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You may not know it, but your skin is an organ. It is, in fact, the largest organ of the human body. It accounts for almost 16% of your body weight, which is about 18.5 square feet to cover the entirety of your flesh and bones. But this amazing organ is a window to your health, both physical and mental. Its ability to respond to pressure, whether temperature, emotions or physical contact, is key to understand how your health can be improved by removing the harmful triggers from your environment. Your skin is the first to let you know about any health hazards in your environment. Discover the messages that your skin is sending about your house and how to address them for better health.

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Oily Complexion – Dirt In The Air

It’s not uncommon for people to experience skin problems due to “dirty skin,” even though washing is a natural part of everybody’s beauty routine. Clogged pores is a usual issue that has nothing to do with cleanliness, as it is difficult to access the pores of your skin. It wouldn’t be too problematic if clogged up pores didn’t turn into ugly spots. The trigger factors are varied but they all come back to your environment: The lack of fresh air in your house can facilitate red and blotchy spots or acne. Indeed, obstructed ventilation systems or lack of air renewal can impact your skin dramatically. When your house has ventilation problems, dirt particles are allowed to remain in the air, causing a constant attack on your skin. The best way to avoid any issue is to regularly renew the air in your house. This is accomplished by traditional ventilation systems, such as keeping all the windows open for at least 30 minutes every day, or by using an electric dehumidifier which will renew the air and keep dust particles at bay.

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Dry Skin – Your Water Is Too Hard

Itchy patches and white scales on your skin are often an indication of dehydration. While most can agree on the importance of keeping your skin moisturized, the tried-and-true solution is easy and downright simple: drink more water. It’s difficult to imagine that all you need to do is drink several cups of water per day for healthy and hydrated skin. However, there are other reasons that may be in play. If the water in your household is hard, you can experience itchy and dry skin and hair because your body can’t process the excess of calcium and magnesium salts in the water. You will notice an immediate improvement in the condition of your skin if you soften the water. Not sure if you need to soften your home’s water? Here’s a few quick ways to determine if your water is hard. Additionally, over-heated homes can also cause a slight dehydration of the skin. So if you’re one to turn up the heat to the point you can forgo a sweater in the winter, make sure that the air inside your home is not too dry.  

 

Tired, Irritated Skin – Check for Allergens

 

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If you find yourself struggling with skin irritation, red patches or even puffy eyes, you might be struggling with allergy issues. Allergies can develop at any age and stage of your life, so it doesn’t matter if you’ve never previously suffered an allergic reaction. People who suffer from allergies in their everyday life tend to show it on their skin with rashes or eczema. The most common cause of allergic troubles in the household tends to be dust mites, followed by the dander from pets. It helps to keep a strict cleaning regime, with vacuuming the entire house at least once or twice weekly to reduce the presence of allergens. You may want to try organic cleaning products to avoid any further allergic reaction, or make up some of these recipes using vinegar to clean your home or baking soda for household cleaning products.

There are few features that make us look older than our skin so take care of what you’ve got now.

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