Our skin reflects our general health and well-being. It’s not only the largest organ in our body but it is also porous. To demonstrate this rub a clove of garlic on your sole and within minutes you will taste garlic in your mouth. Skin absorbs whatever it comes in contact with for both good and bad.
Enclosed is information designed to assist you in making informed decisions when next you purchase skin care products and ultimately in the care of your skin.
Cleansing your skin Whether you use a liquid or hard bar, all soaps are made from fats/oils. These can range from petroleum, animal or vegetable oils and they all have a different effect on the skin. Synthetic surfactants, foaming agents, colours and synthetic fragrances are widely used in skincare products and can cause conditions ranging from mild skin irritations to cancer. Non soap products are made of synthetic material. The first step in skin care is to know what the ingredients are that make up your cleansing material.
If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or are just concerned about what you use on your skin choose a soap that is made from olive oil. Olive oil soap known as Castile soap has been around for over 1000 years, originally the preserve of Royalty and those that could afford it, is the mildest soap suitable for the most sensitive skin. Olive oil soap has a unique property in that it cleans and moisturizes without aggravating the skin. Soaps made of other oils and fats can be drying, irritating and if synthetic additives are used can be damaging.
Most people like their cleansing agent to have a scent, unfortunately most scents are just synthetic fragrances. Materials used in the formulation of fragrances are a closely held secret by skin care manufacturers. What is known is that a number of commonly used fragrances cause conditions ranging from migraine to cancer. If you like a scent in your skin care products choose one with a natural essential oil that is also known to be beneficial for the skin. The first step in skin care is to read the ingredient list, remember what your skin comes in contact with is absorbed into your body.
Nourishing your skin Step two in skin care is to keep the skin nourished and moist. Whether it is due to external factors such as air pollution, climatic conditions, exposure to salt/chlorinated water or we just have dry skin from birth we need to moisturize and nourish our skin. The well-being of our skin depends on diet but a lot also depends on what we apply to it directly. Many people with sensitive skin suffer from very dry skin during the winter months. The skin irritant during this time can be very painful. Finding the right moisturizer during winter is vital to feeling comfortable and to skin health. There are many commercial skin treatments available but with a little trial and error, finding the best treatment for dry winter skin is like manna from heaven. The best approach is to review ingredients, ensure they are natural, and if they work for you, stay with it.
A mature skin will need extra care, especially those who have grown up in the drying, damaging Australian climate. To take care of your face, use a very moisturizing and nourishing natural cream that penetrates your skin. Applied at night to allow the natural cream to penetrate.
For day use a light natural cream can be applied to the face which allows make up to be applied on top. A light lotion can be used for hands arms legs whenever dryness sets in. However you choose to moisturize and nourish your skin ensure that the ingredients are natural.
Diet For those who have grown up in the Sydney area, may remember the painted sign on a building that said “We are what we eat”. This is step three in skin care - your diet. Drinking, smoking and eating too much acidic foods have a detrimental effect on the skin. The choices you make in relation to your diet determine the health of your skin. Vitamin supplements are helpful but a natural supplement is the best. Hemp seed oil contains all the 20 amino acids including 9 which the body is unable to produce but necessary for health. In terms of vitamins it has A, B1, B2, B3, B6, D, E as well as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and zinc. Truly, a remarkable oil. Taken internally, the benefits to the skin are noticeable in a short time.
What to avoid in skin care ingredients The fourth step in skin care is knowing what to avoid. A lot of skin care products contain harmful ingredients which cause a wide range of conditions ranging from skin irritation to cancer. The top nine ingredients to avoid in skin care products are: • Parabens • Synthetic colours • Fragrance • Phthalates • Triclosen • Sodium Laurel Sulphate • Sodium Laureth Sulphate • Formaldehyde • Propylene
Step five in skincare is up to you, making informed choices when next you choose your skin care products.
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