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2021 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Gift for Mothers Day

Five kinds of moms. Five skincare gifts for Mother’s Day.
One easy gift giving experience for you!

Your mom’s face is most likely the first face you ever saw, so this year why not treat your mom to a gift that makes her face glow like nothing else can: skincare from Sanitas. 

This year we’ve created this easy to use Mother’s Day gift guide. It’s really simple: just identify which category most aptly describes your mom and you’ll find the perfect gift for her!

1. The no-drama mamma

If your mom spends more time thinking about science and less thinking about fancy dyes, fragrances, packages and other drama she’ll love knowing her Mother’s Day gift was developed by scientists, not celebrities, and that it delivers great results.

Everything we make is formulated with extraordinarily high concentrations of active ingredients, skin-loving nutrients and skin-identical delivery systems that get these ingredients deep into the skin where they do the most good. We skip dyes, fragrances, expensive packaging and other drama. If your mom values results over marketing, she sounds like our kind of people. 

The Mother’s Day gift for no-drama mammas: The Bloom & Glow Gift Set

The Bloom & Glow Gift Set lets you give her a carefully curated group of spring skincare essentials that is appropriate for all skin types and designed to deliver results.

The Bloom & Glow Gift Set gives Mom:

Lemon Cream Scrub (Full Size)
A longtime bestseller loved for its brightening and polishing power

Hand Therapy (Full Size)
Nourishing, non-greasy and made for collagen depleted hands

ReVitaLize Mask (Deluxe Sample)
A firming and volumizing mask that’s packed with antioxidants

VitaRich Serum (Deluxe Sample)
Nourishes with squalane (from olives, not animals) and vitamins A, C, E, D & K

A Sanitas cosmetics bag to keep it all together

2. The "kiss and make it better" mom

If your mom can make your troubles melt away with ears that are ready to listen and a kind word to lift your spirits, then she’s a “kiss and make it better” mom. She’s a firm but fair nurturer who cares about your feelings and only wants the best for you. This Mother’s Day, give her a little something that shows you want only the best for her.

The Mother’s Day gift for “kiss and make it better” moms: The Lip Care Duo

Whether Mom is giving advice, having coffee with friends or being the official taster in the family kitchen, her lips can get dry or even cracked! Give her the conditioning, and age defying care her lips crave with our Lip Care Duo.

The Lip Care Duo gives Mom:

Conditioning Lip Polish
A smoothing lip polish that buffs away dead skin cells with organic cane sugar, conditions with organic, cold pressed coconut oil, and nourishes with vitamin E

Redensifying Lip Complex
A volumizing lip serum with anti-wrinkle peptides, plumping hyaluronic acid and ultra-moisturizing omega fatty acids

3. The "she's my best friend" mom

When you go out people assume you’re besties or sisters, because in many ways you are! Who else knows your secrets and dreams like Mom? We’re guessing nobody! Give her a gift that will help her skin stay as vibrant, glowing and spirited as her personality.

The Mother’s Day Gift for “she’s my best friend” moms: Vita C Serum

If your mom graduated from the cleanser/toner/moisturizer school of skincare back in the day, serums could be a whole new experience for her and we think it’s one she’ll love.


Vita C Serum gives Mom:

  • A 30% concentration of ultra-potent, lipid-soluble vitamin C that helps brighten, firm and protect the skin
  • Exotic seed butters that reduce skin sensitivity, smooth skin texture and deeply hydrate skin
  • Squalane (from olives, never animals) that gets the vitamin C deep into the skin where it brightens best.
Vita C Serum

4. The "can't stop, won't stop" mom

When you think about a day in the life of your mom, you honestly don’t know how she does it all. You’ve heard her say it a million times, and it’s true: the only peace she gets is in the shower. So, give her a gift that makes her shower a little moment of Zen in her otherwise packed day.

The Mother’s Day gift for the “can’t stop, won’t stop” mom: The Active Glow Shower Set

This is the one gift that helps Mom wash away the day and treat her hard-working body to the care it loves and deserves. More than just another shower gel and lotion duo, this gift is made with the same science and ingredients that go into our facial skincare. Think of this shower set as skincare for the body.

The Active Glow Shower Set gives Mom:

Active Body Wash
The most active product in our body line, it exfoliates, clarifies and smooths with glycolic acid. It also calms skin and supports natural moisture factor production with aloe vera gel and hydrates with glycerine.

Vitamin C Body Lotion
This after-shower powerhouse smooths and softens with shea butter. Then, it goes a step further to brighten and hydrate with our very potent pairing of vitamin C and squalane.

5. The DIY mom

If your mom is the type of person that just wants to roll up her sleeves and get it done, we have the perfect gift for her. This past year many of us have gotten the DIY bug and tried things on our own that we’d have never tried before. Our AHA Resurfacing Peel Kit is the ideal gift for moms that want a facial but don’t have the time to see a pro. The best news: it’s also perfect for a cozy mother/daughter spa night in the comfort of your own home!

The Mother’s Day gift for the “DIY” mom: The AHA Resurfacing Peel Kit

This five-step home peel kit gives visible results after just one use. Why? Because this professional-strength process removes spent skin cells to reveal the softer, smoother, more radiant and even-toned skin underneath. When it comes to giving Mom great skin, it ticks all the boxes.

The AHA Resurfacing Peel Kit gives Mom:

  • Increased radiance and glow
  • Less visible fine lines and wrinkles
  • Exfoliation of dead skin cells
  • Softer, smoother skin
  • Help fading discoloration
  • Clarified and decongested pores

With each and every Mother’s Day gift in our gift guide comes a little something extra: the act of supporting a woman owned and led company based in the USA. (Moms like that!)

You can proudly tell Mom that we make all of our skincare in small batches at our own Colorado-based facility. That means we have complete control of each of our products from formulation through manufacturing –  until they’re ready to ship to you. You could say, they’re all like our babies. (She’ll know what that means.)

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Sale! Vitamin c serum for face

Vita C Serum

a treatment serum | vitamin c illuminating
$79.20 or subscribe and save 5%
Sale! AHA Peel Kit

AHA Resurfacing Peel Kit

a professional strength home peel kit
$71.20 or subscribe and save 5%
Sale!

Active Glow Shower Set

$42.40
Sale!

Lip Care Duo

$37.60
Sale!

Bloom & Glow Gift Set

a limited edition gift set
$49.00

Is Blue Light Aging Your Skin?

Move over UVA, there’s a new threat in town and it’s coming at you from your electronic devices!

New research now indicates that HEV (high energy light, also known as “blue light”) may actually be as damaging to your skin as the sun – and it’s all around us. It’s hard to escape cause it’s coming from our laptops, tablets, cell phones, TVs and even our LED lighting.

Not quite ready to unplug? You can still fight back!

Although most of us are well aware of the damage to skin caused by UVA and UVB, we may not be aware of the damage blue light can do.  Although certainly controversial, more and more evidence suggests that blue light, which is light emitted from our tablets, cell phones, computer screens, etc., may also be prematurely aging our skin.

Blue light, also known as high energy visible light, is a high-frequency wavelength emitted by TV screens, smartphones, tablets and computers. Although highly controversial, studies suggest that a veritable smorgasbord of unpleasantness such as sleep disruption, damage to your eyesight, premature aging and increased risk of hyperpigmentation are some of the suspected effects caused by chronic exposure.

Emerging studies documenting this phenomenon presented evidence that chronic exposure (which most of us encounter daily) caused a significantly higher frequency of hyperpigmentation in even darker skin types, with visibly affected areas lasting up to three months after initial exposure. In addition, one study also noted a significant increase of keratinocyte necrosis, or thickened layer of dead cells on the surface of the epidermis, giving a dull, dry lackluster appearance to the skin. Finally, it is believed that blue light exposure may weaken the skin’s barrier function, making it more susceptible to free radical damage and thus, premature aging.

Shields Up!

The bad news is in - your phone, tablet and laptop can damage your skin. The good news? You can fight back.

What to do? Protect, protect, protect.

Remember that old Ben Franklin axiom “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” It’s so much easier to prevent damage from exposure than it is to correct it once the damage has occurred. Exactly as you would protect your skin against other forms of radiation exposure (we’re talking UVA and UVB here) a mineral based, full spectrum sun protectant is your best friend. Sanitas Solar Block is the perfect finishing step to your morning skincare routine and provides a full spectrum dose of non-toxic protection in a base of antioxidants. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: wear your sun block every day.

Fight back with topical antioxidants

Need a quick refresh on free radicals? These disruptive, free-wheeling agents of decay are caused by mutation in cellular atoms which in turn, cause subsequent mutation that leads to the brand new free radical attacking healthy cells. Think of them as the cellular zombie apocalypse. One free radical can cause a cascade of damage that can lead to everything from prematurely aged skin to even cancer.

But you can fight those cellular zombies. A high dose of lipophilic vitamin C (Sanitas Vita C Serum contains 30% vitamin C) does a standout job of combatting free radical damage by helping filter out harmful light rays and strengthening the skin from the inside out. The benefits of vitamin C can be significantly bolstered by adding vitamins A, E, K, and D (Sanitas VitaRich Serum has a 100% active, antioxidant blend) to the mix.

Diet Can Help!

Believe it or not, the health of your skin is heavily influenced by what you eat. The best prevention strategy against the harmful effects of free radicals is a well-regulated lifestyle. Eating a diet rich in vitamin C, carotenoids (plant pigments) and omega fatty acids all play an important role in nutritional skincare. So load up on foods like salmon and avocados (healthy fats), strawberries and broccoli (high in vitamin C) and carrots and yellow peppers (loaded with carotenoids) to help fight those free radicals from the inside out. Of course, sometimes it’s hard to get all of those fruits and veggies in every day, so supplementing with antioxidants and EFAs can help.

This Thing? It's Called a Book.

We get it – you can’t unplug from the day-to-day necessity of being online, but you can take an active, mindful approach to managing your blue light exposure. Use earbuds instead of holding the phone up to your face.

Your bedroom isn’t a charging station – it’s for rest and reprieve. Try disconnecting from all devices 30 to 60 minutes prior to turning in and swap your PM Netflix lineup with a good, old-fashioned book. Reading helps slow the mind at the end of the day leading to a better night’s sleep and by default, healthier skin.

You could go big and ditch your devices altogether but for most of us that’s just not realistic or feasible. Instead, try to limit your exposure as much as possible. Do you really need to check your Insta feed or email all day long? Of course not.

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SB120

Solar Block Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 20

a mineral based sunscreen | protect
$35.00 or subscribe and save 5%
VRS30

VitaRich Serum

a daily serum | normal
$58.00 or subscribe and save 5%
VCLC150

Vitamin C Lactic Cleanser

a progressive cleanser | brighten
$32.00 or subscribe and save 5%

Bridal Skincare – What’s your style?

Okay, you said yes, you’ve got the dress, now time to guarantee skin that will impress! Along with all the other details that go into planning your big day, making sure your skin is glowing as you walk down the aisle is probably one of your top three.

Odds are your bridal style falls into one of two camps – the uber planner with every detail nailed down to the minute or the laid-back optimist running on inspiration and synchronicity. No matter what your approach may be, we’ve got a strategy for you.

Let's do this thing

Are you twelve months out from the big day with nearly everything picked, planned and paired? You’re in a great place! With time on your side, you’ll be able to level up your daily routine with a regular program of actives, layer in professional skincare appointments and get specific results.

Start here:

We’re going to number this for you because we have a feeling you like a list with actionable items.

1

Schedule a facial every four weeks.

Yes, you can skip this step, but the results you get following the guidance of an esthetician with expertise and insight can make a huge difference in your wedding day glow.

The pros have tools and products available to them which get results you simply cannot recreate at home. Make the investment – it’s well worth it.

2

Add in actives​

Retinol is about to become your secret weapon. If you’re new to using this game changing ingredient, keep in mind your skin is going to need a little time to adjust. This beneficial active requires a transition period. Two or three times a week is good depending on your individual skin sensitivity. You may experience a little redness and flaking for the first few weeks but stick it out. Healthy, glowing skin lies just beyond this phase.

If you’re already a retinol user and want to ramp up your results, ascending formulas, like those in our Vitamin A Rejuvenate Collection, can enhance the ground you’ve already gained and help get your skin in the best shape of its life.

Vitamin C: Yes, we recommend this to everyone, but six months out you can really reap the benefits of regular use – decreased dark spots and increased glow are both direct by-products of a high percentage of lipophilic vitamin C, like Vita C Serum. We suggest using it every morning.

