“Skin care must be good enough to eat!”
― Joanna Runciman
The First Line of Defense
For healthy skin, I focus on eating nutrient-dense foods, exercising daily, and exfoliating weekly using the sauna.
I don’t use any skincare products.
Knowing my skin is my first line of defense, I do my best to protect it. It is the primary barrier between my internal body and the environment.
I nurture my skin with the following:
- Using filtered water for body wash.
- Getting sufficient sunlight (or supplement with vitamin D).
- Sleeping eight to nine hours.
- Eating dark and leafy vegetables.
- Drinking plenty of clean water.
By practicing the above daily, I can have healthy skin all the time.
When my skin is not in check, I know it’s caused by inflammation. The skin is always the first indication if there are any health issues in my body.
The Biggest Organ in the Body
With a total of about twenty square feet, your skin is your biggest organ which helps you with the following:
- Regulates body temperature.
- Protects you from your surrounding.
- Allows you to feel the warm and cold sensations.
The skin is composed of three layers which are:
- Epidermis – The outermost layer is waterproof and provides your skin tone. Melanocytes are the special cells that produce pigment melanin which generates your skin color.
- Dermis – This second layer has connective tissue, sweat glands, and hair follicles.
- Hypodermis – The third and deepest part subcutaneous tissue has both fat and connective tissue. Its main task for hypodermis is to create new cells. This is important because the body loses many dead skin cells throughout the day because of many activities we do. Hypodermis helps our skin looking young and healthy.
The rate your body absorbs materials varies depending on the following factors:
- Product quantity
- Contact time
- The solubility of the material
- The physical condition of the body part exposed
This might sound crazy, but if you’re not willing to eat your skin products, don’t put them on your skin. That’s because what you put on your body can permeate through your skin and into the body.
For example, don’t wash your face or take a shower with water you wouldn’t drink. The minerals found in the water can pass through your skin over time.
Also, the solubility of those chemicals is increased at higher temperatures, which means they can be absorbed by the body at a faster rate.
As for most skincare products, they contain harmful compounds and toxins. Many of the chemicals are linked to negative health effects and cancer. Here are some common harmful ingredients found in cosmetic products:
- Paraben – It is linked to causing breast cancer.
- Synthetic colors – Compounds used can be carcinogens and are skin irritants.
- Fragrance – These chemicals can cause allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress, and problems for the reproductive system.
- Phthalate – It is correlated to causing breast cancer and reproductive birth defects.
- Triclosan – It is a skin irritant that can disrupt functions in the thyroid and reproductive hormones.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) – They can cause problems in the kidney and respiratory system.
- Formaldehyde – It is an allergen that can cause cancers of the nose.
- Toluene – This skin irritant that can affect your respiratory system and cause nausea.
- Propylene glycol – It is a skin irritant that can cause dermatitis.
- Sunscreen chemicals – They can cause damage to your cells and cancer.
Most, if not all of the above toxins are found in makeup products, body wash, deodorant, shampoo, facial cleanser, perfume and cologne, moisturizer, hairspray, toothpaste, and sunscreen.
To limit your exposure to these chemicals, avoid using skincare products as much as possible. If you must, use those that have a short ingredient list which is usually the least harmful.
Your skin is your first line of defense and your biggest organ.
Do your best to protect and nourish it. The healthiest way is to fuel your body with what it wants – nutrient-dense foods, regular exercise, and proper rest.
When health problems arise, it will most likely first show on your skin, whether it’s your skin tone or any dermal inflammation.
When they appear, take corrective action and start treating your body with the utmost care.
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Hoffman, Matthew. “Picture of the Skin.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/picture-of-the-skin#1.
“Absorption (Skin).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 6 Mar. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absorption_(skin).
“Cosmetics.” US Food and Drug Administration Home Page, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/default.htm.