October 2011 issue – Skin care

Glow signs

That skin is our largest organ, making up 15 per cent of body weight, is a fact that most of us take for granted. And along with that we also take for granted the service the skin provides to our bodies. Consider this: Our skin protects us from heat [or the absence of it], dust, disease-causing germs, damaging rays, and dreadful chemicals. It produces vitamin D, which is vital for our health. It also helps us process critical sensations such as touch and pain, without which we would be severely handicapped. Indeed, the things that the skin does for us are astonishing.

But what is even more astonishing is what we do for our skin in return for its amazing services. We overexpose it to harsh UV rays from sunlight; we smoke and drink alcohol; we don’t drink enough fluids; we eat improperly; we use excessive make-up [and then don’t take it off properly], we get insufficient sleep; we don’t get enough exercise; we take on too much stress and anxiety. In short, we treat our skin shoddily—and then expect it to glow and shine.

Skin health is intricately intertwined with our overall wellbeing. Just as healthy skin is necessary for good health, staying healthy and happy is imperative for a glowing skin. No wonder, the skin is among the most immediate reflections of the state of our health.

Because we’re approaching the season when our skin is most vulnerable, we thought it’s a good time to turn our attention to skin care. And what better way to do that than to reach out to Hollywood’s guru of glow, Kate Somerville? After all, dazzling skin is not just the right of celebrities and models.

“I truly believe that your skin can look and act healthy at any age, provided that it’s cared for on every level,” writes Kate in this issue’s cover story as she sketches her “Skin Health Pyramid”—a structural approach to keeping your skin healthy and glowing. If you read [and follow] her advice, chances are you will not need any other skin care advice. Of course, the key is to read and re-read it until you have it committed to your memory and embedded in your routine—in whole. How about starting right away? Run to page 20.

Before I go, I invite you to write to us with your views about this and other feature stories we publish—we have been bringing to you the best-in-class wellbeing wisdom from around the world. We would be delighted to know how it is helping you improve your health and life.

On behalf of the Complete Wellbeing team, I wish you and your loved ones a safe and joyous Diwali.

Stay glowing,

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Manoj Khatri
Manoj Khatri considers himself a student and teacher of the wisdom of love. He is also a writer-editor and has written on topics ranging from strategic marketing and business management to art, culture and even philosophy. His more than 1200 published stories—articles, interviews, full-length features—have appeared in some of the leading newspapers and magazines of India. A certified cognitive behavioural therapist, he works as a personal counsellor too. He is the author of What a thought!, a critically acclaimed book based on powerful ideas of some of the greatest thought leaders. Manoj runs Complete Wellbeing and believes that "peace begins with me".

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