How does stress, food, sleep and chemicals effect my skin?

Our skin and bodies mirror the results of the choices that we make in life. I am sure that you already know a few of the obvious ones that I have already stated such as convenience and processed foods, foods high in sugar including soft drinks, juices and energy drinks. However new research on our gut microbiome demonstrates the connection and affects on our health and skin. The following list is not exhaustive but just an indicator of how our lifestyle impacts our gut microbiome and in turn our skin and its appearance;

1. The amount of sleep we get and the quality of it (i.e whether you sleep the whole night uninterrupted, affects our body and skin’s ability to rejuvenate) A hormone that helps us go to sleep and stay asleep also supports a healthy and normal gut microbiome – Melatonin . If you are low on Melatonin not only will this affect your sleep but also your gut microbiome health.

2. “Burning the candle at both ends”, actions and choices that we make can affect our bio-rhythm this increases the physical stress load on our body leading to exhaustion. Any stressful event in the body has the potential to increase stress in your skin and in turn directly affect your skin’s barriers hydration levels.

3. The increasing demands we place on ourselves through work, finances, relationships, mortgages, children, study and juggling being the perfect wife, partner, husband, etc creates a recipe for an increase in the use of our fight and flight hormones – cortisol and adrenaline. This increase in our day to day use of Cortisol can lead to hormonal and metabolic imbalances affecting our skin.

4. Harsh chemicals in our personal care products such as toothpaste, mouth wash, hair dyes, body lotions, etc all may contain hormonal disruptors that reflect in the health and appearance of your skin.

5. Our choices of food are vital to our overall health, rejuvenation, nutritional health and gut microbiome. In fact what’s more important is what you choose NOT to eat rather than what you eat. Your gut microbiome accounts for 90% of the cells that make you YOU, which in turn contain 99% of the genetic material that makes you, YOU. So you can see now how nutrition and lifestyle are just as important and the products that you put on your skin.

6. Drinking filtered clean water is essential for healthy skin, digestive tract and body.

7. Reducing exposure to Plastics and chemicals that disrupt hormones such as;

Polychlorinated biphenols;




8. Use of artificial sweeteners, saccharin, aspartame alter your gut microbiome and kills your good gut microbiome therefore allowing an overgrowth of the “bad” guys.

9. Skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, premature aging, pigmentation all have contributing lifestyle, gut microbiome and nutritional components.


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