UNDERSTANDING YOUR SKIN & BODY
The health of your whole body is dependant on the health of your cells. And what shows on the outside of our bodies with our skin, is a reflection of what’s going on inside.
THE SIMPLE TRUTH
ALL AGEING IS CELLULAR AGEING
Each and every one of our organs functions and behaves according to the quality of it’s cells. The quality of our heart is largely dependent on the quality of our heart cells, and our skin - the largest organ - is largely dependant on the quality of our skin cells.
Yet our heart and our skin don’t function in isolation, they also depend on blood cells, lung cells and many other types of cells. So as all of our cells contribute to our overall health, any effort we make to improve our skin cells will improve all of the cells within our bodies.
Our skin is the window to our cells
While we can’t see what our inside organs look like as we get older, it’s our largest and only external organ, the skin, that can show us the impact that ageing has on our cells throughout the body.
This is why your skin can show underlying health conditions which need our immediate attention, or in the future.
WHAT YOU CAN'T CONTROL
internal factors affecting our cell health
The less controllable internal factors that influence our cells are our genetics and our hormones.
Your genotype is the genetic makeup of your cells. It is essentially a blueprint for your cells that was handed down to you in your DNA from your parents. It determines lots of physical characteristics such as hair colour and skin type.
More recently, the study of epigenetics has shown that some of these genes are like light switches, and can be switched on and off as a result of external or environmental factors.
These are the chemical messengers that our glands and organs send to our brain. Hormones are essential for a number of bodily functions, such as building new muscles and digesting food. As we get older, the amount of hormones our body produces changes, and so do the messages they send.
Hormones, and changes in their levels, can have a significant impact on cells and our skin; triggering acne during puberty, hyperpigmentation during pregnancy and dry skin during the menopause.
LET'S LOOK AT WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL
External factors affecting our cell health
Our cells are a product of our genes, our choices and our environment. We can’t change our genes, but there’s lots of changes we can make to improve our choices and environment.
The way we chose to live our lives can greatly impact the quality and behaviour of our cells. Key lifestyle factors such as how much sleep we get, how much exercise we get and the amount of stress we endure, can make a big difference to how our cells behave.
You can learn more about the impact of sleep, exercise and stress in our chapter on wellness and lifestyle.
Our skin is built from the inside out and is dependent on being supplied the required nutrition in order to be able to produce healthy skin on a daily basis.
While we can’t stop the ageing process we can slow it down by giving the body the nutrients it needs.
How you care for your skin can play a big role in how your skin cells change and grow. Using ingredients that are beneficial to your skin and don’t irritate or harm it is crucial.