Simple, Everyday Tips for More Youthful Skin

It’s common to assume that shy of discovering the real-life fountain of youth, the only way to preserve youthful skin for life is to go under the knife. However, it’s actually possible to make a marked difference to the skin’s tone, firmness and luster from head to toe simply by remembering a few simple rules and tips. These are the simple skincare secrets the experts are every day trying to get out into the open, which when combined really can make a world of difference.

All Moisture is Good

For example, there’s a time and a place for the expensive creams and serums that cost a king’s ransom – there’s also a place for the basic stuff too. In a nutshell, there is no such thing as bad moisturizer when it comes to the standard creams and lotions that cost next to nothing – just as long as they’ve been approved as safe, of course.

Garbage In, Garbage Out

If you eat and drink garbage, this will show across every inch of your skin. By contrast, flood your body with all the good things it needs and you will literally shine from the inside out.

Water…And Plenty Of It

It’s a proven fact that most people don’t drink nearly enough water. Dehydration leads to dry, cracked, saggy and blotchy skin – consider water your fab freebie for looking after your skin!

Sleep Well, Sleep Regularly

Good sleep doesn’t mean working yourself to death all week and sleeping until 4pm at the weekend. Instead, it means consistent sleep every single night, which your skin will thank you for.

Get Out and About

And finally, your skin will only ever be as healthy as your body as a whole, which in turn means that you cannot expect to benefit from younger looking skin if you don’t keep yourself in shape. Exercise and daily movement in general are of paramount importance for healthy and younger looking skin, so get out and about as often as possible.

Let us help you retain naturally youthful skin! Get in touch with us today by calling 319.466.0026 or by filling out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit!


Are You Listening to What Your Body is Trying to Tell You?

Have you ever thought of your body as machine? It is actually similar to one except what’s so awesome about it is that it knows how to fix tiny glitches. In addition, it has the ability to send out little signals conveying that something is wrong and it might need a little help from you!

Unfortunately, most of us are so caught up with work, school, social media, and other distractions that modern living tend to bombard us every day. A heightened sense of self-awareness is required to help you figure out what your body is actually trying to tell you. Such awareness may take time, skill, and practice; therefore we think that you might need a little help from the Washington Street Wellness team. We’re more than happy to oblige!

Cracks at the corners of your mouth

You are most likely to have Vitamin B deficiency. Also known as cheilitis, this symptom may be your body’s way of telling you that you’re not getting enough B vitamins. Thus, it may be best for you to increase your intake of egg yolks, red meat, liver, sweet potatoes, legumes, wheat germ, and other foods that contain nutritional yeast/brewer’s yeast (beer, anyone?).

Chapped Lips

The likelihood of dehydration is high if you frequently have chapped lips. If you’re always reaching out for your lip balm to soothe chapped lips, you might want to drink up and increase your water intake. In addition, consider eating foods that contain essential fatty acids which in turn help you retain more moisture such as sardines, anchovies, and avocados. Other symptoms of dehydration to look out for include dry skin, infrequent urination, dark yellow urine, and headaches.

Frequent colds and flu

It’s normal to catch a cold or flu twice or thrice a year. However, if you’ve been frequently declaring in your Facebook or Twitter that you’re currently under the weather, your immune system may actually need some assistance from you. Your immune system’s central command system is in your gut and an imbalance of gut microbes may be driving your immune system in haywire. The good news is you can help your friendly microbes in defending the fort by consuming probiotic-rich foods (foods which contain tons of good bacteria), most of which are fermented. These include sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, yogurt, kefir, and kombucha. Moreover, you might also want to increase your intake of prebiotics (foods that nourish your good bacteria) such as onions, garlic, green bananas, and leeks.


This condition is a general term for the appearance of skin redness that is often accompanied with itching, tiny vesicles or papules, weeping, crusting, and in some cases, scaling. By and large, the most common trigger of eczema is food allergy or intolerance. This happens because any type of food that your body doesn’t tolerate well will lead to chronic irritation in the gut. If this type of inflammation in the gut is left unattended, it could create fissures in the spaces in between cells and allow for the invading bacteria to leak into out of the intestines, travel into the bloodstream, and manifest itself through skin rashes.

If you’re regularly experiencing eczema, consider avoiding the most common triggers of food intolerance/allergy for a certain period of time and reintroduce them one by one while monitoring closely for skin reactions.

Foods which tend to trigger eczema include dairy products, eggs, soy, corn, yeast, wheat, chocolate, and foods that are rich in gluten.

There’s a lot more subtle signs that may mean something is wrong with the most awesome machine ever invented. So you’re still not sure where to start? Let us help you out! Get in touch with us today by calling 319.466.0026 or by filling out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit!