Inflammation is a major driver of a number of chronic diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. IL-1B, IL-6 and TNF-a are inflammatory cytokines found in the body that have been linked to the development of numerous chronic diseases.

This pilot study looked at whether improving skin function reduces proinflammatory cytokine levels in older people. After 30 days of applying 3ml of an emollient moisturiser twice a day, blood levels of IL-1B and IL-6 reduced to levels comparable to young controls and levels of TNF-a decreased by over 40% suggesting that improving skin function can largely normalise circulating levels of three pro-inflammatory cytokines that are strongly associated with aging and disease.

While this is an area that obviously needs more research there’s certainly no harm in making this a daily self-care routine and you might just find you’re experiencing more health benefits than healthier skin.

Our skin is our largest organ and since it is porous it absorbs whatever you put on it so make sure you choose a product that’s free from toxic chemicals.