Skincare is NOT a form of vanity
Being that your skin is the largest organ in your body, it’s a no-brainer that many experts believe your skin’s health is directly correlated with your overall health. In truth, caring for your skin is just as important as looking after your general wellbeing, which is why the notion that ‘skincare is a form of vanity’ is totally outdated and downright wrong. Your skin is an incredibly dynamic organ, and your lifestyle, environment and how much effort you make to take care of it, all plays an important role in influencing the internal systems it protects.
The right habits and rituals are crucial to maintaining good health. Did you ever realize your daily skincare and grooming routine is not solely for managing your appearance, but also to check your overall state of health? Think about it, everyday you scan your reflection in the mirror for changes in appearance, such as skin discoloration, growths, blemishes, dry patches or inflammations— all of which are signals your body is sending you about recent unhealthy changes in lifestyle or even potential health problems. Since your skin is so exposed to the environment, not only is it important to see and listen to these signals but also to respond accordingly, taking extra care and incorporating preventative measures into your lifestyle. This is what we want our readers to be aware of, so that your health never escapes you.
Irritated skin vs. Chronic diseases
When your skin is irritated from use of harsh products, sun exposure, lack of sleep etc., you’re likely to see some inflammation occur. This inflammation can actually be connected to chronic inflammation in the body, which may lead to illness. Studies have shown that when the skin is damaged, small, inflammation-causing proteins called cytokines are released and transported throughout the body. These cytokines can contribute to the development of chronic diseases. Furthermore, there’s no question that the sun’s UV rays are one of the most damaging elements to your skin’s health. Unprotected exposure to UV rays damage skin cells and lead to skin cancer, as well as premature aging.
Whether it’s damaged skin that’s causing internal illness or internal ailments that are reflecting itself on the skin surface, knowing the ways in which your skin and other organs can all be negatively affected may seem quite daunting. The good news is that these issues can be addressed by having a simple, effective skincare routine that’s tailored to you. Your routine is meant to optimize your body’s own mechanisms of repair and rejuvenation. Look for products that are naturally-sourced and focused on improving skin health, not whatever is the latest fad on social media.
Here are some guidelines to build for good skin health
It starts with washing
If your face feels dry and taught after a face-wash, throw away whatever product you’re using and swap it out for a gentle cleanser instead. Avoid over-cleansing your skin with harsh scrubs or makeup wipes and definitely stay away from products with harsh ingredients such as alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, and acetones, as they can cause damage and inflammation.
When it comes to skin, protecting the moisture barrier is the most important. Simply using a barrier-repairing moisturizing cream can drastically decrease inflammation and reduce the risk of disease. Apply a good moisturiser that’s suitable for your skin every day and night.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen
Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher whenever you leave the house. It is always easier to prevent the signs of sun damage and skin cancer than it is to try and undo damage that’s already been done. While chemical sunscreens may sometimes have better formulations, your best best are Zinc- and titanium-based sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Additional sun protection habits include seeking out shade and wearing SPF-protective clothing and hats.
Find your go-to’s
Accumulate a range of problem-treating skincare products to address any and all skin reactions that may occur along with changes in the seasons, environment, hormones, aging or your lifestyle.
Use products containing DNA repairing enzymes.
Sun exposure, pollution and the natural aging process degrade our skin on a daily basis, and this degradation can potentially lead to skin cancer. Our bodies are equipped with natural repair mechanisms that work to heal itself through DNA repair enzymes. Yet, as our bodies slowly lose the ability to self-heal as we age, it helps to use a topical skincare product that contains DNA repair enzymes derived from natural materials, such as algae and plankton that help reverse skin damage.
A healthy diet goes a long way.
It goes without saying that your body’s ability to heal and repair starts with being in excellent health. Consume a diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables and antioxidants, as it’s beneficial for your skin and entire body. Make sure you intake dark, leafy greens such as broccoli, spinach and kale, as well as citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits. These foods contain nutrients that help reduce the risk of skin cancer by up to 50 percent and give you glowing, healthy skin. Avoid processed foods.
Vitamin B3 is actually known to help prevent skin cancer. Studies have found that patients who were diagnosed with basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers saw enhanced DNA repair and decreased risk of cancer regrowth by taking 1,000 milligrams of vitamin B3 daily. If you are out in the sun often, it makes sense to add vitamin B3 to your daily regimen and boost your skin’s repair processes while also reducing risk for skin cancer.
Don’t be shy to ask for help
Don’t wait, book an appointment immediately with your dermatologist if you have concerns about the appearance or condition of your skin. Whether it’s a small bump underneath your skin or an angry inflammation— if you’re concerned, go seek out a professional.
Last but not least, it’s important you start today to develop healthy skincare habits that positively affect your body from the inside out, improving, protecting and preventing skin cancer and other illnesses, increasing your skin and body’s general wellness.