Recently I've talked to people about their skincare not working. The fact of the matter is that, there could be a number of reasons why your skincare isn't working. Everyone is different, everyone's skin is different and everyone's lifestyle is different.
Below are 5 reasons + *Bonus* reason why your skincare may not be working.
Reason #1: The skincare you're using is not right for you.
This may be an easy answer to just say, "This skincare isn't right for me." Although that may be true let's explore why your skincare may not be right for you.
Your skin may be allergic to some of the ingredients. Does you skincare contain toxic ingredients that is causing your skin to react? Even if your skincare is safe, clean skincare that has an evaluation of a 1-3 in the www.ewg.org/skindeep/ database, you may just be allergic to one of the ingredients. There is no one size fits all skincare
Reason #2: You're not feeding your body beauty foods.
Before you come to the conclusion that your skincare isn't for you, try examining what you're eating. Are you including lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet? Are you eating plenty of greens, berries and all the colors of the rainbows?
The fact of the matter is that our skin reflects what is going on inside our body. Our body reflects what's happening to us based on the food we eat. We need to eat nutritious, healthy food that helps us flush out toxins, which in turn gives us glowing skin.
These foods help our skin look young, plump and supple because of all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
We also need to consider not eating dairy and gluten. I know, this is hard...trust me after having read study after study after study I'm not coming to the conclusion that dairy and gluten are horrible for our skin. It causes a lot of inflammation and our body doesn't process it well, which is why we end getting gassy, bloated and acne, which in turn makes us look older too.
Reason #3: You're not getting enough sleep.
Have you ever noticed what your skin and face look like after not having good sleep. Our skin looks withered, we have bags under our eyes and we don't look don't look good.
Getting good sleep helps us stay looking fresh, young and happy, which makes us look younger. Make sure you're getting enough sleep as well as creating a good sleep ritual at night that will ensure a good night's rest.
Reason #4: You're not drinking enough water.
I've personally noticed that when I don't drink enough water, my skin looks tired, dull and not as radiant. Water, has been argued is the most important nutrient your body needs. If we don't drink water for 3 days, we die. It's crucial that we drink plenty of water to help our body flush out toxins and give us glowing skin.
If you don't like plain water, there are definitely ways to give your water flavor. Try adding fruit, cucumber or mint to your water to give it flavor. Consider drinking herbal tea or drink coconut water. Coconut water is a great way to drink water with an extra boost of hydration, which again is great for your skin.
Reason #5: You may be under some stress.
Stress is a killer. Not only do we look haggard when we're stressed, we don't feel good and our body doesn't absorb the nutrients necessary to flush out toxins and give us glowing skin. Some of us eat too much when we're stressed and others of us don't eat enough.
Stress makes us look old, tired...it seriously ages us.
Lastly, I want to add that no matter what skincare we use, no matter how well we eat, sleep, drink water or how free we are from stress, we all age. It's kind of a scary part of life, especially when we're seeing it happen.
Aging is a part of life and embracing it will help us to age gracefully. I know it's hard especially when we see Hollywood celebrities who are 70 look 40. It's like what are you doing and whatever you're doing, I want to do that too! But there is something nice about aging gracefully.
Just think about our grandmothers. I have two beautiful grandmothers that aged gracefully. Perfectly smooth skin was not a priority and yet they looked young, beautiful and there was a sense of wisdom that you could see in their age.
Aging gracefully should be our goal.