Summer Splash!

by | Jun 1, 2024

We all have heard the basics of self care and yet they often elude us in our busyness. Yes, eat healthy, exercise, get enough sleep, and hydrate. How can you bring better health habits into your daily routine?

Exercise – No, I’m not talking about going to the gym – unless that is what suits you best. Just 10 minutes a day has great potential benefits. 

Sleep – did you know that unless you are regularly getting more than 6 hours of sleep you are operating at the same capacity as a drunk driver? Do you have a routine to wind down at the end of the day?

Nutrition – this goes a long way in supporting your wellness inside and out. Eliminate processed and sugary foods, eat more fruits and vegetables, and hydrate. Our bodies are made up of more that 70% water. Every organ, including our skin, needs to be kept hydrated. 

As we all move to more outdoor activities, this month we are going to look at how we can protect and nourish our largest organ, our skin. It is the first line of defense to our immune system.

Did you know…

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #1: 

IT ACTUALLY HAS MORE THAN THREE LAYERS 

Perhaps you’re thinking of the primary layers, of which you have three—the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous layer (subcutis – the visible version of this is the cuticles where your skin connects to your nails… I just looked too). However, there are numerous layers within both the epidermis and dermis. When you get down beneath the surface there are actually up to 37 layers.

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #2: 

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF SKIN 

It is quite easy to see that the body has two types of skin; hairy and glabrous skin. Hairy skin (Jeff Goldblum or Tom Selleck) contains hair follicles that help regulate body temperature and facilitate perspiration. The vast majority of the body is covered by hairy skin. Glabrous skin is hairless and found in areas like the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #3: 

90% OF THE SKIN’S THICKNESS IS IN THE DERMIS 

The middle portion of the skin is the dermis. Even though it’s only 1.5–4mm thick, it is by far the thickest layer of skin. This is where the skin carries out most of its essential functions, such as storing water, and transporting nutrients. 

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #4: 

THERE ARE MILES OF BLOOD VESSELS IN THE SKIN 

One of the primary functions of the skin is to circulate blood so that nutrients like vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) can be transported to the rest of the body. This is done through blood vessels and capillaries in the dermis layer of the skin. The extensive network includes about 11 miles of blood vessels

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #5: 

THERE’S OVER ONE TRILLION BACTERIA ON THE SKIN 

The body is a breeding ground for bacteria, many of which are quite beneficial. Being the largest organ that’s exposed to the outside world, it’s only natural that the skin would have a large number of bacteria. However, many people are surprised to learn that the number can exceed one trillion. In total there are over 1,000 bacteria species on the skin at any given time. 

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #6: 

EVERYONE HAS THE SAME NUMBER OF MELANIN-PRODUCING MELANOCYTE CELLS 

Skin color is a byproduct of melanin production in the skin. Melanin is produced by skin cells called melanocytes. Every person has roughly the same number of melanocytes, which equates to about 7% of all skin cells. Melanin is the body’s way of protecting skin from burning. Darker-skinned people tan more deeply than lighter-skinned people because their melanocytes produce more melanin. But just because a person doesn’t burn does not mean that they’re equivocally protected against skin cancer and other problems. Always remember to wear sunscreen.

Speaking of which –

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #7: 

20% OF AMERICANS WILL HAVE SKIN CANCER AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES 

The American Academy of Dermatology notes that  one in five Americans will get skin cancer during their lifetime. Every year there are over one million new cases of skin cancer. Almost every hour of every day, one person dies from melanoma. Please, wear your sunscreen.

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #8: 

SKIN IS WATERPROOF 

One of the many ways skin protects our insides from the outside world is by keeping liquids from penetrating through the epidermis. Skin cells are surrounded by fatty acids, lipids, and ceramides that make them hydrophobic. This unique structure also keeps water from evaporating out of the body. Just as oil doesn’t mix with water, the oil on our skin (hydrophobic by nature) keeps outside water out, and inside water in.

Wow! That’s a lot of work for an organ we take for granted! Let’s look at how can we take care of it from the inside out and outside in. 

As was mentioned, our skin is fighting off all kinds of stressors every day. Found in the food we eat, the water we drink, the technology we work and play with, from medications we put on and in our bodies. Those stressors are also known as free radicals and what they cause is known as oxidative stress which can be the cause of over 250 diseases. 

Imagine your body, your skin is a nice ripe, firm apple. Once it is exposed to air (and free radicals) it begins the oxidation process and without any protection leads to decay. We’ve all heard of antioxidants in food and supplements, but that only fights the free radicals on a 1:1 ratio. You would have to consume over 11 pounds of blueberries just to fight off one day’s worth of oxidative stress. A better way to combat the free radicals is with antioxidants that your body is already designed to produce. And with this patented herbal blend you can activate your cells to regulate your cells and reduce the oxidative stress in your system by 40% in 30 days. There are over 30 scientific peer review studies from independent health organizations and institutions that support this statement by Washington State University regarding Protandim Nrf2, “Potentially the most extraordinary therapeutic and preventative breakthrough in the history of medicine.”

This amazing scientific breakthrough is the foundation of all the LifeVantage activation products, from immune health to gut health, from eye health to hair care, and even pet health.

And, of course skin care. Our skin care line has four components that can be used as a whole system or individually. And now there is also sunscreen! 

Your skin’s BFF: TrueProtect Mineral SPF!

– After you’ve finished your TrueScience skin care line morning routine , don’t forget to apply SPF.

– Apply TrueProtect 15-30 minutes before stepping outside to let it fully absorb and start protecting.

– Yes, even indoors! UV rays can sneak in through windows—stay guarded.

– Reapply every 2 hours to maintain maximum protection, especially if you’re out and about!

 

 

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MORE FUN UNDER THE SUN!

Besides using sunscreen, here are a few more ways you can protect yourself, inside and out,  as you enjoy your summer!

Stay hydrated!!

 

Wear a hat! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And to carry all of those, a drawstring backpack!

 

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THE ALAKA’I BOOKSHELF

I have written about the health benefits of reading before, and summer is a great time to dive into a book, so I thought I would start sharing with you what I have been reading, or have read that has provided me with both insight and entertainment.

Here’s what’s on my bookshelf for this month:

Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Becoming Supernatural, by Dr. Joe Dispenza

Writing As A Way of Healing, by Louise De Salvo

And as always, recommending Under a Full Moon and a Guiding Star! With its upcoming ONE YEAR anniversary, be on the lookout for some special promotions in July and August!