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Healthy skin tip #10: Don't rub your eyes!

Your facial skin is sensitive. That goes double for the skin around your eyes.

Too much rubbing of this skin causes wear and tear! Stop rubbing or scratching around your eyes, look better.

 

Sounds so simple, right?

But okay, why do we rub our eyes in the first place?!

  1. You're tired. We think you know the solution to this one – get consistent sleep!
  2. You're stressed. Different people find different solutions to stress and worry. We like yoga. Find the approach that works for you – it's important to manage your stress.
  3. You're allergic. Often we think of allergies causing nasal problems, but you can have specific eye allergies that might not affect your sinuses. If itchy eyes are a big problem for you, ask your doctor about testing for allergies.

Stay on top of these three issues and you'll help not only your skin but your overall health as well!

 

Want more tips on keeping your face looking its very best? We're collecting ideas big and small – check it out!

 

9 awesome skincare tips in one easy place

Hello! We've had such a blast sharing great tips for taking care of your skin.

So much fun, in fact, we decided to round them all up in one place. Easy to find, easy to read, great for making your skin healthier and happier.

So here it is:

Facial care made simple: 9 great skincare tips

Healthy skin isn't magic! A little common sense (eat right, sleep well), a little information (hot showers dry you out), and maybe a few ideas that you didn't think of before (your cell phone is dirty! Clean it!) - mix it up and take care to put your best face forward.

A great resource: the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

You know the drill – you're standing at the makeup counter, buying online, considering a purchase wherever – and you find some really mysterious gibberish on the label.

"What the heck is Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate?" you ask yourself. "Is that something I really want to put on my skin?"

Great question. And here's a wonderful resource for finding your answer: The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database.

Search by ingredient and you'll find what it is, products that use it, and how safe it is on a scale of 1 to 10, based on published scientific studies. The database offers good details about any concerns or use restrictions, and indicated when its conclusions are based on limited data.

For example: Propylparaben is used in some acne-fighting products. It rates a full 10 on the hazard scale.

Search for a product and you'll find a list of all the ingredients, each rated individually for safety, yielding an overall safety profile for the product.

The EWG also offers a mobile app so you can have the database handy at any time!

 

Speaking of labels, we've already told you that the terms "noncomedogenic" and "hypoallergenic" are great ideas, but don't really promise you anything…

Healthy skin tip #4: Manage your stress

 

Stress is not your friend! We all know it – but how does it specifically affect your skin and face?

Stress causes your body to release larger amounts of certain chemicals, including cortisol, adrenaline and DHEA (which is made by your adrenal glands, and which your body then converts into estrogen or testosterone).

These substances are not inherently bad – you'll even find DHEA sometimes called "the youth hormone." However! As with many natural body processes, too much is not a good thing. Elevated levels have some negative effects. For example, your immune system and anti-inflammatory abilities are both lowered by high levels of cortisol. These chemicals can also kick your sebaceous glands into high gear – resulting in overly oily skin.

 

So how do you manage stress?

Personally, we like yoga. (Here are some folks we follow on Twitter for that reason.)

But there are many known ways to help lower your stress level. And they're all good!

- Moderate, consistent exercise helps manage hormone levels (and obviously your overall health!)
- Getting enough sleep is extremely valuable
- Eating healthy food and avoiding too much sugar, caffeine and fatty foods – those "guilty pleasures" are short-term fun but long-term leave us feeling worse
- Meditation and other forms of peaceful relaxation help your mind govern your body
- Maintain relationships: Quality "face time" really does show on your face!

 

See earlier tips on reducing sun exposure and showers-versus-facewashing time.

Got more tips you'd like to share? Leave a comment or send us a note.

 

Photo: Petr Kratochvil