Why Skin Health is a Priority

Your skin, as the largest organ in your body, performs essential tasks that you may not even realise – so keeping it healthy is a must!

Throughout the month of February we will be focusing on different aspects of skin health. We will provide tips on how to achieve healthy and glowing skin, as well as how to avoid skin reactions and allergies, ways to protect and nourish the skin over the years and start switching to natural, low-tox products for the health of your skin.

 

Some of the important functions of your skin:

  1. It is a waterproof, airtight and flexible barrier between the environment and internal organs. It keeps the internal environment of our body stable.
  2. It aids your body in keeping a consistent temperature as it’s a cooling system via sweat.
  3. Protects your body from viruses and bacteria you are exposed to each day.
  4. Healthy skin keeps you protected from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, preventing cell damage.
  5. The way your body reacts to important changes around you, through the feelings of pain and pressure, is dependent on the variance of your skin health.
  6. If your skin is healthy, it will produce vitamin D which is incredibly important for many of your bodily functions. Read more about Vitamin D here!

How to improve the health of your skin:

Drink more water! We all know we don’t get enough. Water helps rid the body and skin of toxins.

Focus on nutrition. We can’t really say enough about eating healthy whole foods most of the time!  Many nutrient-rich foods can increase your natural collagen production such as vitamin A in sweet potatoes, zinc in wild caught salmon and mackerel, and bone broth, which is loaded with collagen and other health boosting minerals.

Regular exercise promotes blood circulation which carries oxygen and nutrients to our skin cells.

Avoid direct sunlight. Not only do the sun’s UVB and UVA  rays cause your skin to look dull and lose its elasticity, but it is also the cause of premature ageing and skin cancer. We give you the rundown on sun safety HERE.

Switch to low-tox beauty products. The skin can carry chemicals from products we use into our bloodstream. As reported by the EWG,  biomonitoring studies have found that cosmetic ingredients such as phthalate plasticisers, paraben preservatives, the pesticide triclosan, synthetic musks and sunscreen ingredients are common pollutants in the bodies of men, women and children. Many of these chemicals are potential hormone disruptors. Not all ingredients in the products we use on our skin are tested for safety so we need to be aware of whats in the products we use how they might effect our skin and our health.

Manage stress. Chronic stress can cause inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome and a number of other digestive complications, which we now know affects our skin health. Consider the gut brain connection.

Keep an eye out for upcoming articles on the best low-tox beauty products, understanding skin allergies, and treatments to help you improve your skin health this month.

 

REFERENCES:
EWG https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/myths-on-cosmetics-safety/
Dermcoll – www.dermcoll.edu.au/atoz/skin-structure-function/
The Beauty Chef – www.blog.thebeautychef.com/2018/09/17/5-tips-for-gut-health-and-glowing-skin/
Better Health  – https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/skin
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