Why Drinking Lots Of Water WON’T Solve Skin Problems

How many times have you heard drinking lots of water gives you clearer skin? Even if you drank 2 litres of water a day, it’s definitely going to keep your body hydrated which is so important and have you running to the toilet every 30 mins!

Contrary to popular belief, this became a beauty tip from beauty bloggers and influencers and to this day I believe most will agree. I’ve also heard plenty of the opposite people who drank A LOT of water and still experienced acne and breakouts. So why is this? Well both are true to a degree but scientifically one is more correct.

Sure water keeps you hydrated but studies have shown that unless you’re extremely dehydrated, the water you consume won’t reach the upper layer of your skin. It just simply doesn’t work that way. Dermatologists recommend that you prevent water loss by using moisturisers, creams, lotions containing emollient ingredients that will help to add moisture to the skin and keep it there.

To get straight to the point you should continue to drink the recommended amount of water each day because water is life πŸ™‚

Also, try a KISS skincare routine to help regulate your skins moisture barrier.

  1. Cleanse
  2. Exfoliate
  3. Moisturise
  4. Sunscreen

If you don’t see even a small improvement in your skin in a few days or a minimum of 28 days (how long the skin takes to turn over naturally) then please see a healthcare professional for professional advice that will get you back to happy and healthy skin.

Keep smiling and love your health πŸ™‚

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DMP Definitions – Emollient

Suffering with dry skin? Has the sun and wind made your skin look like Queen Elsa’s been around you? Or perhaps more seriously, do you suffer with Dermatitis or any other skin condition? Keep reading.

Essentially emollients work as a deep moisturising agents for the skin working to soften the skin cells at a molecular level. You can get them in moisturisers, creams, lotions and ointments and can be applied topically to any part of your skin. This can be particularly helpful for people who suffer with Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Eczema, Allergic Contact Dermatitis and dry skin in general.

You can get almost instant relief as the emollients work to lock in hydration and trap moisture into any part of your skin. This slows down the rate at which you lose moisture and keeps skin plump and hydrated.

My favourite emollient is Vaseline or petroleum jelly and I have family members who moisturise with Vaseline and that alone although I do not recommend this. It would be more beneficial to add moisturiser then an emollient to the skin or better yet, find an emollient moisturising cream and slather that all over your self.

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A great moisturiser recommendation (and a popular one at that) is CeraVe an all over body moisturiser and it can even be applied safely to the face. This is widely available but if you can’t find it in shops, do check out iHerb.com as they stock it and ship at reasonable prices. Another is any of Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisture moisturisers.

I hope you’ve found this post somewhat informative and above all else, I hope you find some relief in dry and itchy skin problems.

Remember to love your health!

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Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor, Dermatologist, Beauty Therapist, or Aesthetician, I just love skincare and health and love sharing what I learn with you. Always speak to your healthcare professional when unsure. None of the information provided is substitute for an actual consultation with your healthcare professional.

 

DMP Quick Skin Tips – What To Look For When Choosing Skin Care Products

The shelves can look like an endless array of flashy products that capture our attention with, “new formula” this and, “anti-aging” that. For the most part, it’s all just a marketing gimmick and we all happen to fall for it once in a while.

Unless you’re a trained professional or have some background in Chemistry then it’s hard not to get confused! So how do you choose good skincare products that’ll actually do you good? Keep reading ahead πŸ™‚

Let’s focus on the basics because here at DMP Health we try offer the best information on health and skincare in an easier to understand format. So lets begin with the things you should look for when purchasing a new anything product for your skin.

Anything marketed for, “Sensitive Skin” is a good sign that the product has been formulated in consideration to, you guessed it, those who have a sensitive skin type. You can rest assured that albeit a very rare instance, those who are most sensitive to basically everything can feel okay to put this on their skin although I’d recommend patch testing first anyway just in case!

Look For These Words On Packets, Bottles, Tubes and Tubs

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance Free
  • Oil Free
  • Soap Free
  • Dye Free
  • Non – Comedogenic
  • No Parabens

Dermatologically Tested is okay, but really any company can put that on their packaging. Still it’s better than not mentioned at all.

Even if you don’t consider yourself to have sensitive skin type they certainly should not be disregarded next time you’re pondering your next purchase. The ingredients they don’t put in are key to not irritating your skin and we’re ALL the same when it comes to not wanting to cause breakouts and skin irritations and prevention of the latter.

