New Year, New Skin – Leave Bad Skincare Routine in 2020!

New year, new life! - sounds like a perfect New Year’s resolution and, yet the chances to accomplish it are at all a time low. We now have been under quarantine restrictions for almost a year, thus our lives are limited within the scope of four walls. Of course, national lockdown does have some advantages – more time for us, and for the family, time for our hobbies and new things, new pets and new tasty home-made dishes, etc. On the other hand, we haven’t seen our friends eye-to-eye for a long time, we had to celebrate the biggest celebrations alone, and some people even lost their jobs due to the ongoing pandemic. 

The situation is far from perfect, and the worst thing that it does not come alone – it brought us depression, anxiety, and overall sadness… Forced closure changes not only our souls but also our appearance, and, sadly, our sensitive skin suffers the most. How can we improve our skin’s wellbeing and overall beauty? What methods work best to recover damaged and irritated skin?

Skin’s Secrets – Things You Did and Didn’t Know Before

Skin is no doubt the most exposed organ of our bodies – and the biggest as well! Around two square meters of flesh performs several functions: it protects us and our internal parts from physical threats, thus acting as an immunity shield; it regulates the internal temperature and cools the body by protecting it against overheating; it allows us to sense everything around us by containing a sizable network of nerve cells. Significant skin functions evolved so that humans – and animals – could fully function in an unpredictable world. Speaking of evolution, it did not spare our skin change - modern human predecessors are known to be covered in hair from head to toe. Now, enough though our whole skin surface is still covered with hairs, some are very tiny and almost invisible for a naked eye – hair eventually started to lose its heating need as the climate got warmer.

Despite the weather and climate conditions, each skin deserved proper care, and while there are several different skin types, their all have their traits and needs. For example, a normal skin type is the easiest to take care of as the skin is neither dry nor oily, and the surface is smooth. On the other hand, people with oily skin type are a few times more likely to get pimples and blackheads, thus needing special cleansers and toners to reduce skin’s greasiness. Dry skin is flaky, yet the pores are barely visible; however, this does not protect the skin from various irritations, and such skin type is often associated with redness and blushes. Combination skin type has both dry and oily skin types traits, so, usually, people with such skin type have to use numerous products every day to treat different skin areas. 

What My Skin Does and Doesn’t Like?

This question is easy and tricky to answer both at the same time. To make things more understandable, we should think of skin as a mirror, which exposes our good and bad habits – skin will lose its elasticity after years of smoking, and it will look younger when drinking loads of water and eating healthy foods. It may sound like skin kind of loves stability as it should eventually get used to the usual routine. However, any skin type hates things that last for too long, especially an unsuitable environment.

We intentionally first talked about the lockdown and being at home for long periods because dry indoor air, heating, and wintertime are skin’s worst enemies. Cold season suggests temperature fluctuations when it comes to outside and inside – our skin experience severe stress as a result and may show negative symptoms such as irritation, redness, dryness, or rash. Moreover, a cold period means warm yet dry premises – when surrounding air lacks humidity, skin starts to dry out as well; this usually leads to skin flaking, painful cracks, and chapped lips, various allergies. 

Besides, we tend to associate the pandemic lockdown with tiredness and laziness – for this reason, we do not want to do anything and abandon ourselves both internally and externally. At first, we are several times more likely to order fast-food than to cook ourselves, and this habit leads to consuming large amounts of calories and nowhere to use them. Worthless nutrients accumulate in our bodies and eventually penetrate the surface of the skin in a form of painful acne and blackheads. Secondly, with nowhere to go, we tend to spend our days in comfortable pyjamas without washing our hair and, of course, without taking proper care of our skin. Even though we encourage everyone to stay natural, it’s not great to leave our skin alone in the fight for its beauty. The abandonment of our usual skincare routines occurred around the same time last year, and such a long period of neglected skin can often be the cause of various rashes, allergies, irritation, etc.

How I Can Help My Lovely Skin Recover?

We would not surprise anyone by saying that the first thing that leads to nice skin is proper hydration – drink enough water regularly no matter it is a lockdown or not. One of the most obvious ways to treat dry skin is to cover it with a protective layer. Extra-rich face and body cream work really well:

We encourage you to try cream with full-spectrum CBD that is safe for all skin types, gently pampers skin, ensures its nutrition and revitalization, and provide excellent antioxidant protection! 

If you want something more than just a cream to help your skin recover from the lockdown and regain its beauty, try using air humidifiers and long-lasting masks. While the previous will help you maintain the optimal level of indoor humidity, the latter will help your skin absorb all the necessary materials and lock them inside of your skin ensuring the best possible result! Of course, you are more than just two square meters of skin – the lockdown is no reason to forget to take good care of your hair, nails, and, most importantly, the soul. Since there is a lot of free time left under quarantine conditions, spend it wisely: eat quality food and avoid sugary sweets (stay tuned for our newest product!), get regular sleep, if possible, take a walk outside in the fresh air, devote time to your hobbies and self-care. 

The skin needs to be cared for in various ways, yet the best way is to combine internal and external skincare. Since appearance is the best business card for each of us, skin also shows how you feel deep inside – make sure you feel amazing!

The Ugly Truth About Summer

Welcome to summer allergy season! Spring’s over, but you’re still stopped up, sniffly, and sneezing. Or You may feel as though you have year-round allergies, and you may be right… See what's most likely to be causing you to sneeze and wheeze as the months go by. It keeps going long after April’s showers and May’s flowers are gone. Many of the same triggers are to blame. Once you know what they are, you can take steps to get treated.

Pollen Is the Biggest Culprit

Allergic to tree pollen? Trees are usually done with their pollen-fest by late spring. That leaves grasses and weeds to trigger summer allergies. Although tree pollination can begin as early as February, it can last through May. That means you might need to slog through spring allergies for four long months. Grass pollen can also emerge this time of year in some parts of the country.

