November 19, 2019
We’re sure detoxifying skin is not a foreign concept for you.
We always hear about myriads of toxins that can hurt our skin, but if you are still wondering: why exactly do we need to detoxify our skin? Short answer is, although our skin is designed to be a biological shield against pro-oxidative chemical and physical air pollutants, prolonged or constant exposure to these, along with bad lifestyle choices leads to significant negative effects on the skin. If you want to learn more, just keep on reading.
The skin is constantly exposed to environmental air pollutants such as smoke, ozone (O3), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), oxides, and particulate matter (PM). Some effects of constant exposure are skin aging, inflammatory or allergic skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis or acne, and one of the worst possible effects -- skin cancer.
Poor Lifestyle Choices
Smoking, drinking, and bad food choices can also take a toll on your skin. Smoking once cigarette can constrict blood flow, (consequently decreasing flow of oxygen) in the skin for up to an hour and a half. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, and too much drinking also deprives the skin of vital vitamins and nutrients. A skin disorder that starts with a tendency to flush easily (but can eventually lead to facial disfigurement) called Rosacea is linked to alcohol. Foods with high glycemic index such as sugars and simple carbs are also said to cause acne as an increase in insulin also
Stress stimulates a chemical response in our bodies that makes the skin more reactive and sensitive. The stress hormone, cortisol, also signals the skin to create more oil, making it prone to clogging and infection. Stress can also prolong the healing period of skin.
The process of detoxifying one’s skin is not just done from the outside though. It’s an inside-out job.
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