THE ZEN SKIN PHILOSOPHY
The principles of the Zen Skin Philosophy lay the foundation for a method to clear eczema and to care for sensitive skin. The philosophy is based on the interrelationships between four equally important components of the healthy skin cycle. The goal of the philosophy is to reduce eczema-related inflammation on the outside of the body by harmonizing the digestive, circulatory and nervous systems inside the body and then nourishing the skin directly with cleansers and products that respect the natural hydrolipidic film, pH and bacterial flora on the top surface of the skin (epidermis):
Avoid Irritants - Learning which substances in our everyday lives can provoke skin reactions is critical. These can be conventional skin care products, detergents, fabrics, plants and foods that can trigger an allergic reaction when put in direct contact with the skin. Over-the-counter moisturizers and their irritating synthetic ingredients are one of the biggest sources of irritation for those with eczema and sensitive skin issues.
Soothe the Digestive System - Thanks to the circulatory system flowing through our skin, our diet and the amount of mineral water we drink is directly tied to our skin's health. The digestive system can be either irritated or soothed based on the intake of specific foods. Detoxifying our digestive system and moisturizing our skin from the inside out positively support skin health.
Calm the Nervous System - Many ancient and modern healing modalities emphasize the connection between physical relaxation and healthy skin. Specific YOGA FOR SKIN postures, pranayama breathing techniques and adequate sleep are examples of ways to relax the nerves that run through the skin and engage the parasympathetic nervous system responsible for relaxation. A study documented in the Acta Dermato-Venereologica medical journal states that, "the clinical occurrence of atopic dermatitis is often associated with psychological stress.”1
Protect and Nourish the Skin - Supporting the skin from the outside with plant and animal based essential and unsaturated fatty acids can help make it smooth, soft and beautiful naturally. Learn which ingredients and natural skin care products and ingredients enhance our skin's natural ability to protect us from the elements by supporting the hydrolipidic film on the surface of the skin.
The Zen Skin Philosophy is likely a good fit for you if:
- You want to stop the cycle of dependence on steroid creams and related conventional skin care products that are not helpful in treating eczema.
- You were surprised that the NIH determined that conventional moisturizers are among the main culprits of allergic contact dermatitis.2
- You want to be able to identify and avoid conventional skin care product ingredients that are considered irritants and instead learn about skin care products that are good for sensitive skin and good for the planet.
- You want to make your own skin care products at home that naturally nourish sensitive, eczema-prone skin and support the skin's natural barrier function.
- You are concerned that while Europe bans 1,328 chemicals from use in lotions, soaps, cosmetics and other personal care products, that the U.S. only bans 11 chemicals.
- You believe that diet and general well-being play an important part in a healthy ZEN SKIN lifestyle and you want to incorporate foods and activities that support skin health.
Even if dermatologists are correct when they tell us that genes are responsible for making some people more predisposed to having eczema than others, there are steps everyone can take to reduce the potential triggers in their own immediate environment and develop lifestyle changes to support healthy skin naturally. That's what the ZEN SKIN PHILOSOPHY is all about.
1 Andrea L. SUÁREZ, Jamison D. FERAMISCO, John KOO, and Martin STEINHOFF, “Psychoneuroimmunology of Psychological Stress and Atopic Dermatitis: Pathophysiologic and Therapeutic Updates,” Acta Derm Venereol 92, no. 1 (January 2012): 7–15.
2 Zirwas MJ; Moisturizer Allergy Diagnosis and Management. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2008 Nov; 1(4): 38–44.