All of this virus news has me thinking about immune boosting things we can do. I mean having a healthy immune system is never a bad thing when it comes to any epidemic whether it be the current coronavirus outbreak or the common cold or the usual flu that goes around every single year.
I started making a short list to remind us how to keep our immune system healthy and I realized that things that are good for the immune system are often great for our skin! Bonus!
Four skin health and immunity helpers to try now:
Humidity Researchers found raising indoor humidity killed 85% of airborne flu virus within an hour, 100% within 24 hours. In dry air, the virus thrived for days. Humidity is awesome for improving dry skin and hair. It is even beneficial to your house plants! Click here to see my favorite humidifier. (I have one at home and one at the spa, works awesome and has a cool ceramic filter that you don't have to change.)
Read more here: Flu and other viruses cannot survive in humid air
Probiotics Taking a probiotic supplement adds good bacteria to your gut. When you have an abundance of probiotic bacteria in your gut, it’s harder for the pathogenic bacteria, that comes with a cold or flu, to take hold. Probiotics also help the body to produce certain vitamins that help keep us strong and they fight viruses. You can read more about how this works here: Why probiotics are so effective at preventing cold and flu.
The gut and the skin have many things in common including they each have their own micro biome. Taking oral probiotics have been proven to help several skin conditions including acne and eczema. My favorite probiotic supplement is Ora Organics Trust your Gut capsules which are available in our boutique or you can purchase them online here. Read more about probiotics and skin here: The gut-skin axis
Vitamin C We've all been told to take our vitamin c to ward off illness but do you know how it works? Vitamin C helps to stimulate both the production and function of white blood cells. It also helps your body to produce important antibodies: proteins that bind to invading microbes to neutralize them. I'm a huge fan of Emergen-C. Consult your doctor or naturopath on what dosage you should take. Read more here: There's a reason it's called The Immunity Vitamin.
Vitamin C is a must-have for healthy glowing skin in my professional opinion. Taking it orally and topically is a the way to go. Vitamin C aids the body in forming new collagen and collagen is what gives your skin it's plumpness and resilience. For more information on vitamin C and which one is right for you skin read my blog about it here.
Stress Management The effects of stress can make you very sick, no doubt about it. Mind and body are connected. While it's sometimes impossible to avoid the source of the stress, it is possible to change how you react to it. If the news has got you freaked out, turn it off for a while. Go outside, enjoy nature for a bit, read a good book, whatever makes you feel better. Getting your mind off of what's stressing you even for a little while, and focusing on what's good (practicing gratitude) will give your body a reprieve from the constant onslaught of stressful thoughts and after all: you are what you think. If you need some ideas and ways to relieve stress and take care of yourself during this stressful time check out these articles on my blog: Pam's tips to detox your life. My self-care greatest hits, plus 12 days of Hygge.
Stress plays a huge role in how your skin looks. Stress can cause breakouts, dull, dry, lackluster complexion and even hives and rashes. I've seen time and time again in my almost 15 years as an esthetician the effects of stress on my clients skin. Read more about it on my blog here: Think your way to healthy skin.
Well, I don't know if any of this has made you feel better but I certainly feel better after writing it! If you have questions feel free to reach out to me. Please also remember not to consider any of this medical advice. If you have a health condition always consult your physician or naturopath for help with your specific health situation. Oh and don't forget to wash your hands!
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