At Marie Veronique we often think about the power of the mind in relation to the skin — while the mind-gut connection is pretty well established, the connection between skin health and mental health is much less so. However, as anyone who’s dealt with chronic breakouts or other daunting skin concerns can attest, the emotional aspects that accompany physical symptoms are their own challenge. Not only are they difficult to deal with, but they can actually be part of the problem.
This is one of the reasons we wanted to interview Matthew Traube, a psychotherapist who specializes in psychodermatology, a relatively new and growing field of treatment that addresses the interaction between the mind and the skin. Matt’s approach is informed by his father’s book, “Skin Deep,” in which he explores healing skin concerns from a therapist's point of view, as opposed to that of a dermatologist.
When most people think of exercise, they usually think about it in terms of the health of the body. However, it also is necessary for the health of the skin! Movement, exercise, and support for the nervous system all greatly influence skin health, so helping clients figure out how to safely and effectively incorporate these practices into their lives is critical. At the same time, it can also be challenging. The industry of exercise is often misleading and confusing; most sources of information consistently overlook the importance of mindfulness and awareness when working with the body in favor of focusing on the visible results.
We’re pleased to share this interview with with international yoga teacher, author, and health and wellness expert, Tiffany Cruikshank, about her philosophy for mindfully and constructively incorporating movement into your life.
Today is World Microbiome Day, and out of all the commercial holidays that pop up, this is one we can get behind. According to the website for this joyous annual event:
“The 2021 theme is ‘Sustainability’ with a focus on how microbes can contribute to a sustainable future. Despite their ubiquity and diversity, the importance of microbes for maintaining healthy global ecosystems is often overlooked. Microbes already have a tremendous effect on the health and balance of the environments we live in.”
Pregnancy and postpartum is a time of profound change within the body, and that certainly is true for skin function. Changes during this time are common, whether skin becomes symptomatic for the first time, underlying skin symptoms surface, or, more positively, the coveted ‘pregnancy glow’ reveals itself.We often hear from clients that they’re unsure, confused, and sometimes even fearful of skin symptoms arising during pregnancy and postpartum, especially if they’ve had issues in the past. We want to help alleviate that fear.By trusting and supporting your body’s innate intelligence (instead of constantly trying to “fix” it), you can appreciate this time as the truly phenomenal experience it is. After all, humans have evolved to do this over many millennia – the body rarely needs your brain’s interference.
In our recent post about supporting your skin’s barrier function, we expressed some highly opinionated thoughts on exfoliation. (We called it a “disaster that disrupts your skin’s natural processes.”) We stand by those words! But it’s complicated, so we wanted to give a bit more context.
A year like 2020 inevitably prompts radical change, and it’s this kind of kicker that has us making an important commitment to the greater good: putting an end to single use packaging, which in our case means samples.
In this post, we clarify what “barrier function” actually means, how it works, and what you can do to not only support it, but actually improve it. Because here’s the thing – if you don’t have healthy barrier function, you don’t have healthy skin. Period. It won’t function well, and it certainly won’t look good.
Having a glowing complexion is a wonderful thing! However, it’s important to realize that while beauty may be your primary motivator for adopting smart skin care practices, the reasons to take care of your skin go far beyond looking good. As part of our ongoing series of articles with basic information about the skin, in this post we’ll go over some of the reasons taking good care of it is critical to overall wellness.