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July 08, 2021
The main determinants to skin health are genetics, ageing, hormones, sun, pH levels, skin products, diet, lifestyle, and stress.
The Family Genes & Your Skin:
It's common for certain diseases and disorders to be handed down through the family genes, but that doesn't mean you can't nurture and strengthen that area to keep the symptoms at bay.
Some people get acne, sensitive skin, eczema, or skin flare ups when they are run down, invaded with microorganisms, or stressed. Make sure you know the tools and supplements needed to keep you healthy and strong.
Prevention is the best medicine. Read your body and act!
How Ageing Effects Your Skin:
We are not unique in this department, but we sure can slow OR hasten this process when it comes to our skin and general cell health. As we get older the production of collagen and elastin slows down, hydration and healthy oils are naturally reduced in our body and oxidation also takes place at a higher rate. These all-cause sagging, wrinkles, and fine lines.
The key to slowing the pace of ageing is consuming a balanced diet high in nutrition, essential fatty acids, proteins and carbohydrates with no chemicals, salts, fats, or preservatives.
Also keep hydrated with quality filtered water. A perfect example is someone who drinks, smokes, is on medication, consumes a high fat, sugar and processed diet and sunbakes too much will make them look a lot older than the person who lives a healthier diet and lifestyle. As we get older in the body the brain needs to work smarter and make right choices for a healthier feel and look. We need to grow up as we grow up in more ways than one!
The Stages of Hormones:
There are two main hormonal stages that cause changes in our skin.
First one is our teenage years when our testosterone, progesterone and estrogen levels are finding their own balance for adult life, causing increased oil production, acne, congestion, and blemishes.
Then in the later years of menopause, estrogen levels drop causing dryness, redness, and hot flushes. Some people breeze through this, and others suffer immensely causing them high stress, social problems, and great discomfort. These are stages in life thank goodness and can be nurtured along if symptoms surpass unacceptable levels.
Sun & Skin:
Well, we all feel that the sun makes us feel good, and that is for a bloody good reason…it is good. But as the laws of life go, nearly everything is good in moderation.
We need it for vitamin D and calcium absorption.
If our skin is exposed to too much sun we burn or sun stroke can occur, which can expedite ageing factors such as thickened skin, fine lines, deep wrinkles and hyperpigmentation…so as the saying goes, with all the things we love, moderation is the key!
Our skin will look healthy and vibrant with sunshine used in moderation!
The Skin pH Levels:
Normal skin pH levels are 5.4 to 5.5, so if we strip our skin with detergents that are present in foaming cleansers, soaps etc, our skin will become stripped and dry, causing premature aging, congestion, and other easily avoidable skin conditions.
Your acid mantle (skin barrier) is there to protect your skin from the environment such as wind, sun, and pollution. It Protects your skin from dehydration as well as dryness. If your skin is oil dry, then water evaporates causing dehydration.
If you are oil dry then you will become water dry. This changes the pH and therefore the healthy skin barrier is no longer, leaving you with congestion, dry, red, and flaky skin that leaves you sensitive to the environment. Look after your skins barrier…..it's there to protect you!
Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Skin:
Well! A healthy lifestyle = healthy skin!
If we choose to sleep, eat, live, and breathe healthy, the sky's the limit to how you look and feel. We all know how we feel with the occasional lack of sleep or water, too much alcohol, coffee, fats, sugars, and lack of exercise. Well guess what?….if you positively enforce all these lifestyle factors your skin, body, soul and spirit is rekindled giving you an aura that you have always dreamed of.
So, live it (balanced), breath it (clean), sleep it (soundly), eat it (balanced) and drink it (filtered).... a healthy lifestyle…sounds too easy, doesn’t it?
Diet & Nutrition For Your Skin:
This is where nutrition comes in. The most important factor to skin, cell, and body health. Think about it….our body is made up of single cells e.g. skin or muscle cells. They together make up different types of tissues, skin layers or muscles, which in turn work together to make up body systems, integumentary (skin) or the muscular system. Got it?
Each system in our body starts from a single cell. Now the main nutrients for normal cell activity are proteins that need carbohydrates for energy and water, so nutrients can travel and enter other cells. Then we have oils that maintain cell barrier integrity and allow and block certain nutrients entering cells.
What, you say? Water, oil, carbohydrates, and protein?? Yes! If your diet is healthy and balanced with loads of organic simple carbohydrates as in fruit, vegetables and salads, plus good quality proteins as in legumes, meats, fish, nuts and seeds with high quality filtered water and essential fatty acids from cold pressed oils, deep sea fish, nuts, seeds and avocados, you will have healthy cell activity in all your systems.
These macronutrients contain vitamins and minerals and nutrients which are like petrol to the car.
Your car also needs oil and water…so look after your body, cut out the crap, keep it simple.
The Correct Skincare Products Make A Difference:
This may well be the last but not the least. What we put on our skin can either maintain, improve or worsen your skin health.
I have treated a lot of skin that simply just needs a product change and almost overnight clients can see the difference.
There are a lot of unqualified people out there selling products simply for the sale and some salespeople do not understand the science or biology of our skin and prescribe wrong or even worse detrimental products.
We also need to be aware that we may be given products to improve skin but as our skin is always changing we need to change the product to suit our needs at that time.
As a skincare specialist and manufacturer and focusing on skin nutrients to bring skin back to health, I take pride in my knowledge and skills to consult and prescribe as well as treat.
Obviously organic is good, but we need the active ingredients to make change.
Plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, filtered water and oil in our products is what makes Rawganic Skincare stand out. We are here to create skin and cell integrity, treat actual skin problems and then maintain.
Our ingredients are the most compatible for your skin health you can find, from vitamin C, dead sea mud, hyaluronic acid to sea plant extracts. You have skin changers right there in front of you. Gentle cleansers to nourishing balms will get you back on track so you can get to the maintenance side of your skincare.
Organic means there are extra nutrients with no chemicals so choose wisely what you put on your skin!