Inflammation seems to be at the foundation of many different skincare issues including premature aging, acne, rosacea and melasma. Inflammation is a natural biological process that the body uses as a way to signal the need for repair at a site of injury or illness. This is a completely healthy response, and when it is in balance with the body’s other processes, it causes rapid healing to acute situations big and small. The inflammatory alarm bells that your body ring out are absolutely an essential way we regenerate on a daily basis. So, in and of itself inflammation is not a bad thing.
The trouble starts when there are too many alarm bells going off at once, and your body has to pick and choose which area to repair first. There is actually a hierarchy of protection that your body is constantly checking in with to keep circulatory system, nervous system, and vital organs in relative equilibrium. These areas are the most important to your survival so it gets repaired first.
Long down the list, the skin gets tended to (unless of course you are bleeding profusely). So that is why many inflammatory illnesses can be detected on the skin. It is the last to get repaired, so the first to show signs of issue.
It is very important to understand that your lifestyle is absolutely THE largest factor in your body’s relationship with inflammation, or how easily you rest and repair. I’m not just talking about diet and exercise. Your home environment, your work, your relationships, all have fingers on the dial of your health and wellbeing. And if you want healthier looking and acting skin, you have to tend to how you respond to the world around you. Because you can put the most amazing products on your skin, but the improvements can only go so far if you aren’t taking care of yourself on every level.
As we approach the new year, why not start it off right with a detox reset? Try some of these simple steps to not only improve your skin but your health and wellbeing. Try it for a few days, a few weeks or long-term.
1. Mental Cleanse:
With these changes, you will be glowing inside and out to start the new year.
Happy New Year and cheers to great skin, health, and wellbeing.
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Safety & Sun Protection
Living in Arizona means that we are in the sun almost every day of the year, and summertime activities, vacations, picnics and pool parties mean we are in the sun even more. But regular exposure to the sun can wreak havoc on the skin, leading to unsightly brown spots, redness, broken capillaries, large pores, saggy skin, wrinkles and skin cancers. To prevent these changes, a broad-spectrum sunblock needs to be applied daily.
Summer Time Skin Health and Sun Damage Summer is around the corner and no matter where you live, you’re most likely seeing the sun at some point. Whether you’re at the beach, hiking in the desert, playing at the park with the kids, or even just driving in your car, your skin is feeling the effects and sun damage is happening! Over time, a lack of taking care of your skin and not being diligent with your spf, suncare and skincare regimen WILL catch up to you. So, with that being said, the first question a lot of my patients ask when they come in is one you may too….