Exposome: The totality of exposures both internal and external from your conception to death and the impact they have on your body.
In today’s busy world, life can be complex. These complexities expose you to many stressors both internally and externally that play an adverse role in your body’s and your skin’s aging process. The study of exposome helps us understand how these factors encourage premature aging and how we can combat the effects. Let’s dive into some common exposomes that we all face daily.
Sleep or lack thereof:Do you get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly? If not, then you are gravely affecting your body’s rejuvenation processes. Our cells naturally restore and repair while we sleep. You can enhance this in the skin by using skincare products with ingredients like peptides, niacinamide and retinaldehyde vitamin to encourage skin healing and collagen building. Lack of sleep and lack of skincare support will leave you waking up looking tired, puffy with dull skin.
Here are some tips for good sleep hygiene:
Dehydration: I am constantly surprised by the lack of hydration most adults have. Using a scale to monitor hydration, you should be greater than 50% hydration. Most of my adult patients present with less than 35% hydration.
Our skin is 60% water content so if you are not hydrating it then it is going to look less than ideal.
Dry skin is a common complaint so an easy step to combat this is to drink more water.
Tips for hydration:
Stress:Living in this busy world can create a lot of stress. Stress creates elevated levels of cortisol hormones which causes inflammation in the body. Inflammation leads to increased collagen breakdown and exacerbation of skin conditions like acne, rosacea and eczema.
Tips to minimize stress:
UV exposure and Pollution: The sun and environmental pollution are amongst the worst exposomes for premature aging. These stressors cause unsightly skin changes like chronic redness, broken blood vessels, dry skin, wrinkles, large pores, brown spots, saggy skin and skin cancer. If healthy, beautiful skin is your goal then protection is a must.
Tips for protection:
Eat a healthy diet full of antioxidants: Healthy, beautiful skin can be easily achieved and maintained with these simple habits. Let us help you with our highly effective Mikel Kristi skincare products. Go to Mikelkristi.com today to get started.
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Hello beauties!! Let’s have a little skin care education today and talk about a popular ingredient many of my patients have been asking me about lately. It’s called niacinamide, pronounce (ni-ah-cin-ah-mide). It can be found in many foods such as meat, fish and milk, green vegetables and beans. But the real craze is its presence in lotions, creams, sunscreens and facial serums. It comes with a lot of tout and patients are all too excited to tell me they have purchased products with this ingredient, even if they don’t know just what properties this ingredient has! So, let’s discuss.
The truth about sunscreen!
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There are some very popular truths and misconceptions about sunscreen. Let's clear some of those up today!!!
1. Sunscreen is not always necessary
Many people think sunscreen is only needed on very sunny days. If I can't see the sun, do I really need sunscreen?? The answer is yes. If you are outside, you are being exposed to UV rays. Wear that sunscreen. And don't forget about your body. The tops of your shoulders, arms, and chest need just as much sun protection as your face.
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