use your hair conditioner! This little trick works better than most shaving creams!

3. Sharp Razor: Shaving with a dull blade does the body no good! Rather than getting a clean shave, a dull blade merely tugs at the hair which can cause irritation and ingrown hair. It’s best to use your razor only about 5 or 6 times, depending on how often you use it. After a few good shaves, toss that blade and start using a new one!

4. Rest: If your simply prone to ingrown hair, give the shaving a rest! After all, we were born with hair on our body! Try shaving one time per week or only as necessary. By avoiding any excess shaving we can give our delicate skin a nice break from all of the irritation.

5. Choose Wisely: Choosing the right razor will do you loads of good! Take time to actually read the packaging. I prefer razors with 5 blades and the conditioning strip. It may sound silly but taking the time to find a razor that works best with your skin type will be super beneficial for avoiding skin irritation and ingrown hair.

6. Moisturize: Slapping on that body or face cream after you shave is one of the best things you can do. If you have sensitive skin, your skin is most likely feeling dry and irritated. Lathering up with a fabulous moisturizer will help keep your skin lubricated, soft and irritation free!

What are your favorite ways to prevent ingrown hairs?

Peace, love and coconuts!

-Zeena

 

How to Get Rid of a Huge Pimple Fast!

How to Get Rid of a Huge Pimple

You know what the best thing about breakouts is? The perfect timing.

Just kidding. 

 

Our worst breakouts always seem to pop up the morning of a super important event.

Am I right?

When you see it, you most likely let out a slew of curse words. You may begin to pick and prod, which only upsets the little bugger even more! By the time you leave the house, your probably feeling a bit P.O’d.

These few tips will help you power through the worst of your blemish-filled rage while shrinking that little sucker to nothing!

Here’s How to Get Rid of a Huge Pimple Fast!:

1. Ice Cube: Applying an ice cube or frozen spoon to an angry blemish will help to reduce the inflammation associated with a breakout. Apply the ice to the pimple for a few seconds at a time. If you can handle more than a few seconds of the freezing cold cube, apply the ice for longer. Repeat this process as much as possible before you leave the house. Keep in mind your skin may be a bit red from the cold ice, so leave a window of time for your red face to thaw before heading out.

2. Honey: Honey is the clear skin savior. The magical properties of honey can dramatically reduce the size of a breakout in a few hours. Okay, it may not be magic, however the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties in honey help to reduce the size of a breakout while preventing the growth of bacteria. Simply massage a small amount of honey into the affected area. Feel free to reapply throughout the day as necessary. If you are lucky enough to notice the breakout the night before your big gig, apply a drop of honey to the breakout before bed. Covering the honey with a bandaid will prevent the sticky honey from spreading all over your precious pillows.

3. Bentonite Clay: Bentonite clay is one of those awesome clays that does it all: tightens face, clears blackheads, reduces breakouts and detoxes congested pores. This absorbent clay helps to shrink the size of a breakout in a pinch. You can literally feel your skin tightening as the mask dries. Begin by mixing bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar until it forms a yogurt-like consistency. Apply the mask to your whole face or to the problem area. Leave the face mask on until dry; leave the spot treatment on for as long as you’d like. This little trick has worked every time!

4. Turmeric: Reducing the size of a rather large breakout is as easy as reaching into your spice rack. While you’re in there, go ahead and grab the turmeric. This amazing spice has awesome anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antiseptic properties that help destroy acne causing bacteria while absorbing excess oil. Mix 3/4 tsp of turmeric with 1.5 tsp of orange juice until a thick paste forms. Apply this spot treatment to the large and in charge breakout and watch it shrink in size. The turmeric may stain your skin yellow, but don’t be alarmed. Within a wash or two, the yellow hue fades.

 

What are your favorite tips for shrinking a huge pimple FAST! Comment below!

-Peace, Love and Pimples Coconuts!

 

Zeena

How Your Cell Phone is Ruining Your Skin

how your cell phone is ruining your skin

This just in!: The sun’s harmful rays are no longer the only thing ruining your skin. That’s right folks! That itty bitty gadget most people hold near and dear to their heart can actually be doing more damage than you think! Your cell phone, aka the sleep disturber and breakout causer, is wreaking havoc on your skin:

Acne

If you’re used to smushing your phone against your face while chatting, then breakouts along your cheek or jaw should come as no surprise. Our phones are covered in bacteria. A study in the UK found that 1 in 6 cellular phones were contaminated with fecal matter. 1 in 6! I don’t know about you but that’s not something I would want to have pressed against my cheek. Not to mention our phones carry 18 times more bacteria than a public restroom handle. Say what!? Our phones can transfer this bacteria and oil from our phone to our precious skin. This nasty concoction can result in a serious breakout session. The recommendation? Wipe down your phone daily with anti-bacterial wipes and use speakerphone or headphones with a mic when chatting to avoid transferring any nastiness onto your beautiful face!

Dark Spots

We have all nearly burned ourselves from those little furnaces we call “cell phones”. Prolonged usage of your phone heats it up to a level that can be damaging to your skin. Pressing this hot device against our sensitive face can result in dark spots. The recommendation? Stop using your phone once it begins to heat up and limit calls to a few minutes at a time. If long phone calls are necessary, trying using a hands-free device to avoid exposing your face to the harsh temperature.

Under Eye Circles

Frequent use of your cellular phone is interrupting your sleep. If you’re like most people, then you probably get woken up in the middle of the night by your cell phone. Whether it’s a text, Facebook update, or just an annoying game update, your sleep has been disturbed. This continual interruption of your sleep cycle will eventually make it’s mark on your skin. Dark circles, anyone? How about some bags? The recommendation? Our skin repairs itself while we sleep, so turn that phone off and let your skin work its magic.

Allergies

Ever heard of cellphone dermatitis? Well, chances are your skin has. Many cell phones, such as Blackberry and certain flip phones, have a nickel surface or nickel accents. When your skin comes in frequent contact with this nickel surface or if you suffer from a nickel allergy, an allergic reaction may result. You may notice an unexplainable rash along your cheek and/or ear. The recommendation? Search for phones that do not contain a nickel surface or limit the use of your phone as much as possible. What’s a few hours without checking Instagram, right?

Wrinkles

When it comes to your phone, your eyes pretty much do most of the work. They are constantly opening, closing, darting, and squinting. Unfortunately, this squinting is probably causing fine lines and wrinkles amongst the younger generation of cell phone users (aka premature aging). As if it wasn’t bad enough, your downward gaze while looking at your phone is another culprit. This seemingly perpetual gaze can result in creases along your neck that probably wouldn’t have developed so soon in the younger crowd. The recommendation? Take a break from your phone! Go phone-less for a few extra hours a day. Still feel sane? Why not go a bit longer without your phone? Your skin will thank you!

Peace, love & coconuts!

-Zeena

 

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