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Don't Fight Stress, Fight the Stressors

Stress is an unfortunate constant in many of our lives. There always seems to be some task to get done, something to worry about, and something to keep us up at night. Whether it's money problems, work, or home life, stress is part of life. Unfortunately though, that's a huge issue. According to a recent Gallup poll, 8 out of 10 Americans are under almost constant stress. And it's well proven that stress has adverse effects on our health. There is so much advice out there about how to fight stress, but what if stress isn't the real problem we need to be fighting? What if it's the stressors that we need to fight? Here are some tips to help...
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The Benefits of Having a Routine

I used to hate having a routine. I always thought that spontaneous is better, that each day can be lived more fully when you don't have a routine holding you back, and that routines were for squares. Then one day when I got older, I realized that I was craving something. I needed some kind of structure in my life to help me manage stress, and to feel like I was a real adult with real responsibilities who was fully settled in their life. What I was craving was a routine. One reason why I started System Akvile was that I realized and recognized the importance of a skincare routine. For all my life, I was treating my skin very...
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SA Team Loves: The Top 10 Foods For Your Grocery List

Taking care of your skin is much more than just your skincare routine. Being happy, healthy, and having glowing, radiant skin is really a whole-body plan. From making sure to get enough exercise, to cutting down on stress, to eating right, if you give your body some extra TLC, your skin will reward you by looking absolutely fantastic. Eating well is one of our ultimate goals here at System Akvile. Our team strives every day for a healthy mind/body/nutrition/skin balance, just like you do. And one of the most effective ways to care for yourself is to eat well. But what foods are some of the best for your skin? We've now done the research for you! Add these ten...
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The Idea Behind Holistic Skincare

All skincare is created equal, right? Wrong. Skincare, like anything, is a very personal choice. How you take care of your skin and the products you use can depend on everything from your budget to your skin type to your diet. Here at System Akvile, we want to help you learn to incorporate the "Core Four," skincare, mind, nutrition, and body, so that your skincare routine becomes more thorough and wide-reaching than ever before. It can be extremely frustrating to see progress with traditional skincare; take it from someone who has struggled with acne-prone skin for years. This is why we have started looking at skincare as a holistic, whole-body experience. Take your time, remember that slow and steady wins...
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10 Motivational Tips to Start a Fitness Routine

When you are trying to improve your skin you don’t tend to think about fitness, right? Well, the two topics are actually more connected then you may think! Let me explain… Stress isn’t the primary cause for breakouts but it can be trigger factor. How about we check out some of the science behind this? The American Medical Association noted that around exam season students breakouts would worsen. This was due to variables such as changes in sleep & diet quality, meaning a less restful and shorter sleep & low quality diet with less meals per day. These changes in routine were associated with increased stress levels. Meaning that the increase in stress levels was directly contributing to the worsening...
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Superfoods: Super Skin or Super Fail?

Many scientists agree, and we do, too, that our eating habits can either help or hinder our skin's most vital functions. If you eat pizza and burgers all the time, no matter how delicious they are, won't support your skin in the way a healthy, balanced diet will (with an occasional pizza or burger thrown in). Some dermatologists even suggest that the wrong diet can trigger inflammatory processes in our bodies, which causes our skin to break out. However, it's important to note that there's not much scientific evidence out there that dietary habits, nutrients, or superfoods have a real, measurable effect on breakouts, overproduction of sebum, or aging. Clinical studies have resulted in very vague answers as to whether...
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The Secret to Being Confident in Your Own Skin

We’re all well aware of the societal pressure to look good. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather spend the time I take trying to look perfect in the morning doing something else, like sleeping, for example. We see things all the time in advertisements, online, and on TV how we should be perfectly made up and well-dressed. If you don’t fit with the beauty standard at all times, especially if you have acne-prone skin, it’s easy to not feel confident in yourself or how you look. We can talk until we're blue in the face about how you should feel confident in your skin, but you won't actually be confident until you feel confident. Sound like...
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Your Body is Present, But is Your Mind? 3 Useful Tips to Become More Mindful

When you are taking a relaxing walk in the park but you are thinking about your meeting tomorrow, that embarrassing thing you did last Friday and what gift to get for your friends birthday - there is literally no way you are relaxing. Stress isn’t the only cause for acne-prone skin but it is a trigger. It ends up becoming a frustrating cycle as having acne-prone skin can more often than not cause us to feel negative emotions about ourselves which lead to stress, which then leads to more blemishes and so on and so on… Let’s focus on the positives now shall we? I personally found that a great way to break this cycle was learning how to become...
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Spring Cleaning - 4 Ways To Clean More Than Just Your House

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! After what seemed like a never-ending winter, spring has finally sprung, trees are blooming, and everything is all atwitter. To be one hundred percent honest, I'm not a huge fan of spring, but that has more to do with the fact that I'm highly allergic to pollen than with the warming weather. I still think spring is a great time for new beginnings, though, because as the world comes back to life, shouldn't you do so as well (so to speak)? There's a reason why it's called spring cleaning, and I firmly believe that spring cleaning isn't just for your house, but for your body, too. Here are some spring cleaning...
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4 Hormonal Breakout Myths to Stop Listening To

Old Wives Tales can be helpful sometimes in identifying and treating minor ailments through passed down knowledge. But when it comes to acne-prone skin, that’s just not true. There is so much misinformation floating around about hormonal pimples and how to treat it, that it can be difficult to know what to listen to. Can you really break out from eating too much pizza and chocolate? Are hormonal breakouts only a teenage ailment? And should you go sunbathing to dry up those pesky blemishes? Well we’re here to clear things up for you. Here are 4 myths to stop listening to. MYTH #1: When you have a breakout, it’s because your skin is dirty. This myth is just blatantly untrue,...
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