What are you leaving behind? The strange story of skincare

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Do you know what your skin leaves behind? It would probably shock you. It could be a trail of dead-cells, oils, and dirt on your furnishings, mattress, and linens that can cause health issues, including skin problems, breakouts, and blemishes. Perhaps the worst part is that these particles are left behind for you to languish in later, as you sit in your favourite chair, lounge in bed, or curl up with your favourite blanket. Be wary of what your skin leaves behind and avoid subjecting your skin to the same toxins and germs, day after day.

Some pretty-awful things that skin can leave behind include:

Mould spores.

Mould spores are easily transferred by skin and left behind wherever you have made contact. Mould is a result of infection, dry skin, or a high-yeast diet. Treat wounds and keep them covered; moisturise your skin and don’t pick at flaky or dry patches. Lower your intake of yeast, which you sweat out through the skin and that is susceptible to forming mould at the pores. When you sweat or your pores brush up against a surface, mould can be spread and left behind. Mould encourages more mould, and can create conditions that cause respiratory distress and illness.

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Bugs.

You are not alone; mites and bugs lurk wherever you frequently sit, lounge, or lay. Bedbugs are frequently transported by skin and once these move into your home, professional extermination is the only option. Hot water is the best defence when trying to curb the breeding and sustenance of bugs and pests.

Bathroom Hygiene

Every time that you flush your toilet with the lid up, microscopic bits of faecal matter is tossed into the air, possibly landing on your clothes, your skin, and even your toothbrush if you keep it within a six-foot radius of the commode. This then is spread and disseminated throughout your home, wherever you touch or happen to be. These bits of waste are hosts for organisms, bacteria, and potential disease, such as Hepatitis, that are just waiting to infect someone. Do everyone a favour by closing the toilet before you flush.

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Animal hair and Pet Hair.

If you have pets, then you likely have pet hair in your home. But, that’s not all, when animals malt they often shed their skin too which can be home to mites and fleas, but it is even more prevalent when it comes to allergies and health issues. This pet hair could be making it harder for people living in the home to breathe, and could be causing serious skin irritations.

Some other things you could be leaving behind are:

- Bodily fluids, such as urine, semen, blood and sweat.
- Cosmetics, including makeup residue, body creams, colognes, and hygiene products.
- Body oil and grease.
- Pollen.
- Dead skin cells.

Do you know what your skin leaves behind? Maintaining healthy skincare regimens and changing your sheets and linens often may curb the dirt, oil, and debris that you carry and transfer to furnishings, particularly your linens, bedding, and mattress. Replace your mattress periodically and create a cleaner, healthier sleeping environment and better skin.

Your skin is impacted by everything that you do:

  • The amount of sleep you get influences the condition of your skin, as well as the frequency and severity of breakouts.
  • Diet. Are you eating enough fibre? Fresh fruits and vegetables provide fibre, which helps remove waste and toxins from the body that could be affecting your complexion.
  • Be sure that you are laying your head on a clean pillowcase each night, and washing your face with a clean washcloth each morning. Dirty linens transfer bacteria and dead cells to your skin, which can provoke a breakout or spot.
  • Use makeup sparingly, especially when you are experiencing a breakout. And always completely remove it once the occasion is over.
  • Your bed. Your mattress is a sponge for the oils, dead cells and dirt transferred from your skin while you sleep. Be sure that you replace your mattress at least every seven years for optimal skin protection.



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