AHAs: Get on the alpha-hydroxy bandwagon and stay there. Make AHAs a habit and use them every other day. Aside from exfoliating the skin, AHAs deliver a multitude of additional benefits including increased skin hydration levels, smoother, firmer skin and less discoloration. Need more info? You can read more about AHAs here.

Yes, you can skip this step, but the results you get following the guidance of an esthetician with expertise and insight can make a huge difference in your wedding day glow.

The pros have tools and products available to them which get results you simply cannot recreate at home. Make the investment – it’s well worth it.

3

Protect your investment

Use full spectrum Solar Block every day without fail. Regular use of retinols and AHAs delivers huge benefits but absolutely requires the use of daily sun protection.

Are you a coming down to the wire, using inspiration and instinct as your guide type girl? No worries – we can help!

Although committing to a skincare regime early on and sticking to it is the best plan, we all know what can happen to the best-laid plans! Maybe you didn’t quite get it together to plan your pre-wedding skincare with the same amount of detail you used to book your Himalayan honeymoon or to design the custom labels on the microbrew you’re going to serve. It’s all good.

A few simple steps will work beautifully for you

Brightening Peel Pads are about to become your new best friend. Use them up to three days a week on freshly cleansed skin, followed with Solar Block. Get similar results to a professional peel right in your own bathroom. In 60 seconds or less. Nice.

Hydrate like it's your job

Your skin needs daily hydration, no matter what. Hyaluronic Concentrate is a great go-to as it works for every skin type, is 100% biocompatible and instantly plumps and hydrates the skin. One or two drops get the job done.

Stronger every day

Your skin is constantly bombarded by pollutants and the skin damaging effects of UVA rays, but nature has a solution. A full range of high potency antioxidants, like those in our VitaRich Serum and Antioxidant Moisturizer, gives your skin the strength it needs to defend itself from environmental aggressors while simultaneously encouraging skin to become healthier, brighter and stronger. Wedding day, here we come.

Your stress level is likely at its highest leading up to your big day. Avoid those wedding bell blues by incorporating a few, simple lifestyle tips:

  1. Although you’re likely running around like mad making plans, try to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Lack of sleep can cause inflammation and dull, dry, lackluster skin.
  2. Milk doesn’t do every body good! If you’re prone to breakouts, try to limit or eliminate dairy which can trigger inflammation and blemishes.
  3.  Although it may be tempting to calm those pre-wedding jitters with a cocktail, avoid the alcohol to avoid the puff. In addition to causing general puffiness (especially under the eyes), alcohol dehydrates your skin and can cause it to look sallow.  
  4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink plenty of water (at least 64 ounces per day). We can’t say it enough, especially if you have had a few drinks. Supplementing with essential fatty acids can help cells retain water and keep skin smooth and supple.  
  5. Avoid adding any new skincare products into your routine thirty days prior to your wedding, as you don’t know how they’ll affect your skin.

Walking down the aisle means every eye in the room is trained on you. Healthy, vibrant skin will produce that famous wedding day glow and match the sparkle you feel inside!

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SB120

Solar Block Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 20

a mineral based sunscreen | protect
$35.00 or subscribe and save 5%
hyaluronic concentrate

Hyaluronic Concentrate

a booster serum | hydrate
$74.00 or subscribe and save 5%
VRS30

VitaRich Serum

a daily serum | normal
$58.00 or subscribe and save 5%
AM50

Antioxidant Moisturizer

a daily moisturizer | normal
$74.00 or subscribe and save 5%
Sale! Vitamin c serum for face

Vita C Serum

a treatment serum | vitamin c illuminating
$79.20 or subscribe and save 5%
Peel pads

Brightening Peel Pads

a home peeling treatment | brighten
$74.00 or subscribe and save 5%

New Year, New Y’all!

Start 2021 off right by hosting a virtual peel party

If your friends aren’t the skincare aficionados you are, then luckily for them they know you!  Why not share your skincare know-how by hosting a virtual Peel Party? Our new AHA Resurfacing Peel Kit will give y’all a glow, and the fun time together will have all of you extra-radiant.

