Synchro and Cytobi: take the stress out of skincare
The changeover from Winter to Spring is the most significant time in nature, heralding new beginnings. It is the perfect time to reassess life and health and set the wheels in motion towards a happier, stronger you.
One area to start with is your stress level…because stress is a huge factor in both psychological and physiological health.
In this blog, we are going to focus on stress and skin health and how you can bring it back to its optimal level with GERnétic’s hero products.
It would seem the rise of inflammatory skin conditions can be linked in big part to the rise in stress. Life is never without its ups and downs, but this year has seen an unprecedented increase in stressful situations that seems to be having a significant impact on the health of our skin.
Stress that is prolonged or chronic is the most damaging to the body. As the largest organ in the human body, the skin can show signs of stress in a number of ways, from psoriasis and eczema flare-ups to dermatitis and even acne.
Stress and the Skin
So how can stress actually play so much havoc on the skin?
Well, as we have touched on in previous blogs, there is a powerful connection between the skin, mind and gut. (See article; “The Skin Microbiome in Beauty Therapy”)
So, when the mind perceives stress, it sends a message to the gut to slow down digestion – if you were a caveman being chased by a sabre tooth tiger, the body would need to put all its energy into your muscles! But the stress of the modern world is much more insidious – it can last for long periods of time, and this can have a significant impact on your digestion. When digestion is slowed, it affects the bacteria in your gut. The natural balance of the gut microbiome is disturbed, unhealthy bacteria begin to overgrow, and now you have dysbiosis. This leads to the intestines becoming “leaky” which triggers a flood of inflammation throughout the body. As a result of this internal inflammation, the skin can begin to flare up.
On top of this, when our body is getting ready to face a stressful environment, it stimulates the brain to secrete certain hormones. Cortisol is a major one that actually weakens the immune system over time and can cause an inflammatory response in the skin. These stress-related hormones also stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin, leading to abnormally high levels of oil and hence blocked pores and acne breakouts.
During stress, the body sweats more, therefore dehydrating the body and skin can become dry and flaky.
Your Skincare Routine
Keeping your skincare routine simple is vital for healthy skin. Choosing scientifically-based products that are right for your skin type, and using gentle cleansers and moisturisers is vital.
GERnétic has a range of products, but today we will touch upon 2 of our most outstanding products, that began life 50 years ago as the start of GERnétic.
Regenerative and nutritive, Synchro is the most important formula of the GERnétic range. It is able to balance skin functions, be it oiliness or dryness. It regenerates the epidermis cells and stimulates healthy cell turnover. Synchro is also anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and has incredible healing properties. Originally developed for the treatment of skin burns, Synchro is the most effective cream you can use after a burn or scar or bruising. It is suitable for all skin types and all ages and can be used alone or in conjunction with any other cream. If you could only choose one GERnétic product, Synchro would be it!
Cytobi is an extraordinary cream, providing your skin with the ultimate defence against ageing. It is super nutritive and packed with essential amino acids, proteins, vitamins and trace elements, all of which are essential to a well-nourished skin. Cytobi boosts tissue regeneration and revitalisation, plus it can alleviate several skin disorders linked to inflammation. Its healing and calming actions make it ideal as an anti-inflammatory, and it also contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Cytobi and Synchro used together, make the perfect duo to regenerate, soothe and nourish the skin.
Dealing with and managing stress takes a multi-pronged approach. What works best depends on every individual; however, things to consider are sleep, exercise, nutrition, meditation and deep breathing.
It’s not always easy, but finding ways to minimise your stress levels can have a significant impact on your skin health as well as your overall health.