A few months ago, I started down a brand-new path in my career. Earlier on last year I had quit my job at the clinic I had been at for many years, only knowing that I wanted to do something else with my career.
I then rediscovered an old passion of mine, that of skin therapy. You see, the skin is truly a very powerful organ. Just look at how the skin is supplied with intricate networks of blood vessels and nerves. Our skin is the first barrier against external influences, and is therefore highly specialized in detecting even the finest stimuli, partly to prevent us from harming ourselves.
A delicate touch from someone on the skin will trigger a cascade of sensor impulses and hormones. For instance will a caring touch by someone else trigger a boost in Oxytocin, an important hormone for our wellbeing and feeling of connectivity. This has probably played a big role in our evolution, at we thrive when we are together In a group.
The skin can in many cases absorb nutrients considerably better than if the nutrient is being ingested. For instance, making a vitamin liposomal (bound to fatty acids) may boost the absorption rate of that nutrient. One example of this is if you want to boost your antioxidant effect in the body, applying a good liposomal glutathione gel allow a lot of the active antioxidant capacity to be absorbed, in contrast to liposomal glutathione being ingested, where only about 10% will be absorbed.
Here is a quick guide to how to boost your skin vitality:
- Drink lukewarm water upon rising, preferably with some lemon squeeze. After a night of sleep the body tends to be more dehydrated. Ingesting a few glasses of tepid water upon rising in the morning will quickly restore the hydration state in the body. Being properly hydrated in the body, will in turn hydrate the skin.
- Start the morning with dry brushing using a natural brush. This has a good peeling effect for the skin and boost the lymphatic drainage from the skin.
- Consider alternating with a hot and cold shower in the morning. Even though taking a cold shower in the morning may be the last thing you would want, after getting out of that warm and fuzzy bed of yours, many studies have shown a range of health benefits from doing this simple practice in the morning.
- Do not use strong chemicals and other irritants on the skin. It is wise to be conscious of what detergents and soaps you use, as many of these products can irritate the skin and rid the natural barrier of beneficial bacteria flora from the skin. It is therefore wise to to for oily soaps with natural ingredients, and the most chemical friendly detergents for your clothing.
- Use good oils and creams to nourish the skin. A good daily practice of applying a good moisturizer to the skin goes a long way for optimal skin care. This will hydrate the skin, and leave it better fit to handle the days stressors. According to some expert dermatologists, applying a good skin oil in the evening before going to bed, has an additional effect to boost the skins regenerative and rejuvenating capacity.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Along with many other health benefits, drinking regular amounts of clean water will replenish the skin with proper amounts of hydration. This also enable more nutrients to reach the skin and wash away more of toxins being clogged in the skin.
- Daily supplementation:
- 25 mg of chelated zinc
- 2-300 mg of omega 3, preferably from marine sources as the omega 3 contain longer chains that will provide a better and more wholesome effect on the body
- Gamma linolenic acid
- Vitamin D 1000-2000 IU daily. Maybe more when severely depleted.
- Vitamin B6 100 mg daily.
- Regular exercise: In general, doing regular exercise is essential for your general wellbeing. Also for the skin, exercise proves to provide a lot of benefits.
- Saunas and infrared saunas to perspire out toxins that circulate in the body and reside in the skin
- Sleep well and soundly, as this benefits the hormones that enable a more optimal skin health
- Limit intake of alcohol and other dehydrating beverages
- Avoid nicotine as it has a detrimental effect of the skin
I would also strongly advice to have an emergency kit for accidents that inevitably may happen. At least make sure that you have some good plasters and bandages stored away. This will save you a lot of trouble when accidents happen. In Stanvanger dermatology department. we are fond of using honey for wound therapy. The reason for this is multifold. Firstly, it has shown to protect against skin bacteria that may prevent skin healing. Honey also provide a lot of nutrients to the wound site, and therefore speed up the healing process. This is particularly true for the honey produced by the leptospermum plants in New Zealand, and many honey products have been created from this healing honey. Mind you, when you apply honey to a wound, and then cover it up, there wound site will generate a lot of fluid. We therefore always recommend covering the wound site with an absorbent patch, such as Aquacell Extra. I have seen many remarkable healing processes, where next step would have been amputation of the limb, and after application of honey, we could see a gradual healing of the wound.