Your skin maybe making you look older than you really are. Skin- our largest organ, is forever changing as it protects us and keeps us alive. However- we may fail to embrace the necessary changes that can keep us from appearing lifeless, old, and toxic. “The main function of the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) is to regulate epidermal permeability and to act as a physical, chemical, and antimicrobial defense system. Studies have shown that both stress, hormonal changes and gut inflammation can impair the integrity and protective function of the epidermal barrier.”(1) Lacking self care – the skin and body can show signs of premature aging.
“It is generally thought that the shortening of the telomere and the loss of a cells ability to reproduce may be a major factor in longevity and aging.”
A high sugar diet shortens telomeres, and can lead to premature skin aging. Stress stops digestion and shortens telomeres. An imbalance in cortisol levels is associated with shorter telomeres. When our cortisol levels are too high or too low, we increase oxidative stress. “In women, psychological stress is associated with indicators of accelerated cellular and oxidative stress, telomere length, and telomerase activity.”(2)
Virtually every activity in our body is controlled by a cocktail of hormones.
Sleep disturbances can decrease the release of testosterone by almost half. When we lose sleep, our skin loses it’s chance to rejuvenate and rebuild. “An imbalance in cortisol levels, disrupts insulin levels. Excess glucose is a key factor that is pro-aging through both direct and indirect effects of insulin exposure.”(3) The Thyroid hormone regulates tissue growth. Disturbances in our thyroid function can cause negative changes in our skin, hair and nails. Vitiligo (a breakdown of skin pigmentation) is a thyroid related autoimmune disorder. An abundance of alcohol plays a causative roll in Vitiligo.
Medications and Lifestyle Habits can play a causative roll in aging.
Warfarin (a blood thinner) can cause skin tissue death.(necrosis)(6)
Statins side effects can include skin flushing. Flushing can lead to dilated blood vessels. Excessive consumption of alcohol over a long period of time can cause the veins in our face to dilate. Repeated dilation may cause permanent disfiguration.(7)
“Triclosan (an antibiotic) often used in hand soaps and hand sanitizers, can be absorbed through the skin as well as by ingestion/mucosal absorption from certain dental hygiene products (toothpaste, mouthwash) containing triclosan.”(8) Triclosan is toxic to our liver.(9)
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, (TEN) can be cause by barbiturate abuse.
Systemic sclerosis (an autoimmune disorder) can lead to our skin aging prematurely. Some causes of systemic sclerosis are: exposure to chemicals, pesticides, smoking, and using cocaine and appetite suppressants.
Research has proven endocrine disrupting chemicals can upset the communication between our skin, digestive and nervous system.
When our gut is stressed and sick, our skin is also stressed and sick.
If we live on processed foods we cause a negative reaction in our pH balance. An acidic pH can in turn erodes and eats into the cell wall. An acidic environment, slows down the processing and induction of nutrition going into the cells. This is opening the front door to the inflammation process.
“Acidosis is thus thought to be the first step towards premature aging. The formation and accumulation of “advanced glycation end products” (AGEs) has been implicated in the progression of age-related diseases, aging and wrinkling skin, dysfunction of our hormonal systems, thyroid disorders, diabetes and more.”(4)
“A study indicated that small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a condition involving inappropriate growth of bacteria in the small intestine, is 10 times more prevalent in people with acne rosacea than in healthy controls, and that correction of SIBO in these individuals led to marked clinical improvement.”(5)
“Premature Aging” is not a normal process and is preventable.
Unhealthy lifestyle habits can make us age faster. These include: a poor diet, hormonal and gut bacteria imbalances, an acid pH, an abundance of medications and unhealthy habits, lack of sleep along with an abundance of stress.
We can prevent premature aging, by taking a few “bite size steps” to implement a few quality changes. I invite you to connect with me today. www.facebook.com/ReverseageWellnessSpa
Connie Rogers AKA Coach Educator, is a Certified Integrative Nutritional Holistic Health Coach, a Certified Cosmetologist and Esthetician for 37 years, Reiki Master, Founder and Owner of www.Bitesizepieces.net and www.weightlossforlifechange.com and www.powerpointArt2go.com She coaches and supports men and women with programs in Skin Health from Within, Cancer Prevention, Reversing Diabetes and Weight Loss for Life. Her expertise lies in toxins that can disrupt our skin, metabolic and endocrine health.
To learn more about your age stealers go here: http://skinhealthfromwithin.com/2014/05/01/age-stealers/