Skin: Factors of influence

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The skin has various layers work side by side to create the most beautifully functioning and healthy skin that we could possibly have. However, the natural physiological behavior of the skin is influenced by a multitude of not only external, but internal factors.

First, external factors. External factors have an amazing impact on the physiological functioning and the condition of the skin. Ultra violet light (the sun), pollution, smoking, harsh product use, improper product use, change of seasons, climate, travel and exercise all impact the ability of the skin to function at its best. In many cases these external factors create free radicals and trigger protective responses in the skin that can result in negative effects such as the increased cell turnover, dehydration, excess pigment production, clogging and acne breakouts. In some cases, it is quite easy to avoid these external factors; we can not smoke, exercise, wear sunscreen, avoid harsh products and use quality appropriate skin care. However, there are some external factors that we simply can not avoid; change of seasons, climate, pollution and travel. In such cases it is critical to take care to protect the skin and prevent from damage by using skin care products that hydrate the skin, contain antioxidants, contain humectants (or moisturizers) that promote healthy cell turnover and specifically aim to repair cellular damage.

Internal factors can also play a major role in the health and condition of the skin. Pregnancy and hormonal change can increase skin sensitivity, cause acne breakouts and trigger pigment production. Medications for sinuses, allergies and antibiotics can cause dehydration and increased sensitivity; while heart conditions and circulatory problems can decrease circulation and effect the skins ability to be properly nourished and detoxified.

This topic is endless, but what is of utmost importance is that you understand two very important facts; first, the healthier you are on the inside, the healthier you are on the outside; and second, 80% of the condition of the skin is the result of proper home care. The right products, the right choices, and sticking to a daily skin care regimen will guarantee healthy, youthful, beautiful skin.

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