Stress and Your Skin Health from Acne to Wrinkles
How the Gut-Brain Axis Mediates Stress and Affects Skin Health
We all experience stress in our lives and the way we experience stress varies depending on our individual adaptive ability. While we often think of the mind-body-spirit connection with regard to stress on our health, Recent studies into the gut-brain-skin axis shed new light on how stress influences specific aspects of our health including the skin. Insights into this web of interconnectedness shows that changes in gut and brain function significantly impact skin health. By understanding how the gut-brain-skin axis works, we can take a more comprehensive approach to reduce the impact of stress on our skin.1
How Does Stress Affect Your Skin?
The skin is the body's largest organ, and a sensitive barrier that moderates our external and internal environment. Psychological stress, dietary imbalances and the damaging effects from pollution, UV and blue light radiation all contribute to a systemic increase of the stress hormone cortisol. The compounding effect of stress accelerates skin aging aggravating conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, cold sores, and hair loss. 2,3
Chronic Stress and Aging Skin
Chronic stress suppresses immunity and increases susceptibility to infection and inflammation throughout the body and the skin. Oxidative stress damages collagen, the protein that serves as the glue for all our cells in our body. Collagen is like scaffolding in your skin —the loss of collagen integrity causes fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, cortisol levels that are constantly elevated also inhibit the skin’s production of hyaluronic acid and healthy lipids important to preserving plump healthy looking skin 4.
What is the Gut-Brain-Skin Axis?
The gut-brain-skin connection is finally getting the scientific attention it deserves. The connection between the gut microbiome and the skin has become a significant topic in both dermatology and gastroenterology. Studies into the gut microbiome and its relationship to the skin show that probiotic supplementation reduces skin inflammation and may improve hair growth. The probiotics found in KAIBAE’s gut /skin resilience boosts the body’s own production of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. Research indicates that these probiotics also help alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. 5.6
How Exactly is the Gut Involved?
The gut microbiome and the gut barrier are important to absorb nutrients from our diet. The integrity of the gut lining serves as a protective layer separating what you eat from the rest of your body. When we are stressed the gut barrier becomes more “leaky” allowing toxic metabolites to enter the bloodstream increasing inflammation throughout the body.7 In our skin this is reflected by changes in texture, tone and coloration. Gut/Skin resilience by KAIBAE is a dietary supplement specifically designed to target gut and skin barrier health, protecting the skin from environmental stressors that damage skin and that lead to dry skin, sagging skin and pigmentation.
Add Prebiotic Fiber to your Diet
A high fiber diet helps digestion, weight management and lower cholesterol. There is an insoluble part that promotes digestive regularity and there is a soluble part that is prebiotic. Prebiotic fiber stimulates the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut..8 Fruits and vegetables contain both insoluble and soluble fiber in various amounts. Dietary sources of soluble fiber include oats, beans, lentils, and fruits. Baobab fruit powder is rich in prebiotic fiber and in addition to high fiber it contains the added benefits of a superior amount of polyphenols, vitamins and minerals. Taking 1-2 tablespoons of KAIBAE baobab fruit powder per day in water, smoothie or foods improves satiety, helps with sugar handling and promotes probiotic balance. Adding prebiotic fiber to the diet also improves resilience, and actually acts as an adaptogen improving the way we respond to stress ultimately benefiting your skin.
Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods
The Western diet largely includes processed foods full of sugar, artificial sweeteners and preservatives..9 All these additives disrupt probiotic balance and increase our susceptibility to digestive problems and metabolic disease. Additionally, we are learning that these processed foods are often low in fiber, damaging the gut lining and increasing “leakiness” across the gut barrier. Natural sugar alternatives including stevia and monk fruit do not adversely affect gut microbiome diversity.
