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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A new ailment to add to these pandemic-times…. MASKNE!
What is it? Mask acne (aka maskne) is a real thing, and it’s plaguing a lot of us wearing masks on our faces everyday for work, errand running, and day to day outings. It is especially stubborn and relentless during these hot summer months. Breakouts and blemishes are happening on our faces along the areas where the protective material is sitting on our face, by trapping dirt, oil, and sweat. But the solution is not to stop wearing that mask! It’s imperative to protect yourselves and others during these times. What you CAN do is take some steps to minimize the not so fun side effects of facial coverings.