It is a wonderful time of year. We are all excited to shed the heavy coats and slip into warmer weather gear. The sunny spring days give that pleasant temperature, for most of us, quite a refreshing change, but the air can still turn chilly and sometimes we find our skin caught in a shock. While winter is usually the toughest on our skin, with the dryness and chapped lips at every turn, skin needs some extra attention especially during these transitional months. Moving from winter to spring, allowing some sunlight onto us and getting more fresh air- it’s just the start! The skin plays such a huge role in our overall health and it is also a great indicator of what is going on inside our body. When we are caring for our internal organs and giving the proper nutrients, hydration and minerals that the body needs, as a result the skin is a glowing reflection. Everyone wants smooth, soft, and healthy skin. It is our outer most layer, our identity in some ways, and serves as a barrier and protective shield for our other organs, blood and entire internal structure.
Often times we are putting unnecessary stress on our skin by using toxic chemicals, and making dietary choices that do not always provide the proper nutrition.
When organs on the inside are “starving” they begin to search everywhere for the nutrients they need to function. This includes sucking the vitamins and health from our skin.
There are many ways to support and care for our skin, on the inside and the outside!
First, check your environment for chemicals. When we use items in our home, such as cleaning liquids, air fresheners, scented detergents etc. there is a chance that some chemicals are present in these various products. These toxins can get onto our clothes, and onto skin and may cause irritation. Even if there are no signs or symptoms of adverse reactions, the toxic build-up over time can have a lasting effect. Choose unscented and try an essential oil diffuser or lemon for a fresh scent in the home. Perhaps try oil pulling to hydrate the gums and lips, and to cleanse of bacteria in the mouth.
Next check your daily lifestyle. The skin needs to be fully hydrated to allow for even blood flow and oxygen levels to be maintained. Are we drinking lots of water? Water flushes our systems of impurities and supports a strong immune system. The skin also needs sufficient vitamins for healthy function, smoothness and anti -aging. A vital player is vitamin D- our main source coming through the absorption of sunlight with the skin acting as the receiving party. Are we getting enough vitamin D?
Other important vitamins include C, E and K. Vitamin D is used to create healthy cells and is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to supply a protective effect against multiple diseases. C has antioxidant properties and works to form collagen in the body and prevent wrinkles signs of early aging. E protects the skin from UV damage. And K, which main function is in the body’s process of blood clotting. It is essential for healing of wounds, scars, and dark spots on the skin.
Skin is the body’s largest organ. It communicates with the internal organs, ultimately dictating what shows up – or doesn’t – on our faces and other parts of the body.
Skin mapping, also known as face mapping, is a technique originally used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. A Dermalogica Professional Skin Therapist uses face mapping to divide the facial landscape into 14 zones. Each of these zones represents different areas of the body and is examined to determine where adverse health conditions may be present. These could include issues such as congestion, breakouts, dehydration or hyperpigmentation.
The idea of face mapping is that the face is a mirror of your health – various areas or “zones” of the face correlate to specific organs and may reveal their condition. Face mapping guides you to look beyond the surface of the skin condition and treat the underlying cause.
Face Map Zones & Internal Connection:
Zones 1 & 3 -The forehead, is a window to the liver, gallbladder and digestive system. Breakouts in this area may indicate the need to balance your elimination by drinking more water, herbal teas and eating clean whole foods.
Zone 2 – The “third eye,” area between your eyebrows, is said to be connected to your liver. Congestion in this area can be cause due to toxic buildup. Try reducing alcohol, sugar and caffeine consumption and consider a cleanse of allergy related foods to rule out sensitivities.
Zone 4 & 10 – The ears and
Zones 6 & 8 – The area of the eyes, temples and brow line strongly correlate to the health of the kidneys. Troubles in these areas could indicate dehydration and overworked kidneys. Try drinking more water, adding superfoods like spinach, berries, and seaweed and minimizing sugary foods and alcohol.
Zone 7 – The bridge of your nose and upper area of your cheeks is connected to the heart and blood pressure. Rosacea and redness can show up here. Boost your diet with healthy fats loaded with omega fatty acids to boost your HDL (good cholesterol).
Zones 5 & 9 – The middle region of the cheeks is a window to the stomach and lungs. Polution and smoking can cause damage here. Avoid inhaling chemicals and get plenty of exercise. Try alkalizing your body by increasing the green vegetables, and reducing acid-forming foods like sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.
Zone 12 – The mouth and chin region is also connected to the stomach. Consider food sensitivities, stress, and hormonal imbalance. Try increasing fiber intake and eating clean foods.
Zones 11 & 13 – The jaw line is a window to the ovaries and/or colon. When breakouts occur here, especially for women, attention should be given to any hormonal stress that may be present. Get quality sleep, practice stress relief & choose products free of added hormones.
Zone 14 – The neck and lymph nodes are often good indicators of adrenal fatigue and stress in the body. Swollen glands can be a sign that the body is working to fight bacteria. Give a little more time for self-care, extra rest, and a balanced diet.
Today’s Effort- Love the Skin you’re In
Look in the mirror.
Step 1: Smile and say I LOVE YOU to yourself. You are a beautiful person.
Step 2: Look at your face and neck. What is going on? Be non- judgemental.
Step 3: Write down one thing you noticed. Ex. dark circles under the eyes.
Step 4: What zone is it in?
Step 5: Decide one thing you can do to support the internal part of your body that is represented by this outward symptom.
Step 6: Give love to the area of your face and the internal part of body. Ex. I love having my eyesight and smooth skin around my eyes. I love my kidneys and I appreciate all the work they do for my body. I choose to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated so that my body is at optimal level.
Having healthy skin is more about caring for our body from the inside first. When symptoms show up on the outside it is because the real issue has been building up for some time. A certain amount of damage has already been done.
The good news is, staying hydrated and well rested, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and minimizing exposure to chemicals all serve as great ways to maintain a healthy immune system and ensure proper circulation and elimination of toxins throughout the body. So, grab a glass of water, add some lemon for a burst of Vitamin C and practice a few minutes of calm breathing.
Be proud of yourself!
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