I hope you enjoyed the blog post, remember to love your health!

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DMP Definitions – Comedogenic

You’ve probably heard or read ‘Non-Comedogenic’Β on skincare packaging before. Today I talk about Comedogenic, it’s meaning, why you should avoid ingredients that are and a shout out to my favourite brand!

Definition:

‘Comedo’ meaning blockage and Comedogenic meaning that the ingredient has the potential to block your pores which causes blackheads, whiteheads or a full blown breakout of bacterial acne. If you have a very oily, sensitive or acne prone skin type, at all costs avoid these ingredients. They can be found in cleansers, moisturizers, makeup/cosmetics, masks, sunscreen, shaving foam, body washes and even certain types of oils and are know irritants. Sometimes it’s as simple as getting familiar with certain ingredients. Although if you’re not a trained professional this can be a little difficult of course but achievable the more you read and learn πŸ™‚

Catch these guys out next time you’re reading the back of your skin product/cosmetics you plan to slather all over your face.

Types of Comedogenic Ingredients Include:

  • Essential oils, coconut oil, any oils from from plants
  • Dyes and colors
  • Fragrance
  • Menthol
  • Parabens

When you use a product with Comedogenic ingredients you immediately run the risk of blocking your pores as it does the opposite of what you wish to achieve. It could very well be a certain product you’re using in your current daily routine that you’re completely unaware of. So time to get savvy on those words!

Why You Should Avoid Comedogenic Ingredients:

We look for cleansers, sunscreens and moisturizers to help our skin out in one way or another. Whether it be to unclog, clean, exfoliate, protect or give coverage if we use these skin care products on a daily basis you can imagine the risk you run creating a breeding ground of bacteria and mountainous red, black and white bumps *ick* and an endless cycle that never seems to clear.

My Favourite Brand for Comedogenic Free Products:

Neutrogena is far becoming my ultimate favourite brand of skin care line to which I personally own moisturizers, sunscreen, cleansers and face masks and more as I know that some, (can’t assume all) have friendly reminders somewhere on the packaging that they’re non-comedogenic meaning you’re safe from any harsh ingredients you could possibly break out to. Now that’s piece of mind for someone like me who can get a little confused with ingredients listed on the back.

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Do you know any brands that you see list their products as, “Non-Comedogenic“? I’d love to know your recommendations as well so let me know below.

Remember to love your health πŸ™‚

Dee X

Microfiber Can Fix Skin Problems?

It’s soft, plush and works a treat with household cleaning. But did you know these little cloths and towels can be used in your beauty and skincare regimen as well?

Well lets get this straight, not the exact ones you’d use for cleaning your TV and car with! Not all of them have the same plush, velvet like softness (sorry shameless plug right here) as my Microfiber Deluxe Fiber Facial Towels.

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Velvety, soft and plush. Available on Amazon.com

Plenty of us know good old classic Microfiber material. You’ve probably used it a tonne of times yourself. It’s used a lot as an add on to cleaning products and is great for providing streak free glass and a good old scrub and get any grime off your precious LCD screens. I have plenty of them lying around my house for dusting furniture etc and I know people who own microfiber towels for their hair even.

Microfiber has properties that work wonders when it comes to the house, but can also do wonders for your complexion. Dermatologists recommend a light and gentle form of physical form of exfoliation by either using a washcloth (or microfiber facial towel). Towels and facial brushes are usually not recommended as they tend to irritate the face and a lot of us over exfoliate and create further damage to our moisture skin barrier. Remember our skins moisture barrier is the important area of skin we aim to keep happy above all else as if it’s not happy you can generally tell a mile off.

How To Use A Microfiber Towel In Your Routine?

KISS (Keep It Simple Simon) is the principle I like to suggest when it comes to a skincare routine. Don’t overload your face with a bunch of overly expensive, miracle promising products that are not going to do you any good in the long run. Here’s a sample morning routine:

  1. Cleanse with luke warm water or your favourite gentle cleanser. Massage cleanser with your fingers.
  2. Use circular motions with your Deluxe Fiber Microfiber Facial Cloth on only the areas that require the exfoliation. Don’t rub vigorously, treat your face as gently as possible.
  3. Rinse your face cleanser off
  4. Moisturise
  5. Sunscreen (AM)

The wash cloth can help to remove the build-up of stubborn dead skin cells. Also, the added benefit of a chemical exfoliant can help turn over skin cells faster. Of course the option is yours should you choose to do so. Be careful as to not over exfoliate as it’s very easy to dry your skin out.

