Infammaging is a new buzz word in the skincare world. It's the combination of inflammation and aging. When inflammation occurs, there are a host of side effects, including dryness, redness, acne, and accelerated aging in the skin due to a breakdown in collagen production and a reduction in cellular turnover and renewal.
Inflammation is your body’s attempt at protecting you from harm. In many cases this is a good thing. But when inflammation is extended and becomes chronic, it affects healthy parts of our body and this is where the problems can arise.
Chronic inflammation can occur in the body and skin from a variety of reasons such as:
· Poor diet
· Gut microbiome imbalance
· Disrupted sleep patterns
· Environmental factors such as weather changes
· Age related inflammation
How to Calm Inflammation
Limit refined sugar and refined carbohydrates and add in whole foods such as whole grains, and nutrient dense fruits and vegetables. In addition to eating a heathy diet, adding fermented foods such as sauerkraut or kimchi helps improve the gut microbiome by providing “good” bacteria. Probiotic elixirs and supplement powers are another way to up level your microbiome.
Find ways to regularly reduce stress. I have lots of resources on our blog and social pages for self-care rituals that reduce stress. Some of my favorite ways to reduce stress are to simply make space in your day to go for a walk, do yoga, exercise, meditate, go to the spa, and enjoy a relaxing steam bath and skin care ritual.
The recommendations for nutrition and stress relief will in turn result in better sleep. Be sure to follow a consistent bedtime routine and have a clean, comfortable bedroom to help you enjoy a peaceful night’s rest.
In a recent study, improving hydration, lowering Ph levels, and improving the permeability layer in our largest organ (our skin) in patients over 50 with targeted skin care products, also resulted in an improvement in the overall health of the patient by lowering cytokine levels (responsible for signaling inflammation) – which is linked to disease such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and diabetes.
Targeted skincare can soothe inflammation, improve hydration levels, and decrease the signs of aging skin. Our new Glo Anti-inflammatory Facial at citron is designed to reduce redness, irritation, and dryness caused by inflammation. The Phyto-Calm line of Glo Skin Beauty products are infused with anti-inflammatory, hydrating ingredients that support sensitive skin, with soothing, calming, nourishing, and gentle skincare. This facial combines cooling cryotherapy, stress relieving massage, and the healing nature of touch for deep relaxation to promote overall well-being and balance. At home skin-care rituals incorporating Phyto-Calm products on a consistent basis in conjunction with a monthly facial will produce the overall best results.