By Carolyn Bessette, MD
As we age, or go through life, our skin changes too. Dietary changes, hormonal shifts, moving into a new home , starting a new job, traveling, all have effects on our skin.
The one thing that is constant is change. Our environment is constantly changing, both internally and externally. It’s the one thing you can depend on.
In my 20s, I had severe cystic acne and by the time I turned 40 I had dry skin and wrinkles! It’s all part of the aging process and is completely normal. It’s important to try different skin care products or routines and find what works for you. Changing up your skin care routine seasonally can also help. Think of it like “shaking things up“ for your skin. Give something new a try. Also, there are seasonal differences in temperature and humidity that can have an effect on your skin. Typically, we get drier in the winter months and oilier in the summer months. That means changing your skin care at least twice a year might be in order.
Staying hydrated is probably the single most important thing for healthy skin. Drinking a glass of water in the morning with a slice of lemon and a pinch of turmeric can give you an energy boost and start your day off right. Try to consume at least 3 to 4 glasses of water a day to maintain a radiant glow. Your body will thank you too!
By Carolyn Bessette, MD
When it comes to mindfulness, skin care is probably not the first thing that comes into your mind, but a state of mindfulness conjures up feelings of awareness. Being aware of what you put on your skin is as important as what you put in your body. We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat“ and that is important in skin care too.
what is mica?
By Dr. Carolyn Bessette, M.D.
Mica is a natural mineral that is mined from the Earth. It is used to give sparkle to consumer products. Here at Dr. Bessette Naturals we only use natural ingredients in our skincare products, so why don’t we use mica?
Why are people against palm oil?
By Carolyn Bessette, M.D.
The reason we avoid using palm oil is simple. The World Wildlife Fund writes “The palm oil industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty, and indigenous rights abuses in the counties where it is produced.” In fact, 300 football fields of rainforest are cleared each hour to make way for palm oil plantations as palm oil and palm kernel oil are used widely in in soaps, food, candles, cosmetics, and fuel sources. This deforestation and voracious appetite for palm oil is pushing many native species to extinction including orangutans and we simply don’t want to contribute to that. We prefer to make our soaps another way and avoid using palm oil altogether.
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