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Why Drinking Water is Good for Your Skin.

Janis Covey

Do you know that your body is composed of 60% water?  I know that sounds crazy, but it's true.  Water is found in every cell in your body and is responsible for many vital tasks.  Water carries nutrients around the body, flushes toxins out, regulates body temperature and lubricates your joints, just to name a few.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and your body's first line of defense.  It protects us from the harmful elements of the outside world.  Healthy skin not only looks better but also is better equipped to protect you. 

So what does water intake have to do with the health of your skin?  When your body is dehydrated, your blood will thicken.  Your body's response to this is to pull water from the cells that make up your skin causing your skin to become dehydrated.  The first sign of skin dehydration is that it becomes dry and flaky. The long-term effect of skin dehydration is that it will become less resilient making it more prone to wrinkles and environmental effects. 

To keep your skin hydrated and looking its best, you should:

1.  Make sure you are drinking enough water to keep yourself hydrated.  You generally should drink 1/2 to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh.  So if you weigh 150 pounds, you should consume between 75 and 150 ounces of water a day.  But keep in mind these needs can vary based on outside temperature (the hotter it is the more water you will require) and how much you're exercising.

2. Apply a moisturizer within the first few minutes after showering.   This will seal the moisture into your skin. Our lotion bars are excellent for this reason. 

3. Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption. Both of these trick your body into excreting more water than it should.  

 

 

 

Earth Day Everyday

Janis Covey

 

Senator Gaylord Nelson Courtesy of nelsonearthday.net

Senator Gaylord Nelson Courtesy of nelsonearthday.net

At first I set out to write a blog about small changes we could make to reduce our carbon foot print but then upon reflection I decided to write about the origin of Earth Day.  The idea for Earth Day was born when Gaylord Nelson, a US Senator from Wisconsin at the time, had witnessed the detrimental effects of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill.  The Oil Spill happened on January 28th and took 10 days to get under control.  It spewed an estimated 3-million gallons of crude oil into the pacific ocean, creating an oil slick 35 miles long along California’s coast and killing thousands of birds, fish and sea mammals.

Picture of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill Courtesy of the Huffington Post

Picture of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill Courtesy of the Huffington Post

Senator Nelson wanted to somehow bring the issues of air and water pollution into public consciousness and thought the student anti-war movement could help him.  He felt a large outcry from the public would force the subject of the environment and protecting it onto the national political agenda.  Senator Nelson via media outlets announced a “national teach-in on the environment”, convinced Congressman McCloskey to serve as his co-chair and enlisted Denis Hayes from Harvard to be the national coordinator.  They created and promoted 85 events across the US to all fall on April 22, 1970.  April 22nd was chosen since it fell between spring breaks and final exams and felt this would bring a large presence of the younger generation to the events.

Since the first Earth Day in 1970, we have continued as a nation to celebrate Mother Earth on April 22nd.  We have seen many changes over the years to help decrease our use of fossil fuels, improve our water ways and reduce our carbon footprint.  But more needs to be done.  My feeling is we may not be here to experience the full effects of our environmental impact but coming the generations; our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and so on will. 

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It’s been 46 years since the first Earth Day and even though we have made strides to increase awareness, reduce pollution and improve the environment we must do better!  Every choice we make impacts our environment in some way.  For example, single use plastic bags have a life expectancy of 15 minutes but will take hundreds of years to break down in a landfill.  Be mindful of your choices, make small changes, teach your children to respect their environment.  And most importantly, be an example (preferably a loud one) for how to live a more sustainable life and give back to our planet; our one and only home.

Salt Versus Sugar: Why and Where for your Exfoliating Needs.

Janis Covey

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There are many different types of scrubs on the market promising to provide smooth, soft, glowing skin, but it’s difficult to choose what the best scrub to use is depending on your requirements. Today, I am going to explain the difference between salt and sugar scrubs and the best uses for each.

As we all know, regular exfoliation is crucial to remove dead, dry skin cells, promote cell regeneration and increase the effectiveness of our skin care products. But, which product is best for where can be confusing.

Sugar Scrubs: Sugar is a great gentle exfoliator.It works well on the entire body. Scrubs containing unrefined cane sugar, give the added benefit of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, the nutrients that feed and replenish skin. During treatment, sugar crystals gradually morph from a scrub into a polish, perfecting your skin. If you happen to have any skin abrasions, sugar is definitely what you should reach for rather than salt which will sting.

Salt Scrubs: Sea salt is a strong exfoliant due to the texture and shape of sea salt granules. Because salt is more abrasive than sugar, it is better for areas of the body with tougher, thicker skin such as feet, elbows, and knees.

Sea salt is also chock full of good minerals for the skin such as magnesium and potassium.  It has anti-inflammatory properties and can kill bacteria (which makes it an excellent deodorizer for smelly feet).

Sugar scrubs can be used two to three times a week whereas salt scrubs should be limited to once a week due to their abrasive nature.  Regardless of which exfoliation method you choose, be sure to follow up with a good moisturizer!