Here's how it works:

  • Make sure everyone has an AHA Resurfacing Peel Kit. You can order them here.
  • Schedule four get togethers (a week apart) using an online video chat service.
  • Get together online to do your peels. The instructions enclosed in each kit tell you just what to do. You can read them aloud to the group and perform the steps together. 
  • Get back together once a week for the next three weeks and do it all over again.
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The peel is fun all by itself but to make your Peel Party even more memorable, you can bring a little flair to the affair. Why not spice it up with one of these ideas?

  • Watch the game together
  • Plan a trip together
  • Make a girl gang bucket list as you go
  • Make it a book club meeting and talk about the best books you’ve read recently
  • Do a craft-a-long and show what you made over the week
  • Wear glamorous pajamas and drink kombucha from champagne flutes
  • Make fancy cocktails and share how you made them
  • Take fabulous before and after photos
  • Take a Cosmo quiz (or similar) while the peel is processing
  • Read your horoscopes

The main thing is that you all enjoy your peels safely, share the experience and have a great time together.

We can’t wait to hear how your Peel Party goes! Share your pic using #skinbysanitas and let us in on the fun!

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CLP12

Conditioning Lip Polish

a smoothing lip treatment | lips
$22.00 or subscribe and save 5%
RLC15

Redensifying Lip Complex

a volumizing lip serum | lips
$25.00 or subscribe and save 5%
VK15

Vita K

a redness reliever | calm
$27.00 or subscribe and save 5%

Your Burning Sunscreen Questions Answered

Think you're already pretty sun savvy?

Read on and let us know if we’ve covered all the bases.

QUESTION | 

What exactly are UVA and UVB rays?

A:

UV radiation is invisible to the naked eye and has two main wavelengths — UVA and UVB. The easiest way to remember which of these does what is pretty simple. UVA rays age the skin and UVB rays burn the skin. Both UVA and UVB can cause a whole lot of trouble for your skin health including permanent sun damage and skin cancer.

QUESTION | 

What does SPF mean, really?

A:

SPF stands for “sun protection factor.” The advice we’ve probably all heard is to use an SPF 15 and reapply every one to two hours. But this is not the whole story.

SPF is not a one size fits all proposition.

Think of it this way — a very fair person, say a redhead, may burn without sun protection in as little as three minutes whereas sunburn on a darker skin might take as long as an hour or more to appear.

The SPF number on a sun protection product is actually part of a formula that tells you exactly how much time you, as an individual, can spend in the sun before re-application is required. In order to calculate, you must know how long it actually takes your skin (and your skin alone) to burn in an unprotected state.

Contrary to popular belief, a higher SPF does not necessarily provide more protection, but rather is an indicator as to the amount of time you can spend in the sun unprotected before reapplication is necessary. This varies based on individual sensitivity and skin tone.

Let’s do the math

If you are a redhead, who burns in three minutes, and are planning on being outside for a while, you may actually need an SPF 50. Using our previous formula of the number of minutes it takes for your skin to burn multiplied by the SPF rating (in this case, 3 x 50) your SPF 50 gives you the same duration of protection (150 minutes) as someone who burns in 10 minutes using an SPF 15.

On the other hand, if your skin starts to get pink (the first sign of an impending burn) at about the 10-minute mark an SPF 15 allows you to spend (10 x 15 =) 150 minutes in the sun before you need to dip back in your beach bag for your product and slather on another layer. Make sense?

QUESTION | 

How much product do I need to apply and when should I be applying it?

A:

The rule of thumb is one ounce of sunscreen for your whole body applied 20 minutes prior to your initial exposure. If you are going to be outside for longer than two hours, make sure you have your sunscreen with you so there is no lapse in protection.

QUESTION | 

What’s the difference between mineral and chemical sunblock?

A:

Mineral sun protection (look for zinc as a main ingredient) prevents UVA and UVB rays from ever reaching the skin. It is literally a physical block between your skin and the sun.

Chemical sunscreen, on the other hand, is a combination of three or more UVB and UVA chemicals that cause a chemical change that transforms UVB and UVA rays into heat. You can actually feel the heat of a chemical sunscreen working in your skin before it is released!

So, which is better for your skin?

There’s a lot of conflicting information out there around this question and a boatload of opinions to boot, but here is what we know to be true — mineral sunblock provides naturally occurring, broad spectrum protection for the skin with zero toxicity to the body or the environment.

QUESTION | 

My makeup has sunscreen, does that protect my skin?