Enjoy Foods Rich In Polyphenols
Polyphenols are plant-based chemicals that offer a host of health benefits including reductions in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and oxidative stress. 10 Polyphenols improve our resilience by reducing inflammation in the gut and the skin. Good sources of polyphenols include chocolate, wine, green tea, onions, blueberries, broccoli, pomegranate and Baobab. Studies into polyphenol rich foods have shown that Baobab fruit powder derived from the Ancient African Tree of Life is one of the greatest sources for these powerful protective polyphenols. Gut / skin resilience combines Baobab, Ellagic acid from pomegranate and citrus bioflavonoids for maximum anti-inflammatory effect. 11
Probiotics Are Key
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help keep the gut healthy and functioning properly.12 While we consider taking probiotics after taking antibiotics, taking probiotics daily supports gut health and beyond—improving overall immunity and skin health. Probiotics are available as dietary supplements, their efficacy is increased by eating a diverse diet. The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, fish, nuts, seeds and grains and small amounts of meat providing more fiber and is most beneficial for a healthy gut microbiome.13,14 The skin also includes a microbiome with its own set of diverse organisms long neglected in skin care. Microbiome mist by KAIBAE includes probiotic balancing ingredients which help acne15 and skin inflammation 14, shielding the skin from blue light, UV radiation and environmental stress.
It is clear that continued stress adversely affects our health in a number of ways. In addition to eating better, adding more fiber, probiotics and polyphenols rich foods, addressing mental and emotional health is equally important. That is why a daily ritual of quiet, yoga or meditation practices are so beneficial. Meditation helps us manage stress and reduce the amount of cortisol released when we face demanding events in our life.16
Exercise Promotes Resilience From Gut to Skin
There are many benefits to exercise, it is rejuvenating to mind- body and spirit. Exercise increases blood flow oxygen and nutrient delivery to all our tissues.17 For the brain it helps with mood and mental clarity, for the gut it improves gut microbiome health and for the skin it promotes new cell and collagen production.
Neuro-Cosmetics Support Skin Health
Neuro-cosmetics have gained popularity in recent years: and are defined as skin care that speaks to the brain. The concept of neuro-cosmetics builds on the idea that the brain and skin are intrinsically connected through a complex set of messengers called neurotransmitters. Applying certain plant extracts to the skin have the power to elicit specific sensations and emotions, moderating stimuli which are calming to the brain. These advances in neuroscience and dermatology provide new solutions for unresolved redness, rashes, acne, wrinkles, dry and sagging skin.18,19,20
Examples you may have experienced are the calming effect of chamomile and the cooling effect of mint on the skin. The microbiome mist By KAIBAE was formulated to help improve skin microbiome balance and acts as an adaptogen for the skin. Adding microbiome friendly ingredients such as prebiotics, wild plant polyphenols and powerful peptides, which are all calming to the skin and the brain.
Adding neuro-cosmetic and microbiome-friendly skincare can provide the following:
- reduce wrinkles and signs of aging by stimulating the production of collagen
- improve skin elasticity and hydration levels by stimulating the production of hyaluronic acid
- brighten skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness by stimulating the production of melanin
- improve overall complexion by balancing skin oil production
- reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes by stimulating the production of new, healthy skin cells
- improve skin elasticity and hydration levels by stimulating the production of hyaluronic acid. All substances in neuro-cosmetics work as antioxidants. They prevent oxidative inflammatory reactions in the skin and keep you looking your best.
As we’ve seen, stress can have a significant impact on our skin health. New insights into the gut-brain-skin axis reveal how we can improve our response to stress with some minor yet powerful solutions. In our diet adding more Prebiotic fiber, Polyphenols and Probiotics improves gut health and reduces the damaging effects of inflammation on the skin from within. When used topically these powerful plant nutrients provide a natural protection, calming the brain’s reaction to external stimuli. By understanding the role of stress in skin health and using neuro-cosmetic products, we can improve our gut and skin microbiomes, which improves gut to skin health, our overall appearance and an improved sense of wellbeing. To learn more visit https://gokaibae.com/collections/skincare
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