When people think about what affects the appearance of their skin, they usually tend to focus on what’s happening on the outside like their skincare or even the weather. And although these factors play a huge part in the health of our skin, it’s important to take note of what’s happening inside as well.
Chronic inflammation has quickly become a buzzword in the skincare community. Everyone from dermatologists and endocrinologists to physical trainers and nutritionists are reaching out for this term to explain (and treat) skin problems like acne, eczema, wrinkles, fine lines, dullness and sagging.
To put it simply, chronic inflammation is your body’s natural reaction to any foreign organism or injury. For example, when stung by a bug it’s not just the venom causing swelling, but your body trying to isolate the foreign substance. Foods, stress, and environmental factors can play a huge part in increasing internal inflammation.
So why does this affect our skin?
Chronic inflammation causes in increase of pH in the body which also increases mucus and creates a better ground for bacteria, viruses, and fungus. All of which directly change how our skin appears. Certain organs in the body that process out toxins aren’t able to properly do their job and can cause an increase of acne, dryness, dullness, and more.
If you find that even with a healthy skincare routine that you are still dealing with stubborn skin issues, pay attention to how you feel overall! If you feel that you are frequently dealing with fatigue, digestive issues, weight fluctuations and skin concerns, it might be time to take steps to combat chronic inflammation. Here are some foods known to help fight chronic inflammation:
Berries – Berries are naturally rich in antioxidants that help your body fight infection! Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are power packed.
Fatty Fish – salmon, sardines, and herring fish are a few examples, Your body metabolizes these fatty acids into compounds called resolvins and protectins, which have anti-inflammatory effects
High Fiber Veggies – Brocolli, brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower are all great antioxidant packed veggies that have compounds shown to fight unwanted inflamation.
Turmeric– the flavorful spice has the antioxidant curucumin that has shown that is can reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, diabetes and other diseases.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – one of the healthiest fats you can eat, EVOO is a staple in most kitchens. The effect of oleocanthal, an antioxidant found in olive oil, has been compared to anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen.
Now, Sanctuary Spa is also offering a wonderful skincare system designed by a Southern Californian esthetician who struggled with chronic inflammation and immune disorders herself. ULIV consists of three deeply hydrating, soothing, and transformative products that are jammed packed with skin-loving ingredients like olive oil (straight out of Temecula!), turmeric, ginger, calendula and more. This potent skincare line treats inflammation externally using the same ingredients often found to combat it when consumed.
Golden Glow Oil Cleanser ($28) – a luxurious oil cleanser that can brighten up anyone’s day! It only takes 2-3 pumps to dissolve makeup and impurities revealing a refreshed and perfectly cleansed complexion.
Golden Glow Hydrating Serum ($35) – this deeply hydrating serum is filled with antioxidants to combat environmental damage. A powerful blend of oils (olive oil, rosemary oil, calendula and more) work at helping skin retain moisture throughout the day leaving you with a radiant glow.
Golden Glow Facial Souffle ($42) – this daily face cream gets it’s transformative power from therapeutic plants, peptides, and vitamins. The deceivingly light formula locks in moisture without leaving you shiny!
This delicious trio is also available in a $98 pack that works just as great as it smells!