Your skin is more than just the largest organ in your body. It is more than just a protective barrier between your internal organs and the outside world. Your skin is one of the first things people see when they look at you. Skin can give clues about your health; it can cause a reaction or even spark a revolution.
Your skin is in many ways you, and that’s why skin inflammation can have a huge impact on your wellbeing and self-esteem, but don’t worry — we’ve got you, naturally.
What Causes Skin Inflammation?
It starts with your immune system. Your body’s overall health depends on a healthy and working immune system. The immune system exists to detect and neutralize infectious microbes and other troublesome elements that could affect your health. Sometimes, when your immune system detects an irritant or infection, the result is inflammation.
Just like any other part of your body, your skin can be affected by an immune response in the form of a rash, hives, and more. When your skin is inflamed, you may experience a range of symptoms including skin that is scaly or raised, itchy, burning or stinging, red or discoloured; skin that is warm or sensitive to touch, blistering, thick, raw or cracked (possibly bleeding).
The most common types of skin inflammation are dermatitis (such as eczema), rosacea and psoriasis.
How to Soothe Skin Inflammation (& Your Self-Esteem) Naturally
If you’re dealing with skin inflammation on your skin, firstly — don't panic. Your skin, and you, are beautiful and powerful regardless of any redness, swelling or other side effects of inflammation. Take a moment to thank your body for protecting you and keeping you alive, and remember to embrace all your beautiful bits and bumps. There is no such thing as perfect, glowing skin but there is such thing as feeling comfortable and confident in the skin you're in, and sometimes that means finding a soothing solution to manage those uncomfortable sensations and irritations.
Here are some tips for getting comfortable in your skin and soothing inflammation:
Remember that your skin you, but it's only part of the whole you: Your skin is you because it is the most immediate part of what people see when they look at you. Your skin is also connected to the whole being that makes up who you are and the shape you embody in the world. But it’s not everything. Looking at your skin as just one part of the whole can provide a different perspective on how you approach the healing or soothing process. Remember, you don’t have to fix anything, but you can seek out beneficial ways to soothe, calm, and get more comfortable in the skin that is uniquely yours.
Soothing your skin starts both on the surface and within: Make sure you stay hydrated — water is the most effective and accessible skincare product in the world! Drinking your 8 glasses of water a day can have a very positive impact on skin dryness and overall health, and even improve your mood! Eating food that is high in antioxidants and avoiding processed foods can help too. If your skin inflammation is related to contact dermatitis, be sure to avoid irritants such as perfumed soaps and shampoos (or skip the body wash entirely!), bleaches and detergents, rubbing alcohol, and jewelry containing nickel. Any of these could cause your skin to react.
Choose Natural Products: When it comes to skin care, there are limitless options, but many of them include things like artificial perfumes, preservatives, and other ingredients added to enhance the colour or texture of the product. These offer no benefit to your skin and can affect your body and immune system in negative ways. Nature has given us the tools to treat inflammation without the need to introduce harsh chemicals into our bodies. Fortunately, Satya Organic is made with simple, natural ingredients that you can actually pronounce! You can learn more about our ingredients here.
Stay Kind To Yourself & Others: As our founder Patrice would say, “don’t be an asshole”. Chronic negativity pointed toward yourself or others also has a negative effect on your health and wellbeing, and yes... on your skin too. When you’re chronically stressed or reinforcing negative self-talk (which increases tension), your body releases hormones that encourage inflammation and decrease blood flow to the skin. Alternatively, when you practice kindness and actively focus on doing what is right for yourself, you are more likely to feel happier and healthier... and to see a reduction in inflammation! Our thoughts and choices affect who we are and how we see ourselves, so choose to be kind to yourself and your skin!