A:

Yes and no. Even if your makeup has an actual SPF rating, keep in mind it’s designed to sit on the skin’s surface, just like your sunscreen. Either one can wear off over time leaving your skin vulnerable. Layering makeup over a product specifically designed for sun protection is the safest route but keep in mind that all day sun protection is never a one and done situation. Re-application is absolutely necessary to keep your skin fully protected no matter what type of product you use.

QUESTION | 

I have darker skin and never burn. Do I still need to be concerned about sun protection?

A:

A You sure do. The additional melanin in darker skin tones may help decrease instances of sunburn but will not protect skin from the damage caused by UVA rays.

QUESTION | 

What exactly does “water-resistant” mean?

A:

Actually, there is no such thing as a waterproof sunscreen. Water-resistant, however, is a label you can trust. Any product marked water-resistant needs to meet some pretty strict standards per the FDA including an SPF rating of 40 or 80. This is roughly double the SPF of a sunscreen that you would use for dry exposure situations due to the fact that the product wears off much faster in the water than it would otherwise.

We suggest overdoing it. If you’re going to be beaching it or chilling poolside, reapply every time you get out of the water to be safe. There’s no such thing as an over-application of sun protection as far as we’re concerned.

QUESTION | 

I am not outdoorsy. Can I skip it?

A:

Nope, not ever. If you work near a window, drive in a car or spend even as little as 15 to 20 minutes a day outside you need sunscreen.

QUESTION | 

It’s cloudy out. Do I still need to protect my skin?

A:

Yes, without question. Don’t be fooled by overcast skies. Cloud cover filters some UVB rays but does not filter any UVA. So even if you’re not getting a burn, you’re still exposing your skin to premature aging and skin cancer.

Did we cover all your questions?

If not, please feel free to leave a comment or drop us a line. We are more than happy to geek out on this topic anytime.

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SB120

Solar Block Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 20

a mineral based sunscreen | protect
$35.00 or subscribe and save 5%

Q&A With Dr. Heidi Roles: Gut Health and Skin Health

With all the buzz, information and misinformation surrounding gut health and its effects on the skin, we thought it would be a good idea to get the facts from an expert.

We contacted Dr. Heidi Roles to get the insider info on gut health, its holistic effect on the body and how it can impact the skin.

QUESTION | 

There is a lot of buzz out there about “gut health” but what exactly does that mean?

A:

Gut health is the ability of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract to effectively digest and absorb food, and the ability to maintain normal and stable microbiota and an effective immune status. If your gut is not healthy, you may frequently or chronically experience things like bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, food allergies or sensitivity, anxiety, depression, mood swings, irritability, skin problems, frequent infections, autoimmune disease, poor memory, ADD and ADHD.

QUESTION | 

Information and opinions on how to achieve a healthier gut through cleanses, avoidance of the Top 8 food allergens, drinking green smoothies, etc. are everywhere. What’s the best way to tell fact from fiction or fad?

A:

Stay away from fad diets. First, remove inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, and sugar for a couple of weeks. Then add one food at a time back into your diet, checking for symptoms of inflammatory response each time.

Next, eat a diet that is rich in whole, unprocessed healthy foods (think green vegetables) with good fiber and water content. Include fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, or kimchi. Drink a minimum of 64 ounces of spring water per day. Taking a probiotic with bifidobacterium and lactobacilla species, 25-100 billion units, can also do wonders for boosting the overall health of your gut.

"Poor gut health not only saps our energy but also causes a disruption in our body's ability to produce mood calming, brain boosting serotonin and dopamine."

QUESTION | 

How is gut health related to healthy skin?

A:

When imbalances occur in the microbiome of the gut, it can lead to skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and acne. Poor gut health not only saps your energy but also causes a disruption in your body’s ability to produce mood calming, brain boosting serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters, which are primarily produced in the digestive system, affect brain function, hormonal function and overall health.

Skin microbiome refers to all the organisms that live inside or on our bodies: bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa and helminths (parasites). A healthy skin microbiome protects against infection in much the same way a good gut microbiome does: by crowding out overgrowth of pathogenic organisms. The skin microbiome prefers a relatively acidic environment (pH is around 5.0), which also inhibits growth of pathogens.

