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understanding your skin & body

Skin Health

The health of your bodies is dependant on the health of your cells. And what shows on the outside of our bodies with our skin, can be a reflection of what’s going on inside.

More About Skin Health

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

Skin is our only external organ and making it possible for us to see the effects ageing has on our cells.

 

This is why our skin can show underlying health conditions which need our immediate attention, or in the future.

Internal factors affecting our cell health

The less controllable internal factors that influence our cells are our genetics and our hormones.

Genes

Our genotype is the genetic makeup of our cells. It is essentially a blueprint for our cells that was handed down to us in our DNA from our parents. It determines lots of physical characteristics such as hair colour and skin type. 

Hormones

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. 


Changes in the levels of hormones can have a significant impact on cells and our skin. For example it can trigger acne during puberty, hyperpigmentation during pregnancy and dry skin during the menopause.

external factors affecting our cell health

There isn't much we can do to change our genes and environment. The good news is that there are a lot of changes we can make to improve our choices and environment.

Lifestyle

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 and 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.

Nutrition

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 our bodies the nutrients it needs.

Skincare

How we care for our skin can play a big role in how our skin cells change and grow. Using ingredients that are beneficial to our skin and don’t irritate or harm it is crucial.