By Pamela Vendetti, Lead Esthetician, Lead Educator – NeoGenesis
Healthy skin is beautiful skin. Skin that glows with health appears even toned, smooth and radiant. Healthy skin is different than perfect skin. We can create the illusion of perfect skin with makeup and the right lighting but healthy skin can’t be faked.
So what is the number one ingredient for beautiful skin? Happiness.
Are you surprised by this? Let’s take nothing away from cutting edge topical ingredients that deliver on results. The NeoGenesis S²RM® technology found in NeoGenesis products, truly works deep within the skin to return it to a healthy, balanced state. Our skin, as the largest organ of the body, has an impressive list of functions. It provides a formidable barrier to the outside world, protecting us from infection and moisture loss. Healthy skin keeps the bad stuff out and the good stuff in, literally. The right products used in the right way can make a huge difference in the look and feel of our skin on a daily basis.
What we do to the outside of the skin is super important. What is happening on the inside can have an even greater effect on skin health. Here is where we can look to happiness creating a strong immune system that delivers premium skin benefits.
How do we define happiness? For our purposes, let’s say that happiness is a sense of well-being; a positive emotional state that brings you a greater sense of purpose and meaning. This is different than the happiness one feels from a specific, fun event. A state of well-being is long lasting and alters gene expression while a quick burst of happiness caused from one event is similar to experiencing stress due to adversity.
Why does gene expression matter? A team of researchers at UCLA showed that people with a deep sense of happiness and well-being had lower levels of inflammatory gene expression and stronger antiviral and antibody responses. These positive thoughts strengthen your immune system, decrease pain, and provide stress relief.
Happy individuals also tend to eat healthier, get better and regular sleep, and exercise more. It has been shown to create the strong platform necessary for our bodies to be able to run efficiently, repairing systems when necessary, and staying in balance. Research has shown that happiness appears to play a role in immune function. The brain is directly wired to the immune system. One study found that when happy people are exposed to cold and flu viruses, they are less likely to get sick and, if they do, exhibit fewer symptoms.
Happiness can be an elusive goal for many. One thing we know for sure is that emotions are contagious, even through social media. Find and spend time with positive, happy friends and groups. It can be the beginning of an epidemic of well-being and glowing, beautiful skin.