Holistic skin care looks at the whole person. The well-being of our mind, body, and spirit is reflected in the state of our skin. If we are out of balance, this is reflected in the skin—our largest organ. Inflammation is our body’s response to an acute event and triggers our immune system to activate and protect us. Chronic inflammation, however, occurs when the immune system continues to respond to a threat and that prolonged response affects the cells of the skin. Many of us suffer from years of this type of immune inflammation which can damage the skin’s functioning. We can then experience reddening, uneven skin tone, rosacea, acne and signs of premature aging including loss of collagen and elastin.
Internal causes of inflammation include:
- Undiagnosed food sensitivities & leaky gut
- High-sugar diet
- Additives, artificial sweeteners, and trans fats
- Hormonal imbalance
- Toxin or prescription drug overload
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Autoimmune disorders
External causes of inflammation:
- Sun exposure
- Yeast, bacteria, parasites and/or other infectionsv
- Environmental toxins and pollution
- Certain chemicals in skincare and other self-care products
Holistic facials and skincare seeks to balance and harmonize the skin and to strengthen the immune function through the appropriate skin treatments and products, healthy nutrition, supplementation, hormonal balance, exercise, mindfulness, and detoxification where necessary.