The gut microbiome and skin immune system “talk” to each other regularly and work together to dampen inflammation. When the gut microbiome is out of balance, the immune system can release various antimicrobial peptides to help balance things out. Likewise, good bacterial residents can inhibit the release of inflammatory compounds from the immune system.

Stress and anxiety are major disruptors of digestion. When you experience stress, your body goes into a “fight or flight” state and drops everything else it’s doing, including digesting food. When you have chronic stress in your life (think family obligations, work stress, financial stress, or constant travel) your digestion suffers. Even if your diet is healthy, if you’re not absorbing nutrients due to poor gut function, you’ll begin to see skin, hair and nail problems.

"Your gut microbiome is a main player in regulating your hormones, especially your estrogen levels."

QUESTION | 

Can you talk a little bit about the gut health-hormone connection?

A:

Turns out a certain set of gut bacteria and more specifically, certain bacterial genes called the estrobolome, produce an essential enzyme that helps metabolize estrogen. This process, when working efficiently, plays an essential role in perfect hormonal balance. This population of friendly bacteria (known as gut flora) makes up your gut microbiome. Your gut microbiome is a main player in regulating your hormones, especially your estrogen levels. Estrogen dominance due to a poorly functioning microbiome leads to every hormonal imbalance symptom or sickness you can think of—infertility, PMS, low libido, polycystic ovary syndrome, cramps and heavy bleeding.

QUESTION | 

What are the long-term effects of chronic inflammation in the body? How does this relate to the skin?

A:

Chronic stress leads to chronic inflammation which can cascade through the body in a variety of ways. Hormones are released that encourage inflammation and decrease blood flow to the skin. Stress induced irritation to the nerves may increase inflammation or stimulate allergic reactions. Production of moisturizing and plumping lipids declines and skin healing, repair and restoration get delayed.

When the body is chronically stressed, the skin recruits the immune system to help fight back which can cause inflammation that presents as rosacea, acne and psoriasis flare-ups.

QUESTION | 

What are some easy first steps to take toward better gut health?

A:

Take care of your gut! Eat healthy and stay hydrated. Research shows that what you put in your mouth influences your skin and skin microbiome in many ways. Choose organic whenever possible, aim for a balance of good fats, proteins, carbohydrates, colorful vegetables and clean water and keep processed foods and extra sugar out of the diet.

Identify and remove trigger foods such as dairy and gluten. Both are associated with exacerbating a range of skin issues, including eczema and acne.

"Let your microbiome thrive! Arguably, all skin issues are influenced by the gut microbiome and gut health in general."​

  1. Taking a daily, high-quality probiotic has been shown to prevent or treat many skin conditions.
  2. Work up a sweat a few times a week. If you’re eating well, the sweat you produce is likely a fortifying prebiotic for the skin microbiome.
  3. Keep your stress levels in check. Just like elsewhere in the body, stress can negatively influence what’s happening with your skin. Find a stress management method that works best for you, such as yoga or meditation.
  4. Get dirty! It may sound crazy, but in today’s world, we just don’t have enough contact with dirt, or soil based organisms to be precise. Think about this—for most of human history, we worked outside or interacted with the outdoor world in some way each day. Food came from the ground and while it may have been rinsed, it wasn’t “washed” and it certainly wasn’t irradiated like many foods are today. Through these interactions with the soil, we had regular contact with soil based organisms (SBOs) which are also natural strains of probiotics found in the gut and on the skin. I make sure to spend time outdoors doing activities like gardening and camping to get natural exposure to a variety of soil based organisms.

About Dr. Heidi Roles​

As a chiropractor, nutritionist and weight loss coach, Dr. Heidi Roles’ approach to wellness addresses the whole person through the lens of her wide range of experience and training. Her practice emphasizes the ‘Brimhall’ method – a protocol focused on locating and eliminating interference to a client’s health—as well as treatment of nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities, emotional stress and toxicity. She is a skilled practitioner in applied kinesiology (bio-energetic feedback analysis) and has seen great success by combining this technique with emotional clearing practices.

As a passionate wellness advocate, Dr. Heidi loves to share her wealth of experience though teaching opportunities that include health care classes, onsite services with local businesses, wellness seminars and conferences. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) from Los Angeles City College in 1988 and is certified in a wide variety of holistic techniques.

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