Biohack yourself to beautiful skin
What is biohacking?
Biohacking has many different meanings. If you Google this subject, for example, you will find that biohacking or body hacking is a form of modifying your body. This can sometimes go too far and I have my reservations about it. The principle that I use here is really just about making small changes in your lifestyle without them being too radical. All in all, those small adjustments will eventually lead to better health and, through this, more beautiful skin too. This doesn’t mean changing your whole diet in one go. The changes are subtle, but in all areas: skincare, diet, relaxation, sleep and possible vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Ultimately, this gives a better result than focusing on just one of these areas, while another requires more attention.
Where do you start?
How do you go about it? What subtle changes can you apply? There are so many possibilities…. So, I have made a step by step plan for you.
Step by step plan
Step 1: Be aware and monitor
You’ve got redness, bumps or spots on your face. First of all, have a look and see if your skincare routine can be improved:
- Are you suffering from spots? Read about caring for acne skin in this blog.
- Is the main problem redness and/or bumps on the face? Then read more about a good skincare routine in this blog.
- It is a good idea for everyone to stay away from irritating ingredients in skincare products.
Once you have optimised your beauty routine you can then look at other aspects:
diet, sleep, relaxation and deficiencies. Your menstrual cycle may also have an influence. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can also affect your skin, so it won’t hurt to go to your GP to have your levels checked now and again.
Other vitamins and the skin
I have often written about the effects of vitamins on skin:
To find out what your triggers are, it is worthwhile being conscious about your diet and lifestyle. You can also monitor this by keeping a diary. In it you make a note of your skincare, sleep, stress and diet.
A diary for your skin
HHow do you keep such a diary? Here are a few guidelines:
- Review your skin each day (score from 1 to 10) and take photos of your skin regularly.
- How much stress have you had today? (Give a score from 1 to 10)
- How did you sleep last night? (Give a score from 1 to 10)
- What have you eaten today?
- For the women, write down where you are in your menstrual cycle.
- Tip, don’t just look at triggers, but also at aspects that are good for your skin.
Eventually, you can find out the relationships between your skin and your stress level, menstrual cycle, diet and sleep.
But how do you know precisely what affects your skin? Fortunately, a lot is known about this already. You will find more information in the blogs below.
- Why food suddenly affects your skin
- 13 triggers for rosacea.
- What effect does stress have on your skin?
- The effects of not enough sleep.
! Have a look at what toothpaste, shower gel and washing detergent you use. This type of product also contains substances which can sometimes cause irritation. Do you, for instance, get spots around your lips each time you brush your teeth? Perhaps it’s your toothpaste. .
Step 2: Trial & error
If your diary highlights that certain foods or lifestyle choices aggravate your spots, redness or bumps, you can have that tested. It may sound a bit scary but it does give you answers. Do you think, for example, that alcohol causes your rosacea to flare up? Cut out the alcohol for a while and see what happens to your skin. Or does chocolate aggravate your acne? Give this product a miss for 6 weeks and wait and see if your skin improves. Then re-introduce the product back into your diet and see if your symptoms return.
Step 3. Take your time
Obviously, this isn’t something which will be finished next week. It costs time in order to find out exactly what your triggers are. So have some patience. It is worth it, though, because eventually you get to know yourself and your skin better and you know exactly what makes your skin happy (and what doesn’t!).
Can’t figure it out? Then don’t hesitate to contact us via [email protected].
(Dr. Jetske Ultee- Research Physician Cosmetic Dermatology)