I Dream of Flawless Skin

A smooth and flawless complexion is a lifelong dream of many, but, with a little bit of dedication, you can soon turn this dream into a reality. From making the correct lifestyle choices to using the very best of skin care products, these steps will lead you to the flawless skin of your dreams.

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Personalized Daily Skin Care Routine
Truly flawless skin can only be achieved through the use of an effective daily skin care routine, but, since everybody’s skin is different, your skin care routine should be tailored to your individual skin. This means that you need to first identify your skin type, be it normal, combination, dry, oily, or sensitive, and then do some research into the various ingredients that are best suited to your skin type. When it comes to putting together your skin care routine, cleansing is always an essential first step, followed by the use of a toner to re-balance your skin’s pH level, which cleansing usually disrupts. You can then begin to apply your skin care products, beginning with the lightest and working your way up to the heaviest. This will usually mean serums, followed by an eye cream, and then a moisturizer, but, again, each product should be chosen based on your skin’s specific needs.

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Healthy Lifestyle Choices
While you may think that you already take the best possible care of your skin, it really does not matter how many quality products you apply if you are still making the wrong lifestyle choices. Smoking, drinking and drug use will soon lead to everything from breakouts to a dull complexion to premature aging, while chronic stress, which causes the stress hormone cortisol to constantly run through your body, will do the same. A sedentary lifestyle will also lead to multiple skin issues, whereas those who begin to exercise on a daily basis will quickly notice a healthy boost to their complexion. One of the most important healthy lifestyle factors is diet, as processed foods, that are high in sugars and other unnecessary ingredients, will hugely detract from your complexion. The best way forward is a largely plant-based diet, with plenty of whole foods and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Recognize Bad Habits
If you have already been following all of the above steps but still find yourself suffering from seemingly random breakouts or moments of redness and sensitivity, then it is likely that you have some bad skin care habits that you are not aware of. Pressing an unclean cell phone against your face multiple times a day is a common one, and can be easily avoided by wiping down your phone a couple of times a day. You should also ensure that your pillowcase is frequently cleaned, as is your towel, as both of these can quickly transfer bacteria to your skin. Your hands are another part of your body that touches numerous unclean surfaces throughout the day, and if you tend to usually place your hands on or near your face, then this is another habit that needs to be stopped.

Many people dream of flawless skin, but it does take some effort to achieve this. While it may seem like hard work at the beginning, this dedication will soon pay off, making your dreams come true.

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Adding Fermented Foods To Your Diet

Fermented foods have been making headlines lately, and this is largely due to new research that proves just how beneficial these foods are. Fermented foods are foods that have undergone the lactofermentation process, meaning that natural bacteria has been feeding on the sugars and starch in that food, creating lactic acid. This lactic acid not only works to preserve that specific food, but also brings about beneficial enzymes and probiotics.

Benefits of Eating Fermented Foods
Your digestive system is what primarily benefits from eating fermented foods, as they will come into contact with beneficial bacteria that will help to balance out the bacteria that already exists in your digestive system. Fermented foods are able to aid with digestion, allow your body to absorb more nutrients from the food, boost the immune system, and have even been shown to help reverse certain diseases.

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut
When it comes to fermented foods, sauerkraut is one of the healthiest out there and has been popular in Central Europe for hundreds of years. Essentially consisting of fermented cabbage, sauerkraut is packed with dietary fiber, as well as high levels of vitamins A, B, C and K, and plenty of manganese, magnesium, calcium and iron.

Kimchi

Kimchi
While kimchi also contains fermented cabbage, it consists of a number of other fermented vegetables too, such as carrots and onions, and is often seasoned quite heavily. Considered to be the national dish of Korea, kimchi has been popular for centuries in Asia, meaning that, today, there are hundreds of different varieties available to buy, and even more recipes available to recreate yourself at home.

Kefir

Kefir
Kefir has a similar taste to yogurt, but is of a much thinner consistency, making it almost like a drinkable yogurt. It is made by adding kefir cultures to cow or goat’s milk, which multiply and ferment over a 24 hour period, turning the milk into kefir. The drink is full of calcium, phosphorous, vitamin B12 and vitamin B2, as well as several organic acids and peptides that each bring about their own health benefits.

Kombucha

Kombucha
Kombucha is a fermented, slightly effervescent, black or green tea, and was first recorded as being consumed by the ancient Chinese more than 2000 years ago. In addition to aiding with digestion, kombucha is also extremely effective at detoxifying the body, bringing about mental clarity and mood stability.

Yoghurt

Yoghurt
While kefir may be considered to be much more powerful than yogurt, yogurt itself contains a lot of probiotics. Even better, if you are able to purchase yogurt that is labeled as containing live and active cultures, this is a guarantee that there will be at least 100 million probiotic cultures in each and every gram of that yogurt.

While it may seem as though fermented foods are a new fad that will not withstand the test of time, this is far from the case, as fermented foods have been consumed by various cultures around the world for centuries now. From the Asian origins of kimchi to the European roots of sauerkraut, these foods bring benefits to the body that nothing else can.

