Science Says Keep Clean Simpler These Days – Part 1 Skin

It’s been powerful helping people feel better these last five years. It really started over three decades ago as a licensed cosmetologist – helping people with looking and having their best skin while owning my salon/spa. This last year I have been partnering with people one-on-one to help them investigate alternative options for their best life – reviewing their meal plans, skin care and learning about choices that may impact their wellness. In this article, let’s look at how we go about keeping things clean – especially our skin and things that we use each day.

First, let’s look at how frequently you are washing your skin with a soap or cleanser. I am learning that most people are power washing their skin – not just their hands! This can strip away our natural layer of protection. Lots of research today identifying not only the natural oils our skin needs but also the microorganisms that are part of our skin’s first layer of defense. Our skin is not only our largest organ but it also is host to a community of cooperative microbes that protect us called our skin microbiome.

Try washing your skin and bathing only when the skin needs it. Many just need a refreshing rinse in the morning – I keep a mist bottle with filtered water and a fresh washcloth for my face. Consider the soapy wash or shower after a workout, a sweaty day and before bed to remove cosmetics and the daily grime. Plus let’s limit the use of antibacterial soaps – most of us only need an antibacterial soap for hand cleansing after working with raw meats or if exposed to someone sick. I have only one container on the counter of antibacterial soap in my kitchen for that purpose.

Second, when we do cleanse, use a washcloth to help the dead skin cells shed off the skin. This is called exfoliation which helps the skin stay healthy and it is anti-aging. One point I want to emphasize is it is very important to use a fresh , clean wash cloth each day. I recommend having at least seven washcloths – that way you will always have a freshly laundered one to use. If you want a bit more exfoliation try some of the plastic loopy puffs or exfoliating gloves. But again – you need a fresh one for each day – launder them after use. I have a spot in my laundry room to hang my used washcloths and puffs to dry until they are washed.

Third recommendation is to not immediately towel dry when you exit the shower. Best if you can apply your lotion or body cream over your damp skin. Helps keep your skin hydrated longer – brush your teeth and dry your hair while allowing the rest of you to air dry. If you have problem skin issues, I would love an opportunity to discuss some simple steps to encourage natural skin healing after bathing.

Fourth just follows having a clean wash cloth each day – use your own personal bath towel, nail clippers and razor. If you share these items, your family may share more than love. Something like pink eye will quickly spread with common towel use. But I know families that had a hard time eradicating simple athlete’s foot that were doing everything they thought (cleaning the tub between uses, keeping shoes on till in tub, no barefoot running around the house)….and just getting each person their own $2 nail clipper was the start to getting that under control.

If there are a number of people using the same bathroom, everyone having their own color towel helps – my towel and washcloths have always been a shade of purple. If people are doing a good job of using their own bath towel, then usually you can keep that towel for a few days since you are supposed to be clean when you use it…and letting it dry completely after each use.

Fifth, use laundry products that you know are not only safe for the environment, but are safe for you! Laundry soaps that rinse completely out of your clothing, towels and bedding so you don’t have any allergens, toxics, or irritants next to your skin. Our family knows the difference everytime we stay at a hotel. When traveling, I have to bring my own pillowcase and wear jammies or my skin and hair suffers. Even when I stay with friends and family. I am a very sensitive person but toxic laundry products are bad for everyone.

And when I was younger, I lived most of my life feeling just okay because that was as good as it got. Now I know the difference. Now I live with my healthiest skin and best wellness plan every day. If you would like to learn more about how to create a plan for your best life, I would love an opportunity to strategize with you. Then discuss how I can help stay accountable to that plan!

I am only a phone call or text away. (847) 502-8394. Or pop me an email at elizabeth@yourcomfortforlife.com

Be well!

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