Professional Skincare Tips You Need To Know
This past weekend, I went to a professional skin care conference, where I took a few classes about maintaining optimal skin health (and putting your best self forward). After looking over my notes from 7 different classes, I’ve found the most important things to keep in mind. This information is key to making sure you are always putting your best self forward.
Top Things to Keep In Mind
The things that you eat and your overall health on the inside have a lot to do with how your skin looks on the outside. Sometimes, while we think we’re eating right and doing everything we can for our skin, we’re eating something that our bodies may not necessarily agree with. This is why it’s important to know your food sensitivities.
Sugar intake also has a lot to do with the way our skin looks and how it ages over time. When we eat a lot of sugar, a process called glycation occurs. Simply put, the sugar molecules attack the cells that keep us looking our best, thus causing irreversible damage.
UV exposure and exposure to blue light are other major factors in skin health and overall health. The sun has three (3) different types of UV rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC. These are easily remembered as UV Aging, UV Burn, and UV Cancer. To avoid all three of these things, we must apply full-spectrum sunscreen, preferably a physical sunscreen (like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide).
Blue light is the light that comes through any screen that we come into contact with, and affects our eyes, skin, sleep pattern, and overall speed of cellular aging. Cell phones, computers, TVs, tablets/iPads, smart watches, in-car screens, checkout stands, and drive-thru order screens are some of the sources of blue light that we are most exposed to. These affect us at any age, however, studies show that children under the age of 5 who are exposed to these wireless devices are more likely to develop cancer, due to disruption of the circadian rhythm (sleep pattern) and effects on skin and eye health. There are very few things that we can do to protect ourselves from this irreversible damage, however, there are some skin care products available through your licensed skincare professional that can help your skin with this protective function.
The final thing that we have to be aware of when it comes to overall health and skin health is exposure to pollutants. The particles that make up pollutants range in size. Whether it’s a speck of cotton that’s stuck to our faces or a dirt particle that is invisible to the naked eye, everything is affecting the pH balance and health of our skin positively or negatively. Remember, everything that gets on the skin goes in. The piece of cotton might not be small enough to fit into a follicle and go straight to our blood stream, but its oils and some of its natural elements are getting in. Dust, dirt, and other particles that are even smaller are going straight into our skin and into our blood streams, affecting the way our bodies are able to perform necessary natural functions. All of these pollutants cause irreparable damage too.
While we may not be able to see the damage right away, our skin remembers all damage done to it (like a DVD with a scratch on it). It doesn’t matter if the damage is from something as simple as using the wrong skincare products or something more serious like a sunburn or scar. In fact, 80% of sun-related damage to the skin occurs before the age of 18 but isn’t visible until 10-20 years later. No matter what the damage, it’s done forever. Without the right external nutrition (skincare products) and internal nutrition (foods we eat), we are unable to preserve the healthy cells that we have left.
How do we stay safe and maintain skin health?
Most of the things that will cause major damage to our skin and cellular health are unavoidable. Unless you live in a bubble, you will be exposed to these things. Luckily, there are some things that we can eat and products we can use on our skin to help strengthen the healthy cells that we do have while also protecting them from future damage.
The first step is to make sure that what you’re eating/ingesting and what you’re putting on your skin are what your body and skin need, nutrient-wise. Like plants, we can’t be healthy without the right food and hydration levels. Order a food sensitivity test either through your healthcare professional or online so you can know which foods to avoid (to maintain proper internal health). For your external health, schedule an introductory facial with your licensed esthetician so that you can know how healthy your skin is now and how to boost or maintain your skin health.
By doing both of these things, you will end up with a full picture of how to make sure you’re always putting your best self forward. Your food sensitivities will guide you in terms of how to keep your gut healthy. Your healthcare professional will recommend things that you need to maintain internal health. Your esthetician will recommend things that you need to maintain external health. Overall, you will be more protected from permanent damage and you’ll be healthier.
From now until your appointments (and beyond) it is a great idea to apply a full-spectrum sunscreen, reduce your screen time, take a multivitamin, and eat protective foods (like berries, pistachios, olives, and avocados) so that you can improve and maintain optimal overall health.
I’m making my appointments to double-check my overall health, inside and out. You should too. Schedule your appointments today!