To positively affect the aging process, it is important
to work at both the cellular level of the skin, as well as
topically to supply these same nutrients, particularly
antioxidants and EFAs.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is also important to skin
care. Any lifestyle habit that promotes free radicals—such
as smoking, excessive exercise and poor dietary habits—
creates inflammation and accelerates the aging process.
Tobacco smoke has been shown to decrease capillary and
arteriolar blood flow, and may harm the fibroblasts in
connective tissues necessary for plump skin. As a result,
cigarette smoke expedites the aging process, creating
wrinkles, and alters the overall framework of skin. 7
Stress can also have an impact on skin appearance.
High stress levels increase the level of the hormone
cortisol, which increases sebum production and makes
skin more vulnerable to acne. 8 Stress affects the lipid
barrier function of the skin, which prevents the skin
from naturally repairing itself. Internal inflammation
and increased sensitivity are other noted side effects of
chronic stress. 9
Repeated exposure to UV rays without sun protection
will cause excessive damage in both the dermal and
epidermal layers of the skin. Aggregate sunlight exposure
causes oxidative damage in skin cells over time and is
the major contributor to extrinsic aging. Make sure your
clients apply sun protection on a daily basis.
Signs of poor lifestyle habits include the following.
• Loss of structural integrity and density resulting in
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wrinkles and sagging skin
• Sensitive, dehydrated skin
Implementing a whole-body approach at your skin
care facility can result in increased business, as well as
Your retail area. Make diet, lifestyle and
supplementation a visible component of your retail
space to underscore the importance of an integrative
skin care approach. While skin care products should
remain in the spotlight, consider offering a range
of supplements for clients to select based on their
individual assessments and needs. You can also include
healthy amenities, such as fresh organic fruit, raw
almonds, purified water and tea. If possible, offer
complimentary take-away brochures with food facts,
recommendations or healthy recipes.
?CLIENT QUESTIONS DIET, SUPPLEMENTATION AND LIFESTYLE • What types of supplements do you take? • What is your daily fluid intake? • What types of fluid do you consume? How often? • How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you consume on a daily basis? • How many servings of proteins, sugars and carbohydrates do you consume on a daily basis? • What types of fat sources do you consume? How much? • How many hours a week do you exercise? • What is your current stress level? • Do you smoke? • How often are you in the sun? • Do you use sun protection? How often do you reapply?