We usually think of skin in terms of what we can put on it (like a juicy toner-serum-hydrator sandwich). But just as important as keeping the perfect skincare routine is thinking about your face in terms of skin health. As our body’s largest organ, the skin is affected by overall health as much as our lungs, brain, or heart.
The human body generally functions synergistically and integrates, and as a result, imbalances can sometimes occur in the skin. Taking a holistic approach to your routine can go a long way toward brightening your complexion. To kick off the new year on a bright note. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn about the five surprising facts to help you adopt healthier skin habits.
1. Your quick grocery store can trigger hours of sun damage
We all know we’re supposed to wear sunscreen year-round, but sometimes that seems overkill on rainy winter days. Spoiler alert: it’s still a necessary step. Studies show it has been shown that ultraviolet light causes permanent DNA damage that continues to develop even after you are no longer exposed. Even brief contact between UV rays and unprotected skin can have more serious and lasting consequences than you think.
The sun can stop, but the damage can’t, so perpetual protection is essential. The next time you go for a quick run- or sit in front of a window while working from home- do so with a sufficient layer of your favorite broad-spectrum SPF applied. We also recommend using an antioxidant to further mitigate the damaging effects of UV free radicals.
2. Your skin type may not stay the same forever
You’ve done all the work to determine your skin type, but here’s a quick warning: things change. Whether your face is oily, dry, or a combination of both, these categories can change based on factors such as cumulative UV exposure, pollution, menopause, or glycosylation (the breakdown of collagen that occurs when you eat too much sugar). To make sure you’re using the right products, pay close attention to the daily condition of your skin tone. Don’t assume your skin is acne-prone, for example, just because you had a breakout a few years ago.
In addition to your skin type, there are so many other things to consider- how you react to the sun, whether you have marks after a pimple or how you scar. This is especially important for those of us with darker skin. Shopping with a complete list of skin needs in mind will help you narrow down your perfect product, especially since internal and external factors influence your skin over time.
3. Bacteria could be the key to keeping your complexion in balance
The gut-skin axis refers to the concept of the gut microbiota influencing skin health. There’s still some debate about the exact connection, but researchers know that the surface of our skin and the inside of our stomachs host microbiomes composed of billions of microorganisms that work to maintain balance. When the skin microbiome is disrupted, inflammation and irritation occur.
Presumably, the same type of dysbiosis can occur if the gut microbiome is out of balance. Microbiome-regulating probiotic supplements are a popular option for supporting gut and skin health, although the science surrounding them stops short of establishing a direct link. Work with your dermatologist or physician to determine if this method is right for you.
4. This list of things to do is to sabotage your skin
When you’re under a lot of stress, your skin will eventually show the consequences. Stress- whether mental, physical, or emotional- triggers the release of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which send signals to the skin. Immediate effects include slower healing, compromised barrier function, excessive oil production, and dehydration.
You may not notice them immediately, but these effects worsen over time until you experience sudden or an eczema flare-up. Rather than ignoring your emotions, consider this an important reminder to schedule a time of relaxation. Prioritize your self-care this year, whether it’s blocking out time to catch up on Netflix or relaxing with a soothing bath and face mask.
5. Drinking more water won’t increase your glow, but sleep can
Despite the number of times we’ve heard celebrities swear that drinking more water is their secret to a clear complexion, research says it’s a myth. The water you drink reaches your other organs before it reaches your skin, and as long as you’re not dehydrated, your daily water intake has no external effect. Instead, shift to getting enough restful sleep.
Sleep is a key regulator of hormone levels, metabolism, the immune system, and the skin ecosystem. These late bedtimes can trigger existing skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and acne. Accumulating sleep debt also causes inflammation and accelerates the signs of aging, and you can’t just make up for those missing hours on the weekend. It pays to make your bedroom as comfortable as possible, so slip on a silk eye mask, invest in an aromatherapy pillow spray, and indulge in healthier, happier skin.
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