4 Reasons to Include Manuka Honey in Your Skincare

You've probably heard the term "mind-body connection," but in an increasingly busy, connected world, that link is still highly misunderstood. Going beyond just something you say at yoga class, there is a physiological connection between your gut, your largest organ - your skin, and your mood.

Science is catching up. According to a growing number of studies, the development, prevention, and management of mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety disorders, have all been linked to what we consume through our gut and our skin.

However, we don't all have the same nutritional needs. That's where supplements come in. A popular way to fill in nutritional gaps, supplements can be helpful to your emotional and mental states, as well as your body, including skin. But as with anything, there are a few key points you should look out for. Let's dive in!

1. Niacinamide for Skin Oil Control

A popular ingredient commonly recommended by skin experts for at-home treatment of acne prone skin, Niacinamide is also referred to as Nicotinamide, and is a form of Vitamin B3.

Niacinamide has several roles in calming acne-prone skin. One of the most impressive is its ability to regulate oil (sebum) production without drying out skin. Skin experts sometimes recommend Niacinamide instead of Salicylic Acid to patients with dry or sensitive skin. 

A powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient, Niacinamide also helps reduce inflammation associated with acne breakouts. It is generally safe to use with more severe, inflammatory acne such as papules and postules.

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2. Lavender for Antibacterial Control

Like tea tree oil, lavender oil has been studied to provide potent antimicrobial results to skin without drying it out like alcohol-based products tend do. Important to the preservation of skin's microbiome, lavender oil is able to act as a proper antibacterial agent without wiping out the "good bacteria."

Along with its antimicrobial capabilities, lavender also reduces inflammation and speeds healing. Studies have shown lavender's ability to quicken the healing of wounds, which is what acne is to your skin.

If you are dealing with persistent acne, trying a lavender oil acne treatment that also contains Niacinamide.

Lavender oil also brings calming benefits to your mind. 

One of the few plant-based scents that is also calming for our feline friends, lavender is commonly used in aromatherapy and has been studied to reduce general anxiety. 

CALM Face + Hand Serum is a great addition to your PM skincare routine to help you reduce acne breakouts and calm your senses.



3. Cannabidiol (C-B-D) and Cannabigerol (CBG)

It may seem like C-B-D is now being advertised as a cure-all, but it does have powerful, studied properties in skin that are not to be dismissed. The key is using C-B-D and CBG in its proper potencies.

CBG or cannabigerol is especially making a splash in the skin care industry, proving to be a more powerful antioxidant than Vitamin C and a more effective anti-inflammatory agent than its "child," C-B-D.

CBG is the mother of all cannabinoids, causing very little of it to be left by the time the plant matures as it gives birth to the other slew of cannabinoids. Anti-inflammatory serums that combine potent doses of C-B-D and CBG can help effectively reduce acne breakouts while providing powerful anti-aging results on a cellular level.

Serum for Acne Prone Skin

Over 80% of the population is affected by acne, and there are many treatments targeting this popular skin challenge.

One misconception is that you just need to clean skin really well to keep it acne-free. While keeping skin and surfaces that interact with it - such as phones, pillows, hands, etc. - clean is a big part of reducing breakouts, the skin-clearing magic happens in the treatment portion of your skincare routine - the serum.

Serums are designed to be the "meal" of your skin care routine, nourishing and treating it. 

Make sure that your AM and PM serums have the ingredients your skin needs to protect and improve its microbiome, and address its individual needs.

CALM Face + Hand Acne-Reducing Serum from MOOD Skin Care is specifically formulated to help acne-prone skin reduce breakouts, and better tolerate drying ingredients like Salicylic Acid that may be in your cleanser or toner as part of your journey to clear skin.

*These statements are found to be accurate as of the time this blog is published.

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