Did you know the skin is your largest organ and absorbs up to 80% of everything you put on it!
So using natural skin care products is very important.
Every half inch square of skin contains 500,000 cells, 32 inches of blood vessels, 100 sweat glands, 21 inches of nerves, 15 oil glands and 230 sensory receptors.
Your skin very effectively absorbs whatever you put on it, including toxins within around 40 seconds of making contact into the bloodstream.
Women put an average of 168 chemicals on their body every-day, according to a study by the Environmental Working Group.
Whilst men typically use fewer products, they still put on an average
of 85 chemicals each day.
With this in mind, and the many chemicals involved in skincare routines, it’s no wonder that people are looking to more natural ingredients with less chemicals.
FACT: Many anti-aging skin care products often contain toxins that over time damage and age the skin!
We are slowly waking up. Skin products on the market can strip the skin of its natural oils, alkalising the pH, leaving it unprotected and exposed to many chemicals, causing prematurely ageing skin, and leading to irritation due to the harsh ingredients used in many high street products.
7 reasons to use natural products:
- Peace of mind
- Better for your skin
- Better for your body
- Better for the environment
- Avoid irritants – what is in those fragrances?
- They work better
- They last longer so more cost effective
It can be challenging to source truly natural ingredients as the term natural is completely unregulated, and can actually mean that only one ingredient in a product is natural.
It’s important to make sure these ingredients are not in your products:
- Sulfates (especially sodium lauryl and laureth sulfate)
- Petrochemicals (petroleum, paraffins and mineral oil)
- DEA, MEA, and TEA
- Propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol
- Synthetic dyes
- Parfum / Fragrance (if not natural an be an irritant)
Why is proper skincare important?
Proper skin care is important because our skin is the largest barrier against infection that we have.
Keeping our skin healthy and moist helps keep this barrier strong. When the skin gets dry or irritated by harsh soaps, cracks in the skin can occur.
Beauty is more than skin deep
We have all heard the saying, “Beauty is only skin deep.” But nothing could be further from the truth.
Our skin is a reflection of our health. You have seen the radiant, beautiful skin of a healthy infant or a child. His eyes sparkle and her skin is glowing.
You know the pale face of someone who is ill, the wrinkles and dry skin of someone who smokes or has a body filled with toxins and poor
You have seen the face of someone who is stressed, tired, or depressed.
Good nutrition is essential for healthy hair and skin:
- Vitamin A helps to secret sebum.
- Vitamin E increases circulation.
- Vitamin B keeps hairs firm on the scalp.
Cracking, scaling skin often signals a vitamin B3 (niacin) deficiency. In addition to skin and hair, B3 is important for energy, digestion, the nervous system, and the eyes and mouth.
B3 also helps to eliminate toxins and supports the production of sex hormones. This vitamin is found in beets, brewer’s yeast, meat, poultry, fish, seeds and nuts.
Vitamin B6, biotin, folate, and pantothenate are good for your skin. Sixty percent of individuals, however, are unable to convert folic acid into folate.
Folate aids the body detoxify heavy metals and other toxins. Therefore, folate should be methylated (a methyl group should be added) to help our bodies use it properly.
Do you have dry skin and hair, eczema or psoriasis? This can be due to low vitamin E. Vitamin E should consist of mixed tocopherols for best results.
Eating an adequate amount of excellent quality fish oil, vitamin D, omega 3 and omega 6, olive and avocado oil, nuts and seeds is vital for your brain, body and beauty.
Low stomach acid can affect both skin and hair. Fifty percent of people 50 years or older, and 85% of people over the age of 80 have low stomach acid.
Obviously, all individuals on antacids have low stomach acid.
Stomach acid is important for two reasons: to digest your food and to kill off the bacteria, viruses, and parasites we eat on a daily basis.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, those with low stomach acid often have nutrient deficiencies causing more problems with your skin and hair.
This, in turn impacts all organs in your body.
Food Allergies and Acne.
The skin is great detoxifier. We are familiar with signs such as a rash from a virus or a bacterial infection, or hives from a food allergy. Skin conditions are a sign something else in our body is out of balance, sick, or toxic.
Do you or your teenager suffer from acne? Acne is a common condition characterized by papules or pustules. Acne can be caused by infection, tissue inflammation, plugged hair follicles, nutrient deficiencies and/or hormonal imbalances.
Nutrient deficiencies in zinc, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C and selenium also contribute to acne. Hidden allergy or sensitivity to foods can contribute to some cases of acne.
Food sensitives may be affecting your acne. In fact the effects of biologically active substances in certain foods (e.g., hormones in cow’s milk and possibly amines or other chemicals in chocolate) can trigger acne.
Food allergies can be detected in a lab easily by testing 90 different foods.
Decreasing inflammation to improve your health and your beauty can change your life!
In one study, restricting sugar in soft drinks, fruit drinks, candy and cake resulted in an 84% substantial improvement or complete clearing of acne lesions.
Like most signs and symptoms, skin conditions may have a combination of causes.
This is because we are eating high volumes of processed foods, high sugar intakes and synthetic hormones, insecticides and pesticides to name a few!
If you are suffering from irritable bowel symptoms or are even not experiencing any symptoms, you may have a hidden infection, causing decreased digestion or absorption of foods.
This can have a huge impact on your skin, hair, teeth and overall health. A specific gastrointestinal tract test that some even check the DNA often is the key to restoring your health.
You cannot afford to miss this diagnosis.
We are want to stay looking as youthful as possible. So whilst we work on the root of the symptoms from the inside, it is beneficial to support the skin also on the outside. Wrinkles and photo-aging may result from age, sun, smoking, nutrient deficiencies, low stomach acid or toxic skin care products.
Check the labels on your skin and hair products. Do not put anything on your skin you would not eat, because it is all absorbed into your blood stream.
This means if it would not be safe to eat your toothpaste, shampoo, or hair dye, then don’t use it.