It’s no secret that stress catches up with us all. Isn’t it strange, how the skin suffers too, in periods of stress and burn out? In fact, stress, is one of the main triggers of ‘inflammaging,’ which in short, is ageing caused by chronic, low-level inflammation. Many other lifestyle influences like lack of mobility, exposure to pollution and mould, and a poor diet can lead to inflammation, causing a world of skin and internal problems.
Apart from making healthy lifestyle tweaks like taking up yoga and quitting the ciggies, there are other ways to protect your skin from inflammaging, like tackling inflammation via your skincare routine. Our favourite product to use for this? The Dermaheal range by Lamelle Research Laboratories.
Let’s learn about how inflammaging is wreaking havoc on the skin, and let’s have a look at how you can tackle inflammation through your skincare routine:
Know your enemy
Inflammation isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s your body’s defence against harm, and it triggers healing. However, when your body is perpetually under attack from all the everyday aggressors like stress, pollution and the like, it results in subtle yet chronic inflammation that “simmers” into your skin, creating a list of unwanted symptoms.
Symptoms include a loss of collagen and elastin resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles as well as a nose dive in hyaluronic acid and Glycos Amino Glycans (GAGs) which lands you with dry, thick skin with a rough texture.
You may also struggle with an uptick in hyperpigmentation and the increased expression of an inflammatory hormone that’s linked to skin cancer and poor wound healing.
So again, if you’re feeling the pressure and think it’s affecting your complexion, you’re 100-percent correct. Also, you should know that chronic low-level inflammation also has a negative effect on every tissue in your body, not just your skin. Can we get an “eek”?
Turn down the heat
Don’t stress, there’s a lot you can do to lower inflammation and achieve healthy levels within your body, like changing up your diet.
The modern lifestyle couple with the fact that inflammaging is proven to increase as we get older, means you also need to pay close attention to your inflammation levels as you age and do what you can to mitigate them.
Beauty products, like Lamelle’s Dermaheal line, are specifically created to target the three root causes of ageing – cell stagnation, damaged enzymes and chronic inflammation.
When it comes to making a lifestyle change to combat inflammation, you need to limit stress intake (yes, we know, that’s a tough one, but not impossible), make sure to move your body and keep it active, and eat lots of greens and foods like blueberries or turmeric that contain resveratrol, known to combat inflammation.
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