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Healthy Skin Naturally

Understanding Our Largest Organ - The Skin

Our skin is the most visible organ of our bodies yet, is one of the least understood, with less research money and hours committed to it than any other organ.

However, we spend a fortune on cosmetics that bury our skin in a toxic cocktail of harmful chemicals. On any given day, the average woman in western nations puts more than 120 chemicals on her skin!

Many of these chemicals are known to disrupt our hormones, damage the immune system, and even increase the risk of cancer. What can we do?

Our Skin's Microbiome

This incredible cellular system works just like our gut in its role in immunity, endocrine function, and brain health. In fact, the biological make-up of our skin is completely connected to our gut ecosystem.

When we think of skin, the epidermis (the top layer we can all see) naturally gets all the attention. It provides a moisture barrier to keep our body hydrated, acting as a protective barrier against external factors — from sunshine to insects.

With the discovery of the role of the microbiome in recent decades, we have begun to understand the epidermis not just as a barrier, but as a landscape of diverse bacteria, fungi, yeasts, protozoa, and parasites that live throughout this coral reef-like structure of the epidermis.

The use of surfactants (soaps), alcohol-based sanitisers, and antibiotics (both topical and oral) have a devastating effect on the diversity and health of this microbiome. As we diminish our microbiome the regenerative potential of the skin fades away leading to skin issues such as acne, dermatitis and premature aging.

What can we do?

Practices that support rather than harm our skin's microbiome

  • Using gentle, microbiome-friendly products and minimising the use of harsh chemicals, can help maintain the skin’s natural balance. Rule no.1 - if you can't read the label, don't put it on!

  • Spend time outdoors - spending time in the daylight and sunshine, just 15 minutes a day is all it takes to maintain our Vitamin D levels.

  • Take Your Shoes off - connecting with the earth, spending time in the garden or at the beach is a great way to expose our skin to the healthy bacteria of the soil and sand - the earth through our skin.

  • Simply petting an animal not only lowers the stress hormone cortisol but it also great for our exposure to healthy bacteria and has immune boosting properties for our skin.

  • To the sea - spending time in the sea has so many health benefits and is great for boosting the circulation of blood to the skin and is rich in skin-loving minerals.

In the end, the skin is not just a superficial layer but a vital, dynamic eco system that needs our protection and care. Let's move beyond the surface and start treating our skin with the understanding and attention it truly deserves. And remember - if you can't read the label, don't put it on!

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