Results of Sleeping with Makeup On

Woman sleeping

Everyone has made the mistake of falling asleep and forgetting to remove their makeup, and while this may not seem as though it has caused much harm the next morning, doing this repeatedly leads to a world of damage. From premature aging to a dull complexion, this will all quickly begin to happen if you make the mistake of sleeping with your makeup on one too many times.

A Dull Complexion
Every night while you sleep, your skin renews itself, shedding any dead skin cells to reveal the fresh skin beneath. However, by sleeping with your makeup on, you prevent this natural turnover from occurring, because the makeup, oil and dirt that has built up on your face throughout the day remains on your outermost layer of skin, blocking the shedding of dead skin cells. This results in a dull and rough complexion, likely leading to even more makeup the next morning in order to brighten up the face.

Premature Aging
As mentioned earlier, sleeping with your makeup on traps all of the dirt and impurities into your skin, and this will soon begin to cause oxidative damage to your skin cells, breaking down their protective barrier. Without this, the rate of aging is drastically accelerated, resulting in wrinkles and fine lines that will be difficult to eradicate. After a while of sleeping with makeup on, you will notice that your skin will start to lose its firmness and tightness, and this is because the makeup will have caused your collagen levels to deplete, leading to sagging skin that nobody wants.

Woman having acne issues

Pimples and Acne
Leaving makeup on your skin while you sleep will clog your pores, which, in turn, can lead to chronic inflammation, resulting in pimples. Those who suffer from acne will notice an increase in breakouts after sleeping with makeup on, as thorough cleansing is especially important for those who suffer from such skin conditions.

Infections
Since sleeping with your makeup on compromises your skin’s protective barrier, your skin will be much more prone to infections. This is especially the case when it comes to mascara, as leaving this on overnight creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and, if the bacteria is allowed to build up, this can soon lead to conjunctivitis. To top it all off, sleeping with mascara on will also cause eyelashes to become much more brittle and susceptible to breakages. Sleeping with other forms of eye makeup on can also lead to infections, as they clog the hair follicles and oil glands, once again creating the ideal environment in which bacteria can thrive.

All of the above issues usually arise after a more prolonged period of sleeping with your makeup on, whether this be a week or a month. While forgetting to remove your makeup for just one night may not cause any visible long-lasting damage, you should still be sure to cleanse your face thoroughly in the morning, before assessing your skin and examining its condition. A face mask is a great way to counter this mistake, as it will give your skin a deep cleanse, nourishing it from within, helping it to recover from the degradation that a night of makeup would have caused.

What Do We Really Know About Acne? OROGOLD Reviews

Acne is complicated, existing in many forms and with a whole array of different treatments. It changes as we age, beginning in our teenage years and lasting all the way until menopause, showing different faces with time. Acne is often greatly misunderstood, so OROGOLD looks deeper into acne, to find out more about it.

Woman squeezing her zit.

What Causes Acne?
When both males and females reach between the ages of 10 and 15, they experience a surge of hormones, which stimulates the oil glands on the face, chest, and back to produce more oil. When the extra oil mixes with dead skin cells, they form a plug, in which bacteria begins to grow. The bacteria release chemicals that cause inflammation, which then causes the bacteria, oil and dead skin cells to spill onto the skin, resulting in even more inflammation, as well as swelling and pus. All of this is down to hormones, and acne that occurs later on in life is also usually due to a hormone imbalance. The severity and type of acne depends on how big the initial plug is, as well as how deep within the skin it is.

Different types of acne

The Different Types of Acne
There are many different types of acne, each one with their own symptoms and treatments.

Blackheads
Blackheads are extremely common, and usually seen around the nose. They are formed when bacteria, dead skin, and other substances block up the follicles at the surface, resulting in tiny black bumps under the skin.

Whiteheads
Whiteheads are small white bumps on the skin, and they are actually oil glands that have gotten clogged up with oil and covered over by the skin. Since the oil cannot reach the surface of the skin, it gets trapped between layers, resulting in the white spots.

Papules
Papules appear as small red dots on the skin, and are a type of inflamed acne. OROGOLD recommends that you refrain from touching or picking at these, as this can not only cause more inflammation, making the acne worse, but can also result in scarring.

Pustules
Unlike papules, pustules are hard to touch, and are an inflamed acne that is usually filled with pus. Showing up as white bumps with a yellow center, pustules can lead to scarring and dark spots if they burst.

Cysts
A cyst is a type of acne that is quite large, deep and filled with pus. They are usually quite painful to touch, and can result in permanent scarring, which is why OROGOLD would urge you to immediately see a doctor if you discover that you have a cyst.

Woman wearing spectacles sqeezing her pimple.

There are many other types of acne, ranging from mild to severe, but, usually, acne can be controlled. Although you can purchase over-the-counter acne medication, OROGOLD would only suggest doing this if your acne is extremely mild. Since the condition hugely varies from person to person, only a doctor would be able to develop a personalized treatment plan for your acne, helping you to control the problem and prevent the possibility of any permanent scarring.