When we look in the mirror, we see a story

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Delicate fine lines around your eyes or around your mouth? Early signs of aging? Do you have patchy spots or some oil? Or is your complexion smooth and clear?

 Your skin is telling you a story about you. About how well you've slept, whether you've been stressed, how much time you've spent outdoors, whether you are nurtured and happy. It's amazing. You are amazing. Our skin is our outer expression of our inner selves and it plays a critical role for us. Some of the things our skin does for us is:

-It's our immune system's first line of defense, preventing viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms from getting inside and causing infections.

-It keeps our internal hydration in balance.

-Maintains proper internal body temperature.

-Converts ultra-violet rays into Vitamin D3 which is needed for proper absorption of calcium for strong bones.

-It is a highly sensitive sensory organ with over 1,000 nerve endings in one square inch.

Integumentary System

Our skin is called the 'integumentary system' which is an organ that includes our skin, hair, and nails. It makes up 12 - 15 percent of the average persons weight. The skin includes nerves, lymphatic tubes, and blood vessels.

 In one square inch you can find 65 hairs, 9,500,000 cells, 95-100 sebaceous (oil) glands, 650 sweat glands, 19 yards of blood vessels, 1,000 nerve endings.

 The integumentary system is our second-largest body organ and the fastest growing (shedding and replacing about 30,000 - 40,000 cells a day).

 This complex structure has a job of keeping us alive day and night. It blocks things from coming into your body and is constantly transmitting information. If something is wrong it'll display signs of distress and if all is well, it'll glow radiantly.

Clear skin does so much for us as women. It's the mirror of what's going on inside our bodies, our habits, lifestyle, genetics, and thoughts. Implementing the proper foundations for skin health will start to change our looks one molecule at a time.

The Foundations

1/  Skin-Loving Nutrition

A deeply impacting foundation for clear skin is nutrition. Our skin is a nutrient-hungry organ, requiring an incredible array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients.

2/  Nurturing Self-Care

Our brain and skin were both formed from the same part of the the embryo, called ectoderm, linking these two organs before we were even born.

 That's a pretty strong brain-beauty link. What's happening in our brains shows up on our skin. Just think of the sparkle you exhibit when you're excited about something. Or the rash that breaks out during a stressful event. How about that flush you feel when embarrassed?

3/  Proper Skincare Routine

The good news is that our skin is our fastest growing organ, so once we hit on the right skincare routine we'll notice changes within a few short weeks or even days.

The outer layer of your skin is continually replacing itself with layers underneath it and if the outer layer is not removed it will cause your pores to clog and create inflammation. Inflammation is at the root of both acne and tired, saggy skin. A simple daily facial routine will remove this outer layer while simultaneously boosting circulation and providing nourishment. This has a profound effect on keeping pores clear and restoring vitality.

Understanding the basic biochemistry of our skin will help us understand what it needs to thrive and glow!   

Do you have questions or comments?  I would love to hear them in the comments below!

December 02, 2020 — Hanna Hendrickson

Comments

Stacy Halme

Stacy Halme said:

Wow. I did not know all that about my skin!! Such a small word for everything it does for us! I have heard when there is joy and gratefulness in your heart, people will gravitate towards you and I believe they can see a glow🤍 Super interesting.. thanks for sharing Hanna

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