…THE SKIN…it’s a flexible shell covering our body that we wear as identity, decorate with tattoos, apply layers of products on, bake, shave and wax—for beauty and comfort. But we often neglect that it’s an organ, the largest we have, and a unique habitat. On the surface, it’s home to bacteria and microbes of sorts to protect you. Underneath the surface, it’s a complex world of order and busy cells—our skin runs a tight ship!

In order for it to survive, it needs to be nourished, protected, and properly functioning. Unfortunately, the skin can easily be negatively affected, and if too much over time, it interrupts the biological process that can cause (at the lightest) dull-looking skin and (at the heaviest) problematic diseases. Research has shown that the skin constantly communicates with the brain, and can influence the skin’s immune cells through various receptors and chemical messengers. Research also suggests that chronic negative stress can disrupt the function of the skin's permeability barrier, which normally keeps out harmful substances and prevents the loss of fluid from skin cell layers. This is thought to be a major factor in many skin diseases.

This is why I prioritize skin health above everything else (regarding skincare). Without functioning skin, our whole body isn’t in perfect harmony, because that notion is dependent on the proper functions of our major body systems working together—it’s all connected. Through my work, I’m not solely focused on helping people achieve perfect skin or cheat aging…I want to know if your skin is healthy! And healthy may not look like the airbrushed quality skin expectations, but you’ll have your own version of “perfect skin” and you’ll age comfortably. What’s real to me is the genetic traits of your healthy skin being nourished, protected and most importantly, cared for.

Our skin is the living breathing organ on display when we’re walking down the street. Because it’s the outermost layer of us, it reacts to our external environment (climate, pollution, etc.), then affecting our internal environment (brain, liver, etc.) making us feel good or bad. So, if you are seeking true wellness because you want to feel good and live a happy life, focusing on the health of your skin is just as important as the health of your heart or gut.