5 Reasons You're Still Having Skin Problems
It’s easy to forget our skin is a vital, functioning organ. In fact, our skin is our largest organ. Part of the integumentary system, along with our hair and nails, our skin says a lot about our overall health. (The integumentary system comprises the skin and its appendages acting to protect the body from various kinds of damage). Although we usually think of skin conditions, like acne and breakouts as external problems, they can also be a symptom of something else going on within the body or our mental/emotional lives. Here are five reasons why you still be having skin problems after ditching your synthetic products for all natural skincare products.
#1 Gut Health
The first step to healthy, radiant skin is balancing out our digestive health. Let’s use Mother Nature as an example. Think about a beautiful garden. The soil of the garden is similar to our gut. A garden’s soil, like our gut, needs the proper amount of nutrients and healthy bacteria to support the rest of the garden and all that it grows. In order for our skin to be strong and healthy like the beautiful garden, we also need our gut to have the right balance of nutrients and bacteria. Unfortunately, our skin, as well as our hair and nails, are some of the last spots to get nutrients. (Our vital organs get them first). If we aren’t getting enough nutrients or digesting our food properly, our skin will begin to suffer. Our gut is responsible for so many functions and houses a large portion of our immune system, it’s no wonder that the state of our gut has such a profound effect on our skin health.
Recommendation: Try incorporating more fermented foods like cabbage, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha in order to get a healthy daily dose of probiotics, which can help keep a healthy gut.
In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with crazy calendars and packed planners filled with business meetings, weekly workouts and dinner dates with family and friends. We are faced with tremendous demands our bodies have not yet evolved enough to handle quickly. The stress of modern living is wearing us down and it’s negatively affecting our overall health, including our skin. We look tired, older and haggard due in part to stress. If your skin is still experiencing problems after switching your skincare routine, consider your overall stress levels within your life.
Recommendation: Combat stress by remembering to breathe. Deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, more commonly referred to the ‘rest and digest’ state, which can help keep you calm as you tackle your busy schedule.
#3 Harsh Skincare Products
Many skin care products on the market today are filled with harsh ingredients that are bad news for our bodies and our skin. The average American woman is exposed to 168 different chemical compounds from her personal care products every single day and many of those are known to be cancer-causing and hormone-disrupting. (Yikes!) Not to mention, some popular products like soaps and body washes are water based, which means they actually dry out skin more than they nourish it. (Not cool if you ask us).
Recommendation: Start reading your skincare labels like you read your food labels and venture into natural skincare options that are simpler, purer and cleaner.
It goes without saying, but drinking lots of water is one of the keys to keeping skin healthy and hydrated. Our skin is made up of primarily water and healthy fats, which contributes to our skin’s elasticity, moisture and plumpness. Proper hydration not only improves skin’s overall hydration, but can also improve our skin’s complexion.
Recommendation: Make sure you are drinking half of your body weight (in ounces) every day to keep your system, and your skin, hydrated.
The foods we eat can contribute to glowing skin or it can cause flare-ups and breakouts. Foods that can damage your gut can also affect your skin health. Think sugar, gluten and dairy. Although everyone tolerates these foods differently, stick to a real, whole foods diet rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Some of our favorite foods for skin care include bone broth, eggs, fermented foods, fresh fruits, green tea, liver, turmeric and vegetables. Food sources that contain healthy fats can also help in reaching healthy, supple, plump skin. Some of our healthy fat favorites include foods like like avocados, coconut oil, macadamia nuts and wild caught salmon.
Recommendation: Ditch foods that are known for inflammation (i.e. sugar, dairy and gluten) and replace them with some of the delicious food options listed above.
Although it is completely normal to experience a skin detox period when initially switching your skincare routine, if you are still experiencing skin problems after about two weeks, consider what other factors may be impacting your overall skin health and if you have any questions, you can always contact us or send us a message via Instagram.