As our body’s largest organ, our skin can tell us a lot about our health from the inside out. If we use harmful beauty products, our skin will show for it. But if we use natural means like coconut oil and DIY face wash to nourish our skin, we will most likely be happy with the results. Additionally, our skin is a window into our internal health. Just as a toxic thyroid can lead to mental distress, it can also lead to prematurely aging skin or skin that looks dry, damaged, or ashy. This article explores the thyroid and skin connection and offers tips for achieving that glowing look from the inside out.
“Self-care is an important process of the Hashimoto’s healing journey, and taking a little time for yourself to do little things you like is crucial. I encourage you to indulge in things that make you feel good and give you more energy, and be mindful of things that make you feel worse and take away your energy.
Every now and then I like to have little “spa” days to take care of my adrenals. This past Friday I went to yoga, got a non-toxic facial, and spent a good hour soaking in Epson Salts. I also spent some time browsing my favorite organic beauty products at Whole Foods! Little rituals like this make me feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.
Most of my clients and readers find that being in the sunshine, naps, relaxing and being around loved ones are things that make them feel better. On the other hand, being cold, stressed out, being around negative people and eating inflammatory foods generally makes people feel worse.
In some cases, it’s easy to pin-point the things that are making us feel worse, in other cases, it may be more difficult to figure out what’s sabotaging our health.
Skin problems in Hashimoto’s
Our skin is a window to our internal health. It is the body’s largest elimination organ, and also a canvas where toxicities, nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities and hormonal imbalances can show up. Often times, changes in the texture of skin and hair will be a first sign that something is off about our health. For me, I remember my hair being difficult to brush and my skin becoming more dry before I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s.
Women with Hashimoto’s and autoimmune conditions are more likely to have dry, dull skin, rashes, hives, pre-menstrual acne and facial swelling, especially if their thyroid levels are not optimized and they are not absorbing vitamins and nutrients correctly.
Many women with Hashimoto’s feel like their skin is aging prematurely, this is often as a result of the dryness due to hypothyroidism/nutrient deficiencies while at the same time, some may see breakouts that they haven’t had since teenage years, due to hormonal imbalances/toxicities/food sensitivities.
Unfortunately, men and women will often turn to using more potentially toxic personal care products, worsening their thyroid and hormonal health. “