Life balance is a worthwhile pursuit, even though most of us realize it’s dynamic. Nature leaves us clues and science reveals the evidence that life in moderation and harmony is more satisfying.
As a proponent of this life-balance philosophy and a dermatologist, I apply its valuable principles to skin health and beauty. The well-being of our skin depends on multiple intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Natural aging due to genetics, medical conditions, hormonal influences and others are intrinsic skin wellness triggers.
The extrinsic factors include sun damage, nutrition, lifestyle influences, medications, skin-care and cosmetics, mask-wearing, etc. A reflection of ideal skin wellness is a clear, smooth, and radiant complexion.
This healthy glow is determined by the equilibrium of the skin's hydration level, pH and microbroflora. As the extrinsic and intrinsic influences change, the homeostasis and wellness of the skin respond accordingly.
Therefore, healthy skin is a balanced skin. The more we stress our skin with various offenders, such as sun damage or overuse of harsh skin products or unavoidable use of PPE mask, the more we notice it’s imbalance and breakouts.
Daily sun protection, moderate cosmetics use, great mask hygiene, and helpful skin-care routine can improve our skin’s balance and stamina. The negative emotional state and over-indulgence in various culprits of unhealthy lifestyle can also lead to frustrated skin. Our mind-skin interrelationship pivots on a balanced and healthy well-being.
A regular fulfillment of healthy diet, exercise, mindfulness and gratitude can better our skin’s appearance and our overall happiness.