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Skin Trivia - Information About Your Skin

There’s more to skin than what you see. Skin as a whole consists of the epidermis, the dermis and a subcutaneous layer which means skin if affected from the outside by skin care products like cleansers & lotions as well as from the inside by diet & other lifestyle factors. Below we’ll explore the make-up of skin, some external factors that affect skin & the role of certain skin care products and regimens.

Why Does Aging Occur

You may have heard that as a result of cellular regeneration, you end up with a new you every seven years. While parts of your body like your skin and your blood cells do regenerate, other cells like neurons do not. With each regeneration, some cellular information is lost. Over time, cell regeneration results in the deterioration we commonly refer to as "aging."

EXTERNAL FACTORS THAT AFFECT SKIN HEALTH & AGING

Skin Care Routine

By implementing a daily skin care routine that’s right for you, you’re able to take care of your skin from the outside.
Based on your skin type and your age, your everyday routine might include exfoliating, under-eye care and the use of a serum. Your daily skin care regimen should always include a cleanser, a toner and a moisturizer.

  • A cleansing soap will remove dirt and bacteria to minimize breakouts.
  • A toner will restore your skin’s pH balance after cleansing, and will remove any dirt that’s left behind by your soap.
  • A moisturizer formulated for your skin type restores moisture where it’s needed.

Tanning

Tan skin looks healthy, but is it?
As UV rays penetrate your skin, a disruption in the bonding of the nucleic acid Thymine occurs.
Once the bond is disrupted, enzymes are not able to replicate the DNA sequence & begin to produce melanin to repair what's been broken. What we call a tan is actually nothing more than the result of trauma.

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INTERNAL FACTORS THAT AFFECT SKIN

Diet

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables containing carotenoids, vitamin C & lycopene have been shown to curb the effects of carcinogens.
Instead of chasing after that youthful glow with UV rays or artificial tanners, we recommend eating more carrots, oranges, bell peppers, dark leafy greens, tomatoes & guava!

Healthy Fats

For years, marketing experts everywhere have been concocting new ways to get behind the low-fat craze that began sweeping the nation as a result of increased rates of obesity.
But not all fats are created equally.
Fats from plants like avocados contain essential fatty acids that are the building blocks of a healthy cell membrane. By eating more healthy fats and eliminating unhealthy ones, you’ll find an improvement in your skin and overall health.

Healthy fats include:

  • Avocados
  • Nuts
  • Olives & olive oil
  • Flax
  • Chia
  • Fish


Unhealthy fats come from:

  • Meats & dairy
  • Vegetable, corn, soy and palm oils
  • Hydrogenated oils like lard & margarine