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Your Genes & Your Skin
May 7, 2018
Most of us are familiar with the role our genetics play when it comes to our hair or eye color, our height and even the sound of our voice. But, have you ever thought what role your genes play in your skin type and skin condition? It is by no means an exaggeration that your inherited genetic makeup plays a HUGE role in the appearance and characteristics of your skin. But, as we’ll find out, there are things you can do to make sure your best traits shine through!
Our genes are comprised of our individual DNA. DNA determines the characteristics of all living things and the human body has almost a whopping 25,000 unique genes! Although many of these genes determine the traits of our physical appearance, they also dictate more complex things like what allergies we may have or what diseases we may be prone to. So, are we a slave to our genetics?! If our DNA says we’re destined to have acne or painfully dry skin, should we just give up the fight now? NO! As it turns out, there is plenty you can do with both your lifestyle and product choices to combat your genetic tendencies and keep your skin healthy, balanced and beautiful.
Genetically Dry & Dehydrated Skin
Drink up buttercup! If generations of people in your family are plagued with dry skin or flaky, dehydrated skin, you need to up your water intake. Adequate water intake keeps skin hydrated and promotes the loss of dead skin cells. That’s the first step! Next, if you are a truly DRY skin type, you’ll want to seek out topical skincare that replaces lost oils and lipids of the skin. Great oil blends that genetically dry skin types love have ingredients such as Kukui Nut Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil.
Although over 80% of the visible signs of aging are caused by sun exposure, there are still many people who are genetically predisposed to have irregular pigment issues, such as melasma or freckles. It’s important to wear daily sun protection to put a halt to this genetic expression of pigment.
When pigment is already an issue, there are natural, topical skincare options that actually suppress melanin development and can help correct unwanted dark spots, or hyperpigmentation. These include: carrot seed oil, birch bark extract and sandalwood oil.
Whether you battle cystic acne in your youth, or embark on a battle with adult acne in your later years, your genes are most likely to blame - mainly, how your genetic makeup impacts your hormone health. Acne has strong ties to our testosterone levels and how our body responds to them. For some of us, we merely battle oily skin in our high school years. But, for others, the feud with acne continues our entire lifespan. Seeking out natural products that have a balanced pH and don’t over strip your skin is essential, as this just exacerbates acne. Skincare that is anti-inflammatory, healing and contains ingredients like willow bark and birch bark extract can also be beneficial. Acne is truly a skin condition, and therefore, it can be managed!
Regardless of your skin’s genetic makeup, you DO have the ability to control many of the conditions that stem from it! Seek out natural products that are good for the outside AND inside of your body. Treat your skin with care and respect and enjoy a healthy complexion in spite of your genes!