The Vital Link Between Women’s Wellness and Skin Health

The Vital Link Between Women’s Wellness and Skin Health

June 21, 2024

Women’s wellness and skin health are closely intertwined. Encompassing a balance between nutrition, hydration, exercise, and stress management is the magic. Our skin will reflect the inner to outer health in both glowing and not so glowing ways.

As women we are inundated with advertisements for products promising younger looking skin. The best results will always in our belief, come back to having a healthy, loving relationship with your Self and embracing the connection of healthy skin from the inside > out.

Regular, hopefully daily skincare routines, including cleansing, moisturizing, and exfoliating, are essential and beneficial to not only our skin health but sense of connection to Self as well.

Hormonal balance and mental well-being also play crucial roles in maintaining vibrant, healthy skin, reflecting overall health and vitality. The best way to embrace "anti-aging" is to embrace living your best life =  pro-aging!

 The Vital Link Between Women’s Wellness and Skin Health

Women’s wellness and skin health are deeply connected, reflecting a harmonious balance of nutrition, hydration, exercise, and stress management. When these elements are aligned, they contribute significantly to not only overall well-being but also the radiance and health of the skin.

One study presents "Growing evidence suggests that our food choices, exercise, sleep, stress management, social networks, and environmental exposures all contribute to a healthy glow from the inside out. What is powerful about the role of lifestyle medicine in dermatology and skin health is that when we optimise evidence-based factors that help to keep skin clear and to reduce skin disease burden, we are also positively impacting cardio-metabolic health, cognitive and emotional health, and overall wellbeing." *

 Nutrition: The Foundation of Healthy Skin

What we consume plays a critical role in skin health. A diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can combat the effects of aging, prevent breakouts, and maintain skin elasticity. Incorporating fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats provides the essential nutrients needed for skin repair and regeneration. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, hemp seeds, flax & chia seeds, spinach, brussel sprouts, Spirulina and walnuts help to keep the skin supple and hydrated.

The Gut- Skin axis is now a well recognised relationship and an important part of choices with our daily diet - what happens in the gut shows up in the skin and to some degree, vice versa. Our GI tracts and our skin both contain our bodies’ largest immune systems! Both are complex living barriers derived from the same cells as we form in utero! GI  = inner world + Skin = outer world, built for selective absorption of desirable nutrients and substances, while keeping out unwanted or harmful substances. Each contain complex microbiomes increasingly recognised as crucial to our health and functioning.

Your skincare and daily diet choices can either support and enhance a healthy microbiome or not...

Data show the benefits of eating a rainbow of brightly coloured plants in increasing antioxidant value. 

An anti-aging diet consists of 3 goals.

First: fighting cellular oxidation by eating plenty of brightly coloured plants, berries and spices.

Second: fighting glycation (reducing advanced glycation end products, or AGEs) by reducing not only sugar and processed food intake, but also reducing intake of foods cooked and scorched at high heats.

Third: fighting inflammation, known as “inflammaging,” by eating anti-inflammatory foods and spices such as turmeric, garlic, fiber, greens and more.*

Mayella Acai Berry Beautiful Blend as a concentrated source of antioxidants

 Hydration: The Secret to Glowing Skin

Water is vital for maintaining skin’s moisture balance. Proper hydration ensures that skin cells function optimally, aiding in detoxification and maintaining elasticity. Drinking enough water daily helps flush out toxins, reduce puffiness, and give the skin a natural, healthy glow. Herbal teas can be a delicious option to upsize your water intake with the added benefits of aromatic taste and antioxidants.

Additionally, using hydrating skincare products like serums and moisturizers can help retain moisture and improve skin texture.

Exercise: Boosting Circulation and Skin Health

Regular physical activity promotes better blood circulation, which delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the skin. This increased blood flow helps to carry away waste products, improving skin health and appearance. Exercise also helps manage stress levels, which can otherwise lead to skin issues like acne and eczema. Activities such as dancing, yoga and meditation can further enhance skin health by promoting relaxation and reducing cortisol levels.

When we move our body we move our emotions, clear our thoughts and produce chemicals in our brain that influence our sense of wellbeing and happiness. 

Stress Management: A Key to Clear Skin

Often as women in the busyness of life, we are living out of sync with our cycles and our circadian rhythm which has a cascading effect on our stress levels, mental health, emotional connection and balance and our sense of Self. We lose touch with who we essentially are and the cup is not filling up to be able to effectively, honestly fill others cups which is often the breaking point for our roles as Mothers and Partners. We become depleted. Our weight, skin, digestion, cycles and hormones start to reflect the imbalances of living out of sync, in stress cycles.

Chronic stress can wreak havoc on the skin, leading to conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Effective stress management techniques like mindfulness, deep breathing exercises, and adequate sleep are crucial for maintaining skin health. When stress is managed, hormonal balance is maintained, digestion is more regulated and cycles are in sync reducing the likelihood of stress-related skin issues.

 Skincare Routines: Personalized Care for Radiant Skin

A personalized skincare routine tailored to individual skin types and concerns is essential. Cleansing, exfoliating, moisturising, and protecting the skin from excessive UV rays are fundamental steps in any skincare regimen. Using products suited to your skin type, such as gentle cleansers, exfoliants, and broad-spectrum sunscreens when in peak sunlight hours or prolonged periods, can prevent damage and enhance skin’s natural beauty. 

Choosing a natural and organic skincare with plant-based actives and food for your skin is beneficial in supporting your skin microbiome and not interfering with the natural function of your skin, rather enhancing it. 

Mayella Natural & Organic Plant based Skincare - customise to suit you.

The Role of Hormones in Skin Health: Cycles to lean into  

Hormonal changes, especially those related to menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause, can significantly impact skin health. Understanding and addressing these hormonal fluctuations through appropriate skincare and lifestyle choices can help manage conditions like hormonal acne and skin dryness. Consulting with healthcare practitioners for personalised advice can also be beneficial for  understanding the underlying reasons behind your cycle and hormonal rhythms.

Take Aways

Women’s wellness and skin health are inseparable, each influencing the other. By focusing on a balanced diet, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, managing stress, and following a tailored skincare routine, women can achieve and maintain radiant, healthy skin. Prioritising overall well-being not only enhances skin health but also boosts confidence and quality of life.

 The Essence of Mayella is such as this #foralifetimeofbeautifulskin 🌹



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