SKINCARE VS NUTRITION
Some may think that changing your nutrition is going to get rid of all your wrinkles and completely stop the aging process altogether. While others think that buying expensive skin creams with a bunch of ingredients with scientific names is going to properly nourish your skin. What we eat affects every organ in the body and the skin is the largest organ in our body so therefore, it is no exception. While a skin cream may provide a number of important substances, it is never enough to ensure an all-round skin nutrition. Balance is what’s needed for an overall skin health between skincare and nutrition.
Once we are malnourished and lacking certain vitamins and minerals in the body, it shows up on the skin. The skin is like a mirror to what is happening on the inside. If you are not caring about what you’re putting, or not putting, in the body then as a result you will see skin conditions popping up on the face. Acne, discolouration, unevenness in tone and texture, premature aging, sallow/asphyxiated skin, dehydrated, and the list goes on.
Ingredients like vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and dozens of other nutrients and metabolites need to come from food. While others are produced by the body provided it is healthy and properly nourished. Skin creams can not replace that. How much of the active ingredients in skin creams actually get into your skin cells depends on your skin’s condition, concentration of the ingredients, manufacturing technology and many other factors. But when nutrients are ingested and absorbed into your bloodstream it will for sure be delivered to your skin cells.
On the other hand, aging also has to do with the environmental damage from the sun, wind and pollution. Proper nutrition may help with the effective functioning of the skin from within but it will not help protect the skin from the outside world. There are some potentially beneficial substances, such as peptides and growth factors that are reasonably safe for topical use but unsafe for ingestion. For instance, vitamin C topical treatments appear to be effective only at concentrations of 10% or more. Such concentration cannot be achieved by just bulking up on vitamin C supplements because vitamin C is quickly excreted through the kidneys. Some skin achievements are best done by performing skin treatments and using active ingredients concentrated with things our body does need like antioxidants and retinol.
The balance needed to create proper skin health is achieved by following certain lifestyle practices. The 8, 000 year old Hindu tradition, Ayurveda, which is Sanskrit for “the knowledge” or “science of life. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body and spirit and sees health as our birthright. Ayurveda is not a “one-size-fits-all” type of system. It is a regimen tailored to each person’s unique constitution, taking into account the individual’s need for nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, social interaction and other lifestyle elements.
Knowing what your individual constitution (also known as dosha in Sanskrit) is will take all the guesswork out of figuring out what foods and supplements are appropriate for you. What might work for someone else may not work for you. What helped someone else heal from their issue may not be good for you and may very well do the opposite. But unless you know what works for your individuality then you’ll be trying out everything you hear. Get to know yourself. Get to know who you are and what works best for you and only then are you on your way to true health.
The three Ayurvedic body types, or doshas, are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each dosha has its own unique characteristics and there are several ways to determine what your body type is. The one we will focus on is a quick Ayurvedic Quiz which will give tremendous insight into your principal dosha. Most people are a combination of two, but one will predominate over the other.