The type of plant to blame also varies by location. Those most triggering plants that likely to make you sneeze or sniffle during the warmer time of the year include:

Plants

Grasses

Ragweed is one of the most common summer allergy triggers. It can travel for hundreds of miles on the wind. So even if it doesn’t grow where you live, it can make you feel bad if you’re allergic to it.

Nevertheless, not only flowers and pollen can trigger most symptoms:

Smog: It’s Worst This Time of Year

Summer air pollution can make your symptoms worse. One of the most common is ozone at the ground level. It’s created in the atmosphere from a mix of sunlight and chemicals from car exhaust. Summer’s strong sunlight and calm winds create clouds of ozone around some cities.

Critters That Sting Are More Active

Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, fire ants, and other insects can cause allergic reactions when they sting. If you have a severe allergy, a run-in with one of them could lead to a life-threatening situation.

Insect bites usually cause mild symptoms, like itching and swelling around the area. Sometimes they lead to a severe allergic reaction, though. Your throat feels like it’s swelling shut, and your tongue might swell. You could feel dizzy, nauseated, or go into shock. This is an emergency, and you'll need to get medical help right away.

Tiny Things Grow in Warm Air

Molds love damp areas, including the basement and bathrooms. Their spores get into the air and set off an allergic reaction.

Microscopic insects called dust mites peak during summer. They thrive in warm, humid temperatures and nest in beds, fabric, and carpets. Their residue can get into the air and set off sneezes, wheezes, and runny noses.

Although the Summer is already in its mid-run, and it seems as June has passed like it wasn’t even there, but for someone who suffer from summer allergies will know what it means like when you can’t wait for the day to be over.

Let’s see what each month of summer has in particular; and which plants bloom specifically on each month, when talking about allergies:

JUNE

June is a key grass pollen month in many areas, and it's likely that grass pollen will start to trigger your spring allergies by this time of year if it hasn't already. As the days get longer and the temperature gets higher, you'll probably want to spend more time outdoors. If you suffer from spring allergies, you may have good days and bad days — the temperature, the rainfall amount, and even the time of day will affect grass pollen levels, and you'll need to adjust accordingly.

JULY

The good news is that by July, grass pollen should sub-side and you might feel like your spring allergies are finally becoming manageable again. The bad news is that July marks the start of fungus spores and seeds, so if you're allergic to molds and spores, too, you may feel like your allergies never end. Mold can grow on fallen leaves, compost piles, grasses, and grains.

Mushroom, Moss, Mini Mushroom, Sponge, Autumn

AUGUST

August is a prime month for people with summer allergies to mold spores, which peak during hot, humid weather. You might want to stay inside on days when the mold spore count is particularly high. The best way to keep away from these allergens is to run the air conditioning.

Talking about late summer, August is very related to September, because they are both almost transition to Autumn and even Winter:

During the late summer/early fall ragweed is the most common cause of Autumn allergies. Depending on where you live, ragweed-fueled Autumn allergies can start already in August and continue through October and possibly November. Pollen grains are lightweight and spread easily, especially on windy days. The more wet and windy autumn is in your area, the more easily the pollen spreads, and the worse your symptoms will feel.

What’s the solution?

Avoidance

Take steps to avoid seasonal allergens. For instance, use an air conditioner with a HEPA filter to cool your home in summer, rather than ceiling fans. Check your local weather network for pollen forecasts, and try to stay indoors when pollen counts are high. At times of year when your hay fever is active:

It’s also important to avoid cigarette smoke, which can aggravate hay fever symptoms.

CBD

When allergies won’t let up, more and more people are using CBD for allergies to help them manage their symptoms naturally. Using CBD oil for allergies may help you avoid having to take medications that can leave you drowsy. CBD is fast becoming a popular way to promote a better balance throughout the body. To understand if it’s right for you, however, it’s important to know exactly what it is:

CBD Oil For Allergies

As interest has increased in the healing properties of cannabis, attention is being paid increasingly to cannabidiol, also known as CBD, one of over 100 active compounds in the hemp plant. Industrial hemp is a close cousin of marijuana, but the difference between hemp CBD and THC is that hemp has trace THC amounts of no more than 0.3% concentration by weight (by comparison, marijuana can have concentrations over 30%). This means there’s no such thing as a “CBD high” — it’s perfect for letting you explore the benefits of cannabis without risking a psychoactive effect or failing a standard drug test. This makes CBD great for allergies, if you have to get back in the game fast.

Allergies And The Immune System

When you use CBD oil for allergies, you’re using it to promote a better immune system. An allergic reaction is when your immune system responds to the presence of a foreign substance, an allergen. This response to the allergen results in watery eyes, a runny nose, increased sinus pressure, puffiness, and difficulty breathing — all the symptoms allergy sufferers are familiar with.

CBD for allergies should not be used as emergency intervention in the case of an acute allergic reaction or anaphylactic event. In these cases, medical intervention is needed, and CBD is a supplement and not a drug. Daily use of CBD supports a healthier endocannabinoid system, which in turn, helps regulate your body. It is this regulating effect that makes it so effective for those who suffer from allergies.

The best cure is most often prevention, that means making sure the immune system is strong and healthy before an attack occurs. CBD oil for allergies is best taken daily as part of a self-care routine. Here are couple of ways to include it in your daily regime:

Remember one very important thing – allergies don’t just happen. They take months or even years after exposure for your immune system to develop an allergic response to an allergen. A healthier immune system is less likely to create an exaggerated threat response. When taking CBD for allergies, you’re prompting your endocannabinoid system to create a boosted immune system.

Take care of yourself. Stay healthy!

Yours, truly

Biomedicanna Team

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