Have you ever looked at the list of ingredients on any bottle of lotion or skin cream? It’s pretty scary. I’ll bet ya that you can’t even recognize or pronounce about 90% of them. Yet our skin being the largest organ, can easily absorb about 60% of what is put on it. That’s like eating most of those chemicals, but bypassing our own defense mechanism, which is our stomach and its digestive juices.
Fortunately there are better and safer alternatives. Here are some natural skin care tips for gorgeous skin.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that your skin is your “largest organ” because it just doesn’t seem like an “organ.” Typically we think of organs as heart, liver, kidneys, etc. Ninety five percent of the cells in the epidermis (top layer of skin) work to make new cells and five percent of the cells make melanin, which gives skin its color. In fact, though you can’t see it happening, every minute of the day we lose about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells off the surface of our skin to make room for the new skin cells.
As we age, dead skin cells don’t shed as quickly and turnover of new skin cells may decrease slightly. So, what does this have to do with beautiful skin? Pretty much everything. Young skin is considered beautiful skin, which is why the market for anti-aging products for appearance enhancement in the United States is expected to be more than $5.0 billion by 2015, according to Global Industry Analysts.
Here are a few tips for beautiful skin on the outside, with many of them starting on the inside:
Certain vitamins can help improve skin health.
The Journal of Investigative Dermatology has reported that researchers saw a reduction of factors linked to DNA damage within skin cells of people who take vitamins C and E, leading them to conclude that antioxidant vitamins help protect against DNA damage. For vitamin C, eat citrus fruit and vegetables such as broccoli, bell peppers, cauliflower and leafy greens.
Homemade, natural face masks and moisturizing creams are the best way to achieve gorgeous skin. Mother nature has provided us with all the ingredients needed for taking care of our skin naturally. An important part of natural skin care is to exfoliate weekly. Best homemade scrub can be made by mixing 1 tbsp of olive oil with 1 tbsp of sea salt. Use this scrub to gently massage your skin for a couple of minutes. Rinse with luke warm water and pat dry. That’s just one of the natural skin care tips for gorgeous skin that you can find in the Handcrafter’s Companion, best guide to natural skin care.