Inflamm-aging is the newest buzzword going around beauty. But what the heck does that mean? Have I finally applied one too many enzymes to my face and gone mad?! Not yet…
Inflamm-aging refers to low-grade inflammation in the skin. This can be triggered by internal health conditions or external factors on the skin.
Internal inflammatory conditions can be food and gut related, it can often present as Rosacea in the most extreme conditions. But low-grade inflammation can also play a part in sensitive skin and histamine responses. Some of the worst cases of stress in clients have actually triggered a histamine response. I often find people who suffer auto immune conditions are effected the most by histamine in the skin at times during stress and auto immune flare ups. Histamine response presents as red inflammation or hives on the surface of the skin, most of the time in these cases only a topical steroid will help bring it down effectively.
Topical inflammation is often caused by environmental or cosmetic reasons. We can do our best to protect our skin from UV damage and environmental pollution with physical sunscreen and antioxidant rich products. Keeping the skin clean is also essential, making sure we are washing off all that makeup and pollution thoroughly at the end of the day can be key to reducing inflamm-aging.
Then we have cosmetic inflammation. I have a lot to say about this. Products and treatments that are very harsh on the skin like cheaper, harsh cosmecuticals, peels, lasers and microdermabrasion all trigger an inflammation response in your skin.
Seriously, put down the retinol/AHA daily combo.
If you are constantly blasting your skin to ‘get better results’ you will end up doing the opposite to it and eventually that smooth, plump look will degrade into a red-hot mess. This will age you faster. I know it’s difficult to pull back in the age of instant gratification but trust me; you want to be thinking about a long-term approach to your skin. My skin motto ‘building healthy skin for life’ means taking care of your skin, nourishing it and not peeling it within an inch of its life.
The best way to avoid inflamm-aging is to look after yourself from the inside out. Try a beauty powder like Vita-Sol to give you plenty of prebiotic gut health. Eat lots of fresh vegetables and healthy fats. Cut out sugars and preservatives. Get a great antioxidant rich skincare routine. One of our favourite brands is Eminence Organic Skincare as it’s packed full of rich antioxidants that will nourish, not strip your skin.
If you feel like you’ve been a bit over enthusiastic on the skincare and treatments come in and talk to us about how you can build up healthy, strong skin again. We love helping you build healthy skin for life.