I’d suggest you use your Microfiber Facial Washcloth no more than 3 times a week but watch your skin closely for any adverse signs over exfoliation. That’s it! Microfiber has the potential to reduce bumps, closed comedones and create a smoother canvas to paint your makeup portrait.

As always, remember to love your health!

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Microfiber Facial Cloth V Facial Brush?

I remember when the boom of popularity happened when every man, woman and child owned one of these things! Facial brushes have always been popular but they can unfortunately cause more damage than you realise.

To this day I know a lot of people still use this product and call it their holy grail but for some of us with more sensitive or easily irritated skin this may be a no go.

Lets talk about the almighty Clarisonic or technically any facial brushes for physical exfoliation.

I wasn’t quite sure 3 years ago if I wanted to go out and buy the Clarisonic, so I purchased a dupe product instead. I heard great reviews, people saying it did wonders for their skin. Everyone was using it morning and night, to remove makeup and their skin changed for the best, well apparently. Well this girl was sold and so I began to use my facial brush every day and night for about 2 weeks straight. Suffice to say my skin did not enjoy the feeling of the brush head on my already sensitive skin and it proceeded to go red, blotchy, itchy and just sore looking. What had I done? I thought this was meant to make my skin problems were a thing of the past? Well, I over exfoliated and created a mess of my complexion. I was sad, embarrassed and irritated. I thought physical exfoliation with a facial brush would make me glow and get rid of texture and bumps! In fact the over exfoliation caused more breakouts and irritation in the long run. No bueno.

It’s important to understand that physical exfoliation is not often recommended by Dermatologists. In particular facial brushes are one of the most frowned upon of those to use but alas we are all at some point swept into the marketing of new revolutionary products that will offer sparkly skin.

For me physical exfoliation with a brush is too harsh on my oily/combo skin and it could very well be for you too. I prefer to use a product that I can control completely. Something so back to basic you’ll think I’m prehistoric. My Deluxe Microfiber Facial Cloth works with water, micellar water or your favorite cleanser to exfoliate and cleanse the skin all in one step. Just dampen with your choice of product (fold in half twice for Double Deluxe Method) and use gentle, circular motions to target areas of your face that require the exfoliation. No need for any scrubbing, rubbing or tugging at your skin. You’re most importantly not damaging the surrounding skin that doesn’t need to be rubbed raw. If areas of your skin are okay, then leave them alone.

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You could certainly use it in the shower or in the bath, whatever tickles your fancy and makes your morning and evening skincare regimen easier for you.

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Have you used a Clarisonic or any facial brush in the past? Let me know below your experience.

You can purchase my Deluxe Fiber facial washcloth on Amazon. Link on the Home screen of the blog.

As always remember to love your health!

Dee X

Our Quality Microfiber Facial Cloth

The must have Deluxe Fiber Facial Washcloth for healthy, glowing skin! Deluxe, plush, reusable Microfiber Facial Cloths!

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  • DELUXE FACE EXFOLIATION & CLEANSING- Facial brushes as well as ordinary facial towels are a popular choice for skin cleansing yet have been proven to be too damaging on facial skin often being abrasive and drying to the skins moisture barrier. Target troublesome areas of your face to remove the dead skin cells that may be blocked at the base of hair follicles and require an extra boost to be lifted.
  • REMOVE SIGNS OF AGING- As our skin ages, the process of shedding and turning over new skin cells decreases which can leave us with wrinkles, dry skin, enlarged pores, dullness and an overall uneven skin tone. Our Deluxe Fiber washcloth works to counteract the signs of aging by gently removing the build-up of dead skin cells to reveal baby soft skin with just one use. Prolonged use promotes glow and a refined texture to your complexion. It removes makeup, masks, sunscreen and more.
  • ERASE YOUR MAKEUP- Without the use of added extras like fragrances, chemicals such as drying alcohol and breakout causing comedogenic ingredients known to block pores. Simply add your own gentle cleanser, micellar water or water for efficient makeup removal. It will give you the confidence to leave the house makeup free and people will wonder how you achieve such healthy and attractive skin
  • SAVING YOU MONEY- Forget countless packs of makeup wipes, pads and rounds. Play your part in saving Earth and enjoy the feeling of refreshed, smooth skin.

Have healthy and happy skin everyday!

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Remember to love your health!