It's time to approach skin health from the inside-out.
Can you really manifest clear skin? According to experts, the answer is a resounding yes. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the state of our minds and emotions can have a significant impact on the health of our skin. In recent years, the beauty industry has been abuzz with phrases such as “psychodermatology,” “mind-skin connection,” and “skin-gut-brain axis.” It is becoming increasingly clear that the state of our minds and emotions can have a significant impact on the health of our skin.
“The skin is not just a separate organ system on its own; it is influenced by everything else going on in our bodies, including our emotions and mental state. We know that stress and anxiety can manifest in the form of skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and even rosacea. Therefore, it’s essential to address the root cause of these skin conditions to truly heal the skin, and oftentimes that is related to our mental well-being,” reveals Dr. Ava Shamban, a board-certified dermatologist.
Below, Savoir Flair explores everything you need to know about the mind-skin connection and how beauty brands are approaching skin health from the inside-out.
The Mind-Skin Connection
The mind-skin connection is a term used to describe the relationship between our mental and emotional states and the health of our skin. There is a growing amount of research that shows that stress, anxiety, and other negative emotions can trigger skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. The reason for this is that stress hormones, such as cortisol, can disrupt the delicate balance of our skin’s microbiome, leading to inflammation and other skin issues. In addition to stress, other factors such as poor diet, sleep deprivation, and exposure to environmental pollutants can also impact the health of our skin. All of these factors are interconnected, and they can all affect our mental and emotional states as well.
Psychodermatology is a growing field that focuses on the relationship between the mind and skin. As Dr. Alia Ahmed, a consultant dermatologist, explains, “The mind and skin are intimately connected.” The skin is innervated by the same nerves responsible for our emotions, which means our mental and emotional states can directly impact the health of our skin. By addressing the psychological and emotional aspects of skin conditions, we can improve treatment effectiveness and help patients feel more in control of their skin health. This is why psychodermatology is becoming increasingly important in the beauty industry, as brands approach skin health from the inside-out and develop products that promote emotional well-being alongside physical health.
Beauty Approaching Skin Health from the Inside-Out
Many beauty brands are now approaching skin health from the inside-out, recognizing that what we put into our bodies is just as important as what we put on our skin. One example of this is the trend of “ingestible beauty” products, such as supplements and functional foods that are formulated to improve skin health. Ingredients such as collagen, probiotics, and adaptogens are commonly found in these types of products. Collagen is a protein that gives our skin its elasticity and firmness, and supplementing with collagen can help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Probiotics can help support a healthy gut microbiome, which is linked to better skin health. Adaptogens are herbs that are thought to help the body cope with stress and can be used to support overall well-being, including skin health.
In addition to ingestible beauty products, beauty brands are also incorporating stress-relieving ingredients into their skincare products. Ingredients such as lavender, chamomile, and CBD are known for their calming and relaxing properties and can help soothe irritated or inflamed skin.
Brain Care Boom
As the mind-skin connection gains attention, so does the importance of caring for our mental well-being. This has led to the emergence of a new product category focused on brain care. Brain care supplements are becoming increasingly popular as people seek ways to promote brain health. These supplements often contain ingredients such as adaptogens, nootropics, and vitamins that have been shown to support cognitive function, reduce stress, and improve mood. While these supplements are not a replacement for professional mental health care, they can be a helpful addition to a self-care routine.
Manifesting Clear Skin
Another emerging trend in the beauty realm is the concept of “manifesting clear skin.” This practice involves using positive affirmations and visualization techniques to improve skin health. The idea is that by focusing on positive thoughts and beliefs about our skin, we can improve our skin health from the inside-out.
While this concept may seem a bit unorthodox, there is some medical evidence to support the idea that positive thinking can improve our overall health and well-being. Research has shown that positive emotions can boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and improve mental health, all of which can contribute to better skin health.