We'll never get tired of reminding you that skin health is highly -Seriously highly- related to what's going on inside your body; even more than the products that you use in your skin care routine. Don't get me wrong, of course products help -and even better if you use organic ones- but they wont fix what’s not correctly working in the rest of your inside organs.
Today, we want to do a focused list of variables that will help you increase the healthiness of your largest body organ -Yes, your skin!-, and of course we’ll be doing a deeper explanation of each one in the following weeks.
Give yourself a big picture about all the things you can start being mindful about, before buying any more expensive products!
Digestion and skin health is like a cycle. And let’s not get it wrong, actually your skin problems are a reflection of what’s not working right in your guts.
Some skin conditions like eczema for example, could mean that your guts are inflamed because of an unhealthy diet -Hello comfort food-, or some food allergies that cause "leaking" of some proteins in your body. Maybe you were worried about your skin, but a product won’t do magic if you don’t solve what’s causing your guts inflammation.
Before going deeper into the hormones and skin health topic, it is important to highlight that your skin will never be “standard or normal” all the time. It’ll change during the different stages of your life as you grow -as your hormones change- and of course, the rest of variables that we already have and will mention.
Being said that, hormones don’t only affect women during their moon-cycle, mans also suffer of skin changes affected by sex hormones, and a pretty good example of this is… puberty! -does anyone even miss this?-.
What hormone could be responsible for most of these skin variations?
Here's the most common answer: Sebaceous glands receptors are highly influenced by sex hormones such as androgens (male sex hormones like testosterone that are present in both woman and man). During puberty, for example, the increase of this hormone in the sebaceous glands receptors accelerates the production of sebum and causes oily skin.
Hello acne, we met for the first time...
On the other hand, for women, the production of sebum might also change during their moon-cycle as a consequence of estrogen levels. That's why is pretty normal to notice your face skin oilier during the previous week of the period.
Balanced dietWe’ve talked about this before and that’s because it is absolutely important!
Eczema and acne are strongly related to the diet, as we said in the first point of this article. While ago, we spoke about how comfort food is a common booster for acne during adulthood as well (If you haven’t read that blog article is here!), but that’s only the high point of the iceberg.
Best you can do is to improve your diet with:
- Prebiotic such as banana and onions (here’s a great list of prebiotic for your supermarket list)
- Magnesium. This helps your body in the process of eliminating toxins.
- Food rich in antioxidants, such as berries, tomato, broccoli, among others.
Physical HealthLet’s begin by saying that if you don’t have good pre and post workout hygiene habits, exercising won’t end up being good for your skin because sweating will become a monster for your skin health. If you remove your make up before exercising, wash your face (even better a shower) right after the routine, everything will be fine.
How physical health and skin health are related goes beyond increasement of collagen in skin and that beautiful glow that comes after working out. Here are some benefits:
- Exercising boosts the flow of your blood in your body, this helps in the oxygen if your body cells and that includes skin cells!
- Helps in the process of removing toxins from skin
- Working out helps in decreasing stress and stress is a trigger for many physiological responses of your body, including skin reactions.
Mindful State of Mind
We just mentioned stress as a trigger of skin reactions and here we go again!
Most of us have suffered from this in many opportunities during our lifetime. Either because of our jobs, school, motherhood, family situations -just to mention 4 in a million- that have bordered us near to anxiety, stress and some other feelings that take us out of our center. But this isn’t just out of the blue, when you are anxious, your body starts releasing extra doses of cortisol and adrenaline.
The result? Allergies, acne, eczema and the worst feeling of not being able to do anything about it.
Well, that’s not true, you can do something about it!
Having a mindful state of mind might sound like dust in the wind, but is as real as washing your teeth before bed. The basis of everything is to practice either active or passive meditation in order to calm your anxiety and stress level. Even if you don’t enjoy traditional meditation, you can do something that releases your mind: painting, gardening, running, and any other activity that doesn’t need anything different than a repetitive action from your body that will keep your mind settled.
With these 5 variables, we want to introduce you to a holistic approach to skin care routine. Not the general routine that sticks with products, but one that completes external skin care with a lifestyle. Information is the most powerful tool in our lives! That’s why we are engaged with helping you get all the insights that will lead you in the right way of having a healthy skin and overcoming hard times.
Stay tuned for the following blogs regarding each one of this 5 topics!
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